Part 1 of 2
Start By Clearing The Clutter
In my 6 years as a housewife, one of the hardest things for me to manage was keeping up on the housework, especially once my kids grew out of the baby stage and into full time mess makers.
I’ve tried a lot of methods of keeping my home tidy, read a lot of magazines and books and it was still a cluttered mess! Today I have finally found my groove as a home maker.
I spend about 30 minutes per day cleaning my house (not counting washing dishes!) and I have more time to do the things I love and I don’t feel like a slave to my housework.
Before the wonderful cleaning schedule could begin, I felt like I really needed a nice clean slate. After all, no one spends 30 minutes per day cleaning their house and it’s suddenly ready for tea with the Queen.
Assess the Mess
First, I went around the house with a notebook and made notes.
- Where are the most cluttered areas?
- Does your home need a designated space for hobbies/an office/ kids play area?
- What do you need to do to organize a space better?
- Would shelving, organizer baskets or a file cabinet would help the space?
Check garage sales, thrift stores and Craigslist for shelves, baskets and anything that you can re-purpose to bring order to the chaos.
Donate the Junk or Have a Garage Sale
We all have excess stuff laying around that we don’t need.
Simplify life and your housework by donating the stuff that you don’t use anymore. Be really honest with yourself and take a weekend to do the whole house.
I have a terrible habit of hanging on to my favorite baby clothes that my kids wore years ago, shoes that really hurt my feet but look cute….when I’m not limping. What about all of those old magazines that you kept for inspiration to use later? Ditch it. Pick one item from each collection of clutter to keep and donate the rest.
If you have enough stuff, have a garage sale on a beautiful Saturday this month and use the funds to go on an Ikea shopping spree for things to organize your linen closet or kitchen cabinets!
- Donate formal dresses to the Cinderella Project
- Donate blankets and winter wear to your local homeless shelters
- Donate children’s games, toys, craft supplies and clothes to your local Crisis Nursery
- Some food pantries also provide large baby gear to needy families. Contact them to see if you can help!
Once your house is cleared of all of the clutter, you are ready to create a cleaning schedule, which is outlined in part 2 HERE.
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