HGTV's Jillian Harris uses this 4-step method to restore order to her 'cleaning madness'

The Love It or List It star brings order into her home with these four steps (that you can replicate, too)

Jillain Harris
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If you are thinking of starting the New Year with a deep clean, you are not alone. January is often viewed as a month of renewal – starting with your home. Though this is famously a time to organize chaos, knowing where to begin can often feel overwhelming. And celebrities agree. 

Canadian designer Jillian Harris, known for Love It or List It Vancouver and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, recognizes the process isn't simple – especially if you're taking on a significant clean. However, when armed with the right home organizing ideas, you can achieve a tidier home quicker – and it will likely look good for longer. This starts with the correct method, she says.

'I love to organize – and while at first, I thought I was a little crazy with this mentality, I thought there have to be people out there like me. And for those who are baffled by my ways, I want you to know that there is a method to the madness – and I’m going to share it with you,' Jillian Harris says in her blog. Here are her steps.

Jillain Harris

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1. Schedule your clean

When Jillian shared her method, she had just moved into her new home, so she did begin by decluttering her entire space. However, if you're not new to your home, it is better to begin at the next step – scheduling

'I love to schedule everything, including cleaning. I use the notes app on my iPhone for my cleaning checklist,' she says. The designer assigns chores to either herself or her partner Justin Pasutto and checks them off as they are completed. 'They disappear from your list, but they also reoccur every single week. You really thought you could get out of chores that easily? Not in this household!'

2. Organize

Whether you're organizing a living room, bedroom, or entryway – Jillian's method remains the same. She starts by taking baskets, bins, and storage containers and separating items in her drawers with smaller containers that keep 'random odds and ends' in place. 

'It’s the perfect way to keep your home looking neat and tidy,' Jillian says. 'You name it, it has a home.'

Clothes storage ideas with in drawer organiser

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3. Take it one step at a time

If you like to multitask, you'll likely bring this ideology into all parts of life, including your home. However, Jillian says that it is better to focus on one room and take it one step at a time.

Whether you're decluttering toys or cleaning windows, you should not take on a new area until each room is entirely complete. 'Slow and steady wins the race,' the designer adds. 

4. Maintain your clean for 15 minutes

'If you can get into the habit of cleaning for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening every day – you’ll be surprised at just how much you can get done,' Jillian says. This simple cleaning tip will allow you to maintain order between larger cleans and make deeper cleans feel less daunting (when the time comes). 

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.