I don’t know about you, but we’ve got five people living in our home now–all day, every day. Hence, our land mine-pocked living room…bedroom…craft room…and kitchen.
And being a relatively neat and orderly person AND a Stay-at-Home-Mom (these two don’t always go together so well), I’ve found that I require a certain level of visual order to keep me sane (well, my sanity’s relative too at times).
I de-clutter (notice I used present tense there…always more stuff to get rid of it seems). I try to stay on top of cleaning (as reasonably as possible). I do some preparations for “tomorrow” today (re-stocking the snack drawer and diaper bag, putting away laundry and dishes). And, I send arriving paperwork straight to the recycle bin, file cabinet, or back into the mail. But all of that doesn’t make our home any cleaner during the day. It still gets used every. single. day.
But the most helpful strategy I’ve found to turn our upside down house back in to “home sweet home” each day is something I call “RESET.”
And it’s as simple as that. Every evening/night, I spend 15-30 minutes resetting the house for the new day. Clean slate. Peaceful mind.And honestly, resetting the house can actually be kind of zen…when you aren’t bending over your pregnant belly, struggling to reach toys with a baby strapped to you, or just too tired to move anymore. There are many days that I feel exactly done without any picking up. But, on a good day, resetting the home gives me a sense of peace and calm. And, it reminds me to keep up with the de-cluttering. Because seriously, the more stuff you have, the more work you have to do (fixing, organizing, putting away, cleaning up all of those things).
So, anybody else use the “RESET” at their house before bed?
WARNING: This course of action is not recommended for pregnant women, families with newborns (mine is officially out of that stage…already…sigh), or those who are not feeling well. Attempting unsuccessfully will surely leave you feeling worse than ever.