Not a day goes by in my house without it needing some type of attention. With three kids and two dogs there is never a dull moment and cleaning seems like a never ending task. That is why my number one goal when I started doing home renovations was figuring out a way to minimize the mess in our home. Figuring out how to do that would save me so much time and money, and not to mention a few headaches. Now of course, to minimize the mess in your life you don’t have to be doing renovations. You only have to want to clean up less and spend a few hours setting up your home for less mess.
Ways to Minimize the Mess
Eliminate Surfaces: One thing I’ve noticed is the more surfaces the more mess. We naturally put stuff down on surfaces. From tables, counter tops, dressers, beds, you name it. The less surfaces the better when it comes to having a hub to lay stuff down. Less is more. So, if you can eliminate any unused pieces of furniture or additional surfaces, do it.
Combine Function and Frill: We all want our home to look nice and kept instead of like a playground, but that becomes tough when toys and kids’ items make up 75% of the items in your home. No one wants to stare at toys all day though, which is why it’s important to find items that are both functional and look nice. I just recently bought some woven baskets for the bookshelf where we store toys, but you would never know. And it gives a nice clean look.
Keep it within Reach: When cleaning up you want to make sure everything can be put up within reach. What that means is you want to try to centralize the mess rather than spread it all over. It makes cleaning go by in under ten minutes which is great when quick cleaning.
Minimize Locations: It only took me a whole year to figure this one out while cleaning my kids room full of toys and then cleaning a playroom full of toys. It made no sense why I had two different rooms with toys in them. If possible have a space dedicated for everything for example, all books in the office, or cleaning supplies in this one closet instead of all around the house.
Use It or Loose It: Getting rid of things always helps when it comes to minimizing the mess. When there’s less in the house there’s less to clean up. So if you find yourself not using something, get rid of it.
Put it on Display: If there is something you frequently use, don’t be afraid to put it on display. A home is not just meant for decoration. If you read frequently don’t hide your books only to have to make a mess digging to try and find one. The same goes for toys, or favorite clothing items, etc.
Keep it From The Kids: This was a hard sparkly lesson for me to learn. Three glitter bottles later and I realized that if you don’t want the kids to mess with it keep it out of their sight, within reason of course. This rule alone will save you hours of cleaning time. Even if that means you put it in a solid bin.
Have a Routine and Don’t Forget to Quick Clean: Having the habit of putting stuff where it belongs as you walk in & out of the house, get done eating, and head to bed can greatly eliminate a majority of messes. In addition, if you do a 15 minute quick clean every night it will eliminate any mess from getting to out of control to want to handle.
What are ways you minimize the mess in your home?