I don’t have any statistical proof to back me up, but I think it’s fair to say that a high percentage of households have some form on clutter on tables and kitchen counters. This clutter goes double for households with children. I personally respond to kitchen clutter with eye twitching and tons of passive aggressive comments. While these are thoroughly effective methods, there are some better ways to tackle the chaos. How do you keep these high-traffic areas clean and clutter free? Keep reading to get my 7 practical ways for busy families to keep clutter off tables and kitchen counters.
I did a KonMari closet makeover to my wardrobe years ago (check it out.) When I first learned about Marie Kondo and her genius organization skills, I was reading her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Honestly, I only read the first chapter. I found myself so inspired, that I just had to start decluttering and cleaning right away. I didn’t even finish the book! Now that the KonMari Netflix special is on Netflix, I see just how much I missed out on by not following through. Needless to say, I decided it was time to give this whole KonMari method another try and Tom decided to join in! Check out our full his and her’s KonMari closet makeover and all the before and after pictures!
One of the biggest setbacks of living in clutter is that it can all seem too overwhelming. Most people don’t even know where to start when it comes to decluttering their home and creating a more minimalist space. Instead of just sitting on your living room floor, staring at clutter and crying, why not try some practical tips? I have 10 simple decluttering moves you can do today that take 10 minutes or less. You can do one a day, space them out, or get the whole family on board for one big cleaning session. You choose. But these are ideas you don’t want to miss.
You are currently talking to (or reading from) a former hot mess. My brain was a giant house of scattered thoughts and wishful thinking. That’s why I got my start in photography. All you need is a “good eye” to work in photography and the ability to pencil name’s in to a calendar. I used to not have much faith in myself when it came to organization. Keeping myself and my family organized was something I categorized as a weakness. Then life forced me to get organized with a work-from-home blog and 2 kids to homeschool. Now I’m hear to pass on my wisdom about how to get organized when you’re a hot mess.
Even though I am a stay-at-home mom, running errands still takes up far too much time out of my day. When it came to homeschooling my kids the hardest part was trying to find time to do it because it seemed like something always came up! There was always something that needed to be picked up, some new errand to be ran. That’s why I had to get serious about simplifying my method. Thankfully, in today’s day and age, there are short-cuts all around us to help us keep up with our busy schedules. I wanted to share with you some time saving hacks you may not have known about. These things are designed to help you stop running errands so you can get time back in your day.
My biggest reason behind downsizing, living a minimalist lifestyle and turning a blog into an income is all so I can get time back in my life. The times I spend constantly moving, running around, and have a jam-packed schedule are the times that I get the most stressed. I’m easy to anger, easy to quit and give the people the most important to me the least amount of attention. That’s why I decided to take my time back. Don’t think this means I am lazy or don’t do anything, it’s quite the opposite. I am more productive, more attentive and more at peace than ever! Because I hope more people follow in my footsteps, I wanted to share 26 ways to get more time back in your day. These range from small habits to major changes but they are all for a bigger purpose!