I LOVE projects. Seriously. Love. Projects!!! I love to hot glue, silhouette, sew, redo furniture, and build fun stuff with power tools. It’s my ‘therapy’. Unfortunately, recently, my project list to time for completion ratio has been crazy off. You know what I mean? I have several little piles of things I’m in the middle of all over the kitchen table and garage.
On top of that my husband and I have been taking turns being sick, and he has been in and out of town for work. And it’s fall now so I’ve been going through all the closets putting up summer clothes and filling them with clothes for winter.
And all of a sudden I have PILES EVERYWHERE! Since I’m a fairly clean person/I-can’t-function-in-clutter it’s been crazy stressing me out. So, I’ve been staying up for several nights in a row finishing projects, and putting away clutter. I’m proud to say that my deep clean is almost finished!!
So, you want to know my system for getting my house back in order and doing a major deep clean? Here’s all my secrets for how to deep clean the house the quick and easy way.
One project at a time
First thing is that you can’t do it all at the same time. It will take forever to make progress. So let’s say you really want to clean the garage, the hall closet, the kids toys and the pantry. Just pick one and fully focus on it. So, start with the pantry, pull everything out, sort through it, keep what you need, put it back. Then, go onto the garage, play room, hall closet, etc. only starting the next project AFTER you have fully completed the previous project.
Don’t over focus
Even though you should totally focus on one project at a time, you want to avoid getting OVER focused. Have you found yourself doing this before when doing a deep clean? You decide you want to clean out your closet, great! So you decide to start with your belts. Then as you go through them you get overwhelmed trying to decide how many to keep, how many to toss, what if you toss one and regret it, what if you end up needed that color later because you buy some pants that match, and then before you know it you have spent 20 minutes weighing out the pros and cons of each belt you have.
The problem with this is you have limited time and energy during your day and spending 20 minutes looking at belts will make you overwhelmed before you have really even started your project.
So, how do you keep from getting over focused? In simple – hold your possessions loosely. The reason you are so conflicted about which belt to keep, and which possessions to get rid of is because you are too attached to what you own.
Here’s some verses that have really been helping me recently –
Matthew 9:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6: 26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
Remember that stuff is just stuff. Stuff should serve us, and not us serve it. I’m all about having cute clothes and cute stuff around my house…within reason. When you find yourself in the bottom of your closet having serious anxiety about your belt collection, having piles and piles around your house, and spending all your family’s resources chasing stuff, remember that’s just what it is – stuff.
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Set a Deadline
Here’s my biggest motivation for getting going during a deep clean – I set a deadline for myself. How you encourage that deadline is up to you :). Here’s a couple of ideas –
- Have a garage sale about 2-3 weeks out
- Schedule a pick up from a local charity that is about 2-3 weeks out
- Plan a swap in your house with friends or church group that you all participate in. We do this 2 times a year with my MOPs (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group and we LOVE it. Easiest way to do it is how ever many items you bring is how many you can take home. The rest gets donated to a worthy cause 🙂 (PS every time we do this we have TONS of items that go to charity! Almost no one actually takes as much as they bring lol).
- Host an event at your house that you HAVE to have a clean home for. Examples – holiday party, birthday party. Bunco night, meal prep night, etc.
Having a deadline is a GREAT motivation for getting everything completed in a timely manner. Another thing I do – I use the money made from consigning clothes, garage selling, Facebook selling, etc on something fun for myself or family.
Ask for Help
Maybe you are no good at actually cleaning out your pantry, kids closet, garage, etc. BUT you know someone who is! Ask your friends/mom/sister to trade some cleaning days with you. Maybe your sister can help you clean out the garage and you can babysit for her for a few date nights?
Not only will the extra help mean you go extra fast, BUT it is awesome having an outside perspective on things you own.
I have done this for my mom a few times in the past. I remember one time in particular we were going through some boxes of home decor and I pulled out a severely broken water feature statue thing. You know, the kind of cutesy thing that you can find at Hobby Lobby for about $35. Anyways, I of course threw it in the trash, like a normal response to finding a broken thingy. Her response – “No no no, I’m planning on fixing that!”
“Okay, let’s fix it right now!”
“Um, no, I’ll fix it later”
“Mom, how long have you been ‘planning to fix’ this?”
“Like…3 years…” She started laughing and so did I! Not at the broken item, but at how attached we can get to things and have all these good intentions. But sometimes, things are just too badly broken to keep them hanging out in boxes for years and years.
If you need more than free help, consider hiring a local professional organizer. Yes my friend, these angels DO exist!
Finally, avoid burnout. Like I mentioned above, I LOVE projects. AND sometimes I get super excited and I pile them on all at the same time. Then I feel overwhelmed with how big my list is and instead of being motivated by the never ending list, I just pull the plug on everything and don’t do any of it.
Know your limits and be reasonable about what you can actually do during that 2-3 week period deadline you have set for yourself. If you don’t get everything done you want, that’s okay! Just focus on getting done what you can get done and be proud of yourself.
So, let me know what your biggest secret for doing a deep clean the quick and easy way!