Does it blow anyone else’s mind how easily your home can get messy and chaotic?! Or maybe it’s just my house that gets chaotic and messy on a daily basis. Haha. It seems like within the first few hours of my girls waking up, my house looks like a tornado has come through. And it takes even longer to clean it up than it did for them to make the mess! Nobody has time for that! So I’ve come up with a few ways to help me streamline my tidying process and save time!
I’m a very clean person and I LOVE to organize. I like everything to have a place and to stay in that place. You know the saying… “a place for everything, everything in it’s place…” Something like that anyways.
One of my “jobs” at home when I was a teenager was to organize the pantry. I loved it. I would take everything out, clean the shelves, and then organize everything back in. Then for the next week, at least, I would always make sure that people were putting things back in the right place.
But, things these days just don’t seem to stay as tidy as I would like them to be. Having two crazy toddlers might have something to do with that. But Justin and I are somehow becoming more and more busy as well, with church callings, work that he brings home with him and like 5 bajillion side jobs that I’m trying to do for some reason. When we come home from somewhere we drop our things out of place and think “I’ll put that away later.” And then later something else is more important or we forget and go to bed with out putting said things away. And same for the disaster of toys that is left after the girls go to bed! Seriously, how can two tiny little humans cause such chaos??!! Crayons all over the floor, toys pulled out of every toy bucket, all of the play kitchen food out of the kitchen, etc. Not to mention that they like to pull all the books and my decorations off of the bottom two, almost three now since they are getting taller, bookshelves. It’s like they know that I just spent all this time putting everything in its place and they know it will drive me crazy. They get so excited when I clean it all up and put it back on the shelves. They go right over and promptly take it all off again as if it doesn’t belong there.
Anyways, I digress. It just doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to put everything (meaning all the toys and décor from the bookshelves) away every single night because it’s going to be the same exact mess tomorrow. So, I’m trying to loosen up a little and just let things be some nights. That way I can spend a little more time on all these business ventures after the girls have gone to bed, or actually spend some time with my husband.
Having said that though, all of the stuff being out of place and not getting put away builds up and creates more and more clutter and chaos and it definitely gets to me. I can’t focus on anything and I get anxious and stressed. Obviously I can’t just leave it all and do nothing. I don’t think I’ll ever loosen up that much. But I hate for it to take so much time. Like I said before, we have a lot going on.
These five little things I’ve started doing have helped it feel so much more manageable and not take up an entire evening. So I wanted to share them in case they could help you out as well!
These are actually things I did tonight to get my whole first floor from looking like this: (Don’t judge, I know it’s madness.)
To looking like this in just one hour! (Cue the angels singing from Heaven! “Ahhhhh”)
5 tips to tidy up your house quickly!
- Get comfy.
I like to get into comfy clothes that I know I can move in and am not worried about getting a little dirty (just in case). Also, this might sound silly, but use the bathroom before you get started. That way you don’t have to stop in the middle of your cleaning time to pee. It helps, trust me.
- Fill your water bottle.
I always get warm moving around so much while I’m tidying up and will definitely want some water. So I fill my water bottle beforehand so that I don’t even have to think about it when I get thirsty.
- Choose your entertainment
I totally have ADD when it comes to getting tasks done like cleaning. I get it from my mom. She’ll attest to it too. I will start on one thing and go from one place to another to put something away and see something else that needs to get done and I’ll start working on that, leaving the previous task unfinished. I’ve realized that if I have something that I’m listening to then I focus better and don’t wander from one thing to another. Tonight I turned on a podcast that I really enjoy but it could be an audio book or just some good upbeat music. Don’t turn on the television though. Having something to watch can definitely distract you from what you are trying to accomplish and will end up costing you more time.
- Have an empty laundry basket or tote/tub of some sort to put things in that don’t belong.
I live in a two-story condo and it takes way to much time to take things upstairs every time I find something that doesn’t belong on the main floor. So now I have a bin that I put things that belong upstairs in as I find them. Then I take that bin up with me at the end of the night and everything gets put away the next morning and the empty bin comes back downstairs so I can do it all again the next day.
- Start in one room and don’t leave that room until it is finished.
Again with the cleaning ADD, if I leave the room I’m working in, I see the other things that need to be done and start on something else. Now, if something is in the room I’m working on but belongs in another space (on the same floor), I toss that thing into the room where it belongs but don’t worry about putting it away yet. Then go back to the room I was working on and I put everything in its place in there until it’s all cleaned up. Now I can move to the next room/space. When I move to the next room I will most likely find something that belongs in the space that I just finished cleaning up. In that case, I go ahead and put it away since there is nothing else to distract me in there.
And there you have it. It might not sound like much, but it has helped me a lot to do each of these steps. I got my whole first floor looking sooooo much better in just an hour. And that includes doing the dishes and vacuuming the floors. All by myself I might add! Of course this was all done after the girls were in bed. And Justin had church meetings tonight otherwise he would’ve been helping and it would’ve gone even faster. But most of the time I like to do my cleaning/tidying up on my own. It’s therapeutic for me and helps me relax. So now I’m sitting here on my couch, writing this post and listening to the rain fall outside not worried about all of the clutter around me.
Hopefully this is helpful to you! Let me know if you try any of these things and if it was effective for you! Or if you have any other tips please share!