Keep it Clean People
I’ve never considered myself a good housekeeper. I feel mediocre at the chores at best. A dear childhood friend of mine would adamantly disagree with that. As a young girl, I remember going to her house and helping her clean up her room, reorganize her shoes and wade through her messes. It was fun for me… although I’m not sure why. As teenagers, I’d clean out her wallet for her. It just bugged me to see all the messes of receipts everywhere. I guess I liked to declutter more than I cared to admit and when it wasn’t my mess it was a little easier to stay unattached to things.
As an adult, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I still love and appreciate order and the peace that cleaning up and decluttering brings. And yet somehow those piles of junk still appear in my home, my closets and my computer photo files (oh Lordy PLEASE don’t look in there!) despite my best efforts of keeping them away. I do still love the feeling of having everything in its place, even if it doesn’t stay there long term. One of my life mottos is, "make everything around you beautiful". This served me well throughout my years as a hairdresser, making sure my clients both looked and felt beautiful before they left my chair every 4-6 weeks. Now I love making beautiful graphics and designs and creative content for my team and my Facebook groups for my home business.
Several years ago when I was a stay at home mom when my kids were little I fell in love with the FlyLady system of housekeeping. I loved that I could check things off a list. Even if they were just a habit that I already did daily without thinking much about it, like thawing out meat for dinner or wiping down the counters after brushing my teeth. These seemingly meaningless things helped me to see that not only did I have more order to my day than I initially thought, but that even the mundane parts of life could be beautiful. I loved her focus on self-care and that you can do ANYTHING for 15 min. Most importantly it was time to finally love myself. Oh, how I wish I would have understood this last part then! Now 13 years later, I finally REALLY get it, but that’s another topic for another post! Doing 1 task a day for 15 min. has not only helped me to keep up on #allthepiles that, let's face it, happen to the best of us but also to keep my home clean and company ready. It took my home from overwhelm to a place of calm.
As I have become a naturally minded mama in the past 5 years, I have embraced the same thoughts and mindsets that I loved all those years ago, but without the harsh chemicals that the original book recommended. I love being able to clean without coughing and that it’s safe for my tiny dog Maggie. Using plant-based cleaning products, baking soda, vinegar, good old water you truly can have a very inexpensive and very good cleaning system that will work for any size home. Even if your home is borderline hoarder status, you can jump in and do what you can for 15 min. a day and I promise you can make a dent in it!
If cleaning and staying on top of household tasks is something you struggle with, I’m here to help. The system is super simple and we are developing an encouraging group of mamas that are all in this together!
Finally loving yourself means letting go of comparison and judgment and giving yourself the space to feel like you can do just a little each day, even if it’s imperfect and still bless your family.
And that my friends is beautiful.
Giggles & Glitter,
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You don't have to live in overwhelm. Living a natural lifestyle doesn't have to be hard or confusing.