Are you looking to declutter and organize your life? Do you feel overwhelmed about addressing the mess of your house and homestead? You’re not alone! I felt completely stressed with keeping our home tidy until I found these great homemaking resources and freebies I want to share with you!
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When I went back to work between babies, I hired a nanny to care for my son. It was wonderful, he was well taken care of in the comfort of our own home and I came home to a clean house and a warm embrace.
I couldn’t believe how a tidy home impacted us. It felt amazing to come home and not worry about putting clothes away. But it wasn’t as important as spending time with my son, I’d soon have my second baby on the way and having hired help is not in our life plan.
After having two kids under two, the house has been chaotic let alone cluttered.
I used to be proud of my once tidy clean home and swore it would remain that way once we had kids.
At the end of the day after caring for two babies, cows and chickens the garden and the house I was exhausted, and so was my husband. It wasn’t healthy for our marriage or our family.
In writing this blog, I’ve come across other stay at home moms that have struggled with this as well. I’ve also found some amazing ideas, tips and hacks to deal with the issue! So today I’m very excited to share them with you!
So here is my gift to you, some awesome strategies and resources that helped me get ourselves together and tided up. I’m sharing them because I totally recommend you check out if you’ve been feeling this way!
How to declutter and organize your home
Today I share with you what I’ve learned about keeping a tidy house and homestead. I was right there with you, it’s a daily struggle and the struggle is real. But it doesn’t have to burden you to this degree.
Organize toys in bins and only take a bin or two out at a time. We will do blocks day in and out then switch to trucks. If they are all out at the same time it’s overwhelming.
Store clothes in diaper boxes or clear plastic totes by size and season. Only have current size and season out.
Donate unused toys, books and clothes to charity. I love the Diabetes Canada program. Just register online and choose a pick up date. Label donation and set out on porch to be picked up. So easy, I always have a box in the basement, when it starts getting full I’ll schedule my next pick up.
Store seasonal attire in bins per family member in mud room. In the summer everyone has a tote with their hats and sunglasses. In the winter it’s mittens and toques.
Start including the kids young in learning to tidy up. In our house, before bedtime, I have the kids put their books and toys away. It’s becoming part of our routine. We sing the clean up song together and they like helping.
Have a daily tidying plan. I’ve chosen to tidy the toys only twice a day. I was tidying all day long and it didn’t make a difference. So, instead of tidying constantly as they play we tidy before going outside, and before bed. These times help with the overwhelm. Waking up to a tidy house, and entering a tidy home are very important to me.
THE BARN, GREENHOUSE OR GARDEN SHED
This is such a seasonal space from storing hay and feed, tack, tools, equipment, gardening supplies etc. it can easily get disorganized and messy.
Choose 2-3 times a year to do a big overhaul clean up. In the spring, when the cows go to pasture and just before hay season we clean out the barn. We sweep and blow it out. We pick up those hay seedlings and spread them on the field. Any maintenance projects for the summer months are completed.
Organize feed in one central station. Labeled bins or a freezer.
Feed buckets are labelled and put on a shelf
Choose a special place to decorate the barn with memorabilia and tokens.
Have a designated spot for tack
As a homesteader/farmer you’ll be in your barn at least once a day. Have a system and routine that ensures your work are stays functional and tidy.
Weekly chore chart dry erase. Here is the link to the one that I’ve created that we use in our barn.
Calendar To record daily tasks and happenings.
Use a homestead management binder. Reformation Acres has a great sample to get you started.
Have a receipt system come tax time. We currently throw all farm receipts in a large envelope and hand them to a bookkeeper at the end of the year. But I’d like to take on that task soon. Anna from Celebrating a Simple Life has a great system for farm paperwork I recommend you check out!
Habits to embrace
These are the three things my mother always told us when it came to decluttering our house as kids. I’ll say the same things to my kids.
Pick up after yourself
Don’t put it down, put it away.
Have a designated “away” spot for everything.
Marie Kondo: The Decluttering and Home Organization Expert
I came across Marie Kondo in January on Netflix. She’s the expert on sparking joy when it comes to finding peace with decluttering and organizing your home. In fact her show helped me realize things were spiralling out of control around here.
But the next big project on the list is the Barn!
That’s when I decided I needed to take on The Decluttering Challenge! What’s your disorganized disaster? The Monica’s hidden closest of your home?
Admit it, you’ve got one!
Now join me in this challenge!
Is there a spot you wish you could keep hidden, because it’s so full of stuff you don’t know what to do with? Maybe it’s a particular closet, cupboard or drawer, a guest room or corner of your basement?
Have you ever wished you could finally tackle that space in your house that’s seemed so daunting for so long?
My friends at Ultimate Bundles teamed up with Dana K. White, the founder of ASlobComesClean.com to bring you the Declutter Your Scariest Space Challenge.
Here’s what you’ll get when you join this free challenge:
- a 15-minute video where Dana teaches you the smartest, fastest way to clean up a cluttered space
- printable worksheets to walk you through the challenge step-by-step
- The mindset and tools you’ll need to start decluttering with confidence
- 2 questions that can help you decide what to keep and what to get rid of
- How to find the perfect home for every item you hang on to
- What to do with unwanted items you feel guilty throwing away
- How to know when to wrap up and feel great about what you’ve accomplished