As a wife, mother and business owner it can be overwhelming at times to keep my home clutter-free and clean. Heck, even if you are not a wife or a mother or a business owner, whatever important roles you have in whatever phase of life you're in, it can be challenging to keep it all running smoothly. Can I get an AMEN?! I will let you in on a little secret...when it comes to keeping my house tidy I can be a bit OCD. Now, my car and my work/office space...that's a different story. I'm kind of a work-in-progress (aka HOT MESS) when it comes to those! What helps me feel less anxiety at home is to keep my kitchen counters clutter free. Our kitchen becomes a landing spot for junk because we enter in and out of the house mainly through that door. Keeping appliances put up in cabinets and designating a certain drawer for random stuff (then clean that out periodically!) is key. Putting the dishes from the sink into the dishwasher that's just 5 inches away (WHY can that be so hard sometimes?!)...taking just a few extra minutes to do a few little things will make a big impact on your anxiety level (and you will quit beating yourself up for procrastinating). In fact, before I sat down to write this blog post, I did just what I'm talking about! Now I can sit and share with you without feeling guilty. Ahhh.... feels good to have a clean living space...
Another small thing that my mom engrained in me that has a big impact is getting into the habit of making your bed every morning. When beds are made the room doesn't look so messy. There could be no other clutter...no laundry anywhere...no toys on the floor...but if the bed is unmade it causes the room to look messy (in my opinion) and undone.
I realize there are far more important things in life to worry about than having a neat, tidy house; however, I've learned I feel way more in harmony with everything else when I am not surrounded by clutter. My husband and I work very hard and I am grateful for the roof over our head and the things that fill up our home so I just want to take care of them and enjoy them. You cannot enjoy the space around you if you're somewhat like me and need it to be neat and tidy. I laugh as I write this because I can hear a dear friend saying "I just want to move your pillows or disorganize your shelves when I come over!" Never compare your life to anyone else's. We all have our "things" and we can all learn from one another when it is out of love and the best of intentions.
So there ya have it! If you feel like you procrastinate when it comes to cleaning, start small & pick 2 rooms that you live in the most and just take the few extra minutes it will require out of your day to tidy up as you go. Like the title of my post states... little tips for a big impact to rid off that nagging to-do list. Doesn't it feel good to just DO it so that it's something you can mark off your list?! What I have finally learned after having a consistently busy schedule is that if you just pick up little by little, you spend less time doing a complete overhaul on the weekend (which also helps avoid any arguments with your spouse and/or children--or inner-frustration with yourself, ha!)