Cleaning

How to clean your kitchen in 30 minutes or less

It’s hard to clean with a toddler, which is why speed cleaning in small but focused chunks can be a lifesaver. I don’t know about you, but in my house, if we don’t clean the kitchen every day, it seems to explode in chaos: books and toys all over floor, bills scattered on the table and random items ranging from hammers to dirty socks clutter the counters.

I have a (mostly) daily routine to speed clean my kitchen. But inevitably there are days that I miss and my kitchen ends up looking like this:

In this post, I’ll show you how to speed clean your kitchen. In total, this process took 30 minutes, broken into three 10-minute chunks. (more…)

7 Reasons to Keep a Tidy House

7 Reasons to Keep a Tidy HouseI’m a naturally messy person. I don’t clean in my free time or get excited when spring cleaning comes around. But in the last year of keeping my house relatively tidy, I’ve learned to love having a tidy home, and I think you will too. Here’s why:

7 reasons to keep a tidy house

1. A tidy house saves time.

Can you imagine how much time you would save if you weren’t always looking for your keys? I used to spend 10-15 minutes before leaving the house because I couldn’t find my wallet, phone or keys…or all three. Even if you only leave the house once a day, that’s over one hour every week wasted.

2. It can relieve stress.

It’s true, clutter can actually add to the amount of stress in your life, as well as making you distracted and less productive.

3. It takes less time to clean.

Sounds backwards, but things are so much quicker to clean when you do a little bit at a time. Just think about the time invested rinsing off a dish as soon as dinner is over versus trying to scrape that stuff off in the morning.

4. It teaches your kids good habits.

If your kids are used to throwing dirty socks on the floor, it can be a good habit for them to learn simple techniques to pick up after themselves. This is an important skill to have out in public or later on in the workplace.

5. It lessens the amount you have to clean.

To piggy back on #4, if kids know the proper place to put dirty socks, that’s two less dirty socks you have to pick up. For one child, that could mean 730 less socks to pick up every year! Teach them to clean off their dinner plate or put away their toys, you could save yourself from bending over thousands of times each year.

6. It allows you to get messy.

My son didn’t finger paint until he was 2.5 years old. Partially because he would put his fingers in his mouth, but also because my kitchen table was a hoarding zone for important bills and documents as well as junk mail and unread magazines. Everything that came in landed on the kitchen table. Do you think I would let my son finger paint (or do anything messy) on a table that had things like the yet to be paid electric bill? No! So imagine my surprise when I realized that having a clean table actually allows us to do more messy things. If paint gets on the table? No problem, just wipe it up.

7. They’re only young once.

This reason makes me tear up. We’ve been entrusted with these babies, who in the blink of an eye will be out the door on their way to college. We have these short short years to mold our children into decent human beings and to enjoy all of the snuggles and hugs while they’re young enough to think mom is cool. The main reason to keep a tidy house is to spend less time cleaning and more time jumping in piles of leaves or making hot chocolate on cold days. After all, as the old saying goes, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s not about living in a house that is so spotless you’re afraid to breathe. It’s about creating a home that is loving and warm and allows you to do the things you want to do.

Action item

Your action item today is to throw out one item that is no longer needed. This may be one item of junk mail or that spatula with the broken handle. Go around your house and pick just one thing.

What is the one thing you threw out?