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There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to a house that feels like a bomb hit it. An active household is bound to become chaotic. Routinely installed family rules help. But the truth is, it requires a lot more than that to stay organized. Which is why I went on a mission: to give you ten essential home management tips for a mess free home.
Is your home a mess? Or are you just feeling overwhelmed by the mess? Get ready to start organizing and get your home under control with these ten simple tips.
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Here’s the awful truth: Your home doesn’t have to be a mess. In fact, you can banish chaos and clutter with some simple daily habits. Just create a little discipline. Small tasks pile up to huge improvements if done consistently. Here are my 10 Essencial Miracle tips to keep your home mess free:
1. Develop a cleaning schedule
Regularly cleaning your home reduces clutter and eliminates stress in the long run. The key is developing a cleaning routine that works for your life. If you’re not sure where to start, create a schedule that fits into your daily routine — for example:
- Spend 15 minutes in the morning straightening up and 30 minutes at night doing laundry or dishes before bedtime.
- Focus on one area at a time. Take on small tasks such as wiping off counters or dusting shelves instead of trying to do everything at once, which only leads to feeling overwhelmed quickly.
- Make it fun! Find something enjoyable about cleaning — whether it’s taking a hot shower while the floors dry or blasting music while you put away laundry — and make it part of your routine so that it doesn’t feel like work anymore!
2. Create a command center
As a European, seeing command centers in movies has always fascinated me. I have always wondered how much of a difference it would make to have a command center in your home and I really didn’t get it until I started living with my boyfirend. I procrastinated on creating a command center for a few months, but once I finally did, I got it! It is home organizational bliss! It is a centralized location with a calendar, bulletin board, and mail slots to keep your entire household organized. I am amazed at the simplicity and how much of a difference it made. Check out my Pinterest Board for my very own inspiration on command centers.
3. Declutter regularly
Set aside time to go through your belongings and remove items that are no longer useful or bring you joy.
Tackling your entire home at once can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to begin with a small area, like your closet or a kitchen cabinet. When you start with a more manageable space, you can experience the positive impact of decluttering without feeling overwhelmed, making it easier to continue.
Use the Three-Box Method:
The three-box method simplifies the decluttering process. Grab three boxes or bins: one for items you want to keep, one for things you’d like to donate, and one for items to throw away. As you go through your belongings, categorize them into these boxes. This approach streamlines decision-making, making it easier to decide what to keep and what to let go of.
Set a Timer:
If you’re worried about dedicating too much time to decluttering, set a timer for 15-30 minutes. Focus on one specific task during that time, such as organizing a drawer or sorting through a stack of papers. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make in a short, focused burst of time.
Embrace the Joy Test:
Marie Kondo’s famous advice suggests keeping only the items that spark joy. Hold each item in your hand and ask, “Does this bring me joy?” If the answer is no, it’s a sign that it’s time to part ways with that item.
Create a Decluttering Schedule:
To make decluttering a regular habit, establish a schedule that works for you. You might set specific dates or designate certain days of the month for decluttering sessions. Having a routine keeps your space organized and minimizes chaos over time.
Involve the Family:
Decluttering can be a fun and collaborative family activity. Encourage everyone in your household to go through their belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard. This not only fosters a sense of togetherness but also ensures that everyone is responsible for their own spaces.
Donate and Recycle:
Rather than discarding everything in the trash, consider donating items that are still in good condition and recycling whenever possible. Knowing that your belongings are finding new homes or being disposed of responsibly can be a motivating factor in your decluttering journey.
By incorporating these easy strategies into your decluttering routine, you’ll find it easier to maintain a tidy, organized home and keep the chaos at bay.
4. Embrace the “One In, One Out” Rule
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the clutter, implement the “One In, One Out” Rule. For every new item that enters your home, whether it’s a piece of clothing, a kitchen gadget, or a decorative item, make it a habit to say goodbye to something you no longer need. This simple rule helps you maintain a balanced and clutter-free living space. It encourages you to be more mindful about what you bring into your home and ensures that your belongings don’t spiral out of control. Plus, it’s an excellent way to keep your home organized while preventing future chaos.
5. Use storage solutions
Storage solutions are like the unsung heroes of an organized home. Bins, baskets, and trays can be your best friends in the battle against clutter. They provide designated spaces for everything, from kitchen utensils and bathroom toiletries to kids’ toys and office supplies. Imagine a world where your odds and ends have a cozy home, neatly tucked away in stylish containers. Not only do these storage solutions keep your space looking spick and span, but they also make it incredibly easy to find what you need when you need it. So, invest in some charming wicker baskets, clear plastic bins, or decorative trays to bring a touch of order and serenity to your living spaces. With the help of these storage saviors, you’ll have a tidy, inviting home that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, it’s amazing to rediscover items you thought were lost in the abyss of clutter.
6. Keep a Running shopping list
A trusty shopping list can be your secret weapon for a smoother, more efficient life. It’s amazing how such a simple practice can save you time and reduce waste. By keeping a running list of items you need to buy, whether it’s groceries, household essentials, or gifts, you’ll never have to play the guessing game at the store again. Instead of wandering aimlessly through the aisles, you’ll know exactly what you need, helping you stay focused and avoiding impulse purchases.
Plus, it’s a great way to cut down on food waste since you’ll only buy what you truly need. Whether you prefer a good old-fashioned paper list or a digital app, the key is to use it consistently. Your shopping list isn’t just a piece of paper; it’s a tool for a more organized, efficient, and eco-conscious life. So, jot down your needs, and you’ll be amazed at how this small habit can have a big impact on your daily routine.
7. Get everyone involved
Creating a harmonious, clutter-free home is a team effort, and it’s all about getting everyone on board. No matter the size of your household, there’s a role for everyone to play. By assigning age-appropriate tasks, you’re not only lightening the load for yourself but also teaching valuable life skills to your family members. Kids can pick up their toys, help set the table, or assist with simple cleaning tasks. Teenagers can take on more responsibilities, like doing laundry, cooking, or mowing the lawn. And, of course, adults can contribute their fair share too. By involving everyone, you’ll instill a sense of shared responsibility, foster a more organized living space, and create a sense of togetherness in your home. It’s a simple yet powerful way to banish chaos and bring order and cooperation into your household.
8. Stay on top of laundry
Laundry, a chore that we all face, can quickly become a mountain of stress if left unchecked. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The secret is to stay on top of it by doing a little laundry every day. This simple practice can work wonders in preventing the dreaded build-up of dirty clothing that seems to multiply overnight. Instead of facing a weekend marathon laundry session, you can break the task into manageable daily loads. Whether it’s tossing a load in the machine before breakfast or folding clothes while watching your favorite TV show in the evening, these small, consistent efforts keep laundry from becoming an overwhelming burden. You’ll enjoy fresh, clean clothes whenever you need them, and your laundry room will stay pleasantly uncluttered. It’s a small change that can make a big difference in maintaining a tidy, peaceful home, without the looming threat of laundry chaos.
9. Use multi-purpose products
In the quest for an organized and clutter-free home, multitasking can be your best friend. Multipurpose products, whether it’s a versatile cleaner or a nifty tool, are the unsung heroes of efficiency. They save you precious time, hard-earned money, and valuable storage space. Imagine having a single cleaner that can handle kitchen countertops, bathroom surfaces, and even glass – that’s not just a cleaning product; it’s a time-saver.
In addition, consider a multi-use tool that combines several functions in one, eliminating the need for a drawer full of single-purpose gadgets. These products not only simplify your daily tasks but also help you keep your space free from the clutter of unnecessary items. In a world where every inch of space counts, embracing multipurpose products can be a game-changer. It’s an easy and practical way to streamline your life and keep a mess free home while saving you from unnecessary purchases and cupboard clutter.
10. Simplify meal planning
Meal planning is a game-changer when it comes to maintaining a peaceful, organized home. By taking some time to plan your meals ahead, you can wave goodbye to the stress of last-minute dinner decisions and hectic trips to the grocery store. Consider embracing batch cooking to make the most of your efforts. Preparing larger quantities of your favorite dishes not only saves you time but also ensures you have leftovers for those busy days when cooking from scratch isn’t an option. It’s a little upfront work that pays off with less daily stress and more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. And who doesn’t love opening the fridge to find a pre-made, delicious meal waiting for them? Meal planning is a simple yet powerful tool to keep your home in order, ensuring that chaos doesn’t creep into your daily routine.
So, there you have it, my 10 essential miracle tips for a mess free home. It’s like having your very own magic wand to make clutter disappear. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is the journey to a perfectly organized home. Embrace these simple, yet effective tips, and you’ll find that chaos will be nothing more than a distant memory. As you embark on your decluttering adventures, involve the whole family, whip out those storage solutions, and keep your shopping list at the ready. And if things ever start to get messy again, don’t worry – life’s too short to be constantly tidying up. Just remember that a little chaos can add a dash of excitement to our lives. So, stay sweet, stay organized, and remember that a mess free home is just a few tidy steps away.