I know what it feels like to walk into a messy home and feel defeated before you even begin. Trust me, I do. I’ve had two laundry baskets full of clothes, not to mention all the clothes that didn’t make it into the basket, and a sink full of dishes before I’ve even made it to the other half of the house. You feel exhausted, like you don’t have enough time or energy to even think about tackling the house, and I get it. For so many days, I’ve been there too. Sometimes, our homes just aren’t all put together.
We really want to get our homes clean and orderly, because face it, everything just moves along smoother. If you are so overwhelmed by your messy home, and you don’t know where to start. Here is where to begin with your messy home.
Say Enough is Enough
At some point, you have to decide that you’ve had enough of living this way. You have to drop the excuses and the guilt that comes along with it, and make some dramatic changes. You have to decide today that you are going to stop comparing your home to someone else’s, and recognize that your home will not look like your Pinterest boards. The first step, is to put your foot down.
Start with Any Issues that are Time Sensitive
Before you go to war on the mess of a house you helped create, you need to take care of the most important things first. Start by making a list of any items that are considered time sensitive. After you’ve made your list, tackle these items first. Here are some examples:
- Appointments and other scheduled activities
- Bills that haven’t been dealt with
- Library books that need to be returned
- Permission slips needing to be signed
Move on to Clothes and Food
After you’ve dealt with your time sensitive issues, focus on anything related to food or clothes. If you can’t remember the last time you sat down and planned a meal for your family, it’s time. Decide what you are going to feed your family this week, taking into account your schedule, and make a meal plan. Then, make your grocery list and go shopping!
Next go through your ENTIRE home and gather up all the laundry in your home and put it in one central location. Now it’s time to get to work. Start a load, and move on to the next item on your to do list while you’re waiting and don’t stop until your laundry basket is empty!
Pick One Task for Each Day
At this point, all of your necessities have been taken care of. Your family will be clothed and eat each day, your time sensitive items have been taken care of, so it’s time to make sure the rest of your house gets the attention it needs!
Start by choosing one task for each day until your home is spotless. You should only choose one cleaning task to do each day to make sure that you don’t get too overwhelmed, but still get the house clean. For example your list could look like this:
Tuesday: Clean the Bathroom
Thursday: Clean the Floors
Friday: Clean the Kitchen
Saturday: Pick up the Floors
Things don’t have to be perfect, but you have to do something!
Now your home is probably a little less chaotic than it was when you started reading this post. Your home may not be spotless, but you can probably make it from one end of your home to the other without stepping on LEGOs or avoiding rooms due to the odor. Take your home by storm one easy step at a time and it will be clean before you know it!