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Seeing a dirty, unorganized home can sometimes paralyze you. Then you end up in this hamster wheel of ignoring the mess and more mess creates and then you REALLY don’t know what to do.
It’s even worse after the Holidays or after having guests over. So how do you clean your home when you have absolutely no idea where to start? In this post, I share my top 5 tips on how to get started!
#1 Get a Plan
The first step to cleaning a messy home and KEEPING it clean thereafter, is to have a plan. That is why I recommend having a Home Management Binder. A Home Management Binder will have all your cleaning schedules, important documents and meal plans.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to create anything for this. I created a free one for you which you can get below.
So why is this step important? Having all your tasks and goals gathered together in a binder will help you when you really just need to center yourself. All you have to do is grab your binder, see where you fell off track and pick up where you left off.
I have plans and schedules for all occasions. I don’t ever use a single plan because it’s important to be fluid in your day to day life.
Change is constant and not everyday is the same.
#2 Assess your Home
The second most important step is to asses your home and prioritize tasks that need to be done. Sometimes we spend time on tasks that can be saved for another time but is it really important?
The only way to know is to assess your home.
To do this, walk around your home with one of our free Assess and Prioritize page from the binder or a notepad (I like to start from the back of my home to the front) and write down everything that needs to get done.
I will note everything:
- toys on the floor
- laundry overflowing
- beds undone
- dirty dishes
Then on the second column, start prioritizing.
For example, if you have a lot of laundry to do AND the kitchen is dirty. I would start with laundry because that can run in the background while I work on the dishes.
Or do you have guests coming over? Well then maybe your dishes are the priority in that case.
#3 Check your Mindset
Along with prioritizing, it’s important to remember that not everything will get done in a single day (and thats okay!).
That’s kind of the point with prioritizing. Find out what needs to get done NOW and what can be done later.
Remember that saving stuff for another day is okay as long as you have a plan to actually get it done.
With that said, finding YOUR definition of “done” will help you so much in the long run. YES, there may still be some things that need to get done but what makes you feel happy about your home?
I know I will feel happy if my sink is clear, beds are made and if there is minimal clutter off the floor (aka my kids toys).
So what is your definition of done?
#4 Get a Moving Basket
This is more of tip/hack especially if you plan on saving some work for another day: get a moving basket.
What is a moving basket?
A moving basket is something that I created for my home when my kids started to take over my ENTIRE home. When I knew some toys belonged in their room and not in the living room, I got this basket to transfer toys to get them where they needed to go.
How can this basket help?
When you have a huge list of things to do but can’t get it all done, the moving basket is a great tool to get things picked up, moved to where they need to be without spending loads of time. The tasks is not fully done but can be saved for another time without leaving the mess.
Different ways to use it:
I now have transformed this idea for a lot of things in my home. Like moving laundry from room to room.
I will fill a basket with my kids socks and underwear and leave it in their room. I can fold and put away another day or later but it makes it 100 times easier that it’s already in their room and its all of one thing.
You can move:
- laundry (dirty or clean)
#5 Have a Command Center
A command center is extremely important for getting your home into better shape and also maintaining it.
They key to a constantly clean home is sustainability.
Keeping a clean doesn’t mean cleaning for hours and hours daily. It means doing the little things everyday so you can still live your life.
And again, you can define your version of what a clean home looks like.
A central location will help you a great deal to the maintenance of a clean home. I have an office type command center where I keep my binder, a large calendar and all my notebooks.
It’s such a relief to have all my things easily accessible.
Whether I’m looking for a recipe or working on my blog, I have everything right at the tip of my fingers ready to be used.
Ready to get your home in better shape?
Tell me in the comments if this resource has helped you start your blog – I’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to grab your free binder below.
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