I'm not particularly fond of cleaning and I'm definitely not fond of clutter so keeping our home as clean and organized as possible is a matter of regular practice. This is most effective with have routines in place to streamline processes as well as being consistent with them. Since we're in the season of spring cleaning, here my best practices for maintaining a clean and organized home. It really makes me happy and feel like I have it together when our home is tidy and everything is in order.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
A simple household is one that is easiest to manage.
Edit frequently and ruthlessly. There is no other way to do it. If it doesn't serve a function or doesn't spark joy, it needs to go. This actually goes hand in hand with my mantra of quality over quantity and really can/should apply to all aspects of life.
A LITTLE A DAY
Any task is more manageable when done a little at a time rather than all at once.
FIND A HOME
Have a home for everything and get into a habit of putting things back after you use them.
NO PILE UPS
Don't let anything that needs to be cleaned pile up until it becomes an arduous task. We wash our dishes after every meal and I clean as I cook. And all the pots and dishes go back into the cupboard every night after they're dry. We do have a dishwasher but it's more efficient to hand wash since we don't use that many dishes most nights.
CLEAN AND CLEAR
Tables and countertops should not be not a catchall for stuff and clutter. (see find a home)
ONE IN, ONE OUT
When something comes in, something needs to go out. This goes a long way to prevent hoarding and/or buying unnecessary things.
HAVE A SYSTEM
Setting up systems is the foundation of organization. You really only have to do it once and then it just becomes a matter of maintainance. Categorizing and containing is usually the best way to get started.
USE GOOD TOOLS
Proper tools will make the process of cleaning and organizing more efficient and perhaps even enjoyable. Mopping is the chore I dread the most and since upgrading to this electric floor cleaner, I don't really mind it at all that much anymore. And attractive bins and organizers can be really good motivators for putting your stuff away.
MAKE THE BED
The bed should always get made. Treat this like your first accomplishment of every day, as a way of starting it off right. My husband and I always do this together after we get up. Not convinced. Here are seven good reasons to make your bed.
REFRESH AND RENEW
Go ahead and change up your decor and how things are organized every once in awhile especially if you find clutter is building up. You might just find a better way.
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How do you keep your home organized and free of clutter?
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