THE CLEANING CYCLE
I spend entirely too much time maintaining our stuff. Straightening, picking up, cleaning, fixing, replacing: stuff.
Too often my kids point out that if something breaks, we can just get a new one. Because we do. We never stop to think–did we really need that in the first place?
Impulse buys are at an all-time high thanks to the ease of delivery services selling everything from ice cream to recliners. I feel guilty every time something arrives in the mail for me or I unload another bag from the car. I have this deep-seated feeling of — I don’t really need this.
Our rooms are crowded, closets overflowing and we toy with the idea of adding on…so we can house more stuff. How did we get to this point?
GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS
If you can relate at all, I have a few ideas that might help us start spending less time dealing with the stuff in our homes and more time living in them.
Minimalism isn’t ever going to happen in my house, but simplicity is definitely attainable.
Challenge yourself by all means, but don’t set yourself up for failure by taking on too much too fast. My strengths are organization and creativity, not in cooking and cleaning, so I’m not going to prioritize cleaning the baseboards and making dinners from scratch. I’ll stick to the basics.
HOW DO I REDUCE MY CLEANING TIME?
1. LEARN TO DECLUTTER
- Make a list of every space in your house and tackle one area a day.
- Make a pile of nostalgia and donations.
- Clear off counters.
- Be realistic about organization.
- Really give some thought to overflow in each room.
2. CREATE A CHORE SCHEDULE
Be realistic when you make your cleaning schedule. Stick to the basics. Save deep cleaning for another day. You can even mark a date on the calendar for “Family Cleaning Day” to make it less of a hassle and then celebrate with a trip to the movies or something fun. Here are a few tips:
- Commit to 1-2 simple chores a day.
- Implement a 10 minute family cleanup before bed. “10 minutes to get everything off the floor or it gets melted by lava! GO!”
- Create a chore chart that works for you. You can print my simple sample schedule here:
3. BE A MINDFUL CONSUMER
- Don’t buy things to fill up the empty spaces you’ve worked so hard to create.
- Unsubscribe from sales alerts and unfollow retail on social media.
- Write a list of things you’re allowed and not allowed to purchase.
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You’ve got this!