Answering your HOME questions! (Part 2)
Hey friends! Today I’m diving into more of our most-asked questions when it comes to managing your home. Ready? Let’s do this!
Q // I struggle with a cleaning routine. I can organize things but struggle to keep things clean. How can I start a realistic routine for cleaning?
A // I like organizing my cleaning tasks into two categories – daily tasks and weekly tasks. The daily tasks get done every day, and the weekly tasks are divided over the days of the week I am actually home with time to clean.
I have found that assigning tasks to specific days is really helpful because each day you actually know exactly what you have to do, and how long it will take. Plus, you’ve decided ahead of time what needs to be done, so you’re free from decision fatigue! I’m actually putting together a course right now that shows you exactly how to set up this kind of workflow in your own home. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Q // I have zero motivation to clean. I know some people enjoy it, but I am not “some people.” How do I find the motivation to do what needs to be done?
A // I think sometimes we lack motivation because we feel like the task in front of us is bigger than we have time or energy for. Often, we find motivation in knowing we can start and finish a task quickly, and be able to check it off our list!
So my best advice, in this case, is to break your big responsibility down into smaller, more manageable chunks. If you look at “Clean Bedroom” as one giant cleaning project, it seems really daunting. But if you break that up into pieces, and you’re just looking at “Clean Off Nightstand” as one task to focus on first, you’ll feel like that task is way more doable, and therefore find some natural motivation!
Not to mention the fact that cleaning really does have a snowball effect. Start small and get a quick win, and you’ll find yourself motivated to keep going. It’s shocking how much you can get done when you start with a tiny task instead of an overwhelming project!
Q // I don’t have the funds to do a big overhaul on organizing. I feel like I get an area “done,” but it’s still not pretty or doesn’t “feel right.” How do I organize in a way that looks beautiful without costing a ton of money?
A // Okay, I love this question too! I’ve got a few options for you here, because I LOVE beautiful organization, but am always on a limited budget.
- Shop your home first! Over the years of managing a home, you’ve likely built a small collection of bins or baskets. Figure out which ones might match, or look good together, and choose those for organization that’s on display. This might mean that you switch out some bins that are currently being used in another way, but that’s okay! Shopping your home costs nothing, and gives you a great opportunity to find ways to use what you already have a bit better.
- Discover the dollar store. Shockingly, the dollar store often has really cute organizational bins and baskets! And they are super cheap – sometimes they even have packs of multiples for just a dollar! Keep checking back if you don’t find something you love the first time – their inventory changes often!
- Check out the Brightroom line at Target! You’ll find really affordable bins and baskets that look a lot like what you find at The Container Store – but way less expensive! I love using these bins to organize drawers – and they come in multiple packs for just $2.00!
That’s it for today, friends! I hope this Q+A has been helpful in giving you a place to start in your home! Keep a lookout for our new course launching in March, all about setting up a simple, realistic workflow to manage your home without having to think about it all the time. I can’t wait to share it with you – coming SOON!
Kayse is a wife, mom, and founder of the Anchored Women community. She writes to help women fight busy, find rest, and build a life that’s anchored in Christ. Kayse is also the creator of the S.O.S. Planner, the Anchored Life Kit, and other practical resources that equip women to manage their homes and families in confidence. You can find her writing and her resources at anchored-women.com!