I used to think I would always live in chaos. Hello- I have a million children. But then I discovered what happens when you tidy up.
Don’t worry, this isn’t another blog post applauding the KonMari method (although don’t get me wrong, I am kinda obsessed with her tidy folded tees) but it is a discussion on why cleaning up is so worth it.
I have decorated hundreds of rooms for tv and residential projects alike and supervised many renovations- and experience has taught me that you can put hundreds and thousands of dollars, countless hours into a project, hire the best trades, spend thousands of dollars in furnishings, and hire the best photographer for magazine swoon worthy images, but if your house is constantly covered in crap- it doesn’t matter. Your house- and life- will be in chaos.
This is why I love the title of Marie Kondo’s highly applauded book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”- because living without piles of clutter, living without hunting for something in a rush, living with the peace that comes with a space that allows you room to breathe and be at peace is life changing.
Tidying up is not an easy task for me. I live with 5 small people who are basically experts at dumping every possible toy bin on the ground. I have a laundry room that currently has a pile of unfolded clothing that is 4′ high. And at the end of the day, after the regular rewarding duties of work and child rearing, all I want to do is Netflix binge.
But here is why tidying up is worth it, and why it matters for you.
1. You deserve a clean house
After working hard for other people all day, I cannot think of anyone who deserves a clean house to relax in more than you. I used to think it was a fruitless exercise- I used to say things to myself like “I could never have a clean house with the amount of children I have” or “I’m just too tired to clean” or “what’s the point it is just going to get messy tomorow”. But when I forced myself to be disciplined and get over all my personal objections to why I should not tidy- and actually just did it- it was pretty amazing. I’m not saying every single room in your house has to be completely tidy every night before you go to bed. But I do argue the place you relax in at the end of the day should be- mainly because you will get so much out of it. So do it.
2. It will save you time
While my house is far from perfect, I have developed systems to make things like the morning rush as efficient as possible- mainly because I have so many people to get out the door and I just don’t have time to look for things. So the art of tidying up- getting rid of things that don’t bring you joy, making sure you empty junk drawers on occassion- will streamline things so you’re not hunting through junk to find the one thing you need.
3. It will decrease stress
I have never met anyone who just LOVES to search for things at the last minute. Let’s face it- especially where kids are involved, hunting for something right before you have to leave for a class, or trying to find keys as you are already running late for an appointment is no fun. Tidying up and creating systems for storage will bring you peace and just make your life easier, trust me.
4. It will keep your house looking beautiful
Again, you could hire me to design your entire house, spend a billion dollars on furnishings, accessories and art, and have a gorgeous space to be proud of- but if it is constantly covered in paper, clothing, “just-in-case” items, and general mess, it will look like a mess. And no one can fix that but you (or your cleaning lady)!
Are you convinced that tidying up is worth it? Want some help doing it? I’ve got a FREE 7-Day Declutter Bootcamp where you’ll get a 15-minute quick-win exercise daily (or a 60 minute deep dive if you have the time) to tackle key areas of your home and get you on the path to keeping your home looking beautiful. ‘Cause really- that the secret to keeping a beautiful home- an organized one.
Love to know how you’re doing if you are currently taking the challenge in the comments below- happy decluttering!