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Spring Cleaning Series – 5 Simple Rules for a Clean Home

April 6, 2017
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By the time April hits, Spring cleaning is inevitably on everyone’s minds.  Some may have it as a passing thought that is quickly forgotten, but I am starting a Spring cleaning series for those who are serious about doing a Spring cleaning.  This series will focus on the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, the dining room, and the kitchen.  We’ll go through the process of cleaning out the stuff you don’t need and how to organize the stuff you are keeping

Her Life Is Love is always a discussion-friendly zone and would love to have your input on what ideas you’ve tried, what worked, and questions you may have.  Feel free to leave comments and I will do my best to get back to you.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning the whole house.  We’re going to take one room at a time!

5 Simple Rules for a Clean Home

      1. Every object must have a designated home – When every object in your home has a home of its own, you can find what you need easily and know where to return it after each use.  This is important because it helps keep you from creating clutter by developing a good habit of putting things back.
      2. Keep only what you have room for – This is key to keeping your home manageable.  If you only keep the items you have space for, you won’t end up hoarding objects.  Once you manage to find the right balance, you need to donate or toss something whenever you buy or receive another.  I find that having this mindset also helps keep your wallet in check.  You’ll ask yourself if you really need something and if the answer is yes, do you have something you can rid yourself of in order to take the new object in?

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      3. Use what you have to display stuff – Try not to purchase storage and organization products.  These encourage shoving stuff into bins and forgetting about them.  I use the lids and bottoms of pretty shoe boxes to help contain and display my stuff. Also, avoid stacking objects.  You will forget what is at the bottom and it will fall out of use.  Worse, you’ll purchase a product, add to your possessions, and then find you have two of the same thing.  At one time, I had three regular scissors and two kitchen scissors.  Instead, try to display everything you own as if it’s a display case at a department store (lay things out).  For example, your drawer of lingerie can have your bras ordered by gradation of color.  If your a dude, do this with your rolled up neckties.  This is an automatic mood booster whenever you need to go through your stuff to find something.
      4. All counters should be clear of stuff – I confess that this is tricky for me.  If I don’t put things back to their home after use, clutter starts to pile up on counters, tables, and dresser tops.  This is a big no.  When counters are clear, it is that much easier to clean house because it’s a lot faster to wipe down counter tops when there’s fewer objects to remove.
      5. Keep up with cleaning a little bit everyday – Dust settles everyday.  Women…our hair collects noticeably on floors everyday.  If you tackle cleaning the floor and dusting a new room each day, your overall home will always be clean.

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If you can master each of these rules, you WILL have a clean home that you can handle…toddlers and all.  In fact, my toddler has picked up my habit of putting things back where they belong.  Continue to keep these rules in mind as we focus on each room individually in the upcoming posts for this series.  Please join our newsletter to keep up with this series and follow me on social media.

Leave a comment and let me know which is your biggest challenge when it comes down to cleaning your house!


Ready to Tackle Spring Cleaning Your Rooms?

  • This was my goal for spring break- total overhaul. All four kids ended up super sick. I am about on my death bed and this morning I woke up with pink eye.

    • Paula

      Oh, bummer. What a rough way to spend spring break. Hope your kids are feeling better and you get well soon, too!

  • Great advice! I’ve never been totally happy with my kitchen counters because I like the look of vast areas of empty countertop, but I am in the business of food and have and use every appliance known to man and they must be on the counter. That said, there’s no excuse for some of the items on their right now — must put them away today!

    • Paula

      Ahhh I get ya..especially since appliances can get heavy, it’s not easy to put them back and take them out each time you cook. I hope you can find the right balance. I feel like kitchen is the trickiest room!

  • These are great tips for keeping a clean house during any season of the year — especially spring when we want to feel that everything is refreshed. I especially like your comments about not purchasing lots of bins and storage boxes. It’s so true that we forget about the items that we’ve stored away. The only exception would be decorations for specific holidays or seasons of the year.

    • Paula

      Òh yes, that’s true! But, Even with holiday decorations, I have a set home for them in the closet. 🤗 as long as they aren’t placed somewhere they can be forgotten. I feel like that’s the greatest danger with “storage”

  • Oh I so need to start giving everything a specific home because I am always loosing stuff. I am also guilty of filling my sides with junk and just living in a house full of clutter. Will definitely be reading this series. Congratulations, this post was linked up as someone’s favourite to #BlogCrush xx

  • Good springtime #inspo. The sun is out and showing off all the dust. #TheListLinky

    • Paula

      So true! The sun is brutal hahaha, highlight every layer you ever missed.

  • I always try and aim to have tidy worktops, but it is difficult! Haha

  • Great tips for a spring clean that’ll last all year. I too struggle with keeping the counters clear, but more from living with messy people! If I let up for even one day there are random bits of paper everywhere. I still have no idea where it all comes from. #TheListLinky

    • Paula

      Oh my goodness, yes! It bugs me most when it’s the adults leaving the mess around the house.

  • I struggle so much with some of this. The idea of not buying organization things really resonates with me for two reasons. 1. I have basically no extra funds at the moment.
    2. I am notorious for forgetting what I have organized. I may have even written about this in great length in my most recent post.

    I am loving your blog.

    • Paula

      Thanks, Addison! It takes me awhile to remember where I put things, too, especially after I reconfigure the homes of everything lol

  • Mom Of Two Little Girls

    My house has WHITE counter tops. It was a new build when we moved in, not my idea. I try keep them as clutter free as possible because I HAVE to wipe them down 3 or 4 times a day minimum. Never again!
    #globalblogging

    • Paula

      Ah, I actually wanted white counter tops because I figured they’d brighten up our kitchen and white counters always looked nice in magazines…but I guess reality is different, huh.

      • Mom Of Two Little Girls

        Very – try getting markers out (thanks kids) or even butternut! It’s a nightmare!

        • Paula

          Hahaha ok you’ve sold me. I will appreciate and love my yellow tan beige ish kitchen counter tops.

  • So true! I am on the spring cleaning rampage as we speak. Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging!

  • Thanks for sharing these tips on #HomeMattersParty

  • Ohh I knew I’d like this post after number one! Everything has a place in my home and I also keep the counters clear. I hate ‘stuff’. I’ve become really conscious about only buying things that I actually need and will serve some purpose. I even told my hubby he couldn’t buy a $2 pizza cutter as a knife does the job just as well. Have I gone overboard!? It can get a little obsessive!! Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging

    • Paula

      Lucy, you’re like my cleaning soulmate! I think it’s fabulous that you’re thinking like that. Having less stuff really helps keep a clean home and that way of living really helps declutter life, too! I no longer pack my daily schedule with unnecessary things and love it 🤗

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  • Less “stuff” is the KEY!!! THANK YOU for the helpful tips!!!

  • Spring cleaning has been in the back of my mind since march, I’m really trying to declutter so much and keep only what I use and is necessary. Every day I try to do a room and focus on that instead of trying to do all in one day. I look forward to more of your series!

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