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We are starting off with cleaning up our house! Not the most fun but an important place to begin.
The older I get, the more aware of being organized I become. But I wasn’t always that way, and even now, keeping things neat and tidy certainly does not come naturally to me. It is still something I have to work at motivating myself to keep organized every single day. It is still something I have to psych myself up to do.
To me, cleaning my house is worth the effort. I spend a lot of time at home, probably more than most people. I am more productive, more peaceful, more creative, more engaged, more fun when my house is clean. I enjoy my life and space so much more when it is tidy. So I clean. And today, so will you.
And as silly as it sounds, cleaning can be fun. It’s a chance to have a fresh start, to put everything to rest, and to feel like you’re in control of your domain. Spending some time working from home, I’ve gained a strong appreciation for all of the things your home can be: your office, your place of rest space, your gym, and your social space, all in one. Keeping it clean, organized, and beautiful is important to all aspects of your life.
In fact, your home should be your retreat: the space you find most welcoming and restful. It shouldn’t be a place of chaos, but a place of respite.
For those of you who are worried about trying to deep clean your whole house in one day, stop! We are going to tackle a big chunk of it today, but not quite all of it. There will be selective areas that we ignore until later. But our bathrooms will sparkle, our countertops will shine, and our main living areas will be clean.
So let’s get started!
My personal strategy is to start with the room I dread cleaning the most: the bathroom. I then do the kitchen, since that is my next least favorite, and from there work my way through the rest of the house. After I’ve cleaned the bathroom and the kitchen, made the beds, and picked up any clutter (I throw it all in a basket for the kids to help put away), I find it more efficient to do things like dusting, window cleaning, vacuuming, and mopping throughout the whole house all at once, not room by room.
I’ve prepared a checklist for you to use while you clean today. You’ll notice that there are a few things conspicuously missing, such as the bedrooms, the closets, and the kids’ rooms. This is intentional. We will get there! For today, just focus on the main living areas, kitchen, living room, and bathrooms.
Take a few moments to review the checklist below, and please feel free to adapt it to fit your home, as I know not all of us have the same rooms that are common spaces. The idea here is to clean as much of your main living space as you can today.
Get your printable cleaning day checklist here.
At the end of the day your countertops should sparkle! Your floors should glisten! Your couch cushions should be fluffed and in their proper place!
Today is the day, so without further ado, let’s get cleaning!
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Throughout this challenge, there will be many different worksheets and printables for you to use. I suggest you print them out and organize them together in a binder or folder so you can journal as you go You can find and follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing my journey for the challenge. Follow me there at @afreshstartonabudget. Tag me in any posts you make that goes along with this month of challenge posts.
Make Sure You check out tomorrows post. It will be about organizing your closets!
Here is my schedule for what we will be working on in January.