If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are here for one of a couple reasons:
- You desperately long for a clean house, but no matter what you do, you can’t seem to achieve it.
- You have a tidy home, but you are an unsatisfied perfectionist longing for more.
- You are usually extremely lazy and could care less, but you’re currently on a “clean freak streak”. (No judgment. We’ve all been there.)
Let me share a secret with you:
It’s not that hard!
All it really takes is the desire, a plan, & just a little bit of motivation.
- You can’t be afraid to throw things away! I cannot stress this enough. First, it’s that pile of magazines you know you’ll never read again. Then it’s the little trinkets from your childhood/gifts from grandma/etc. that you just can’t throw away. And on, and on it goes. Before you know it, you have piles of stuff you don’t even know what to do with. Your closets are full of boxes of who-knows-what. That’s when you will begin to get overwhelmed. SAY NO NOW! Your future self will thank you.
- Pick up as you go. This is a habit that I learned as a child, and it has done me well. If I eat a snack, I wipe the counter and rinse my dishes. When I get undressed, I put dirty clothes directly into the hamper & clean clothes folded neatly back where they belong. When I take my shoes off, they go in the shoes hamper. When I use the bathroom, I wipe up any messes I make. When I get the mail, I put the envelopes in the trash & sort the mail into its relevant slots. It’s little & constant things – but trust me… it adds up to a lot! It’s insane to me how many adults do not know how to do this little thing. If you don’t pick up after yourself, you will be stuck with a whole lot of cleaning to do later.
- Have a vision of what you want your home to look & feel like. I have a way that the blankets & pillows on my couch are supposed to look like, specific places for kleenex boxes, a sorter for the mail. It may seem like a perfectionist thing, but when there is a place for everything, then nothing is out of place! Also, having an idea of what sort of “vibe” or feel you want visitors to experience while in your home is extremely helpful in keeping things that way.
- Make sure that everything you own has a purpose. Go through the items in your house. Make sure that each item meets at least one of these qualifications. If you can’t find a reason to keep that item in your house, pitch it. Don’t worry about regretting it later – you most likely won’t ever remember you had it.
- Fulfills a specific purpose
- Has an important memory
- Brings you joy
- Adds beauty to your home
- Make a plan. Regularly go through the things that you own & throw things away. Have a plan for when you will clean & what you will do. If you do a little each day, your home will be spotless before you know it! If you don’t know where to begin, check out my cleaning checklists to help you get started: