The Secret to Keeping Your Home Clean

by Kate on May 11, 2012

in Simple Home, Simple Living

Tips for a Clean and Organized HomeHire a Maid. Haha. Just kidding–although that could help.

The real secret to keeping your home clean? Have less! Simple, right? As any episode of “Hoarders” will show you, it’s simpler for some than for others. I imagine I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, but I still struggle with getting rid of things.

I’m about to get married and as the wedding gifts come in, I’m having to face getting rid of the old to make room for the new. But man it’s hard! I have all these little voices in my head trying to make justifications for keeping old plates/cookware/linens that I know I’ll never use again because I’ve received such nice replacements.

As I’ve been going through the process of getting rid of things, I’ve found I have about 5 main justifications that I try to make.  I’ve developed some counter-arguments that have really helped and thought I’d quickly share them with you:

1. It was so expensive!

It can hurt to get rid of something you paid a lot for. That said, this is a financial argument. So I’m going to counter back with another financial argument: sell it. Sure you won’t make as much as you paid for it, but you’ll get something back for it and it will be out of your way. Plus, clutter often translates to less productivity so it may be costing you money just having it around!

2. It’s just a tiny little thing, it hardly takes up any space.

Oh come on, you’re not going to try to pull that one are you? It’s okay I do it too. But as we all know, one little thing quickly turns into 5 little things until eventually you’ve got a big ugly pile of unused junk. When you want to hold on to that one little item, imagine the pile it will become.

3. What if my other one breaks?

So you got a replacement for something? An upgrade? Great! But you don’t want to give up the old version in case the new one breaks/sucks? Understandable. In this case, just give yourself a limit: it’s okay to hold onto it for a week or two until you get used to the new version and make sure you like it. Once you’re comfortable, it goes.

4. It was a gift.

On behalf of all gift givers and receivers alike, who the eff cares? I can assure you this gift giver wouldn’t want their gift to be a burden to you. If all it’s doing is taking up space then re-gift it, donate it, or sell it. If the person ever comes over and asks about it, tell them your mom/brother/cousin desperately needed/begged you for it, so you gave in. If possible, that person should live in another state. :)

5. I’ll just put it in storage/the spare room/the hall closet.

So  you have a big house with a spare room or storage closet? Lucky you! But also…unlucky you. I bet that room or closet requires an every-six-months re-organizing because it’s filled with stuff. Beware that closet. Most likely you’re putting something in there because you never use it and thus don’t need it readily available. Unless it’s sporting equipment or tools, just get rid of it. Most items we don’t need readily available just get in our way in the end.

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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CTW May 26, 2012 at 5:48 am

This is a good post — relates to one of the principles of simplicity: pruning! Thanks for stopping by my site, also. :)

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lightcleansimple May 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

Thanks! I really love the way you write about simplicity–all the natural imagery you use is really calming and illustrates (literally) the principles of simplicity so beautifully. Makes me happy!

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CTW May 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

You are very kind! Thanks!

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