I will be the first to tell you that I’m a messy person. Keeping my house clean and organized doesn’t come second nature. I can laugh about it now, but I actually hid once when someone came to my door because I was embarrassed by the state of my living room. 😳 My huge breakthrough came while reading How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K. White.
I’ll never be able to thank the author enough, and if you, like me, struggle with “clutter vision” (clutter just seems to fade into the background, and I don’t notice it until I’m having guests over) or “project brain” (I used to view housecleaning as a project – “Today I will clean the kitchen from top to bottom, and everything will be perfect!” – only to feel personally attacked when the first dirty dish got put back into the sink 😂…that’s the issue with thinking of cleaning as a project. It doesn’t have an end like most projects. You have to constantly keep up with it.), you need to read this book. Buy it or pick it up from your library today – it really is that good for those messy-at-hearts.
If you’d like to know some of my favorite cleaning and organizing projects, check out my YouTube video below. I’ll also list a few of them for you here –
- Grove Collaborative: I initially signed up for Grove after seeing a YouTuber with their cute cleaning caddy, but it has since become my go-to website to shop for cleaning supplies. I love my Full Circle Dust Whisperer, the Method Daily Shower Spray, and the Grove Cleaning Concentrates.
- E-Cloths: If I could only recommend one thing to you, it would be E-Cloths. I’ve been using them for over a year, and they are fantastic. I especially love them for cleaning kitchen appliances, light fixtures, and mirrors.
- The Container Store Clear Plastic Storage Bins with Handles: I have these in pretty much every room in my house!
- File-Folding Method: When I first read Marie Kondo’s book, her folding method was my big takeaway (in the video, I show you how my drawers look now). It makes looking for a certain clothing item so much easier, and, while it might take a tiny bit longer than folding how I used it, it’s worth it to me (and, weirdly, kind of relaxing).
Thanks for reading/watching! I’d love to know your cleaning tips.