It’s horrible, awful, I know. I hate housework, I hate being tidy and organised, I feel like there are so many better ways I can utilise my time than washing pots and vacuuming the bedroom, but what I hate about it most of all is that I just can’t grasp keeping on top of it.
Recently I cleaned the kitchen, washed all the pots, pulled out the kettle, scrubbed the grime from the cooker, everything.
Since then it’s stayed clean and I feel awesome.
1 // First things, first: Clean it like you’re moving house. No excuses. You need a blank canvas to work with if you’re going to keep it that way. Unorganised stuff leaks all over your home in no time so put it away properly.
2 // One step at a time. Conquer the kitchen until you’ve learned how to keep on top of it and made it a habit, then move onto the bathroom or bedroom. Don’t try to clean the house all in one go, way too overwhelming.
3 // Create a Haven. Have a room in the house that’s done so you can sit in there and relax and feel good about yourself while you’re amidst conquering the house! Looking at the mess and worrying about the mess all day is only going to make you feel worse.
4 // Do it now. Not after a cup of tea, not after you’ve “finished watching this”, now. I had Daddy Oneten over for dinner last night, I cooked and made a huuuge mess (I’m wildy unorganised when I cook!) but for the first time ever, I cleaned up immediately. He left my house at 8.40pm and I was tidy again by 9.05pm. I couldn’t believe how quickly I straightened up and it allowed me to spend the rest of the evening watching Nashville(!!), guilt free.
5 // Do whatever it takes to get you through it; If that’s sticking on some great music, perfect! If it’s cleaning at 1am because you suddenly feel motivated, fine. Having a massive bar of chocolate waiting for you afterwards? Amazing. There is no right and wrong way, just a way that works for you.
6 // Make a home for everything. We have a utensil pot, a mail/post basket, a shoe-rack… the one thing I’ve always struggled with though, is miscellany. Where does that live? Why, in the Miscellany Box of course! I have one in nearly every room and it’s where I keep my USB sticks, camera card, pens, nail file, jewellery I’ve taken off etc. You can empty this sporadically if items have an actual home somewhere else in the house or you can have a Master Miscellany Box in a cupboard in the spare room. Make it easy for yourself.
7 // Tidy house, tidy mind. It really does make me feel like I can get through anything if I can come home to a clean, tidy and inspiring home. To stand in my living room and see all the posters and memories dripping from the walls instead of the used mugs and old magazines and discarded layers of clothing hogging all my attention. I’ve been having a stressful time recently and I can’t tell you how important it’s been to be able to come home and curl up on my clean bedding and relax watching some TV. Me time is essential, you guys!
I know it seems overwhelming, I know. But you can make time for it and once you’ve learned to keep on top of it, you’ll never have to do the Big Ugly Clean again.
Loves x xx