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Getting real about cleaning & organisation – like an Italian housewife

I have come to the realization that I used to be a messy person. I never identified myself as being a messy person, but I was.

When I first moved in with my fiancé, I used to think he was borderline OCD when it came to cleaning and organisation. It would 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 each day to clean our house (both of us work). But now, I get it and I can appreciate the job of a dedicated Italian housewife so much more.

Forget aspiring to a “carefree”, whimsical, Holly Golightly lifestyle with the phone in the trunk and bottle of perfume in the letterbox. Neat and tidy means more organised 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.

This is one of the underlying, often undervalued bases of creating a lovely home environment that Italian housewives get so right.

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 simple tips I’ve picked up:

  1. Make the bed each morning after throwing back the sheets and letting them air out for a few minutes.
  2. In the morning, clean what you use for breakfast immediately after
  3. 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 (some new dryers have this function) . Otherwise, put them in the wash and then return to closet.
  4. Dust everything frequently, maybe one room a day – hello Swiffer, Roomba, Vacuum cleaner (I admit, we outsource this task)
  5. Quick clean bathroom every day (and this one)
  6. 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?  I’d love to hear your tips!

2 thoughts on “Getting real about cleaning & organisation – like an Italian housewife

  1. Valerie says:

    Great post! I especially like your description of a nice home: “purposeful and welcoming, be it for working, inspiring, motivating or relaxing”
    I think it’s really important to have a clean and tidy home. I don’t like cluttered, messy spaces and I doubt that many people do! lol

    • livebreathesmile says:

      Thanks Valerie! Absolutely! A tidy and welcoming home makes such a difference to your mood and even the dynamics of the people in the home. I think many people don’t like the idea of a cluttered, messy space, but a lot of them will put up with it and make excuses as to why that is. I mean, that was me!

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