As a Mother, not only do I now crave organization - I want things to be semi CLEAN!
So I have started looking for ways to really clean and organize my house. The first way way to hire a cleaning person- Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my cleaners, I can not express what a joy it was to have the ENTIRE house clean on one day. But sadly; small budget, less work due to maternity leave timing, and funding the needs of 3 kiddos, did not leave room for the cleaners to stay. It was a glorious 10 months though!
Now, I search for cleaning blogs, home organization tips, and the knowledge of others to become a lean green cleaning machine. There is tons of good advice out there, and a gazillion different ways of doing something - but through all of it I keep coming back to a magazine article I read 10 years ago in college.
Essentially it said if you can do something in 60 seconds or less, do it NOW!!!
I doesn't sound that earth shattering, but WOW does it make a difference. Instead of coming home from a photo shoot and piling my equipment on the table (where busy hands could potentially reach it), it goes straight into my newly organized Office closet. Instead of junk mail getting thrown on the buffet, I scan it and toss it. When making Saturday pancakes, I wash the batter bowl while the last pancake cooks - no more stuck on mess of pancake goo. And so on and so forth, My house isn't crystal clean yet, and I still struggle not to make piles, but I am making progress.
So, what can you do in 60 seconds??? Tell me the most hellpful cleaning/organizing tip you have ever come across!
Here is the AFTER on my office closet - I could still use some small bins for organizing - but the 'before' was three feet deep of clutter over the whole surface of the closet floor!!! Vast improvememtn don't you think???
*Tip for cleaning out a closet - REMOVE THE DOORS! It gives you better access to everything and can let you see the whole space at once. (the doors are now securely back in place!)
The right hand side is all my photography equipment and business paraphernalia. (those two huge bins hold all my baby props, hats, backdrops, etc...). The left hand side is all of my party planning accouterments, some crafting supplies, and yes - that in the back is my wedding dress!
And HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY from Baby girl!!!