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I am not a neat person by nature…at all! However, that doesn’t mean that I like living in a messy home and chaos!
For years I’ve tried to find the magical solution to homemaking and every once in a while find a few great tricks but I am still looking for the magic wand that can clean my home for me! In the meantime I have found 3 ways to simplify homemaking that I hope can help you, too!
1. Tidy up!
I recently started reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I have always associated tidying with cleaning. However, in this book tidying means keeping only the things you love and discarding everything else!
Can you imagine what a haven your home would be with only items that bring joy to your life?
Some of Kondo’s tips include the order that one should tidy (clothing is first), to sort items by category and not location, and to discard first and worry about how to store your items later.
2. Create white-space in your schedule!
I have a long way to go in implementing this one (but I am consciously working on it)!
White space (free time) equals freedom. In regards to homemaking, white space in your schedule allows freedom for doing those projects that have been put off because you didn’t have time before! After you tidy, you will automatically have more white space because your stuff will fit where it’s supposed to and you’ll no longer be picking up or cleaning extra items.
3. Have realistic expectations.
I don’t have 4 hours a day to have a detailed list that includes dusting the ceiling fans and baseboards. However, I know I can usually spend at least 30 minutes beyond the basics of dishes, changing laundry, and wiping down the counters.
When you are realistic with your time, you can get to work and plan ahead. By having a plan you know what needs done! If you want to finish a project but can’t find any extra time could you get up 20 minutes earlier to finish that project or delete something from your schedule?
What are your best tips to simplify homemaking?
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