I watched one of the Marie Kondo series yesterday and I just love her. I love how she thanks her house and clothes and the little ways she has about her. For some it may be a little far and I don’t necessarily thank each item of my clothing before I throw it out but I love that she shows a part of her and she encourages people to be mindful of their ‘stuff’. I think its lovely.
In the world we live in now we are not very mindful we go about our daily business not always thinking about the consequences of our overspending oversharing overbuying lives. And take no consideration into all the waste we produce. I’m guilty of this at times. With three young children it’s easy to put other things on the side line. But these things and a more mindful way of living is beneficial for our children. I want to make a few changes to the way we live at home this year and hopefully will share them in a blog post soon.
I’ve always been an avid de clutterer and I try my hardest to be a careful spender. I found early on in my motherhood journey that a clogged and over full house made me anxious, depressed and really overwhelmed. With no home for things I found sides and tables becoming a dumping ground for everything. Sometimes this still happens but the less I have in our home the easier I find it is to clean the sides and put things back in their homes.
My usual routine is that throughout the year I sort the house and de clutter it. Its an ongoing process and not something I think we can only do once in our lives, or every few years. To keep on top of my home I do it often. Some people prefer to employ a cleaner. There are so many cleaning companies around that offer such a great service for example the cleaning service Brooklyn.
Although I don’t think I do enough recycling of our things if I’m not ready to throw things out they get put in the loft until I have a moment. To be honest the loft is the one place that needs our attention and a big sort out. Thats next on my list.
It can be overwhelming when you initially start sorting and de cluttering your house. But just start somewhere, anywhere is fine but it’s important you just go ahead and start.
In respect of buying less and loving what you have, I can confirm that for me yes it has been life changing, sorting and de cluttering tends to come naturally to me and I will always be on the lookout for things and places I can de clutter at home. Its a way of keeping things under control, as a family of five its easy for the house to get a bit messy thats just daily living. So having a house thats not overly cluttered helps me keep on top of everything. Its they way I like it.
Here are five tips I found helped me when I first started out, if you have never thought about de cluttering your home and space these might help you.
1.Clothing and Bedding
For me the most important is bedding and clothing storage because there is a lot of laundry to be done in our house with three children and if there is not adequate space for all of it then it quickly becomes quite over bearing. So this was and always is my first job.
I sort through the kids clothes and make sure it all has a place in their wardrobes. I then sort through Daniels and always leave mine till last.
2. Kitchen Dinning Room
The next job is my kitchen and dinning room this is one of the most busiest rooms in our house and having a place for everything is so important in here especially because it then motivates me to keep it clean everyday. I am found in here a lot throughout the day and into the evening. It is where we do laundry, eat, do homework. So its a bust place.
Then it’s the kids toys which for us at the moment are all kept in the living room in an Ikea storage unit great for tidy up time as again everything has a place. If there wasn’t a place for everything we have, all of it would be over spilling on my floors, sides and all the rooms of the house. So this is always my first tip, get some toy storage. We don’t have the luxury of a playroom for all their toys, so it is important we have toy storage in our house.
I do think for me rather then sticking to an item to sort I stick to a room to sort and once I’m happy it’s de cluttered and free of mess, I am ready to move onto the next room and so on.
All this can be done within one week just set yourself a room daily depending on how many rooms you have and how big they are this can all be eachieved easily.
4. Enjoy it
Make sure you enjoy yourself while you do it, I always put music on I have Arthur with me so if he is awake we dance play and tidy together it’s the only way it will work when having a little one at home. Make it fun.
The whole process will also be a lot slower with a little one at home, so take that into consideration and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I find when I have Arthur with me we stop for snacks for a drink, to play or help him pull something out of his toy box. Then sometimes he just wants to be held. I know as he gets older and more independent it will be easier to get more done with him home.
5. Your car
I can’t have a messy car it’s like an extension of my house and very important I keep it clean just as I do my house. I have a little box for the shopping bags and rain cover for Arthur’s pushchair which I keep in the boot of the car.
I also have Arthur’s pushchair in the back. I like it clean and tidy it makes me feel so happy to drive it around when it is this way and it encourages me to keep the house clean too.
I also like to actually clean the inside of my car myself I feel like I can do it exactly how I like it done. Then I usually go and get the outside done at a car wash. It also motivates me to keep cleaning I find when I start one job it leads me onto the next, so I just keep going.
I hope you found this helpful. Do you hire help or prefer to clean your car and home yourself?