We all like our house to look neat and clean right? But none of us actually want to spend our whole life cleaning our house. When you have small children you can actually clean the whole day and the house still wouldn’t look clean. So what we really want is the illusion that our house is constantly clean. Here are a few tips to creating the illusion that you are perfect housewife that can accomplish the impossible.
I honestly feel like having a well organized house makes more of a difference than anything else you can possibly do. Plus it makes clean-up a breeze. Find lots of fun bins, furniture with hidden storage, and cute little boxes to hide all of your stuff. Because, let’s be honest, we all probably have too much stuff. I love my ottoman that doubles as a toy box. It makes for a quick and easy clean up that even the toddler can handle. We also store toys in our entertainment center and this cute little toy bin. Another necessary organization tool for me is a little catch all box for all of my husband’s pocket items. By this I mean, the things that he keeps in his pockets during the day that get put in random locations after the pants come off at night (is anyone else amazed how much men keep in their pockets??). I bought a little wooden box for his nightstand to keep these types of things in. That way when I find little things of his around the house I throw it in the box and he knows where to find it.
2. Find your Flaw
Everyone has that spot in their house that just requires a little extra TLC. For me, it’s my white kitchen floors. You can see everything on them. It actually makes me feel a little bad about the kitchen floors I’ve had in other houses. Were they all this dirty all of the time and I just couldn’t tell? Probably. Anyways, it’s one of the first things I notice when I walk into the house. So I put in the extra leg work here because it makes such a big difference. Luckily, not all of you have white kitchen floors. Your thing might be all of that black furniture that needs daily dusting. Or a light colored rug that constantly needs vacuuming. Find your thing that makes the biggest difference in your house and be diligent about it.
3. 10 Minute Tidy
It’s amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes. Have you ever heard the advice that if you see something that needs to be done that takes less than 5 minutes you should stop and do it right then? I always laugh at that. My life is just a series of 5 minute tasks. Scrub the toilet, vacuum the rug, read a story, make a snack. Especially with toddlers around, I don’t do much that requires more than 5 minutes of my time. So twice a day we do a 10 minute tidy. This is my time to give my undivided attention to all of those little tasks that help straighten up my house. I set a timer, put on some music, and ask the kids to help in whatever ways they can. It’s amazing how much we get done! I can usually get the floor swept, the toys picked up, and gather up the random things that are lying around. The 10 minute tidy is a must.
4.Make the beds
This is something that I’m sure your mother has been telling you since you were 3 years old. It really does make all the difference. Look at the before and after pictures of my room. I promise this wasn’t staged. That is literally what our bed looks like when we wake up in the morning (it’s what happens when all of your children wind up in your bed). All I did was make the bed! To be honest, if I make the bed I find myself picking the socks up off the floor and straightening the curtains. If there’s pillows and blankets all over the floor I’m much less likely to even try to keep the rest of the room clean.
5. Close the closets
Your closets can be beautifully organized or they can be a hot mess but either way they are going to look better closed. People really don’t want to see your stuff. As proud as you are about your new vacuum it’s an eye-sore so close the door. It’s not that hard.
6.Think about the smell
You know that house that has a weird smell when you walk in and you immediately judge them? Maybe that’s just me. The house could be completely immaculate but if it smells funny I’m going to assume that it’s never been cleaned. I live in a house that’s almost 100 years old so I KNOW that it has a smell. I can smell it every time I come back to the house after being gone a few days. Yuck. I try to burn candles, use warmers, and diffuse oils to help hide that musky old house smell a little bit.
So there’s my 2 cents. What do you do to trick people into thinking your house is nice and tidy all of the time?Nicole