We’ve all been there.
You either wake up or you walk into your home after going somewhere and you see it with new eyes.
It’s a total disaster.
Not a little mess but an epic damn disaster.
You know you need to clean up but there is just so much going on you have no idea where to even start. So what happens? Nothing gets done, you start to stress and then you leave the house only to repeat the cycle again.
If you don’t do any of that then I apologize. I was just recounting my Wednesday night.
However, I know I’m not the only one that will stand in a room and just feel paralyzed. I used to feel this way when I was a kid and then my Dad would come in and tell me to just start with one thing.
And really that’s what it comes down to.
But is that it? Maybe there is something more and that’s what we need to look at first.
Too Much Stuff
I don’t want to say you have too much stuff but if you always have problems with mess then it’s very easy to see that you just have too much stuff.
You might think that you have just enough stuff but there is a good chance you have too much.
Do you really need all of those paper plates AND regular plates?
How many clothes do you need to pile up in your closet?
Look I get it. You never know when you’re going to need all of those things again but chances are you won’t ever need them again.
Chances are you will go years without even thinking about using them and if that’s the case then why not get rid of them and when the time comes, buy new ones?
Yes, that’s a horrible way to save money but you’ll find that more times than not you won’t spend anything because you don’t need those things ever again.
And that’s a wonderful thing.
It’s easier to tackle a mess when there are fewer things to tackle.
That seems like common sense but it’s something that so many of us often forget.
So whether you decide to get rid of stuff or keep everything you need a system and that system requires organization.
A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place
I often feel like organizing is a talent. You either have it or you don’t. My husband doesn’t have it. I do.
You could give him an empty football stadium and he wouldn’t know a good place to put a pair of jeans but I can usually make a small closet feel like a 747.
Being able to organize everything not only gives you more room but it reduces stress and makes cleaning up easier because you know exactly where things are supposed to go.
I don’t want to do a deep dive into how to organize your home because we do have a couple of wonderful posts showcasing great ways to organize different parts of your home:
- Garage Organization: 9 DIY Ideas to Help You Organize Your Garage
- 11 Genius DIY Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
- 15 Superb DIY Bathroom Organization Hacks You Need
- 9 Great DIY Makeup Organization Ideas You Can Do Today
- 11 Creative DIY Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Organized
These posts are a great start in finding ways to organize your home.
Once you have an organization in place it’s time to tackle the mess head-on.
One Thing at a Time
That’s all you gotta do.
You don’t have to pick up everything at once. You just need to pick up one thing at a time.
The goal is to build momentum. Once you pick up one thing you want to pick up another and another and another.
Keep that momentum going.
If that means playing some 80s then do it to it.
Sing. Dance. Yoga it up. Okay, you can’t yoga and clean but you get the idea.
You can actually make cleaning a workout.
I didn’t think it was possible but it definitely is. WikiHow has a full article on it.
Of course, they make it seem way cooler than it is but it’s something to do while cleaning nonetheless.