So, I was behind on all my work and had to pull an all nighter to get it done last night. I wonder if my crabbiness has anything to do with being EXHAUSTED? Hello? My house is a mess and I can’t seem to figure out how to keep my home clean.
Anyway, I decided I absolutely had to try to tackle my kitchen, because my house is a complete pit. I haven’t touched it in days, because of work and some life drama. My dishwasher filled up quickly, so what is a girl to do but to go ahead and wash the leftover dishes in the sink the old fashioned way?
That probably would have worked fine, except for the the fact that my eyes kept drifting closed as I scrubbed the plates. I think I’ll take a nap. I just hope it isn’t in the kitchen sink.
Gaining Control Over a Messy House
When it comes to ideas for gaining control over a messy house, you’re likely to hear a lot of different solutions. Here are some of my favorite tips:
- Keep your kitchen sink clean. Even if the rest of your house is a mess, your sink will inspire you.
- Get rid of clutter. The more junk, the more mess to deal with.
- Find a place for everything. This only works if you put things in their place.
- Start with one room at a time. Completely clean and declutter that room and move to the next.
- Assign chores. If four people make the messes, one person can’t keep up.
- Ask for help or hire help to get on top of the mess.
- Set aside a block of time every week to pick up and clean. Make it an event for the entire family.
Small habits go a long way toward creating a cleaner house.
My House Is a Mess Solutions
Different readers face different hurdles with keeping their homes clean. Here are a few of the questions I’ve been emailed over the years:
How can I keep my house smelling fresh?
If you have kids and pets, then your house may not always smell great. Something you don’t notice, visitors will. My favorite thing to do is to simmer a pot of hot water on the stove before guests arrive. I slice an orange in sections and throw into the pot (rinds and all), add cinnamon and nutmeg. The scent fills the house with a homey smell and covers odors.
Help! My kitchen island is always cluttered.
Boy, do I feel my readers’ pain on this one. I hate my kitchen island. It is a clutter collector no matter how many baskets or organizers I place on it. It’s natural to come in and throw stuff there. I’m as guilty as anyone else, too. In fact, when we put in new floors in the next year, I’m pushing it back against the wall and turning it into wall cabinets and freeing up that floor space. The only island I’d have again would be a functional one with a sink or stove built in.
My best suggestion for solving this problem is cleaning off the counter every night before bed. It’s a royal pain, though. Seriously, get rid of the island!
My house is so messy! I don’t even know where to start.
It is really easy to let the clutter and dirt get out of hand. Suddenly, you are completely overwhelmed with the mess and don’t know how to get your house clean again. When the house is beyond what you can figure out, my best advice is to always start in the kitchen. The main reason I suggest this is two-fold: most families spend a lot of time in the kitchen and this is where you cook and eat food so it should be clean.
Throw anything out you don’t use (yes, that includes Grandma Edna’s silverware that isn’t even real silver). Clean all clutter off counters and tables. Scrub every inch from the top down and then keep it that way. You decide which room to tackle next. Sometimes, you just have to find a place to start.
This place is messy! Why do I have so much clutter?
Life just seems to bring in clutter. I have been decluttering for almost a year and there is honesty no end in sight yet. You know, I truly feel that cluttery items must mate at night while I’m asleep. I am doing two things to cut the clutter. First, I used the old (keep, throw out, give away/sale) method and went ruthlessly through all closets and cabinets. I also refuse to bring more into the house. People buy me junk at Christmas. I don’t want to hurt them by turning it down, but I don’t want a knick-knack I have to dust. It goes straight to my flea market booth where I am making a little extra money selling all the junk I no longer want.
It Isn’t a Race to Clean Your House
If your best friend stops by and you haven’t swept the floors, will she even notice? You likely see your house through harsher eyes than your family and friends. It’s more important to spend time with family and invest in your children while they’re small than to keep a spotless house. Do what you can but try not to stress yourself out so much about how messy you think your house is.
If you liked “I Fell Asleep in the Dish Suds and My House Is a Mess,” you’ll enjoy reading:
- Tips for Decluttering Your Home
- 22 Ways to Clean Your Home this Fall
- Dash and Stash: How to Clean a Messy House Fast!