Tidying Lessons Learned from My Messy House

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I woke up Saturday morning to a big, fat mess in my house.

messy house

messy house

messy house

messy house

messy house

messy house

The last thing I wanted to do on a Saturday morning was clean house.  I was tempted to leave it until later – really tempted.  But I finally decided to get it over with.  You know what?  Much to my surprise, it took less than an hour to put everything back together and even do a little touch-up cleaning.

messy house

messy house

clean calvin's room

messy house

messy house

There are some important lessons here:

  1. Many things don’t take as much time as we think they will. I’ve timed some of the tasks I don’t like to do and have been amazed at how little time they actually take – like unloading the dishwasher or changing the sheets on the bed.  To say I don’t have time to do those things isn’t the truth.  The truth is that I don’t want to do them and it’s easier to put them off without guilt if I say they take more time than I have.  But they usually don’t.
  1. Putting the house back together quickly is easier if you have specific places for things. Clean-up goes a lot faster if most things have a home and you don’t have to figure out where to put them.
  1. Most of the time it looks a lot worse than it really is. The mess in my house looked like it would take all day to clean, but once I got started, it really wasn’t that bad.
  1. A tidy house looks cleaner than a messy house. Even if you don’t have time to clean, picking up the clutter will make your house look cleaner than it might be.
  1. A tidy house makes you feel good. Everybody loves a tidy house, and if you can make yourself clean it up, you’re going to feel a lot better about everything!

Do you ever put off picking up or tidying because you think it will take too long?  Have you ever timed something to find out how long it really takes?  If you haven’t, you should try.  You might be surprised at the results!!!

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Born in Kentucky, I am a wife and mom to 1 son and 2 daughters . I have an ink pen obsession, as well as a love for all things planner. I have been married for 10 years to my high school crush. I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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4 thoughts on “Tidying Lessons Learned from My Messy House

  1. I used to hate to clean my fireplace. I would put it off until there really was no choice but to clean it. Finally, I decided that I was going to spend 15 minutes and that was it. Whatever wasn’t done after 15 minutes would have to wait until next time. I so didn’t want to do it that I started my timer and then went to get my cleaning supplies. I was so surprised that, in 15 minutes, I was able to gather my supplies, clean the fireplace fully, and put all the supplies away. It really opened my eyes and I now time tasks that I really don’t like to do. Nothing actually takes as long as I think it does.

  2. No, I have never timed tasks. I rely on what two grandmothers and my Mom taught me — “Just start picking up and putting things away and you will be done before you know it.” Learning rom experience was the best way when I was a kid. Like you, I started out dreading the Saturday morning “pick and put” time, but it never takes as long as I think it will. Isn’t it funny how that works?

    Tell David that he is my hero for fixing the basement steps. Rickity steps are never something that feels good. We had steps at our home in Vallejo that were past worn out and I always thought that I would fall through them. As soon as the house was ours, my hubby Larry bought the materials and fixed them.

    Your house is looking better all the time! We will begin replacing facia boards and then paint our home n another couple of weeks. We have picked our colors and ordered our supplies and will pick them up this weekend. We are also changing out the exterior lighting fixtures and putting in motion detectors so that the lights are not constantly on at night.

    Dianne

    1. I agree with you about rickety steps. No good!

      Way to go with the house painting. I hope it goes well and you love the colors you chose. Are you doing it yourselves?

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