here are some tips + tricks we've developed over the years to keep our home tidy + happy!
1 // pick your battles. find out what kind of clutter bugs you the most & clean accordingly. this'll be different for everyone. the truth is if you have hobbies...you'll have some stuff that just can't be eliminated. bikes, books, cameras, camping gear, dog stuff, art supplies -- are some things we deal with in our home. personally, we're fine with a little clutter -- but our goal is to consolidate it. we can handle a jam-packed bookshelf or a stuffed closet...but we hate when our living spaces feel crowded, or things piling up on tables & counters.
2 // speed cleaning. this is my favorite! intense purging is great, but i need to feel my home is generally clean first. pick a section (e.g., your bedroom, kitchen, etc.) & set your timer for 10 minutes. do this in intervals until your entire home feels put together. and then, if you're up for it, you can really dive into deep cleaning.
3 // finish projects. nothing feels better than being 100% done with a project -- especially one that's been taking up vital living space in your home...and therefore in your mind. right?
4 // but first, put things back. things happen -- you're running out the door, your kid gets into something -- that prevent you from doing this immediately, 100% of the time. but if, as a general rule, you put things back as soon as you're done with them -- dishes in the wash, towels in the hamper, fresh laundry in drawers-- your home will always feel a bit more peaceful + manageable. this one was instilled in me from a young age, growing up with 5 siblings. it was so easy for messes to get out of hand, so we really learned to finish one thing before starting another.
5 // make a checklist. honestly, sometimes i'll start cleaning...and then i'll stop, sit down, and write a checklist -- one that includes things i've already done, just so i can check them off. it's so motivating to check things off a list, one by one!
6// get rid of 100 things. this is a game i came up with in high school -- and apparently it's something a lot of people do, because i've seen it on some friends' blogs, too. it sounds daunting to get rid of a whole hundred things...but it's so easy, kids. just go through your home & pick up 100 things you don't want/need/use and toss or donate them. this might be a few pieces of tupperware, an old camera, some pencils, a few books -- even food that's gone bad, things from your bathroom, old socks, anything. and you'll feel so pumped after your first 100, the next 100 will be a cake walk.
7 // eliminate the "maybe" pile. i do not believe in "maybe" piles. i believe in "yes" piles and "no" piles. if you only maybe want to keep something...then you shouldn't. it's cutthroat, but it works. remember you can always get something again, down the road, if you really, really miss it. but the truth is, 99% of the time, you won't. and freed-up space is a blessing, too!
where we got it: butterfly poster -- similar, one + two // banner: rifle paper co. // record player: here + even cuter one.
what are some of your cleaning tips + tricks?