I’m not naturally good at a lot of things, but I am good at watching and learning from other people. Here are four tips I’ve learned (and implemented!) over the years that have helped me keep a tidier home.
Shine your sink
This one is from Marla Cilley, the Flylady and expert on all things to do with a clutter-free home. Basically, she believes that the sink is like the welcome mat and boss of the kitchen.
When your sink is empty of dirty dishes, and beyond that– sparkling clean and shiny, it will have a positive effect on the rest of the kitchen and the house.
Shine your sink every night after you do the dishes with a powdered cleaner or surface scrub. Then, do a quick spray with something that smells great and shine it up. She even encourages us to dry out our sink when we are done using it. A clean, dry sink?! What a luxury right? Bonus points for putting a bunch of flowers in your shiny sink like an Instagram Influencer–it really does make for a pretty photo!
Home Base for your Hot Spots
We all have those places in our home that become dumping grounds for mail, shoes, goodwill items, and daily randomness.
Those become clutter hotspots that left unchecked will keep growing forever. One way to contain and diminish hotspots is to locate them, then provide a pretty home base like a tray, basket or some type of lovely container. The pretty container solves lots of problems: it’s nice to look at and it creates limits on how much it can hold. You will magically find yourself wanting to keep your hotspots contained so that your pretty home base gets all the attention it deserves. I have home bases on our kitchen island, the night stand and the coffee table. Try it!
Years ago there was a bestselling book called Automatic Millionaire. Spoiler; the way to become a millionaire was to automate your savings and investing so you don’t have to think about it. It works for other things too. The way to simplify your life and feel like an organized queen is by automating simple tasks. I automate bills being paid, savings (for sure not a millionaire yet but I’ll keep you posted) and I automate ordering items I use regularly like cleaning supplies.
Grove offers a huge selection of high-quality natural cleaning products, and you’ll never run out of products again thanks to their monthly shipment schedule (totally optional and super flexible – I order about every 6 weeks if I’m out of stuff).
Get a free cleaning kit with your first purchase from Grove:
If you’ve been around these parts very long you know I’ve been automating my Grove Collaborative shipment for almost five years! That’s a testament to the power of automation, and a great system that’s easy to customize, change and schedule.
Once you click over to Grove, your cart will auto-fill with some popular products as a suggestion. You can delete everything (but don’t delete your free stuff) and add different things to your cart (maybe some sink-shining tools?) or keep everything as is.
Floor no more
One thing I’ve noticed about homes that feel tidy and organized is that they don’t store things on the floor.
Those homes don’t have piles of books, a bunch of baskets filled with random stuff or anything on the floor besides rugs and furniture. We live in a small house and I find when I purposely remove stuff (plants, shoes, baskets of magazines, laundry baskets) from the floor and find a better permanent home for them, I feel like I gain back extra square footage which is priceless. Plus, my mom has always said When the floor is clean, the house is clean, which feels right.
As great (and truly useful) as these tips are, the truth is, every baby step you take towards a more simplified home is worth it, even if not done to perfection.
Be kind to yourself , start small, enjoy the progress.
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