Monday, January 8, 2018

Creating An Effective Cleaning and Organizing Plan For The New Year

As much as I hate to admit it...I love cleaning.

Please don't tell Tim.

I love making our apartment sparkle and vacuuming makes me want to dance around. I don't know why I'm this way...but I am. I realize that not everyone loves to clean and I also know that most people don't even like to clean. If I'm being honest the last thing I want to do when I come home from work is clean up the apartment- the days I like to clean are the ones when I am home all day to enjoy it. Let's be honest I'd be a great housewife :)

It's no secret I love to organize so let's not even try to justify that.

So today we aren't just talking about my love of organizing and cleaning we are talking about how everyone can create a plan that works for them and their life! I've also sprinkled in some old photos of my apartment looking clean just to inspire!

Clean When It Works For You

This is one of the biggest tips I can give you. There are all sorts of cleaning schedules out there but they may not necessarily work for you. If you have a ton of kids you might have to do a load of laundry every day in order to stay caught up while if it's just you and one other you may be able to just do laundry one day a week.

If you wear shoes in the house you might need to vacuum and mop quite a few times throughout the course of the week and if you don't you might only need to vacuum once or twice.

Your cleaning schedule is completely based on your lifestyle. You may like things super clean and dust daily, you might not mind a mess and let it go for weeks. Decide for yourself what you want your home to look and feel like and go from there.

I personally like my "reset" method. I clean a little bit throughout the week- doing dishes, vacuuming, etc.. but let Tim make a mess of his side of the couch and coffee table. Then on one weekend day I do a "reset" and everything has to be cleaned. I clean out the fridge, change the sheets, do all the laundry, etc.

This allows Tim to live the way he wants to- aka not picking up after himself constantly and allows me to keep my sanity by getting everything completely clean before the start of the next week.

That being said there are some things I make sure to complete daily such as doing all the dishes and getting the kitchen cleaned up but if I'm being realistic it doesn't always happen!

A Place For Everything

I cannot stress enough how this will change your organizing life! I make sure that every item we own has a specific place to go. If something doesn't have a place we either get rid of it or find it one. I am constantly decluttering and getting rid of items we don't want or need. I go through my clothes, I go through papers that are sitting around, I ask Tim to go through his belongings. We don't keep things that we don't want or need and that allows us to be more organized.

I don't follow a specific organizing plan- I go through everything constantly so I don't think I really need to but if you are looking for a specific plan I suggest you make your own! Think about how often you'd like to go through each type of item. Going through your closet seasonally is a great way to do it. See what you didn't wear at all in the last season and donate it! I've also become a big fan of Poshmark and would highly recommend it as a way to make a little bit of money off of used clothing. 

I have also made lists of sections of my home to organize and having a list to check off makes you feel super productive. Think of all the places you haven't organized in awhile. Is it your closet or garage? Go through everything and you will feel so much better when it's completed. Keep a list of all the places you want to organize throughout the year and when you are feeling motivated go get one checked off! No rush on completing a project like this, just get to it whenever you feel motivated! 

Work With Products You Love

I absolutely adore both of my Dyson vacuums! My cordless Dyson (picture above) is great for day to day cleaning. I use this to clean up daily and it works great for all types of messes. When I want to get a really deep clean I use my other Dyson which is great on our carpets and I feel like it sucks up everything! I can't say enough good things about Dyson and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new vacuum. They are 100% worth the price and Tim always jokes that I'm starting a "collection" by having two and I can't even tell him he's wrong because that is one of the few things I would ever want to collect!

I also have fallen in love with a few multi-purpose cleaners. You have to find scents that you love and it will make cleaning so much more enjoyable. I personally am loving Mrs. Meyers Honeysuckle and Method Ocean Waves. I have also heard that Mrs. Meyers will be releasing a new mint scent which sounds amazing and I can't wait to try it!

I know I've linked them in the past but Makers Cleaning Cloths are amazing and I really love supporting Melissa Maker by purchasing them!

I am planning on doing more clean with me videos on my YouTube and have a lot of big plans to share even more cleaning and organizing with you this year! I hope these tips helped and you can come up with an effective cleaning and organizing plan for the new year. Everyone is different which means your plan will be unique to you- but I'm happy to share tips and help- just comment below or send me a message!

Happy cleaning and organizing!

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