I’ve heard folks talk quite a bit about their New Year’s resolutions in the past week or so – you probably have, too! And something I keep hearing over and over from people is, “I’m gonna declutter my house!”
I’m right there, too. I have a whole list of spaces in my home that need some major decluttering, and I’ve already started on a few of them. But the other day, someone asked me why I was even bothering with it at all! They felt as if clutter was what happened when life happened, and there was nothing that could be done about it.
First of all, I don’t believe that for a second. Second of all, I know it’s not true in MY home, so I knew it couldn’t be true for everyone. And third, when Mackenzie Fox contacted me with a guest post on this very topic, I then had the facts to back up my assumptions! She puts it quite well, and gives us some simple steps to follow to get the decluttering process going! Read on…
Do you live in a highly-organized living space, or can you just not be bothered about the “creative” chaos that surrounds you? If you belong to the second category, you might want to re-consider your fondness of clutter for the following, very important reasons (quite a few of them are related to your health):
- Although you might think you are living in the perfect symbiosis with your clutter, the fact remains that it does cause stress and anxiety. Huffington Post conducted a survey which showed that a whopping 84% of people were worried that their homes were not clean or organized enough, while 42% feel anxious when their houses are unorganized and cluttered.
Have you taken down your Christmas decorations yet? I always take ours down on New Year’s Day, and this year was no exception. The only problem was, I had a few new ornaments that I wasn’t sure how to store. Mainly two large round glass balls. Oh dear.
I was going to place them inside two Solo cups taped together, as I had seen on a Facebook video, but they were even too big in girth for the Solo cups! Mercy! What could I do?!
So I started walking around my house looking for something to put them in, and suddenly, I got an idea!
Do those words, “I got an idea!” strike fear into the hearts of everyone else’s husbands, too, or is it just mine?
There are lots of tiny things around our house these days, as you can imagine. And they’re all the fault of two tiny 4-month-old baby girls! (Of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way!) But after a few weeks of doing their laundry and trying to fold all those teeny tiny little pieces that make up infant clothing, I was getting a little bit frustrated. And if I thought it was easy to lose socks in the laundry BEFORE kids, oh my goodness – BABY SOCKS ARE THE WORST!!!
After having to purchase more socks than I can remember due to the loss of so many, it dawned on me: I know how to fix this! Why didn’t I remember this sooner?!
We’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school around here – how about you? There’s a few more days for free time and fun, and then we’ll get down to business and keep most of the “play” to the weekends. Even though kids will get busier when school begins again, they still need to stay active around the house with things like chores and special projects. After all, they need to know that they bring something to the table and are a contributing member of the household as well, right?
So when retired DIY expert David Glenn contacted me with the idea for this post on projects and chores that the kiddos can do on their own, well, I thought it was fantastic! See how it speaks to YOUR kids!
Young children are often eager to help their parents with various projects and chores, but many parents are hesitant out of fear of their children getting in the way. However, children as young as three years old can do basic chores and projects, learning responsibility and independence at a young age.
“I love house cleaning,” said no one, EVER. But tidying up and tackling the household tasks should not necessarily be tedious, or take up your entire weekend. Managing one job at a day will make domestic cleaning feel less like a burden and more like a routine. Break down the work into manageable chunks of time and complete smaller bites every day for the next 30 days. Take 20 minutes to do simple and easy projects like dusting, doing the laundry or wiping the surfaces.
You think it’s impossible to tackle all these jobs in such a short time? The professionals from CleanNGone Central London think that this challenge will change completely your idea of domestic cleaning.
Although this is not a new method, it is an effective one. When faced with bigger and boring projects, you are more likely to procrastinate with them. It is normal to get overwhelmed by the size or the scale of a job. On the other hand, sparing 20 minutes a day to sweep the floor or wash the dishes doesn’t sound like a lot to do. You will be encouraged when you see progress right away. Create a schedule that fits into your needs and lifestyle or print out one from the internet. For example, one day you can clean the bathroom and on the other, you can vacuum all floors. The best thing about this challenge is that it is completely customizable. As long as you are completing small chores every day, you are doing it right.