Breaking the Cycle of Mess
I love a clean house. The peace of mind that comes from an organized environment is priceless. In college, when I was overwhelmed with cramming for tests sometimes cleaning my room first would help me think and study better. The problem is that I have the WORST time keeping it that way! I love a clean home, but I really don’t like the cleaning process. Maybe that’s why the cycle of clean-messy-super messy-super clean continues.
We just had some family stay the weekend so now the house is pretty much where I want it, but I’m looking for ways to break the mess cycle so I did some searching and came up with a plan. I’ll let you know how it goes, but if you have any tips that work for you please let me know!
Follow a routine
Follow this basic checklist by Lauren Conrad. One little change I’ll make is to do laundry during the week, and towels/linens on the weekend.
Take 15 minutes a day to work on the Declutter Challenge.
Even though I’m starting late, this breaks down all sorts of tasks to declutter and organize, as well as providing FB accountability groups!
Plan my tasks week by week
Use i Heart Organizing’s (my Fairy Godmothers of Clean) Monthly Template to plan out what I plan on tackling week by week. This site also breaks down how to organize different areas in a fun and practical way. They had a 52 Week organizing Challenge last year that I may switch to if I end up struggling with the other.
Get rid of “later”
If I see something that needs attention and it takes less than 2 minutes, do it now not later!!
One tip I have loved is using the other side of my facial cleansing cloths to wipe down the sinks at night.
Pick one day a week to do the weekly chores.
Several sites called this the “blessing” hour or day. Blessing your home. Maybe if I look at it that way cleaning won’t be such a drag.
See any glaring problems? Give me a shout out! I want to make this work!