7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

Often times people tell me that they can’t tidy up every day, they’re too busy, it’s too much, etc.  Marie Kondo has a lot of amazing tips for us to use on a daily basis, she’s helped many people worldwide learn how to tackle their unorganized homes. 

My mother raised us with nearly this exact list.  She is very OCD about keeping things tidy, in order and simply kept up with.  She hates a mess. 

If you don’t have a lot of time, follow these steps every day!  

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

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Task 1: Make your bed

While making your bed each day might sound like a tedious task, you’ll be surprised at how tidy your room will look with a made bed. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, take the time to make your bed.

 

Task 2: Do a morning tidy

Marie Kondo believes that one of the secrets to a tidy home is tidying first thing in the morning. By doing a quick tidy in the morning, you are starting your day off on the right foot! Choose a trouble spot in your home, and start by tidying this area first thing in the morning.

 

Task 3: Let in some fresh air

Our homes can sometimes feel stuffy, especially in the winter months when we are spending more time indoors. Open up the windows for a few minutes to let in a fresh breeze.

 

Task 4: Put things back where they belong when you’re done using them

As our days go on, we may find ourselves bringing out pots, pans, clothes, and other belongings to use. As soon as you’re done using these items, remember to put them back where they belong.

 

Task 5: Fold your clothes

Marie Kondo believes that the best way to store clothes is by using her folding method. This method takes a little bit of extra time but has a great payoff! If you are doing a load of laundry today, take the time to fold your clothes.

 

Task 6: Make sure everything in your home has a home

If you are finding that items in your home are constantly out of place, this might be because these items don’t really have a home. Take time to find a home for these items. If you find that something you’ve stored doesn’t work well for you, take the time to change it.

 

Task 7: Tidy in the evening

Before you go to bed or prepare for bed each night Marie Kondo suggests making one last tidying effort for the day. This might be as simple as making sure the toys are put away or tidying up your counters from dinner. Take this time to clean up your home so that you can have a fresh start in the morning.

This really does wonders for your mood in the morning to come!  Try it out!  

 

Do you follow any of these?  

11 Fantastic Projects To Fake Your Way To The Perfect Home!

With these faux projects, you’ll have a beautiful home in no time!

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1. Construct A Fireplace Out Of 2X4’s

Build a base from the 2X4’s, construct a frame on a plywood surface, and stain.

 

2. Dab Paint For A Faux Marble Ceiling

Paint the basecoat of the ceiling in dark green, and press a lighter green with a sponge for the marble look.

 

3. Use Painter’s Tape For A Brick Wall

Begin by painting the wall gray, tape down the bricks to measure 4X8”, and apply the compound.

 

4. Lay Film For A Metal Table

Connect table legs with a Kreg Jig, wrap tabletop with metallic film, and glue wood into place.

 

5. Recreate A Dreamy Four Post Bed

Measure and cut down the PVC pipes to size, sand down the dowels, and install the anchors.

 

6. Paint Fabulous Marble Flooring

Roll on a basecoat, cover grip lines the color of your grout and create several “squigglies” with black paint for the marble.

 

7. Roll Out Contact Paper For Wood Floors

Clean down your floors first, and start unrolling the contact paper then trim off the excess.

 

8. Marble Your Bathroom Counter With Paint

Use acrylic paint to paint the base and use a feather to create the veining.

 

9. Fake Beautiful Ceramic Tiles

Markdown a 2X2 grid, paint the grout and use a sponge to create detailing.

 

10. Fake Silver Leaf On A Coffee Table

Use tape to cut the table into equal parts, paint bright pastels, and press on the foil.

 

11. Press Faux Trim To Your Closet Doors

Sand down the doors if they are wood, use painter’s tape to form a box, and paint over.

 

4 CATASTROPHIC ORGANIZING MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING (THAT ARE BREEDING CLUTTER)

Are you making these four catastrophic organizing mistakes?

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Most of us are surrounded by clutter. We didn’t intend to be surrounded by clutter. It just sort of happened. I also think it’s fair to say that when we were little, none of us thought, “I want to grow up to have a messy, disorganized house!” Yet here we are. Our wildest dreams have not come true.

There are myriad reasons most of us struggle with keeping our homes clean and organized. Here are four you may not have thought of. (See if these pitfalls have happened to you and learn how to avoid them!

Four Fatal Organizing Mistakes You’re Making

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  1. Not dealing with paper as soon as it comes into the house.

Papers, oh the number of papers we get nearly on a daily basis, from schools, the mail, work.  It’s like a government conspiracy to fill our homes with paper! Maybe they are secretly subsidizing the lumber industry and encouraging the proliferation of paper. Whatever the cause, it has to go and it has to go AS SOON as we bring it inside.

I go through my children’s backpacks every day we choose papers that we’d like to hang up (A+ Spelling and Math tests and things of that sort, the rest gets put in the recycling bin, with the mail just walk straight to the recycle bin before you even set a single piece of mail down. Go through the mail and throw all the ads, coupons, and other items you don’t need or want in the bin. (There is no need to keep all those coupons you get, no matter how enticing they might seem. If you are an avowed extreme couponer and have a system for keeping all your coupons under control, then you can keep them. Otherwise, put them in the recycle bin immediately. You can always grab them out again if you REALLY need new windows or a $1.00 taco).

Then all the other papers that need attention (bills, payments, etc.), put them all in ONE place (preferably a plastic see-through folder). This way you will be reminded of what you need to do, and you won’t have to go searching for these important papers, nor will they clutter up your desk or counter.

2. Only throwing out what you don’t like.

Sounds counter-intuitive, right? After all, we should throw out things we don’t like. But what about all the things we sort of like? What about all the things we don’t care about? Consider that a great deal of your clutter consists of these things that would fall into the “maybe” pile if you were to sit down and go through all of them. Instead, we should focus on what we do like, and what we like a lot. In fact, we should only keep the things we love. Can you see how drastically this would cut down on your clutter? Imagine how amazing it would be to only have things that you loved! The next time you declutter, take everything into your hands and see how you feel about it. If you love it, keep it. If not, get rid of it. Somebody else will like it better than you.

3. Thinking too much.

“My Dad gave this to me.”

“I used to love this!”

“After I lose a little weight I’ll wear this.”

“What if I need it for the zombie apocalypse?”

A huge part of our clutter problem stems from our emotional attachment to things, feelings of guilt, and our unrealistic, almost desperate thoughts of “I might need this later.” Here’s the thing. None of these are good reasons. These stem from a reluctance to let go of the past, or a fear of the future. We don’t want to be stuck in the past, nor do we want to be scared of what might happen tomorrow. If we were to give anybody advice for their lives in general, we would tell them to let go of their past and to enjoy today! The same thing applies to your “things.” Only keep what you love NOW, and don’t be held hostage by the secret messages from all your stuff.

“If you get rid of me, you’ll regret it! I know I’m just an ugly orange t-shirt with your high school logo, but if you throw me out, you will lose all your memories from high school!”

“I’m the best hand-knitted wool socks you’ve ever had! Even though you never wear me, your mother-in-law made them for you, and she will know if you get rid of me. SHE WILL KNOW!” 

Tell your clutter to be hush, then get rid of it. (Believe me, it will be fine and so will you)

4. Trying to declutter and organize at the same time.

Have you ever tried to dig a hole in the ground while someone else was filling the hole with dirt?

This is what it’s like when we pair decluttering with organizing at the same time. We pull an item or two off our shelves, then rearrange the rest of the junk we have decided to keep (or that we sort of like or that we don’t care about). You need to pull ALL of the items off the shelf, decide what you love, and discard or donate the rest. Only when that shelf is empty and you are left with what you truly love should you put things back on the shelf. Likewise with clothes. Don’t pull out one pair of pants, decide you like it, fold it and put it back in the drawer, then pull out another pair and do the same. You’ve got to thoroughly declutter and have an empty space staring back at you so that you will know how to fill it.

Now you have the tools to overcome these four organizing mistakes and keep clutter at bay!

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31 Ways You Can Reorganize Your Life With Dollar Store Stuff

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1. Hang baskets on the wall to hold towels in the bathroom.

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Try using two different sizes to keep it from looking too boxy. Get the tutorial here.

2. Hide hot tools in a file box on the side of your sink.

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And free up storage space under the sink. Get the tutorial here.

3. Keep your favorite nail polish colors in a spice rack.

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Now, you probably can’t fit all of your colors in there, but use a spice rack to display your seasonal inspiration. Or leave out the colors you want to wear more of.

 

4. Add a second shower rod for extra bathroom storage.

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Hook hangable baskets to the second rod and store all the body washes.

5. Or DIY bottle holders with suction cups and hair ties.

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Suspend bottles to keep them from cluttering the shower ledges. Learn how to make them here.

6. Keep makeup in a binder.

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When you travel, open the binder locks and pull out the bag you need. Organize bags by themes (like everyday makeup, evening makeup, etc.) so you have everything all in one place.

7. Organize medicine by category and store it in clear bins.

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Because you shouldn’t have to go through a sea of bandages before getting to the Pepto. Get the tutorial here.

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Which will cut down on the times you drunkenly use your roommate’s brush.

9. Make a tiered tray for jewelry and perfume.

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You need candlestick holders, metal trays, super glue, and a sponge brush. Get the tutorial here.

10. Store your kid’s small toys in travel soap box holders.

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Keep track of playing cards, crayons, beads, stickers, and more.

11. Place plastic cups inside a muffin tin to make a mobile art caddy.

12. Put baskets on the stairs for kids to place their loose toys.

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Cute and helping you stay clutter-free.

13. Use dollar-store pizza pans for on-the-wall magnetic storage.

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Magnets have found a new home (besides the fridge). Put them in your kid’s room to keep them inspired. Learn how to make them here.

14. Stash bobby pins and barrettes in a craft box.

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Type A pro-tip: Organize them by color.

15. Slide books into a napkin holder.

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Organize a desk space by stacking books vertically in a napkin holder. Get the tutorial here.

16. Use buckets to organize their art supplies.

17. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold toys kids like to play with at the beach.

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That way you’re not scrambling around day-of the outing gathering up toys to take with you. Just grab the bag and go.

18. Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

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Line it with a bag and prevent random trash from flying around.

19. Keep car essentials in a hanging shoe organizer.

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Hang it from the back of the passenger seat and have everything all in one place.

20. Use velcro and office trays to organize your drawers.

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To keep trays from moving around when you open the drawer, stick adhesive Velcro tabs to tray and drawer bottoms so that each container has a sturdy spot. Learn how to make this here.

21. Organize jewelry on accordion hooks.

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So cheap. So easy.

22. Stash hair ties with a carabiner.

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Keep the clip in a bathroom drawer for easy access.

23. Hang the second bar in the closet for your sweaters or your kid’s clothes.

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If you’re hanging folded-over pants or skirts on a high rod (with a lot of space beneath it), hang a second rod to double up on closet space. You can do this for kids’ closets, too. Get the tutorial here.

24. If you need a shelf, hang a few baskets instead.

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If your TV console could use a shelf to store remotes and the like, screw in a few hooks and hang a row of baskets. Get the tutorial here.

25. Use shower curtain rings to hang belts.

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Secure a rod to the inside of your closet wall and keep belts organized. Learn how to make it here.

26. Use shelf dividers to organize bags.

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Keep bags from getting wrinkled up with cheap shelf dividers. Group them by season.

27. Use self-adhesive hooks to hold measuring items in a kitchen cabinet.

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Making cookies just got easier.

28. Keep tea in trays.

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Stash tea bags in a drawer without them clogging up the cabinet.

29. Use storage baskets in your fridge.

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And feel a wave of serenity every time you open the refrigerator door.

30. Baskets are your friend when it comes to the pantry.

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And here is where the god/goddess stores their edibles. Get the tutorial here.

31. Turn magnetic baskets into spice racks.

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Or glue magnets to the backs of any baskets you like.

Which one do you like most?  Do you do any of this?

THE VERY BEST ORGANIZATION IDEAS ON PINTEREST TODAY

These organization ideas are going to be your BFF in the new year to come!

Who is ready to get their ducks in a row.  This is the point each year when I begin to crave organization.  There are so many things happening, that I long for the days when everything is in order and the to-do list is much more manageable.  There is something about the holidays that has me wanting peace more than anything else and that begins right in the walls of my home.  What is a girl to do?  Head to Pinterest and get some organization ideas that will have me armed and prepared to tackle the weeks ahead!

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Weekly Cleaning Schedule by 30 Handmade Days

Weekly Cleaning Schedule by 30 Handmade Days

Cleaning Closet by The 36th Avenue

An Organized Cleaning Closet by The 36th Avenue

Organizing Ideas by The Real Thing with the Coake Family

20 Organizing Ideas by The Real Thing with the Coake Family

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge by Decorating Your Small Space

7 Steps to an Organized Fridge by Decorating Your Small Space 

Bathroom Cabinet Organization by Living Locurto

Bathroom Cabinet Organization by Living Locurto

School Paperwork Organization by I Heart Organizing

School Paperwork Organization by I Heart Organizing

Kitchen Countertop Organization by The Kitchn

Pretty Kitchen Countertop Organization Ideas  by The Kitchn

Closet Organization Ideas by The Creek Line House

The Simplest Closet Organization Ideas that No One is Using by The Creek Line House

Home Office Organization Ideas by A Bowl Full of Lemons

Home Office Organization Ideas by A Bowl Full of Lemons 

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Make a Toy Garage Parking Lot from I’m an Organizing Junkie

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I think you’ll also love these organization tips, too! 

Family Organization Stations

Family Organization Stations 

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What’s your favorite?  Do you do any of these?

10 Organization Tips From Marie Kondo That Will Change Your Life in Minutes

Do you really need all that stuff? This advice from the Organizing Queen will help you decide what stays and what goes, fast.

 

Unless you’re living underneath a (very cluttered) rock, you know Marie Kondo is the ultimate organization queen. Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is jam-packed with tips that will turn your messy room into a neat, minimalist oasis. Read along for 10 genius tips from Kondo that will change your life in minutes.

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1. Keep only what brings you joy

Would you have seconds of that Buffalo shrimp macaroni and cheese if you didn’t love it? Would you continue to watch a bad movie? Um, no. So why should you treat your belongings any different? Marie Kondo’s advice is simple: Keep what brings you joy and get rid of everything else.

 

2. Tackle categories, not rooms

Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking, so it’s important you have a plan before you get down to business. Organizing room by room seems efficient, but Kondo urges you to focus on categories. Think about it this way: You probably have a lot of towels scattered throughout your house. By taking stock of all your bathroom, kitchen and powder room towels at once, you can get rid of any duplicates or towels that have overstayed their welcome.

 

3. Don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgment

A movie ticket stub from your favorite film or a program from your kid’s school play may tug at your heartstrings, but these mementos aren’t doing your space any favors. So why keep them around? We know what you’re thinking: What if yesteryear’s trinkets bring you joy? Find a way to consolidate ’em. Instead of having a box with old birthday cards from Grandma Sue, place them in a scrapbook that can fit on your newly organized bookshelf. Or store your treasured family recipes in these clever ways.

 

4. Respect your belongings

Look at your closet. Are dresses slipping off intertwined hangers? Are expensive shoes scattered all over the floor? It’s OK, you’re not alone. We’re not sure what we think of Marie Kondo personifying clothes—she asks her readers to consider their clothes’ feelings—but we do see the importance of taking care of them. Regardless of how much their clothes cost, nobody wants to face the world in wrinkled, stained or scuffed pieces!

 

5. Learn the art of folding

If you don’t have a dresser, we recommend you get one, stat. According to Kondo, your clothes will be “happier” if you fold them. After you fold your scarves, dresses, and pants, Kondo recommends stacking them vertically in your closet—she claims you can fit 20 to 40 folded piece where you’d normally be able to hang ten.

 

6. Get rid of the paperwork

Speaking of superfluous systems, your filing cabinet needs to go. It’s the digital age, after all! You can find copies of almost every paper in your home office online. As for those important documents—like your birth certificate and recent W2s—Kondo advises whittling down your paperwork into two piles: “Papers to Save” and “Papers to Deal With.”

 

7. Ditch the fancy storage systems

Before you whip out your credit card to buy that fancy spice rack, Kondo recommends detoxing your home first. She argues the only reason we think we need those pricey filing systems is that we have too much stuff. Go ahead, donate what you don’t need. You and your space will feel infinitely better.

 

8. Store everything standing upright

If you’ve spent the majority of your life stacking your socks, bras, and underwear on top of each other, you’re in for a surprise. The organization queen recommends you store items side by side, so they look more like a row of book spines. Why?

“This will allow you to see what’s inside at a glance and take inventory of what you own,” Kondo said told Architectural Digest. “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are the same color. This will prevent you from unknowingly buying more of the same type of clothing.”

 

9. Start from square one

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to give your wardrobe a complete overhaul, you’ll need to remove all your clothes from your closet. Sure, it sounds time-consuming, but Kondo argues it’ll be easier to spot duplicates and items that don’t bring you joy. Once you donate the clothes you don’t want, you can replenish your closet with your favorite pieces.

 

10. Dig deep

Saying goodbye is never easy, but there are some items we can’t bring ourselves to discard. Before you start your organizational awakening, Kondo urges you to ask yourself why. She explains most items fall into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, fear of the future or a combination of both. The better you understand why you can’t part ways with those old kitchen gadgets from Grandma, the easier it’ll be to conquer that obstacle and have a brighter (and indisputably cleaner) future.

I think we all need this list from time to time, to help us declutter and organize our lives!

What do you think?

 

 

Organize and Declutter (Downloadable chart) to Help You Daily

 

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I’ve been on a cleaning rant for a while now, making everything spotless and tidy, thanks to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.  Have you watched it?  I am in love with that show.  I’ve learned some things in the past month due to this show, although I do not have OCD or anything I’ve really enjoyed learning about the cleaning tips and decluttering.  My Mother has a cleaning company and I’ve grown up knowing most of it. I think for the most part I blocked her rants out, or even her trying to teach me things, I didn’t want to know I guess. My Mom has always said to go into a room and work in a circle, clearing it out, and then cleaning it. It amazes me how they put someone with OCD with someone completely polar opposites and they both equally learn from each other.

Here are some important tips from the show and the things I truly enjoyed learning! Steps to also help you learn how to declutter, organize and clean your home!

1. Work through the clutter.

Making bins, or boxes for things seem to help.  You most likely don’t need everything that is cluttering your space. Donate, Recycle, and Throw out.  Something like this. cvbgsfx-2

2. Start cleaning everything

I was going to say put away but that will come later. First after decluttering, we should clean up everything, Keep the “keep” box unpacked for now.  I feel like I should add some cleaning steps also, for those that aren’t sure where to start.  I think it is important to know where you want to start and what your decluttering goals are. I’ll make a list for you to see at the end of this post.

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3. Organize your stuff

Here’s the fun part, organizing each thing that you have, even what is in the keep box.  After cleaning up, you should organize everything and put it all in its proper place. Be creative and enjoy this process, you’ve earned it by now.

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Now I’ll go step by step on this process a bit more. Cleaning charts seem to help and keep you tidy. Here’s a chart that you can download and keep for yourself. I hope this bit helped you all.

 

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5 Japanese Art of Decluttering Tips

The Japanese art of decluttering has been made popular by the wonderful Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In her book, she goes into great detail about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing and it truly is an art.

Although, sometimes clutter is unavoidable and hard to fight. I found the Japanese art of decluttering and Kondo’s methods exceptionally helpful because she gets into the psychological basis of these issues. This book has changed so many lives, I love it.  So insightful and just plain brilliant!

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Here are 5 basics ideas of the book, this just barely touches everything she has in it.  It is a must-read.

1. Does the item give you joy?

The principle of Kondo’s method is to analyze if the object itself gives you joy. She says to hold the object in your hand and then simply listen to your feelings about it. Does it give you joy? Does this shirt make me happy? If not, then get rid of it. That shirt hanging in your closet for the past year unworn is clearly not loved.


2. There is a RIGHT Method to Tidying Up

The Japanese art of decluttering your home uses a smart and efficient method to tidy up. But there is a right method to tidying up and a wrong method. Marie goes into these details in her book. Most people fail at decluttering because they use no method at all. We simply throw stuff away and straighten up when we feel like it.

To prevent clutter from coming back in the next few days, you need to tidy in the right order, according to Kondo.

There are only two tasks involved: discarding and deciding where to keep stuff. Discarding must come first. “Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding…In the middle of discarding people start to think of where to put things.” This causes a halt in the actual work of discarding and then you don’t get rid of half as much as you need to.


3. A Little Bit At a Time Will Get You Nowhere

In the life-changing magic of tidying up, one of the core concepts is the fallacy we have that we should declutter a little at a time and over time, your work will be done. Kondo, however, disagrees with this approach and argues it gets you nowhere. The best way to declutter your home and life is to devote an entire day or week or however long to the project, and then do it ALL. Yes, don’t stop or do 10 minutes a day.


4. Arranging Your Clothes to Energize Your Closet

Her secret to energizing your closet is to arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right. This has the effect of making you feel lighter because lines that slope up to the right make people feel more comfortable, she says.

On page 79, Kondo goes into great detail about how exactly to accomplish this.


5. Never Start With Family Mementos

This is a tip I never personally would have thought of myself, but she says that starting your decluttering process with family mementos will bring failure. She argues that people have trouble discarding things they find have functional value, informational value, and emotional value. The process of discarding will go a lot faster if you start with the items that are easier to get rid of such as clothes. Things like photographs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Her preferred order of discarding is clothing first, then books, papers, and lastly mementos.

I hope you’ve learned a little bit from Marie’s book, but like I said, these 5 tips only scratch the surface of her insight and brilliance. Decluttering our lives is something we can all do and is something that has the potential to radically change our day-to-day lives on both a physical and spiritual level.

 

Feeling Overwhelmed About Your Clutter? Here’s The Ultimate Guide for Decluttering Your Home!

You’re ready, you’re going to tackle this clutter once and for all. You’ve got your boxes and bags and you’re doing it. Then, you sit on the couch and stare at the mess that is your home. And, you’re overwhelmed with how to even start decluttering.

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I get it, clutter is overwhelming in and of itself. It causes overwhelm in our lives, but the sheer existence of it and trying to tackle it? It’s a lot to handle.

Those piles just keep piling up and you sit there wondering how in the hell Marie Kondo made it look so easy! Am I right? She made it sound like this was going to be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life. (I love her)

Well, dear… it’s not. Not at all. In fact, for most of us, decluttering, at least in the beginning, is one of the most difficult things to start. Because we do not know where to begin. We lose all motivation just staring at the overwhelming heap of junk that we’ve accumulated.

But while we can all sit and come up with excuses. We can all be completely overwhelmed with the prospect of decluttering. I’m telling you, the difference doing this will make in your life is worth the challenges you’re going to face.

How to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed

Just Get Started

No kidding… right? I know, you’re sitting there saying are you serious, this is your advice? I just told you I can’t start. But, listen. The best way to get over that feeling of overwhelm is to just go for it. Once you get started, it’s so much easier to continue because you’ll start feeling the benefits and it will feel good.

So let’s go, Here’s how to get started!

Pick a Space

It can be your worst space, the easiest (less cluttered), the smallest, the biggest, the one you spend the most time in (this is my personal suggestion). Whatever it is, you’re going to pick a space. Yes, an entire room. A lot of people suggest the living room, some even suggest the bathroom. I suggest the worst space. Yes, I know, you’re overwhelmed. But once you tackle that incredibly overwhelming space, the rest of your home is going to seem like a cakewalk in comparison, remember that heading in.

Now, you’ve picked a space, you need to actually start. You’re looking around and thinking nope, not today. Stop. You got this, here are the steps to get you through.

Start Small

A small spot. A very small spot. Maybe a bookshelf is overflowing with junk. Walk over to it and pick just one of the shelves on the bookshelf. Top to bottom, bottom to top, the stuff piled in front of it, whatever. You want this to be manageable so you start small.

Other super small spaces would be things like the top of a table, one drawer… you get the point. If you don’t have anything like that in this room or that isn’t where you want to start, I suggest picking a corner, furthest from the door. Make space somewhere around a 2X2 section. Do you need to go get a tape measure? Of course not.

Just know you’re only tackling that small section of the room, not the entire thing.

Set a Timer

You’ve picked a small, manageable area. Set a timer. Everyone says they never have time to do this, but this is a different post for a different day. For this post, I’m going to tell you to set a timer for 10 minutes, just 10. Everyone can spare 10 minutes in their day.

Set that timer and know you’re only tackling this small area and when the timer goes off, you’re going to be finished.

Toss the Trash

We all have trash, unwanted papers, broken items, etc that have no real purpose, they just got added to the pile. Throw them in your trash bag. You’re just going to go through that small space and find anything you can’t donate or sell and toss it.

If it’s paper or other recyclable material, great.  You can absolutely do that with it. Just know you’re not donating or selling this stuff and it’s already lightening your load.

Donate

See an old trinket on that shelf that you can’t stand? A book you read once and will never read again? An old jacket in the closet that hasn’t fit you for a decade? Let it go. Put it in the donate box or bag and get rid of it. If you’re planning to sell your items, that’s fine. But, if you can donate them to a good cause, that’s even better.

Whatever you decide to do, sell or donate, add them to that bag or box. When you’re finished, tape it up, take it out. Do not leave it in your house. Put it in the trunk, the garage, remove it from the room.

Keep or Relocate

Stuff you want to keep, you’re going to dust off and well… keep. These things will be put back in the small space (or wherever it is they belong). Things you’re keeping that do not belong here can quickly be put in their proper spot when you finish. This will only take you a few moments to add them to their own pile.

There are no Maybes

I know… even I have said in the past to keep a maybe pile. But, the truth is, maybes are donation pieces. If you don’t love it, want it, or need it enough for it to be a keeper automatically, it needs to go.

If you absolutely insist on having a maybe pile, put it in a separate box. When you’re finished, tape up the box and put it up on a shelf. Not just any old shelf, one that you don’t really notice the things sitting on. Leave it for 30 days (set a timer on your phone).

After 30 days, if that maybe box hasn’t been opened, out to the trunk of the car it goes. Do not open it. Just place it in your car. If you didn’t miss that stuff in 30 days, it was all donation stuff, to begin with.

Time’s Up

You just spent 10 minutes decluttering! That wasn’t so so bad, was it? Now, if you have anything that doesn’t belong in the place it was, go put it where it belongs.

Put the bag of trash in the trash. Put the box of donations in your car or garage and you’re finished. You can do another 10-minute session or you can wait and do it tomorrow. But, try to set aside 10 minutes every day and continue tackling the clutter in that space. Once you finish your small space, just move to the next small space until you finish the entire room.

Don’t Stop

Don’t quit until your space is uncluttered and organized. When you can walk in and you don’t feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff that’s piled in that room… it’s probably done. If you’re still overwhelmed, go through it again. Small, simple steps.

Suggestions on Where to Start Decluttering

Like I said, I usually say pick the worst room in the house and go with it. While the task may seem insurmountable right now, it will make the rest of your house seem like a walk in the park.

You could also go with the room that is going to make the most difference. Somewhere where you and your family spend a lot of time.

  • Living Room
  • Kitchen
  • Kids Room
  • Master Bedroom

And lastly, you could pick the smallest, easiest room to declutter and that, my friends, would be the bathroom. I love decluttering the bathroom. There’s nothing in there that I question whether or not I should keep. It’s either out it goes or in it stays.

The bathroom is small and there’s generally tons of junk in there for you to toss out. Expired, unused meds can go in kitty litter and be tossed. The half-used bottles of hotel shampoo can be tossed. Extra, unused toiletries can be donated to a shelter. You get the drill. Easy peasy.

A word of caution picking the easiest room first, though. In my experience doing the difficult stuff first makes everything else seem achievable. If I know to go in that it’s only going to get more difficult, sometimes I lose my momentum. Don’t let yourself do that, you can get this done.

Tips to Decide What to Keep when Decluttering

I know how difficult it can be to decide what to let go of. We constantly say what if I need this someday. The truth is, you probably won’t. But, some tips for all of those emotions are:

  • Touch everything for just 3 seconds. If you don’t love it after 3 seconds, donate it goes.
  • Remember, if you haven’t used it in the past year, it isn’t likely you ever will.
  • I know we’re not made of money (or I’m not anyway) but if I can replace something in the unlikely event I actually need it for less than $20, it goes. This doesn’t mean I throw out my hand mixer every month. This is the stuff that you are trying to hold on to for someday that hasn’t been used since the day you got it.

You did it. You’ve got a whole entire space decluttered! Awesome!

What keeps you from decluttering your home?

8 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

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It can be hard to always stay on top of your home and keep things clean and organized. You may begin to think that women who always have a clean home have some sort of secret. However, these are just habits that they’ve learned over the years. And down below, we’ve found eight that you can include in your daily cleaning regimen. So try them out and let us know how it goes!

Quick Note!

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1. They Start Their Day Off By Making The Bed

Although making the bed is a task that takes two minutes, it can have monumental effects on the feel of your home and also on how you feel when you get home each day. I learned this very early in my life because of my Mother, an entrepreneur of a major cleaning company! She never let me or my brother leave in the morning without doing this step first.  

2. They Wash Clothes More Often

People whose home is always clean,  wash clothes regularly. They do not leave clothes to wash on the weekend, but instead, they wash as soon as they have enough clothes for a load.  Yes, this is true, it is better to just get them done with a load at a time rather than saving a few loads for the end of the week!  Don’t we all just want to relax on our weekend?  

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3. They Keep Papers in The Right Place

These people keep their papers organized and controlled. They separate them based on whether they will be recycled or stored in the proper folder for future reference. If those papers just get stacked up in a junk pile, then you put more work for yourself.  (..and no one needs that!)

4. They Clean the Refrigerator

They clean the refrigerator often. Dirt and clutter can accumulate in the refrigerator in the form of spoiled food or spillage. And sometimes, your refrigerator could need urgent cleaning without you knowing it (such as meat juices draining and spilling at the bottom of your fridge).

5. They Put Shoes and Coats In The Right Place

They make sure that shoes are not just thrown around the house. And the same goes for coats. A simple tip is to take off your shoes when you get home and put them in the closet. Make sure that you enforce this as a rule as well with your coats.

6. They Make Sure Dishes Are Washed After Use

People with always clean homes never leave dirty dishes in the sink and they do not allow the kids to do so either. A good tip is to get rid of the dirty dishes before going to sleep. This will give you fewer dishes that need to be cleaned in the morning after breakfast. My mother always taught me that it’s best to wake up in the morning without a chore first thing!  It helps you feel less stressed and more “put together.”

7. They Store Things After Use

These people also make sure to put all objects where they belong. Putting things back from where they were taken ensures that everyone will know where to look for things and keep the house clean and tidy.

8. They Dust & Vacuum Regularly

They vacuum daily or as often as they can. If you dust and vacuum the house weekly, your house will be cleaner and you’ll save time since you won’t have to do a huge cleaning every month or two. Things will stay presentable for longer.

Keeping the home clean and organized can feel pretty overwhelming, but thankfully, there are great ways to make this easier. Especially when you’re building daily and weekly habits that will cut down on cleaning time!

These are my top 8, and they work every time.  Being more organized helps all of us stay organized and on top of things, Like they say, Time is money!

What are things you do that help you stay more organized?