Today I'm sharing my secret of how to have a perfectly clean house.
If we can do it with four small kids under the age of five and in a house with 1200 square feet, you can do it too. If people followed these steps they would have a perfect house just like us.
What are you waiting for?! You won't believe how simple these seven tips are.
Here are the steps to have a perfectly clean house:
- Clean and organize a room in your house.
- If possible, ask a husband to occupy the kids in another room. Maybe put on a movie.
- Take pictures until you have a perfect room. (In extreme cases, shove stuff behind the camera.)
- Edit that picture.
- Post it on the internet.
- Share the post(s) multiple times when referencing your home. (Here, take our house tour)
- Repeat as needed for other rooms.
There you have it!
Do this often enough and when people will picture your home, those pictures will come to mind.
They will always think of your home in it's perfectly clean and organized state. They will swoon over your mad decorating skills, make themselves feel like crap over it, and maybe you might get someone who tells you that they are "#jealous!"
(Turning my sarcasm voice off.)
I don't have a perfectly clean home. It does get clean, but it does not stay clean for long.
This is my house not long after we had someone over, and honestly, I thought it was pretty darn clean.
Please don't ever let my pictures that I post fool you. When things are clean, I quick *snap* a picture! And then a few minutes later it is messy. This blog is my job and I want to show you our home in its pretty state. But it isn't like that 24/7.
I think having a clean house is a beautiful thing. I think it is important to raise our children to clean up after themselves, organize, and learn the importance of decluttering. If I have friends or family coming over, we are going to work our tails off so the place looks nice/presentable.
I take pride in my home, we've worked hard to remodel and finish projects and you better believe that I want to enjoy it that way!
But I think a perfect home, especially mid-day on a weekday with kids that just want to play, is sometimes impossible. Keeping the toys under control helps, but we still make messes here.
Messes can be good, so long as they are manageable. A good mess in our family room can take 10-15 minutes for the kids to clean up. A bad mess is a pile of crap I keep telling myself I'll sell but haven't sold in two years. A good mess is laundry. A bad mess is laundry that I let pile up, or clothes that I won't get rid of even though I know I need to.
Here are some non-sarcastic tips for keeping a perfect-ish home:
- Declutter your home, only keep the things you truly need or love.
- Go through your home spot by spot with our 40 bags in 40 days challenge.
- After you've done a deep clean, edit your home on a weekly basis.
- Avoid making unnecessary purchases.
- Don't be afraid to return or donate those unnecessary purchases.
- Let your kids see you clean. Help them, let them help you (even if they aren't as fast as you). You are teaching them how to keep a clean home.
- Don't let things pile up. It is easy to let laundry or dishes pile up (guilty), and sometimes it happens (guilty again), but try to avoid it and you won't be so stressed.
If you don't have to spend all of your time cleaning, decluttering, organizing, and catching up, you can enjoy your life more fully. Your home won't be a burden. Your home won't be a stressor or nag you with constant pleas of "clean me! clean me!"
If you don't think you can handle it, I'm going to tell you that you're wrong. Start somewhere. Stop making excuses and take your home back! Start small. Start today. Join the the thousands of us doing 40 Bags in 40 Days. Chip away bit by bit and don't give up. Stop the cycle and DO something about it.
And then when you have a clean home?
Get proud and take pictures like your home is a Kardashian and you are the paparazzi. Heck, even take a picture of kids eating pizza for breakfast in your beautiful home.
Yep. Nothing beats pizza for breakfast in a perfectly clean home. Except of course a perfectly healthy breakfast, but ehhh... I'm not perfect. 🙂
Love your home and you will be surprised at the love you will feel coming right back.
Coming soon: How to Have the Perfect Family 😉