It’s hard to think of spring right now in New Jersey when there’s a blizzard happening outside your window. However, it’s easy to think of accomplishing a few things while your almost 2 year old is sleeping! I realize now how much little time I have when it comes to tidying up around the house and figured out a few tips and tricks to complete in a small amount of time.
Read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This book is not for the weak of heart and inspired me to take a look at the items we have around our house and really think about whether or not we needed or if they brought us joy. This book helps you to go through your clothes, junk drawers, kid toys, trinkets, memorabilia, etc. There is no in-between with these items and it helps you to determine whether or not to keep certain ones.
Make a Plan
Whether it’s a “To-Do” list or following others on social media with daily tasks make sure you make a plan.
Complete Tasks (Right Away, Don’t Wait!)
I mentioned this last year in my spring cleaning post, but mostly in regards to laundry. If you complete tasks as needed they won’t pile up.
- Make your bed as soon as you get up.
- If you have kids help your little one clean up and make it into a game.
- Put your dirty dishes directly into the dishwasher.The last thing you want is a dirty sink.
- Do laundry as needed. Sometimes I let it pile up and we have 3-4 loads of laundry to do on Sundays, which is the worst. So either do it daily or every other day. Whatever works for you!
I recently bought a few Ziploc Space Saving bags in order to create more space in our home. I was able to pack more baby clothes away in the totes we bought. Now we have less containers to store and organize!
Keep a Routine
I follow a lot of people who post cleaning and organizational tips on social media, but there is one who has a cleaning routine that I like. Clean Mama is a website that has a blog, printables, and daily cleaning routines easy accessible to you! She posts daily reminders on Instagram about what day it is and what task to complete. If it’s too hard to follow then you can create your own daily tasks based on your schedule.
Happy tidying up!