We all know that person...you know? The one who's house is always spotless and perfectly tidy and put together. I used to not understand this. I assumed some people were just really into cleaning and decorating, like it was an unachievable skill. You either had it or you didn't. I, I thought, did not have it. I would find myself suddenly surrounded by a mess so large and overwhelming that my stress level would finally hit it's max. I would end up binge cleaning for a good few hours, or even designating a weekend to cleaning. It felt like things were always out of place and like there was no where to put them.
Keeping the house clean was hard! Or so I thought...
Then, something magical happened. I started to put two and two together... I began to see a trend in the habits of people who always have clean, tidy, put together spaces.
First of all, I noticed that they clean as they go.
I realized that if I cleaned as I went along, a huge mess never materialized and therefore I didn't reach that insane level of stress that comes along with things being out of place and out of control.
If I cooked a meal and cleaned up after myself as I went, the kitchen wouldn't be strewn with used utensils and cookware, and there wouldn't be food splattered everywhere that needed to be wiped up. If I did the dishes right after dinner, they wouldn't sit in the sink, building up into an intimidating pile.
If I make my bed every morning, the bedroom looks pretty and tidy. If I fold the blanket nicely over the back of the couch after I use it, it looks nice and put together rather than messy and out of place.
Next, I found that they have a place for every single thing.
Every single thing, no matter how small, has a place. This makes it easier to put things away, as it is very straight forward where each item belongs. Designating a particular place for each item in your home makes for a more intentional design and layout, and doesn't leave room for clutter.
Thirdly, they have less.
When I look at homes and spaces that look very put together and tidy and beautiful, they usually all have the same thing in common: they aren't filled with unnecessary things. In fact, people who have tidy homes tend to have less stuff. The things that they do have are functional, beautiful, and serve a purpose. By having less, they are able to keep their counters, shelves, and other spaces looking clean, sleek, and intentional. It's a minimalist type of thing.
Since I've started implementing these three techniques, my house has been so clean and looks much more put together! I've gotten rid of a lot of unnecessary things that don't serve a purpose or bring me joy or go with the over all look or feel of my house. The things that I've kept now all serve a purpose and have their own designated place. And now I am a stickler for cleaning as I go. I hate leaving messes or leaving things out of place. It's SO much easier to just clean up along the way rather than having to deal with a huge gross mess that has built up over the course of a day or two.
What are your tips for keeping your home tidy and looking put together? Please share!