I was recently browsing through a few home design blogs, when I came across this one by Joanna Gaines. A recent post of hers struck me as something I would love to incorporate into my year: Simple and Clean in 2015. Seriously, I definitely recommend it.
Found a lemon hiding in our sunroom.
1. Donate items: Definitely doing this as I unpack/try to find places to put things! Although we’re also saving for a yard sale to see if we can get a little cash for our items since we have so much to get rid of. You would not believe the sheer number of vases I have unpacked. Vases!
2. Fill garbage bags: Absolutely. Anything I can’t identify, is used, in poor condition, can’t be donated. It’s gone. Now. Not “think about it”. Just tossed. Makes life so much easier.
3. Every object has a home: This is the big one for me this year. I’m still unpacking and settling in. Which means I’m still finding homes for everything. And I am in desperate need of shelves so I can start storing things properly. The stacks are driving me crazy.
4. Label: Without kids, this one doesn’t really apply. After all, I’m the only one that cleans up, so as long as I know where everything goes, we’re good.
Jane is doing a good job of purging our Christmas tree.
5. Once a day catch all basket: I don’t have an upstairs, so I don’t need this specifically. But I have a renewed determination to spend 15 minutes at the end of each day putting things away. I did this for the first time last week and it was revolutionary! When I went to clean the house Saturday, I didn’t have to spend a few hours returning things to their homes! Now, I’m not anywhere near perfect at it yet. I’ve hardly been home this week, so Wednesday will be the first time I get to put things away, and I can tell you the kitchen counters are already full of stuff…
6. Once a week purge: Once a week sounds rather refreshing. I’ve generally left the fridge and pantry to Husband, as he is the cook. But things get out of hand sometimes with both of our busy schedules. So I think a regular food purge is in order. Of course, it will help when our pantry actually has shelves…
7. Team effort: This is a great idea, but every house is different. In my house, I clean, Husband cooks. I might ask him to put away some of his own things, but for the most part I think the amount of time he spends cooking (dinners and lunches!), means he’s off the hook for most of the cleaning.
Best part of the day.
8. Whistle while you work
: We used to play music constantly while we were at home, working or playing or cleaning or whatever. When we moved, that tradition fell between the cracks. But we have dusted off the iPods recently, so I’m enjoying having the music playing again =).
9. Be grateful: I view cleaning and caring for my home as a way of stewarding the things that God has given me, it helps me have a good attitude about all the work, and keeps me smiling as I thank Him for each and every room and the little blessings that He has provided that make our abode so comfortable.
Also, I like to reward myself for all the stewarding with some time to just enjoy the blessings, this time of year that means sitting by a warm fire and soaking it all in.