Some easy ways to make your annual purge a little more manageable.

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Allison Bolt, a home organization expert, offers her tips for getting your house ready for the year on 10News at Noon.

Allison Bolt, a Knoxville-based, home organization expert,

appeared on 10News at Noon to explain some advice for those of us trying to clean up the house this spring.

First, she offered these tips for getting it all done:

1) List out projects and the length of time you think it will take to complete them.

2) Prioritize and schedule projects

3) Prepare for the big clean up

4) Consider year round "spring cleaning." Bolt has a full plan for that as well, see below.

5) Be realistic, don't expect perfection

If you get overwhelmed every year during the spring, maybe you should plan on cleaning the big things year round; Bolt recommends tackling a project every month.

Here's her suggested plan:

January - filing cabinet, medicine cabinet

February - Hard to reach places (behind the refrigerator, stove, washer/driver, etc.)

March - closets and drawers

April - Windows, garage

May - Linen closet, ceiling fans and light fixtures

June - Curtains & blinds

July - Pantry, shampoo carpets

August - Playroom/toy box

September - Oven, home office

October - Freezer, gutters

November - Floors, baseboards

December - Christmas decorations

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