I am a working mother of two. I will admit, my house is not perfect. I struggle with time management in addition to getting enough sleep and exercise. I know many of you work long and even odd hours and you know exactly what I am talking about.
My goal this year is to be better, be more efficient at work, be better at home, spend more time with the kids, keep the house a little cleaner, and get some of those home improvement projects done (you know, the ones that have been on my to do list for a few years!). But HOW!?!?
I started listening to audio books Audible.com to get inspired and maybe pick up a few tips.
The first book I listened to was “The lift changing magic of tidying up”, by Marie Kondo. I learned that it is okay to get rid of things you don’t have a connection to (if you don’t need it and it doesn’t have sentimental value, get rid of it). Pretty simple, Marie’s method seems a little extreme but it makes sense and was a big help in de-cluttering some spaces. I still have more to go, but it was a great start.
The second books is the one making a bigger impact and helping me get my house into shape. “Simply Clean, the proven method for keeping your home organized, clean and beautiful in just 10 minutes a day”, by Becky Rapinchuk. Oh. My. Gosh! She goes step by step into every detail, gives schedules and check lists and even gives you recipes to make your own cleaners.
I am on week 2 of the 28 day challenge. I can honestly say, my home is much cleaner. During the week I am still struggling with the 10 minutes every day. One of the major changes I chose to implement immediately was doing laundry everyday (well, more like every other day) so it does not build up to one day. Who wants to do laundry all day on their day off? Wash, fold and put away one load a day (or every other day if that works for you) and save your day off for things you like to do!
Becky’s weeks are 6 days leaving one day for “catch up”. Her check lists even allow for de-cluttering of drawers, cabinets and closets. How great is that?! Once the 28 day challenge is done your house is deep cleaned and easy to maintain from there. The best part to the hole package is, if you aren’t done when your timer goes off you can chose to leave the task until another day, or finish based on your schedule. The book is written to be flexible and give you the power to manipulate it into your own life. The key is to do a little every day so it’s not overwhelming.
If you are thinking about buying your first home, or selling your home in the near future, she has a whole chapter about getting your house and garage organized and de-cluttered. The book even addresses maintaining the clean home for showings.
Any of you who follow my blog or social media know that I generally keep things real estate related but I felt that this topic was something that everyone can benefit from if you choose to take it a step further that reading this blog post.
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