Q: Let me start off by saying that my boyfriend [let's call him Steve] has been living with his roommate for years and had been hesitant to look for another living situation for fear of finding someone/something worse. They were friends, but now he isn't so sure. She [let's call her Kelly] let her boyfriend [let's call him Brandon] move in after weeks of them going out together and neither of them really do any washing up. Her bedroom is always a complete mess (dirty dishes, old clothes, nothing is put away - ever). But for the most part, that's just messiness and something you (in my opinion) should be able to look past...
Have you ever run out of the smallest thing and that's been what got in the way of doing other chores around your house? For example, right now, my kitchen sponge is way past its due date for throwing away. Grimy. Stained. Falling apart. Forget the microwave cleaning trick...it’s done. Based on the size of said sponge, it’s really quite a small sliver of the actual space and content that makes up my apartment. And yet...it’s the very thing that my entire home’s cleanliness is hinging on right now.
The home organization industry has a lot in common with the beauty industry, in that there are people out there who make a ton of money by convincing you that perfect is the only way to be. Despite what Pinterest might tell you, not everyone spends their entire paycheck at The Container Store.
If you're venturing out on your own for the first time (or you just feel like streamlining your routine a little) it's a great time to start cultivating some good home habits. After all, the sooner you start these babies, the longer you'll be able to enjoy the payoffs of a smooth, well-run household. Get in the habit now, be happier longterm.
How great does it feel to find just the right song for a specific moment in time? It's almost like you're in a movie for just a second – a silver-screen version of your life, with a completely kick-butt soundtrack.
Think your home is pretty clean? Maybe you're doing a good job of dusting the spots you remember to clean on the regular, but we bet there are a few spots that are hiding dust bunnies. Peruse this list, take a quick peek in these spots in your home and tell us if we're right (or tell us which spots we left off).
After a while, you get so accustomed to seeing the things in your home that you tend to gloss over cluttered spaces because they seem normal. So we're getting really, really specific. Are you guilty of storing any of these things that you don't want or need?
Have an emotional barrier to getting rid of things? Here's some advice to help you give things away and move on:
If your furniture is in the same spot it's been since you moved in, it might be time to shake things up a bit. Rearranging your room's layout has a way of freshening up a space and giving you new life at home. There's also a handful of benefits to a layout shake-up that you might not have ever expected...
My tidying the house strategy, for the longest time, has been this: it gets messy, I let it get messy, I have an epic cleaning day to clean it up. Been there, done that? Haven't we all? But actually, there is a better way...