1st Anniversary of The Messed up home !

They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and boy are “they” right! Exactly one year ago today, on 30 th June 2015, I hit that “publish” button on my very first blog post. Today, I’m taking you on a little trip down memory lane.

I almost don’t recognize that Prats from a year ago. She was fed up with her “real job”, ready to make a change, and terrified beyond belief that she would fail. She took a giant leap of faith that day… not knowing what would come of it. She wondered if this silly blog idea would be just another failure.

While I see traces of myself in her (the courage to go for it anyway, for example), I stand in awe of the transformation that she was about to go through.

Some days I wish that I could reach back in time and let her know that everything was going to be OK. The new-age mystic part of my brain tells me that maybe I did. Maybe “future me” was that nagging voice in my head back then that said “Prats! You need to do this! Get it out there !”

Either way, I’m happy that I pushed that button. I’m happy that I took that leap of faith, and jumped into a world that I knew nothing about. I’m happy that I stepped way out of my comfort zone and allowed myself to grow in ways that I never even knew was possible before.

CELEBRATING THE PAST

A year  ago I logged on to WordPress.com and started a blog.

It sounds all-too-simple and kind of boring, but that’s exactly how this blog got started.

Actually, there is a little bit more of a backstory…I had heard about this “blogging thing” for sometime, and my interest was piqued.

I had dabbled in some guest posting over the previous year, but hadn’t yet started out on my own.

That attempt, along with the honest advice of an editor, set me off to work on something else which would spark my passion.

Now, I knew I wanted to have a little project all of my own, where I could use my organizational skills, be creative, have fun, and help people in the process.

Plus, I’d heard so much about this blogging thing.

And thus, The messed home  was born.

Who knew that a year later ,, I’d still be at it.

Here I am, finding myself celebrating a milestone of  1 year  blog anniversary, and having lots of wonderful readers from around the world.

It’s been an incredible ride thus far. I’m still in a bit of a haze when I stop to think, and remember that it has been a whole year since I’ve been blogging. Wow, that’s quite a chunk of time!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to my readers, followers, family, and friends. You have all helped me so much to make this blog what it is today.

Through your questions, comments, feedback, and support, I’ve steadily grown the blog, bit by bit. Thank you so much! It means a great deal to me, and I’m so glad I am able to help you, each and every day.

How Can I Help You?

Now, to mark this special occasion, I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A session with you, my dear readers! This is your chance to ask me anything about organization.

Do you have a question about how to organize your home, office, desk, calendar, closet, cabinets, anything else that comes to mind? Go ahead and ask away in the comments below; any and all organization questions are fair game.

Some of you may be new to the blog, and some of you have been with me for some time, perhaps even from the very beginning. You may have read certain organization posts, or topics, and you might have missed some, but, hey, that’s bound to happen when there’s a lot of Posts on the Messed up home

This Q&A session is an open one, please feel free to ask any organizing question that comes to mind in the comments at the bottom of the post. I’ll do my best to help. I’m looking forward to reading your questions. 🙂

Oh, and one last thing…if you like this site, please consider sharing it with others via social media, or perhaps share it with a friend who might find it interesting or helpful. Thanks!

How about you? What question or questions do you have for me when it comes to organizing? I’m here to answer your questions. Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

july!

 

Ewww! Clutter !

Clutter can be a devastating thing for some people. The stress and anxiety people develop over clutter in their homes, work and lives, can cause adverse health issues. Did you know that clutter affects women differently than men? The take away from this is to understand that you need to deal with the clutter in your life before if causes you personal issues:(

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Why Decluttering Your Home Can Make Your Life Better!!

Yep, decluttering your home could have a profound and uplifting effect on your life and even your bank account. But you don’t have to take my word for it. These five eye-opening clutter facts reveal why a tidy home could change your life for the better.

Fact: Clutter is Picking Your Pockets!

pinIs your refrigerator covered with stuck-on-stuff like magnets, schedules and photos? Then welcome to the clutter bug club, which includes many of you.

A study by anthropologists reported that the average  fridge around the world  has around 52 different items plastered to it, and if yours is junked up, it’s a reliable sign that the rooms you use daily in your home are cluttered. And that’s bad news for your bank account.

The same study also revealed that clutter is connected to buying more stuff than you use, which contributes big to those disorderly junk taking up space in your life !

Fact: Clutter Can Ruin Your Career.

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Do you have piles of stuff cluttering your office?  Well, those stacks of files and discarded takeout cups may have cost you a job promotion. And it seems well-founded. A recent survey revealed that a whopping 77 percent said that their office clutter reduced their productivity. Another 50 percent agreed that their untidy office slashed motivation levels while also doing a number on their state of mind.

Fact: Clutter Can Bust Up Your Marriage.

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Now there’s scientific proof that a messy home is truly a bummer — especially for women.

A study by the University of California revealed that while women’s stress hormones spiked when dealing with clutter, their male counterparts didn’t.

What gives this away ?

The study’s findings suggest that men and women view clutter differently.

For women, an uncluttered household is one that’s also successful and happy. For men, the accumulation of stuff is a source of pride even if it’s all kept in disorderly heaps.

It’s no wonder why two recent surveys concluded that clutter has become one of biggest conflicts at home for couples.

Fact: You Have More Closet Space Than You Think??

confettiThink you got nothing to wear? Then your closet may be busting at the seams with ill-fitting clothing. A whopping 80 percent of the stuff we wear come from a mere 20 percent of our wardrobe.

And in case you are holding onto to clothes that you think will fit better once you lost a few pounds, consider this. Our body weight can move around from year to year, so even if you dropped the weight, some of your clothing might not work for your current body type.

Now do yourself a big favor. You can make room for clothing that will look great on you now by donating the stuff that doesn’t fit.

Fact: A Cluttered Desk May Boost Creativity But at a Cost????????

Einstein’s desk was always a cluttered mess. Did his untidiness fuel his creativity? Maybe.

A scientific study by researchers at the University of Minnesota revealed that clutter can boost creative thinking and inspire new ideas. However, they noted a few downsides.

People in messy workspaces were less generous than those in clean ones. They also made unhealthy food choices.

And in case you believe that random mess on your desk means you’re super gifted, sorry!

A genius’s mess is methodical, not haphazard.

That’s all folks , Writing this post made me realize small stuff do matter in the long period of time frame !

 

De-Cluttering your Bedroom

DE CLUTTERING THE BEDROOM 

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The process of decluttering your home isn’t always easy, and it can be downright stressful when you have to say goodbye to some of your possessions, but it’s a great idea. If you’re getting ready to list your home for sale, almost certainly you’ll need to declutter in order to make your house look larger, more open and, in a word, better. When you declutter prior to sale, you’ll also make your move down the road lighter and thus easier and less expensive. 

 Many people assume that kitchen as the most important part remove away some clutters, but decluttering your bedroom is more important. That’s all because you do some important tasks in your bedroom. Keeping things tidy and neat is the initial step you need to take to remove away all clutters as well as organizing your bedroom space. Following are smart ways to cut clutter in your bedroom. check it out!

I was surprised to see the overwhelming majority of folks who say that clutter is their biggest problem in the bedroom. It seems that even the room that’s supposed to be your sanctuary can’t escape the mess of everyday life. 

To de-clutter the bedroom: (1) get rid of anything you don’t use, and (2) find storage solutions to deal with what you have left. Step-by-step plan below…

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Keep in mind that the often you remove clutter, the less time you will need to take when cut cluter in your bedroom. First of all, clean your closet through your dresser and other parts. Clean some clutters all over the room. During your declutter activity, try to place a recycle bin to make sure that you have got rid of what you’ve already read. In addition, you can also tailor it as your own habits.

Regularly declutter your clothes closet

If you are searching for the biggest culprit in your bedroom, try with the closet at first. Even if, it is often behind the closed doors and commonly occupied with clothes that no longer you wear and some clothes that never got back on the right hanger. A little habit will help you out:

  • Take for about five seconds to hang up your clothes
  • Fold and put them into the right pile on your shelves.
  • Put the dirty clothes into the basket instead of putting it in between stack on the floor.

Spending a little time can make your decluttering time way easier and less time consuming as well.

Choose the right basket

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First thing you have to do to decluttering your bedroom is making sure that you already have a laundry basket in the bedroom. a laundry basket is one of the most important part to keep your bedroom neat and tidy as well. if you don’t have any laundry basket, you can opt for something that ally your bedroom décor such as sleek bin or a beautiful basket. Commit to put your dirty clothes in the basket to keep your bedroom neat and also tidy.

Make use bowls and trays to hold clutter

You bedroom tends to have some items such as earrings, knickknacks, books, watches and others. Streamline them by placing it in a tray or bowl to store those items and place it next to your bed. Instead, you can also install a mini drawer or an organizer to store them if you think tray and bowl is not an efficient way to decluttering your bedroom.

 In short Declutter the Bedroom:

  • Take everything out of the bedroom that doesn’t belong there. Remove any dishes, paperwork, loose change, etc. If possible, keep high-energy objects like TVs and computers out of the bedroom.
  • Get rid of any clothes, jewelry, or shoes that you don’t need. Be ruthless! Each thing you get rid of is one less thing to store and care for.
  • Clean all surfaces, wash sheets, and clean the floors.

Decluttering your Kitchen

When the majority of your time in the kitchen is spent hunting for the right pan lid, figuring out if you’ve got the self-raising flour or plain flour canister in your hand or reaching to the back of the cupboard blindly feeling round for the paper towel, you know it’s high time you got organized! The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any home but when it is all cluttered it makes it much harder to actually be used as a functional space.

Not only will you feel better once this space is less junked up, you’ll also save yourself time and energy as well.Here is some of my  space-saving ideas, tips and tricks to help get you and your kitchen back in order.

Kitchens are a great place to start for de-cluttering — and you’ll feel SO much better by the end of it.

 

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1) Old containers: Be they old takeaway containers or “useful” Bottles and jars, bring them all out from the back of cupboard and see how many you have. Then throw out at least half of them.

2) Old appliances that don’t work: Put them all on the floor and divide into those that are worth fixing (or can be fixed) and those that aren’t. Toss them away ! seriously it just takes up space !

3)Knives: Most people need only five or six good knives for everyday use. Sort yours out, dumping the not-so-good ones  and investing in a sharpener for the rest.

4)Plastic bags: Unless you use recyclable shopping bags you’re likely to have quite a few of those. Take them to the recycling bin ! 

5) Mugs and cups: If you take into account all those oddball gift mugs you’ve received you probably have an over-supply. In reality, most people need no more than 10. With the others,  put them up in a high cupboard out of the way.

6)Expired food: Check the herbs and spice shelf for ingredients that are so old they’re not worth adding to any dish. Also, dig into the back of the pantry for tinned food that may have expired, and don’t forget the fridge and freezer. Frozen food doesn’t last forever, particularly if it’s leftovers or fish where three months is the maximum duration in the freezer.

7)Odds and ends: Many people have an odds and ends drawer which is fine for throwing in those things you can’t find a home for. However, it’s not so easy to find things when there’s too much in that drawer. Try to halve the contents. Failing that, try to compartmentalize by putting similar objects in trays or tying them up with rubber bands.

8)Chipped or cracked crockery: These can be a trap for nasties and deserve to be riffed.Period!

9)Double-up implements: There are certain items in the kitchen which don’t require a back-up. These include potato mashers, soup ladles, gravy boats and flour sifters. If you have more than one of these it’s time to share with someone else. 

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Decluttering Checklist  For Your Kitchen

Items you may want to get rid of, or decluttering missions to tackle in this area include:

  • Gadgets and cooking tools
  • Small appliances
  • Clear off table top
  • Clear countertops
  • Tablecloths, napkins and placemats
  • Plastic cups and water bottles
  • Zippered plastic bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap
  • Cabinet shelves and drawers
  • Junk drawer
  • Under kitchen sink
  • Tops of cabinets
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Pots and pans (and also match each with lid)
  • Baking dishes and sheets
  • Top and front of refrigerator
  • Recipes
  • Cookbooks
  • Restaurant and takeout and menus
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Kitchen towels and potholders
  • Plastic silverware and other take out packaging
  • Clear space to pack sack lunches
  • Lunch boxes
  • China
  • Glassware and crystal
  • Silver items
  • Party serving pieces
  • Coffee cups and mugs
  • Plates, bowls, utensils, etc.

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I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post !

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

20 CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !

20  CLEANING TIPS FOR A SHINY SPARKLY HOME !  

Cleaning, for some, is very therapeutic. The feeling of cleaning an object, then seeing it clean, is a sense of pride and accomplishment. To others, cleaning is a pain in the neck. The problem, of course. is that if you ignore this chore, things just get dirtier. There are some items that you may not think of cleaning, but these should be cleaned. I am  compiling these cleaning ideas for 20 things you may have ignored.

I love cleaning. I really, really do. I love it to the point that when I get something — especially something stubborn — freakishly clean, I couldn’t feel more fulfilled. Honestly!!!

And sometimes, there are those sorts of messes that actually require tips, tricks, and hacks in order to get them efficiently restored to cleanly status. 

Just in case you’ve struggled here, I’ve put together this list of ways to clean hard-to-clean things so that, in the future, you will never meet adversity when it comes to your 10-minute tidy again. 

1. Homemade Gunk/Goop  Remover

Kitchen cabinets accumulate gunk/ oil stains/ sticky stuff ! YUCK!!!

 and it’s not a pretty sight but you can fix the problem with this homemade gunk remover. 

Mix one part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda and use a sponge or a cloth to clean the cabinets. Toothbrush also works as a great Scrubber 

2. Remove labels with Vanish.

 This one cleaning hack happened to be by fluke !  I bymistake Put Vanish in my hot water sink instead of baking soda and vinegar for removing labels ! and VIOLA !! just amazing stuff !

 Actually removing the labels from bottles or jars is not an easy task but you can greatly simplify the process if you use Vanish ( Clothes Stain remover ). Fill the sink with warm water and add a scoop of Vanish & ur normal Liquid dishwashing soap . Let the bottles soak for 30 minutes and the labels come off.

3. Clean the iron with salt.

Cleaning the iron is very simple if you know this tip. First sprinkle salt onto the ironing board, turn the iron to the highest setting and set off the steam option and then simply iron over the salt. 

The dirt sticks to the salt and the iron becomes clean and shiny.

4. Remove pet hair with rubber gloves.

 If you have a cat or a dog then I’m sure you’re at war with all the hair then leave around the house. But it’s not that difficult to remove all that hair. All you need is a pair of rubber gloves. Run your hand over the upholstery and the hair with cling to the glove.

5. Fix the scratches in wood furniture with vinegar and olive oil.

If you have an old wooden table with the top all scratched and ugly, don’t throw it out because it can still be saved. Mix ½ cup of vinegar with ½ cup of olive oil, dip a cloth in the mixture and rub it onto the wood. The scratches completely disappear and the wood looks like new.\

6.Remove hard water with vinegar.! ( I swear by this )

The nasty built up you often see on and around the faucets and in some other areas is definitely not something you want to have in your home. But you can easily remove it with vinegar. If it’s a flat surface, pour some vinegar and let it sit for about 20 minutes. For the faucet, you can use paper towels soaked in vinegar

7.Make your grill/ Pan  non-stick with an onion.

My M-I-L ’s trick !

Getting ready for a Dosa ? Don’t forget the onion. That’s right, you need an onion if you want to make your Pan/grill non-stick. Just cut the onion in half and rub the cut side on the heated Pan .

8.Clean the bathroom faucet with lemon.

Instead of using all sorts of cleaning products which may or may not be toxic, try instead a more natural approach.

 For example, you can clean the bathroom faucet with lemon. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the hard water stains on any fixture.

9.Clean the shower head with vinegar and a plastic bag.

Make your shower head look like new again using distilled white binegar and a pastic baggy. Pour vinegar in the bag and secure it to the shower head. Let it soak with an hour and wipe clean with a wet towel.

10.Make your own window cleaner.

All you have to do to make sure you have clean windows with no streaks is use water, vinegar and dish soap. Mix these three ingredients and your windows will be sparkly clean. Also, remember to use newspaper. Spray the windows with the mixture, use a white cloth to wash them and then dry them up a waded up wet  newspaper.

11.Clean the stove burners with ammonia( Bleach).

If you ignore them, the stove burners and the grates can end up looking disgusting and nobody wants that in their kitchen. So what can you do? It’s simple actually. Clean the stove with ammonia. Take ¼ cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a plastic bag. Let it sit overnight and then it should wipe clean with a sponge.

12.Cleaning solution for the kitchen sink.

Make your own cleaner for the kitchen sink using the following ingredients: liquid dish washing soap , distilled white vinegar, baking soda, rock salt, lemon or lime and ice. You’ll also need an old rag, a toothbrush and a soft sponge. Rinse off the sink and sprinkle baking soda onto the surface. Make a paste and rinse. Scrub the rim with a toothbrush soaked in baking soda paste or soap.

13. Make your own Oven Cleaner .

To clean the oven, you can mix baking soda and vinegar. You also need a bowl and a spatula. Scrape the debris with the spatula. Sprinkle baking soda all over the floor of the oven. Then spray vinegar over the baking soda and spread the paste around. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Scrub in a circular motion.

14.Remove permanent marker with toothpaste.

If you have a kid who just discovered the magic of permanent markers, then you’ll most likely find works of art on the floor and furniture. Don’t worry, it can be removed. First put a dab of white toothpaste on the marker and rub with a damp cloth or paper towel.

15.Clean silver with salt and baking soda.

Both salt and baking soda are commonly used in homemade cleaning products. But why not mix them? If you do that you get a very nice cleaner which you can use on silver. Combine equal amounts of salt and baking soda.

16.Moldy Tile Cleaner 

Sometimes u gotta use harsh chemicals !The best way to remove mold is with a solution of one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Wearing rubber gloves, saturate a clean sponge or cloth with the bleach solution and apply it to the mold. Let the solution soak for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. Thoroughly dry the surface and throw away the sponges or rags you used to avoid spreading spores to other surfaces.

17. Cleaning Burnt Pans 

Soak the burnt pan in a magical solution overnight.

Baking soda, vinegar and water. A perfect solution for burnt pans.

18. Clean your Cutting Board 

Clean your cutting board.Use lemons to remove stains from wood and plastic cutting boards.

Squeeze, rub and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse.

Now enjoy your house smelling like lemons. Rather than chemicals!

19. Odor Control in Refrigerator 

Use newspaper as refrigerator drawer liners.Newspapers absorb odor from vegetables.

also always place a open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to remove odor from the fridge .

20.Microwave Cleaner 

Steam clean your microwave.

Add 1 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of hot water. Microwave it for 10 minutes.

 

I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

~ Prats 🙂

 

SPRING CLEANING OVERVIEW :)

Let’s face it: Cleaning can be a daunting task. And keeping things clean is even worse.

This month I will be sharing a few spring cleaning posts, to help inspire you to dust off those cob webs, open up the blinds & let the sunshine in.  If you are like me, you need motivation to conquer such a large set of tasks & thats what I hope to do this month.  Join me today, as I share my  Spring Cleaning Plan.  But before we begin cleaning, I want to share some tips on how you can get prepared for the week ahead. Happy cleaning!

Getting prepared for a week of spring cleaning:

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Some overall tips to get you started:

Set a timer for the amount of time you’re going to clean — you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually get done in five minutes. Even better, put on your favorite song! Turn the volume up high and set your phone’s sleep timer to stop playing the music after one, five, or ten minutes (depending on how much time you have). Remember: You don’t need to try to deep-clean everything.

That’s because this challenge isn’t simply about the results — it’s about creating new healthy habits for your home. Cleaning is not a set of ideals to aspire to, a standard of perfection to achieve. This is a mindfulness practice, and if you are cleaning or decluttering mindfully, you have already arrived.

Oh, and if any of the steps don’t apply to you (if you don’t have a dishwasher, for example), just spend some extra time on one of the other steps. Or, sign up for our daily newsletter reminders to get an exclusive bonus round suggestion for each day!

And, we’re off!

1.  I make sure I am all stocked up on my cleaners. For my spring cleaning, I typically use Basic Cleaner which is an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and degreaser in one.  I only use non-toxic cleaners in my home.  (Cleaning with toxic cleaners does more harm than good).  I place the cleaners in my caddy, along with trash bags & rags.

2.  Stock up on trash bags, paper towels or rags, and candles (I always have a candle burning & the music up loud, while I clean).

3.  Make a week of dinners ahead of time, because you will not have the time or the energy to cook when you are spring cleaning.

4. Organize your cleaning schedule (type or write it out & put on a clipboard), matching days to tasks. I try to have my spring cleaning complete in one week. It takes an additional week to clean the outside of my home (power-washing, wash window screens, weeding, preparing the garden, cleaning out the terraces & Balconies, cleaning out the car, etc.)

Spring cleaning checklist:

 Things u will need :-

1. Spray bottle (with 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water solution)

2. Microfiber cloth

3. Socks (cotton or microfiber work best)

4. Plastic bags

5. Lemon

6. Duster

7. White vinegar 

8. Magic Erasers

9. Rubber band

10. Newspaper

11. Dryer sheets (used work best)

12. Antibacterial all-purpose cleaner (APC)

13. Paper towels

So Lets begin our spring cleaning !!

Day 1:

  • Clean all walls, windows & mirrors (spraying everything with Basic Cleaner  eliminates the need for a bucket of water & cleaner)
  • Clean all glass surfaces
  • Wipe down electronics

Day 2:

  • Wash all curtains (including shower curtains)
  • Wash all bedding (including quilts & pillows)
  • Flip mattresses
  • Empty all trash cans, clean and sanitize them.

Day 3:

  • Clean the kitchen:
  • Clear the entire counter top and sanitize
  • Wipe out & organize all cabinets. Throw out old food and dishes you no longer use.
  • Wipe off the top of fridge
  • Dust fridge coils
  • Clean out fridge and freezer
  • Clean out oven (including vents)
  • Clean microwave
  • Sanitize the sink and garbage disposer
  • Wipe down all appliances.

Day 4:

  • Change all filters ( water filtration)
  • Polish all furniture in house (and wax if needed)
  • Clean toilets, sinks, medicine cabinets and showers

Day 5:

  • Vacuum out couches & chairs
  • Wash couch cushions
  • Vacuum and mop all floors
  • Wash rugs

Day 6:

  • Cleanall carpets
  • Replace all smoke detector batteries( optional)
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs

Day 7:

  • Rest because next week its time to head outside!!

 

 

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Extra chores you can do this week:

  • Switch out winter wardrobe to spring
  • Oil change in car (fill fluids, check belts, install new wipers)
  • Clean out car (Shampoo floors, mats & seats, leather conditioner)
  • Clean out vacuum cleaner
  • Clean out dog kennel
  • Reseal grout lines & rechaulk
  • Clean out email box
  • Clean out your wallet/purse/backpack
  • Clean the lint trap in the dryer

I hope this spring cleaning checklist will help u as they do to me !

Until next time Happy cleaning !

 

HOW TO WAKE UP TO A CLEAN HOME

Who likes having a clean home? *Raises hand* I think it’s safe to say that we all enjoy having a clean space. Because I work from home, keeping my home clean is a necessity. If I neglect our home, I can’t run away from it or go off to work and forget about it. It’s in my face all day long. Over the years, I’ve found that certain nighttime habits help me cut back my daytime cleaning. None of these things take up an extraordinary amount of time and the benefits they yield are well worth it.

HOW TO WAKE UP TO A CLEAN HOME

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1. PICK UP THE MAIN LIVING AREAS.

Every night before I call it quits, I do a quick pick up of the main living areas. This typically takes me 5-10 minutes max since most of it is small items the kids left out. I just gather all the items and get each child to put away their own stuff. I also fluff up the pillows and adjust the cushions. This small habit enables me to wake up to a clean living room space every day.

2. TOSS OUT JUNK MAIL.

Mail is my nemesis. I swear it multiplies by the second. In order to keep the paper clutter to a minimum, I go through the mail each day. I do this everyday when I’m picking up the kitchen space at night. I quickly sort through our daily mail pile and pitch the junk. This simple step keeps our mail piles small and our paper clutter to a minimum.

2. TAKE CARE OF THE DISHES.

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For some reason dirty dishes gives me mild anxiety. I can’t focus or function with a sink full of dishes sitting nearby. Each night my goal is to wash all dishes, so I can start fresh the next day. This enables me to wake up to a clean slate and not have to worry about dishes first thing in the morning. This simple step will make your mornings easier and help you get started on breakfast without any distractions.

3. CLEAN THE KITCHEN COUNTERS AND DO A QUICK SWEEP.

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Before going to bed, I like to put things away that were left out and wipe down the kitchen counters. I start by getting rid of trash and spraying everything down with a surface cleaner. Since I keep my kitchen counters clutter free, this step is pretty simple. I also do a quick sweep to get the floors cleaned up. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so I try to stay on top of it as much as possible. By doing this daily, you won’t have to worry about doing a cleaning overhaul.

4. WIPE DOWN THE BATHROOM SURFACES.

At night while you’re in the bathroom brushing your teeth, spray down the sink, counter and toilet. I like to keep cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink, so I don’t have to go searching for anything that I need. This simple step will save you a ton of time in the future and you’ll wake up to a clean bathroom space. Win-win.

5. PUT CLOTHES AWAY.

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Scattered clothes will make even the cleanest space look messy. So instead of tossing clothes over a piece of furniture or on the floor at night, place it where it belongs right away. You won’t have to worry about dealing with it the next day and won’t have to second guess if something is clean or not.

6. DON’T EAT IN THE BEDROOM.

This was a terrible habit of mine for many years. I would get in bed and crave a snack or a bowl of cereal, so I would bring in the bedroom with me. The following day I would have to deal with my dirty dishes or trash. It may not seem like a big deal, but even small habits like these can add stress to our mornings. Instead, treat yourself to a late night snack in the kitchen and keep the bedroom food free.

7. KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE.

18965e6ea1c737130e92f56b4d23916aindian-master-bedroom-design-inspirationI truly believe that a home that is clutter free will be much easier to keep clean. You don’t have to worry about working around things that are in the way or piles that continue to grow. If you find that keeping up with a simple cleaning routine is too exhausting, start by de-cluttering your space. A clutter free space will be much easier to maintain and even gives the illusion that a space is clean when it’s not.

Remember that at the end of the day, you have to decide what’s important to you and your family. Perhaps you’re in a season where dirty dishes are the least of your worries. Or maybe you find that starting a load of laundry is where you should put forth your efforts. There’s no right or wrong way of doing things, and only you know what works best in your home.

Do you have a nighttime cleaning routine that helps you wake up to a cleaner space? I would love to hear your tips.