5 Ways to Keep a Clean Home When You Hate to Clean

How is it possible to keep a clean home when you hate to clean? It’s actually pretty easy!  If you follow these 5 simple tips, you’ll see how easy it is to have a clean home even if you hate to clean!

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5 Ways to Keep a Clean Home When You Hate to Clean

If you are like me and really don’t enjoy cleaning your home, my first piece of advice is: Don’t aim for perfection. Trust me, when someone comes to your home, they will not notice every little detail. If you work on keeping certain areas neat and tidy, your entire house will appear clean! Find time to tidy up or clean the entryway, kitchen counters, kitchen sink and bathrooms every day. Those are the areas guests will notice if they are not clean. They can be straightened up throughout the day, not all at once. You can get to the other areas of your home when you can.

Related: My Really Quick Weekly Cleaning Routine

My second piece of advice is to invest in storage options that allow you to store items away quickly without too much fuss. Storage ottomans, entertainment centers with drawers, bins with baskets-all of these options can help keep your home looking clean with minimal effort. At the end of the day or when the doorbell rings, you can just throw the toys or items into the bins and keep it moving.

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Next, I would suggest storing cleaning supplies where you actually use them. This way you don’t have to run around the house collecting cleaning supplies. I don’t know about you, but whenever I walk into another room, I completely forget what I was going there to get. Having the supplies on hand means the job will get done right when you are thinking about it.

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My fourth piece of advice is to adopt a less is more mentality. If you have less stuff, you’ll have less to clean. I know, easier said than done!  😉

And when all else fails and you’re not able to carry out the previous 4 steps, my last piece of advice is to hire someone to clean for you. It is an expense, but it may be worth it if it reduces your stress level by eliminating “one more thing that has to be done” from your life.

Don’t feel guilty about hiring help. Having your home cleaned by someone else will free you up to do the other things you’ve always wanted to do. No sense spending time doing something you hate, when you can be doing something you love!  🙂

What about you? Do you hate cleaning? Would you consider hiring help to get it done?

If you’re looking for a cleaning schedule that will help you keep your house clean with minimal effort, click here to receive a free printable of my weekly cleaning schedule.

12 Week Organizing Series: Master Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a place where you can relax, kick up your feet and forget about the worries of the day. Read on for quick tips to organize your master bedroom.

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12 Week Organizing Series: Master Bedroom

This is the 8th post in our organizing series. If you missed the previous posts, be sure to click on the appropriate link to catch up!

Now that you’re caught up, let’s move on to organizing your bedroom! 🙂

The best way to get that relaxing feeling in your bedroom is to only store items that are truly needed and to keep it clutter free.

Get started by walking into your bedroom as though you were a guest. Would you (as a guest looking in) say that your bedroom feels like a restful retreat? If not, read on.

Does the room reflect the feel you desire? Do you want a cozy feel, a hotel feel or a spa feel? A cozy feel would incorporate earth tones, a hotel feel would incorporate dark, rich colors and a spa feel would have soft, pastel colors.

Take a look at the dressers and nightstands in your room. Are they covered with clutter? Clear off the surfaces, sort the contents and decide what you will keep and what needs to go. Some items can probably be moved to another room in the house.

Make sure there’s breathing room and a clear path to walk. You should not have to step over things to move around.

If you like to read in the bedroom, see if you can create a reading area with a comfy chair and lamp. Place a tote nearby to hold magazines.

If you must have a TV in the bedroom, consider putting the TV inside a cabinet so it is not visible.

To avoid clutter, try to store as much as possible in your nightstand drawers instead of on top. Depending on the size of your nightstand, limit the items on top to a lamp, alarm clock, one photo and a book.

Organize the drawers in your dresser and eliminate items you no longer need or want.

To hold extra pillows, blankets or off-season clothes, put a trunk, chest or a storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.

If you need additional storage, don’t forget about the space under the bed. There are plenty of under-bed storage options available.

You can also place a chest or bench under a window for additional storage or seating.

If you must keep items on top of your dresser, contain them in an attractive bowl or basket. You can also use a box with a lid to hold small items.

Because the master bedroom is mostly used for changing clothes, reading and sleeping, only items related to those activities should be stored there. Add just a few personal objects-too many will feel like clutter.

What’s most important is how you feel when you enter the room. Your bedroom should feel like a retreat, not chaos.

Keep tweaking your ideas until the room feels just right.

What are your ideas for organizing the master bedroom? What touches have you incorporated to make it feel “just right”?

Here are a few photos and posts for inspiration:

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The Inspired Room

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SarahTitus.com

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7 Things We Do to Set Our Kids Up for Success

What are the 7 things we do to set our kids up for success?

We have 2 daughters, ages 18 and 9, and both are doing very well academically and socially. Their teachers tell us that they are hard workers and are very caring and respectful. They also have a lot of friends. Our girls value family time and love when we are all hanging out together (yes, even the teenager!). Although they are far from perfect, they are good kids. Oftentimes, I get questions about my parenting style, and if I believe they are the way they are because I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom.

7 things we do to set our kids up for success

7 Things We Do to Set Our Kids Up For Success

I don’t think our daughters are they way they are simply because I am at home. I think it is a combination of things my husband and I teach them and I believe that even if I worked outside of the home, we’d have the same results.

Disclaimer:  In no way am I saying that you have to do what I do to set your kids up for success. There are many different variables that come into play when raising kids. I’m just sharing what I do and what works for our family. Also, this list is not all-inclusive, but presents what I think are most important and works well to motivate our kids.

  1. We teach our children to love and honor God. In our home, God comes before everything else. Whenever our home life feels a little off, we reevaluate what we are doing with our time. Have we stopped attending church regularly? Are we not able to have as many “What Would Jesus Do?” conversations? Usually, after taking a moment to see how we got off track, we make adjustments and things begin to smooth themselves out. Our family motto is: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15. When their hearts and minds are focused on God, they are able to go out into the world with a kinder, gentler spirit and others seem to take notice.
  2. We are present in our children’s lives. By present, I don’t only mean physically, I also mean emotionally. When they speak to us or ask a question, we stop and look them in the eye, listen to what they have to say, and respond. Based on the topics that come up in our home, we can tell our girls feel secure in our physical and emotional presence. They know we will listen to them and be sensitive to what they are feeling or going through. Remember, if your kids think you’re not listening to them, eventually they will stop talking to you.  I don’t want my girls to stop talking, so I listen! 🙂
  3. We hold them accountable. Our children totally understand that there are consequences for every action, good or bad. When they do something wrong, they expect to be disciplined and when they do the right thing, they are rewarded. Thank goodness our kids are fast learners! They have figured out that life is more pleasant when you do the right thing.
  4. We set high expectations. I believe that children will produce according to your expectations. If your expectations are low, they won’t even try because there is nothing to aspire to. If you set high expectations, they will work hard to make you and themselves proud. Now, here’s the tricky part. How do you know if your expectations are too high? You have to know what your child can and cannot handle. Sometimes my oldest daughter states that I push her too hard and I have to explain to her that I know what she is capable of. If she is not performing in a class like she would like, it is usually because her study habits have been slacking. When she corrects it and studies harder, she is able to get the grades she wants and needs. In those classes, I expect her to try her best to get A’s. There are other classes where I see her trying her best and studying but still not getting the grades she wants. At those times, we come up with a plan for her to talk to her teacher so it can be explained in a way she can understand. If she still struggles, my expectations are lower for those classes. I expect her to get no less than a B in those classes because I want her to continue to push herself and not give up. When she actually receives an A in the class, you can see the pride written all over her face! Time to celebrate! 🙂
  5. We don’t lie to them. If there is one thing our girls can count on, it’s our honesty. We are always honest (while preserving their feelings), and they know we will not sugarcoat things. If we must deliver bad news, we try to soften it  and work together to come up with a solution. If they ask for our opinion, we’ll first ask them what they think about it and go from there. We want them to be able to figure out what they like without always looking to others for approval. The goal is to tell them the truth while uplifting and motivating them at the same time. Tricky, but doable!
  6. We teach them empathy. This step is so important because it teaches our children to feel what others are feeling. I began teaching this skill when they were very young and spending time around other toddlers. Toddlers can be very emotional, and being around them gives you plenty of opportunities to teach empathy. When someone falls and cries, I ask my child “Do you think he’s hurt? Would you be hurt if you fell? What do you think would make him feel better?” We know it’s working because we see our girls showing empathy quite frequently. My oldest has stopped numerous bullying incidents at school, and my youngest tells me all the time about how she sticks up for people on the school bus and how she comforted a friend when her pet died. Makes me a proud mama when they tell me these stories!
  7. We teach them to be open-minded. We try to help them understand that their way is not always the only or best way. We explain the process of listening to what others have to say and then making your decision to believe them or not. Everyone has an opinion and everyone believes they are right. The least you can do is listen to them.

So, those are the 7 things we do to set our kids up for success! What do you think? What ways do you set your kids up for success?

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