As a young teenager, I remember reading the book, How Not to Be a Messie. It definitely had me fascinated from the very first page, and I learned many valuable lessons among them, the secret I will share with you today.
In the beginning of the book, it gives a fun test to see what type of messy you are. The names are so hilarious that even after seven years have passed, I have not forgotten my messy type.
According to the quiz and really true to reality, I am a Spartan messie. If you knew me or talked with me for very long, you would totally agree. I had this crazy conversation with one of my friends recently.
We purchased a foreclosed home a couple months ago and are in the process of remodeling it. In our Jack and Jill bathroom, we had this huge mirror that literally spanned the width and almost height of the entire wall. My friend was with me and helping me prep the walls for texture. I took my screw driver and began taking out the fasteners on the mirror. She asked me why I wanted to remove the mirror. My crazy reply was this, "I hate cleaning mirrors, so I am going to put in two small mirrors instead. Less to clean, and much easier to keep up with." She just laughed.
I don't collect things because I don't want to dust them. I opted for laminate flooring and not hardwood because laminate is easier to clean and take care of. I am a Spartan Messie to the core and a minimalist!
While I definitely have to learn to balance myself in this area, and this is where is my husband takes the stage. We balance each other. There are definitely some strong points in being a Spartan that can really help minimize your cleaning schedule and keep your home organized.
- Everything has a home. What I mean by this is the fact that every item in your house has a place it belongs. The iron always goes on top of the shelf in the laundry room. The broom is always kept on the side of the refrigerator, and the manicure stuff is always found in your third drawer on the right. Everything coming into your home must find a permanent home. This is key because if not, things just get stuffed into random drawers and are difficult to find.
- Minimize. I know this is definitely a tough one for most people, but I try to use the one year rule with house stuff. If I haven't used it in a year, it is safe to say that I probably don't need it. I went through my Christmas stuff this year, and donated everything that I didn't use for the last two years. This is the rule we have with clothes, One new one in, and one old one out. This prevents over stuffed closets.
- Organize. I know that sometimes we automatically associate clean with organized, but that is simply not the case. You can have a very clean house, but be totally disorganized. Organization is taking the concept that everything has a home and now you are going to make that home appealing to the eye and usable.
- Daily Pick-up times. Everyday I have three cleanup times, and they literally are morning, noon, and night. In the morning, I grab a basket and pick up everything that is out of place and put it away. Doing this a couple of times a day really helps the house always look neat and truly takes no time at all. If you have kids old enough, have a contest. My nephews loved the cleaning contest and didn't even realize they were cleaning. :) I would give them bags, set a timer, and the person who picked up the most items would get some special privilege or a treat.
- Routine. Having a consistent cleaning routine really helps everything get done in a timely manner and really doesn't need to take very long. For example this is my basic routine:
Monday: Laundry and floors
Tuesday: Bathrooms and dusting
Wednesday: Errand day
Thursday: Ironing and kitchen
Friday: Monthly cleaning item
This is a simple routine that I use, and each day I spend less than an hour cleaning. I downloaded a yearly cleaning schedule from here, and I divided it up into months. Each Friday, I pick one task to complete. This ensures that I stay on top of keeping my house clean.
These are the secrets that I have learned along the way from more experienced moms. I have been able to implement them slowly into my life, and they work incredibly well! What are your ninja secrets that help keep your house clean amidst living life, running a business, and training children?