Does a tidy home feel impossible to you? Are you constantly picking up after others and feel like it does no good? Well I’ve got some great news for you. It isn’t your fault your home isn’t tidy!
That’s right. It isn’t your fault.
Within this post, I’m going explain why a tidy home is important, what it means to be tidy, and 5 steps you can take to having a tidy home all the time! I promise you with these steps, it is possible to achieve it.
Why is a tidy home important?
Having a tidy home means that you can look around your home and feel peace. There isn’t anything to straighten or pick up, nor is there anything to declutter.
I realize this maybe hard to imagine, but take it from someone who used to be sort of messy/clean to a little OCD about having a tidy home. Your ability to focus on the important things in life is actually possible. You feel better, and you accomplish more!
I mean, who doesn’t want to feel this way?
If you’ve ever been told, the state of your home represents the state of your mind? Well, it is true.
When your home is cluttered and messy, it is nearly impossible to think straight. Systems go to the wayside, you feel bogged down with all you have to do, and then you decide to marathon a Netflix show and ignore it.
When your home is tidy, you feel energized, ready to tackle the day, and overall productive. Regardless of what the activity is, you are excited to do it [well for the most part at least]. Once things are tidy, it is easy to keep it that way, and I’ll explain how later in this post.
Does being tidy mean you can’t have anything on your countertops?
I’m not sure why people confuse being tidy with having absolutely zero things on countertops. Yes, your space does appear larger when countertops are clear, but that isn’t necessarily practical.
This is not something I use a rule within my home, and I do not encourage it as I help people declutter.
What I do encourage is intentional placement of things on countertops. If it is something you use everyday, like a coffee pot or microwave, it deserves a space on the countertop. If it is something small like a can opener, it can go in a cabinet.
Home decor is something I tread a thin line with, because I believe it can be overdone and create visual clutter. However, when done tastefully and purposefully, your home can still be tidy. Again, we will get into more of that later.
5 Steps to Curating a Tidy Home
Step 1: Implement the One-Touch Rule
It is so easy to grab a pair of scissors from the drawer, use them, and leave them right there. Same thing when trying to decide what to wear for the day. You try on a shirt, don’t like it, and leave it in the floor or on a table versus hanging it back up in the closet.
With the One-Touch Rule, you are making it a priority to put something away once you’re finished with it. Sure, it takes some practice to get used to it, but so does any habit you’ve ever established.
This one rule will take your home from being cluttered to surprisingly more tidy! Once you turn this into a habit, you automatically cut your cleaning time down significantly!
Step 2: Only keep things on your countertops you use daily and is a PAIN to put elsewhere.
Countertops are something that can make or break the tidy feeling within your home. It doesn’t take but one or two random things to make you feel like your home needs cleaned.
However, by only keeping things on your countertops that are truly a pain to put anywhere else, you eliminate this feeling. Currently, the things on my countertops include a microwave, coffee maker, serving wear [because I don’t have drawers to put them in], and a soap dispenser.
Things like a can opener, toaster, blender, etc. can all go out of sight in a cabinet or pantry. These things aren’t typically used daily nor are they difficult to put away. The less of these items you have on your countertops the better.
Envision the same for every the countertops in your bathrooms. A soap dispenser is the only thing we have on our’s, and that is 95% due to not having space for anything more. Toothbrushes, deodorant, and makeup all have their home in a cabinet below the sink.
Step 3: Evaluate your home decor
Home decor is often the most overlooked reason for why your home may not feel tidy. Most of the time it stays in place for so long that it feels engraved in that space and we forget that it can be put elsewhere.
This may sound a bit extreme, but removing the home decor from your space is a great way to see if your decor is creating a cluttered feeling. It will keep you from feeling at peace, so evaluating it is very important.
Resetting your space is powerful for home, because not only will you feel renewed, your home will as well. It creates an all around better atmosphere.
Step 4: Create a cleaning and tidying routine that sets you up for success
Systems are great for many reasons, and a cleaning and tidying routine is my favorite! When you have a system for your home, things run smoother and you feel better.
Here is my cleaning and tidying routine that I’ve used for a couple of years now that I know you will benefit from using as well!
Step 5: Take my FREE 5 Days to a Tidy Home Challenge
I have spent the past few years studying, practicing, and implementing different tidying routines, so I know this 5 day challenge will set you up for success! The process I’ve created for you to jump start your way to a tidy home is SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE!
You won’t have any issues keeping your home tidy once going through this challenge. I’ve laid everything out in a super simple way for you to follow, so that you can be successful with curating a tidy home.
I want YOU to experience the wonderful feelings of enjoying your home, loving your space, and most of all, peace and calm when you’re in your home. You hustle and bustle with everything else in your life. Your home shouldn’t be on that list, too.
Use the form above to sign up for this FREE challenge, so that you’re one step closer to curating your tidy home!