I shared on my Instagram feed how one of the most asked questions I get is about how I keep my home so clean. When I posted about it here, I was again blown away by the response and how many mamas would love encouragement in this area. And, since that post, I’ve gotten more DMs asking me the same question… “How do you keep your house so clean and clutter free?” I shared last week about expectations, so if you missed that post- check it out here.
declutter. Here’s the key, declutter one space at a time. Start with a room that doesn’t bog you
down and declutter. Have a box for items you want to give away and a trash bag for trash.
Don’t spend 10 minutes pondering each item or this will take you a century and you will quit
before the job is done… have you used it lately? Does it serve an important purpose?
A sidenote… I am not a very sentimental person. My mama and mother-in-law are constantly
concerned about things I part with. :)lol For me, a clean home is so much more important to
me than a trinket I was given. There are a few things that I hold near and dear and most of them
are handiwork pieces from my Nene (like that Bambi quilt on my daughter’s bed in the above
photo). Otherwise, I don’t cling to things very tightly. Not everyone is like this, but the burden
of keeping things just in case is too much for me.
one tote/bucket/basket in their closet for toys. ONE- that’s it. I don’t have a million totes and make them sort all of their toys. They have one tote and everything gets tossed in that tote and
hidden in their closet. This makes it easy and quick when it’s clean up time and it keeps the
mess at a minimum because they don’t have so many toys that the room becomes a disaster
since all they have is one tub of toys. Every once in awhile their toys get out of hand and I
have to pare down. If your kiddos are pack rats, send them to Grandma’s house for a day and minimize the mess. I, personally, just set my kids up with a movie and then get to work. Do
you have a kid who loves Every. Single. Toy? I have one, too, and she gets over it after a day,
have different values, and we can teach our kids that. Some things are worth keeping, some are
not (i.e. the rocks found at the park that magically made their way into my child’s drawer). 🙂
Conceal Things- This is a tip that I throw out like candy when telling online friends how my house looks so tidy. Baskets with lids. Drawers. Closets. Keep things that you don’t want seen concealed. Your home will automatically look tidier. We have toys in our living room, but you’d never know it because they are tucked away inside of a basket. See that basket that Brownie is chilling on?? It’s is hiding our toys. Those are all of the toys we have in our living room. They are easy to pick up and I rarely have a struggle with the kids when it’s clean up time. We do have a toy closet in our basement area and it has tubs in it for the kids to put those toys in, too. It is hidden behind closed doors and when we have company, you don’t even know they are there. So, you see, it isn’t that we don’t have any toys, we just keep them tucked away and we seasonally go through them to weed out the broken, un-needed, tired toys. If it’s birthday time, or Christmas, the toys get a huge purging prior to bringing in the new stash.
So, grab yourself some baskets at the thrift store, or grab some Hobby Lobby coupons and hide
Vacuum up the Dirt– My last, and most gratifying, tip is to vacuum your house. Like, the entire thing… shelves and all. 🙂 This is such an easy way to make your home feel instantly refreshed after you have just decluttered. I take my hose on my vacuum and the brush attachment and dust the baseboards, window sills, doors, and the corners of the rooms where cobwebs like to hide. I get the perimeter of every room and under all of the furniture. I know this sounds like it takes a long time, but I promise it will make your life so. much. easier. in the long run. It is so easy and will instantly make your room appear cleaner. I do this prior to wiping down any room I’m about to clean (this includes bathrooms, which get so much hair around the perimeter, closets, behind toilets, etc). There’s nothing more annoying than sitting on your hands and knees, ready to wipe down the base boards, and after one swipe you have a nasty, dirty rag. Vacuuming the little bits and dust bunnies will help so much. 🙂