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September 18, 2013 / nuttystepmom

don’t have a bunch of crap

Okay, CindyLou, we’re going to get this party started with some house cleaning advice.  Sounds stupid, right?  But trust me on this one.  Cleaning your home can be kind of overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing, so I’m going to break things down for you into super-easy steps.  (Don’t worry!  This will still be here when you need it.)  Perhaps there are other people in the world suffering from dirty homes and we can help them out too.  All the better! 

So, why even keep you house clean, CindyLou?  I mean, wouldn’t it be easier to just throw a “I don’t care” at the whole mess and live a blissful life of never having to do housework?  Well, actually, no.  Here’s the thing: you’re going to want clean dishes to eat off of, clean clothes to wear, a clear space to work on a project or two, an easy way to find your bills so you don’t forget to pay them, and on and on and on.  Life is so much nicer when these everyday things aren’t a constant battle.  There’s also that whole pesky truth that your environment has a pretty dramatic effect on your state of mind.  If you surround yourself with chaos, guess where your mind’s going to be?  Yep.  Chaosville.  If you surround yourself with a bit of order and serenity, that’s giving your brain a much happier starting point.

So, over the next few days (weeks?), I’m going to walk you through the entire process of making a cleaning plan and putting it into action.  Taking a few minutes up front to do this when you move in somewhere new is 100% worth it.  You will never be sad that you took the time to devise a plan.

But before we get to all of that, I’m going to share my number one piece of advice for keeping your home clean (and, honestly, your life happier) …

Don’t. Have. A. Bunch. Of. Crap.

Yep.  It’s that simple.  Don’t buy a bunch of crap.  Don’t hoard a bunch of crap.  Don’t accept donations of a bunch of crap.  Avoid the crap.

Here’s the thing about having a bunch of stuff.  You have two choices of what to do with it.  You can ignore the crap and let it pile up around you and plunge your life into an extremely unpleasant sort of chaos OR you can spend countless hours of your precious time on this planet cleaning, maintaining, and organizing your crap.  Personally, I think both options sound pretty assy.

Better plan?  Don’t have the crap to start with. 

Take this to heart:

havenothing

This philosophy will never make you sad.  If you ever find your home is getting cluttered with nonsense, come back to this.  When you look at your home with this perspective, it’s easy to see what needs to go straight to Goodwill.

Added benefit of this mentality?  It will be so much easier on your budget.  If you’re not spending your money on nonsense, you’ll find you have a little more for things that actually matter.  But, that, my dear, is a topic for another day. 😉

Just remember that step one of having a home you can relax and enjoy life in is this: Don’t have a bunch of crap.

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