Let’s be real, okay?
It’s time to face the reality of the condition of our home and finally do something to make it better. It’s time to be totally honest with ourselves and stop believing the illusions that are holding us back. It’s time to ditch perfect and embrace better.
Let’s stop thinking that everyone else has a perfect home without a speck of dust or ounce of clutter.
Let’s stop feeling so overwhelmed that we decide inaction is easier than trying to deal with it all.
Let’s stop believing our own excuses that we’re too busy, have too many kids, need more help, can’t make a long-term difference, shouldn’t bother trying.
Just do something. Every day, do something to make your home a little better.
The whole reason I decided to write this month-long series on creating a clutter-free clean home is because I need it. This is not the topic I want to write about for 31 days. It’s the topic I need to live for 31 days. And beyond.
So, if you think I’m some expert who’s sharing my wisdom so you can be as great as I am, think again. I am struggling right along with you. I want to encourage you to jump in wherever you are, regardless of how overwhelmed you may feel.
Don’t worry if you can’t do as much as I do in a day, or if you have to clear a path, just to be able to clean whatever I suggest working on in a given day. Take a deep breath and do something.
Every single minute you spend making your home a little cleaner and more organized will be a blessing to your family. Don’t sit idly by while the clutter piles up and shouts ugly thoughts at you (hey, I hear it, too!). Remember that you are showing love to your family by your efforts.
What To Do When There’s Too Much To Deal With
Here are some suggestions if you feel like there is too much junk piled around to even begin cleaning up.
Consolidate the Mess
Try to create clean areas by consolidating all the clutter into one space. For example, when I clean up the kitchen, I like to move all the dirty dishes to one counter so I at least have one or two clean places in the room. Same thing goes for other rooms in the house, too.
If you don’t have time to deal with the clutter in one cleaning session, group it together so you have some clean spaces to help you gain momentum. A lot of clutter in one space is much better than a little bit of clutter all over the place.
Hide the Mess
While it’s much better to deal with the mess as soon as possible, sometimes we need to quickly create a sense of peace and a feeling of clean. Try putting the stuff that needs sorted and organized into baskets or boxes while you’re waiting to have some extended cleaning time. Just be careful that you don’t let the temporary storage become a long-term solution, since storing clutter isn’t really a solution at all.
Move the Mess
Sort of like consolidating or hiding the mess, moving the mess into a different room might be what you need to move forward with your decluttering plan. If you find yourself saying things like, “I’ll work on cleaning up my bedroom just as soon as I figure out what to do with those piles of clothes…”, then it’s time to move the piles out of that room and get cleaning.
Make a Plan to Deal with the Mess
When there is just too much to clean in a single day, a timer can be your best friend. Don’t hide or move your clutter without committing yourself to work on fighting it for a few minutes every day. Have you ever thought about the fact that if you work for fifteen minutes every weekday, you’ll get in more than an hour of decluttering every week? Just think of how much you can accomplish!
You Can Do It!
This week, we’ll be starting to work on the high-impact areas of our homes. I hope you’ll work right along with us! Take the steps you need to in order to create a home you and your family will love to live in. Click to find links to the entire Clutter-Free Clean series.
And don’t forget that I’m giving all my subscribers free access to a special printable pack during the month of October. This set will contain all of the clutter-free cleaning and organizing lists in one easy file, plus you’ll get an exclusive free coupon code for All-In-One Printable Pack with to-do lists, Bible verse prints, a project worksheet, and more ($5.00 value)! Subscribe HERE to get your freebies in the next Weekly Newsletter!
Are you ready to jump into this challenge? Are you excited? A little nervous? Share in the comments so we can all encourage each other in our quest for a clutter-free clean home!