I am always amazed at the people who can keep an immaculate and organized house especially when it seems they are always cooking and traveling and active. Whenever I meet someone like that I always ask them for advice. My friend Brooke is that way. Her closets are organized and her kitchen is always clean but she isn’t cleaning all the time. Both her and her husband work, they have two kids, people over for dinner all the time and are always doing things. So when I spent the long weekend with her I was peppering her with questions when she told me her biggest secret. It’s simple and kind of obvious, but so genius: she doesn’t have very much stuff. She pointed out that if you don’t have very many clothes, even if they are all on the floor, it won’t take you more than 10 minutes to clean them up. Same thing with kids books or toys or WHATEVER. She says that her mother is even more of a minimalist than her and whenever Brooke visits her mother, she returns home and gives away half her stuff. She says that is the secret to having a clean home. Since that weekend I have been cleaning out and purging everything I own. I’ve been ruthless, even the stuff I kind of want to keep I’ve been giving away. It feels so great to simplify. If I think about how much time I’ve spent organizing my stuff I start to feel like my stuff owns me instead of the other way around. Some other tips I’ve gotten from people who keep really clean and organized homes:
-Clean as you go. Put away purses and backpacks as soon as you arrive home, clean dishes while they food is still easy to clean etc etc.
-Have a place for everything.
Do you keep a really clean house? Whats your secret?
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