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CLUTTER – it’s that one word that gets people on edge. The thought of clearing it drains your mind and body of any strength. It’s that one thing that allows visitors to judge your ‘cleanliness’. You are either a clean freak or a ‘messy’ person.
As a new mum, it’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘turning a blind eye to clutter… After all, it’s OK for you to be messy, right?
As much as that is true, sometimes it easy for ‘new’ mums to ride that boat for so long they become completely complacent.
In the end, you’ll get so comfortable living in the clutter. A just accept it as part of Mommyhood. you soon fail to notice the additional clutter that’s been attracted by the old clutter.
It will become one of the things that you continually put off until you are completely overwhelmed with it all.
Unfortunately, the longer you put it off, the HARDER it will be to try and clear it. You might even get to a stage where you don’t want visitors entering your home, and start dreading surprise visits
Your home is your castle and its somewhere you should be proud of living. You want to be able to welcome guests at any time. You dot want to constantly be apologising for the mess!
Here are some ways to kick-start your way to living a clutter-free life.
JUST BITE THE BULLET AND DO IT – PICKING UP ONE THING AT A TIME
It’s overwhelming, I know. Don’t think about the clutter as a whole! instead, pick a room to clean and just dive in and pick up one thing, put it away. Pick up another, put that away!
Make time to clean up and declutter – properly, I’m not talking about a quick tidy up here, I’m talking about the spring clean kind of clean – why?
A deep clean will surface a lot of clutter that has been clogging up your home for a while – you know buried under a million of other things.
If you’re constantly ‘tidying up’, you’re not getting rid of clutter, you are just accumulating it. Soon, it mounts up again.
If you are overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, just take a deep breath, reach your hand out and pick up the nearest thing to you. and put it away, then pick up the next and put that away. Play some music for motivation!
EVERYTHING MUST HAVE ITS PLACE IN YOUR HOME
Yes, EVERYTHING should have its place.
Know where everything in your household goes, its place. If you find you can’t find a place for something, then put in the giveaway box.
You can either sell it or donate it. Either way, GET RID. Knowing where everything goes makes it easier to spot when something is out of place. It will also get you and the people around you i.e. children and hubby, know how to tidy up as they too will know where to place certain items.
SORT THROUGH YOUR POSTAL LETTERS AND JUNK MAIL AS THEY COME IN!
Did you know that one of the most common things to clutter a home is paper – in particular, junk mail!
I know right!
A million papers come through our letterbox every day! – Ok, maybe not that many, but it’s a lot.
I don’t know about you, but sorting through a mountain of letters is one of the worst things to do. Ever!
Try dealing with this by opening all your mail as it comes and deals with it accordingly.
Put all the junk mail in the trash – shredding anything with sensitive information on.
Don’t just put anything that comes through your letterbox in a mail organiser or a pile to read later, you will never find time to read them and they’ll keep piling up.
So, do yourself a favour and deal with them then and there or on that day at the very least.
HAVE A DESIGNATED AREA FOR THE LAUNDRY, SHOES AND COATS!
The Laundry baskets should be within easy reach especially for your kids and your spouse (you’d be surprised at the difference this makes).
preferably somewhere near the bathroom. No clothes should be found around the laundry basket – ALL clothes should be placed in the laundry basket.
The reasons for this is, you want to teach your kids some responsibilities around the house. And laundry is one of the easiest ones you can start with!
Minimise your laundry by dressing your children in similar colour clothes for the week. For example, one week I will dress my kids in dark coloured clothes, the next, they will be in whites/lights – that way I take advantage of full washing loads.
If you’re going to have shoes at the door entrance for convenience, they should be minimal and ‘everyday’ wear.
All other shoes worn on occasions should not be left in the hallway instead they should be neatly put away in the bedroom or a designated shoe room if you have one.
If you struggle with storage space, like I do, these shoe storage space savers are brilliant!
I know it’s common practice for us to hang coats on a coat hanger usually at the entrance of the home and that’s OK.
The problem is, these hooks then start being used for other things.
This place should be STRICTLY for coats and nothing else. To make life easier you can get a dual purpose coat hanger that you store your bags on too.
There should not be more than one coat for each member of the household! Once winter is over, TAKE THE COATS DOWN and put them away for next winter.
before putting your kid’s coats away, check the age label to make sure they will still fit the coat next winter – otherwise, as per point1. Feel free to put it in the giveaway box!
DON’T GET TOO CLINICAL WITH EVERYDAY CLEANING AND INVOLVE EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE IN DAILY CLEANING ROUTINE.
You only need to be deep cleaning once a fortnight. Not every day! When it comes to everyday cleaning, you need to establish a routine that makes your life easier.
Don’t leave the cleaning to the weekend. Tackle chores as you go. And you don’t have to do it alone.
Involve all able-bodied people in your household. Yes, that includes kids AND your spouse (You’ll be surprised at how much they can help you).
EVERYONE MUST MAKE THEIR BED EVERY MORNING – WELL THAT ARE ABLE TO
The benefits of making your bed in the morning are remarkable.
You feel fresh, ready to start your day. It’s also a way of starting your day intentionally.
It makes room for a clear mind. And most importantly, it reminds you to change your beddings.
Teach your kids to make their bed – it’s easy enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect, they just have to be made and tidy.
ORGANISE YOURSELF AND GET EVERYTHING PREPARED FOR THE NEXT DAY.
If you do the school run or you work during the day, make sure you set out your clothes, and the kids clothes neatly ready for the morning.
From hair clips vests to outfit to underpants shoes and coats – and everything in between. This will eliminate the last-minute rummage through the drawer because the sweater you were hoping to wear, is in the laundry basket!
Simple things like that can make a massive difference to your day, your routine and keep the house clutter-free.
I understand that It’s not always easy to think of cleaning your home, especially as a new mum. Especially when you’re getting sleepless nights too.
But believe me, you will feel better for it. It will also be easier to show your children how to be ‘tidy’. We all know that children are great impressionists.
TACKLING KIDS TOYS – BECAUSE THEY CAN GET OUT OF HAND IF YOU LET THEM.
Toys are one of those things that just get everywhere – ALL THE TIME.
but if you have a plan and a routine set, then they’re not a problem at all.
See, what I used to – and still do – with the kids is minimise how much of the toys they play with.
This technique also encourages toy rotation – and can result in a lot of Independent play.
Firstly, You’ll need a storage box with compartments. Like this one.
The kids had one each and on each cube, I stuck days of the week on with these large adhesive labels. One for the Morning and the other for the afternoon.
At weekends, they picked which toys they would play with on different days – and we stuck to that.
It might sound a little harsh but over time, these are results I got from that:
- Taught the kids to be more intentional when choosing toys – not just from their toy box but from the shops too.
- It encouraged them to be imaginative – they had to find several games to play using the same toys!
- It taught the kid’s responsibility AND organisation
- My youngest learned the days of the week :).
- Any toys that were continuously not being picked went into the giveaway box – Yes, I am very serious about this giveaway box.
- Tidy up time was effortless because there were not a lot of toys that were taken out and not being used.
If you have any ‘overflow’ toys or would like to keep some toys in the playroom for convenience, this wooden toy box is perfect. And it will not look out of place with your ‘adult furniture either!
KEEP THE KITCHEN CLEAN – AT ALL TIMES!
Is it just me or is there something really satisfying with walking into a clean, tidy kitchen!
It sure makes me happy and lifts my mood.
Ok, feelings aside, keeping a clean kitchen makes things so much easier when it comes to preparing food.
Especially making breakfast when you’re running late!
My number one rule for the kitchen is – No dirty dishes on the counter.
All dirty dishes go straight into the dishwasher – or sink if you don’t have a washer yet (but these need to be washed immediately and put away as soon as they are dried).
Teach your kids to clear away the table and put their dirty dishes away. If my 5-year-old daughter and two-year-old son can do it, your kids can too!
KEEP THE FLOORS OUT OF BOUNDS!
Nothing and I mean NOTHING should be found on the floor.
Unless it’s furniture or a rug, otherwise nothing should be on the floor.
The moment you start with one thing on the floor, especially the bathroom floor, you risk opening a can of worms you can’t close. Before you know you will have piles and piles of clothes, towels, paper, and whatever else on the floor.
The floor should be checked at night before going to sleep. Just have a quick walk around your house in each room and make sure nothing has been left on the floor or out of place.
What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to keeping your house clutter free? Is it something can start dealing with now?
Start decluttering your home one room at a time and reap the benefits of more free time on your hands!
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