Would you like a clean, easy to maintain home?
Want to be able to clean it in 30 minutes or less if company is coming unexpectedly?
It’s easier than you think. I’ve gotten there with my main floor. Still working on bedrooms and down stairs, but since I’m a full time mom, business technique coach, and work my own business sharing and teaching essential oil uses for life, family, and home, I’m pretty busy.
I also simply don’t like to clean. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE A CLEAN HOUSE! I just don’t want to take much time getting it clean.
But considering the benefits of a clean home, I need it clean. A clean home helps reduce stress, uplifts us, and invites the spirit of God more readily into your home. For cleanliness is next to Godliness.
This is where learning to organize your home and time comes in handy. If you have any spaces in your home that look like this…
but want it to look like this…
Then you need to make a plan to pick a room to start in.
One of the gravest mistakes we make when trying to clean and organize our home is to bite off more than we can manage in one hours time. Yep, one hour. This is taking small bites at our mess and actually making progress.
So often, we pick an area, make piles, life happens and the piles go everywhere.
Okay, let’s fix that. Pick the room you want to start in. If it’s bad, pick a corner. Get trash bags and boxes to mark as KEEP, GIVE AWAY, and TRASH. Rope off an area, metaphorically, push things out of the way if you must, and start in an area that can be finished with in that one hour time frame. Set a timer too, so you don’t work yourself toward not wanting to do more.
Everything in this area will go into one of these three categories. If you are keeping more than you are giving away, look around and ask yourself, “Do I REALLY need this?” If you think yes, then ask, “When was the last time I used this?” If your answer is over a year, you DO NOT need it. If it’s something that holds sentimental value, ask if it’s something you’ve been taking care of, or if it’s been thrown in a corner. If it is truly something to keep, then take care of it! If not, take a picture of it and keep the picture, then give it away.
Once you’ve worked for an hour, take what you have to give away to your car and get it rid of it with the week. Next, put away all the things to keep. Yes, I know, you’ll be putting them in places that aren’t yet organized, but that’s okay, because we are taking small steps to get you to where you want to be. And last, throw the trash away.
Don’t store the bags or boxes to get to later, that’s counterproductive. When you have another hour in the week, start on another section. If you are up to it, and have the time, go ahead and do another section at this time.
Once you get rid of the clutter, and have things in the rooms where they belong, then you’ll be ready for the next step of the process.
I’d love you to share triumphs, trials, etc. with us. Pictures are welcome too! Happy ORGANIZING!