Have you ever been so over whelmed by clutter and mess, that you just didn’t know where to start? Well just following this one strategy will help you create a home you love.
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Some people enjoy cleaning, but the vast majority of us hate to clean. Its a never ending chore. Its hard to get motivated to clean when you are over whelmed by the mess.
Many people struggle with keeping their homes tidy. Don’t let pintrest perfect homes fool you. Everyone‘s house gets messy from time to time.
How to get motivated to clean when your over whelmed by the mess.
We have a large family so laundry and dirty dishes is a constant in my home. The daily chores weren’t really the problem. The problem was the mounds of clutter in all the rooms.
Clutter had taken over my home. I was so over whelmed by the mess! My home was such a source of stress and cringed when people stopped by unexpected.
Honestly, I didn’t know where to begin, but I knew I was wasting so much time constantly cleaning my home. For it to never truely look tidy.
Then I realized that what I spent most of my time doing was constantly moving the clutter around.
Over whelmed by clutter
For years, I cleaned my home daily for it to never look truely tidy. My daily chores went a little like this: I picked up, swept the floors, picked up, did the dishes, picked up, did laundry, picked up, wiped the counters,…and no matter what I did my house always looked like a tornado had swept through it.
Then one day it hit me, I wasn’t a homemaking failure, we just had way too much clutter. Picked up and moved stuff from room to room daily. Honestly, I spent hours every single day just moving the clutter around in my home. That wasn’t cleaning it, that was just delaying what needed to be done.
How do I start clearing the clutter?
Realizing that clutter was the main culprit to why my house wasn’t tidy was such a huge turn around for me. I was over whelmed with my messy house! I knew that if I wanted a clean home, I had to get rid of all the stuff that was cluttering it up.
Are you guilty of keeping “someday” things? I am! We had a whole room of things that we thought we might need someday: old clothes, way too many blankets, parts to appliances, books, unwanted toys, cds, dvds, (even though we didn’t own players any more) And that’s just some of the someday stuff!
Motivation to clear the clutter
Then I let go of the shame, took a big breath, and decided then and there it was time. If I wanted my home not to be a source of stress, then I had to get rid of the clutter! I had to change my clutter keeper mind set.
That day was a true epiphany for me. We had held on to so many things and it was time to let them go. Yes, it cost us money, but having a tranquil home was worth so much more to me. Having a home to relax in and not feel like I needed to constantly be cleaning was such a inspiration to stay motivated to clear the clutter.
The one strategy that made the whole difference for me was changing my mind set. Being able to let things go. I didn’t realize that filling up a trash bag with all that stuff would feel so good.
That was all the motivation I needed, but I understand that sometimes you need a little more guidance. I do know many people have read Marie kondos book “The life changing magic of tidying up.” And it really inspired them to declutter their whole house. I didn’t read it before I started my extreme decluttering journey, but I have read it since then and I agree that it’s one of the top motivational books to get your house in order.
Extreme de cluttering.
My home didn’t become clutter free overnight, but, it did happen very soon. The trick was to include everyone, including the children. They were given a box and a trash bag. The box was for stuff that was good enough to donate and the bag of course was for trash. They had to fill each up. While they worked on their rooms, I tackled one room at a time. At first, it took some time, but I got good at decluttering fast.
The fastest way to clean up clutter.
- 1. Do a house walk and access the clutter. Visualize a clutter free home and the tranquility that it will bring you.
- 2. Get into the decluttering mind set.
- 3. Put on some good jams.
- 4. Have everyone in your home pitch in. Give them a box and a bag. The box is for donate, the bag is for trash.
- 5. Minimize your belongings. You don’t need 20 plastic lids or 20 old t-shirts.
- 6. Get RID of it. Whether you are donating it or just throwing it away, get it out of your house. You really wont need it “some day” Trust me!
Clutter free life hacks
Basket organization system. Implement baskets in every room to catch the clutter before it starts. Have a small basket on your kitchen counter and larger baskets in the family and living rooms.
Use cleaver storage hacks. To keep things tidy, everything needs to have a place. Use clever clutter free storage ideas to keep everything put away. Utilize those unused storage spaces like behind the door and under the bed.
Have a cleaning routine. Once I got rid of all the clutter in my home, I set up a cleaning schedule. By actually have a schedule to follow, I actually have more time because I’m no longer cleaning my home all day long and getting nothing done. The biggest bonus is that my home is always guest ready.
Remember not to be so hard on your self, it took years to accumulate all that stuff. So it can take time to get rid of it. It is especially hard to let go of sentimental items, but sometimes we must realize that the memory will stay with us forever in our heart.
Don’t do it all on your own. Get your family and maybe even your friends involved. De cluttering your home will lift a huge weight off of your shoulders. I promise!