Maintain a minimal home



I often receive many compliments from my friends and family about how neat and clean my home is. And while I wouldn't necessarily say my house is squeaky clean, for the most part, it is always neat, even with two kids and a dog. How do I do it? Well, it is a continuous process. I don't spend much of my time actually cleaning and organizing because I do a little each day. It is fairly simple to maintain a neat home when there is a minimal amount of things to clean up after. The fewer things you have, the less you have to clean. It makes complete sense. So here I would like to share some quick tips for maintaining a minimal home.

Clutter-Free Zone!

This will be a common theme in my posts because decluttering your home a is a continuous process. It cannot be done all in one day. Understanding the psychology behind clutter is vastly important [which I wrote about in my previous post: The Psychology of Clutter] but getting rid of the things you do not need, use, or love is the first step. As I suggested in my previous post, start with one area or room at a time, per day. 

Clear off surfaces

Everything in your home should have a designated space. A spot where it can be easily found and put away when you're done using it. Ask yourself, do I need this here, right now? If the answer is no, then put it away in it's designated space. Make sure you clear off your surfaces each day. Want to keep it clean? Wipe down your surfaces after each use, for example, the table, countertops, stove, etc. 

Create habit

Creating a habit of cleaning up after yourself is hard but not impossible. Make a habit of sweeping through your living space before you go to bed to just put things back where they belong. In the morning, you will have a clean start to your day. I do this 2-3 times a day and hold my kids accountable for their messes too. Remember, the fewer things you have, the faster and easier creating this habit is.

Clean Daily

This goes with creating a habit. Clean one part or room of your house every day. It is helpful to split chores between days so it doesn't seem like a daunting task. When we spend hours cleaning, we don't want to do it again the next day; instead, work one area at a time. For example, one day I will clean my kitchen, the next day the bathroom, another day I will do dusting and floors. This way I  spend no more than 30 minutes cleaning each day versus hours once/twice a week. And when everything is in its proper place, the actual cleaning is faster. Fewer things=less cleaning.

Routine

Make a routine and stick to it. I know making a schedule may seem like a bit much, but it can be helpful in the beginning to create habit. It can be a cooking schedule (meal planning-I should add this to my 2018 Minimalist Goals), cleaning schedule, or a home/work balance schedule, whatever you need it to be, a schedule can help you get organized mentally which will transfer to your home.

These tips are fairly simple when you think about it. Keeping a minimal home is possible when you have fewer things cluttering your space. Your home will always look clean and ready. No more unexpected doorbell dread or 10 minutes clean up before people come over. It is relaxing. Do you have any tips to add? I'd love to hear from you, leave me any comments below! As always, don't forget to subscribe and follow my blog!



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  1. Your home is a chapter book of a decluterred home that actually looks like it belongs in a magazine. Clean, minimal, and tasteful. Is it possible in this blog to add pictures? A picture of your house would be great to inspire your readers.

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    1. Thank you! I was actually thinking of adding some pictures of my home soon. I agree, pictures of a “real” minimal living space is inspirational.

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