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declutter for home study.jpgGetting ready for your home study but feeling a little overwhelmed? Need to tidy up? Today, we’re sharing some simple tips on how you can do that. The key is to take small steps and do a little at a time. Have you tried this method of cleaning and organizing? Those who have used it share it’s amazing at keeping you focused and addictive once you start using it.

With a busy schedule, it’s hard to imagine how you could ever deep clean your house!

The Mount Vernon Method of cleaning and decluttering was used at George Washington’s estate.

With this strategy, you clean one room at a time. Begin at the door and then move clockwise around the room, organizing and cleaning one piece of furniture before transitioning on to the next.

The benefit to using this method is that you’re able to pace yourself. Also, it lets you realize clear goals that can be completed one by one.

You can make the Mount Vernon Method work even if your rooms aren’t in a condition to be deep-cleaned quickly. Here’s how:

Don’t look at your house as a whole.  Focus simply on the small portion (one room) that you’re working on today. Doing this can help keep you from freaking out.

And, begin by focusing on just one task in one room. Spend 30 minutes working on that project. You could set a timer to provide motivation and try to finish that one project if you can. For example, use your half hour to organize and clean your entertainment center one day. The following day, work on an end table drawer. If you do it right, your entire living room will eventually be de-cluttered.

After that, take your motivation with you to tackle the next room. Once you’ve completed “Mount Vernon-izing,” each room, maintenance should become a breeze!

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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