After our last move (4 in 2 years), I unpacked as quickly as I could. But I did just put things in closets and drawers with the intent of reorganizing later. Not messy or anything. I just knew it might not be a permanent spot. That organization began last week. In order to make the task lest daunting, I have made a schedule of one or two rooms to evaluate, reorganize and deep clean a week. This way I can get to it when I can without it consuming my days. I figure if I can devote even 20 minutes a day and finish by the end of the week, it will be much easier to accomplish. We spend a lot of time away from home and the afternoons are devoted to quiet time.
My cleaning schedule looks like this:
Week 1: Master Bath, Second Bath and Linen closets -- clean shower curtain, organize drawers, etc
Week 2: Spare bedroom/craft room/office-- organize craft ideas, coupons, file bills, etc
Week 3: Daughter's bedroom - outgrown clothes, toys, closet, etc.
Week 4: Kitchen/Master Bedroom -- clean pantry, reorganize drawers, donate clothes
Week 5: Basement -- whatever can get done until we finish it
Week 6: Living Room
I figure this can be a regular schedule rotating schedule. Maybe all the re-organizing won't need to be done each time, but the extra cleaning will be needed. The main reason I started this is to fit something extra into the day-to-day tasks of cleaning and cooking. Also, with summer coming we will be spending much of our time outdoors and the last thing I want to do when I'm inside is trying to figure out how to stay on top of the clutter.