I have come to the realization that I used to be a messy person. I have a theory of how I became this way, but that’s a topic for another day. I never identified myself as being a messy person, but I was.
I used to think that my fiancé was borderline OCD when it came to cleaning and organization. It would almost drive me up the wall when he would wash his coffee cup immediately after use instead of leaving it in the sink even if we were running late to go somewhere. It baffled me that he hired a housekeeper to come in for 4 hours every day to clean our house (both of us work). But now, I get it.
This is one of the underlying, often undervalued bases of creating a lovely home environment that Italian housewives get so right.
Forget aspiring to a “carefree”, whimsical, Holly Golightly lifestyle with the phone in the trunk and the perfume in the letterbox. Neat and tidy means more organized which in whole actually leads to more time to do other things. It means carefully selecting the things you buy in order to maintain the tidiness and the right atmosphere at home. It means creating and maintaining a haven that is purposeful and welcoming, be it for working, inspiring, motivating or relaxing. And all of this makes a difference.
It’s the little things that don’t take too much extra time, that when put together have the overall effect of making life just that much nicer.
Here are 6 tips I’ve picked up that may also help you:
- Make the bed each morning after throwing back the sheets and letting them air out for a few minutes.
- In the morning, clean what you use for breakfast immediately after
- Hang up your clothes on a rack after using them. If after one week they are still un- used, refresh them if not dirty and put them back in the closet after airing them out. Otherwise, put them in the wash and then return to closet.
- Dust everything, maybe one room a day – hello Swiffer, Roomba, Vacuum cleaner (I admit, we outsource this task)
- Quick clean bathroom every day (and this one)
- Everything should have a place, return it after using it
On the days that I feel like ‘no, I just cbf’d’, I have a coffee and just do it anyways. I’m usually happier for it after when my house is clean and I don’t have to do as much tomorrow to keep it so.
What are some of the ways you keep your house mess-free? Give me your tips!