Fourteen Days to a Tidy Home

Back in October I wrote a post about designing anxiety-free interiors which seemed to hit a real chord with many of you.

For myself I know that a big part of feeling happy and comfortable in my home is for me to have a basic level of organisation.  As soon as things start to edge into the realms of the chaotic stress levels rise, as do argument levels for that matter.

It can be the smallest things that make a difference – fewer than 12 pairs of pyjamas on the kids’ bedroom floor, the odd shoe that actually makes it into the shoe cupboards for example.  I live with two messy kids and one messy dog (let’s not mention the husband) so I don’t expect or want show home perfection but I do like to have some semblance of order at the end of the day.

In my post I talked about how one part of anxiety-free interiors is having the right storage and tools in place to help you restore order quickly.  If tidying feels insurmountable then it won’t get done, but if there is an obvious place for all of the bits that have found their way onto the hall floor then it will feel simpler to put it away.

Over the next couple of weeks I am working with VonHaus on a cleaning challenge with exactly that ethos.

The challenge involves 14 days of tasks – most of which should take no more than 30 minutes of your time – which should, at the end of the fortnight, have you living in a more decluttered and organised home.

You can find the list of tasks in a printable format on the VonHaus website (see link at the bottom of this post), but if you fancy playing along this is what the challenge involves:

Day One – Sort through all of the bins in your house and get your recycling separated.

Day Two – Wipe down your kitchen units and steam the cooker tops.

Day Three – Empty and clean the fridge freezer – don’t forget the kitchen cupboards!

Day Four – Vacuum day.  Focus on the floors, give all of the rooms in your house a good vacuum.

Day Five – Continue vacuuming.  Move your furniture get those hard to reach areas.

Day Six – Clean the windows – inside and out!

Day Seven – Wash the curtains and wipe down the blinds.

Day Eight – Take everything off the sideboard, shelves and get dusting!

Day Nine – Get your bedding, blankets and cushions washed.

Day Ten – Time to focus on your wardrobes.  Clear out any old clothing (be ruthless), reorganise and wipe down any shelves and doors.

Day Eleven – Remove wrinkles from clothing, curtains and upholstery.

Day Twelve – Rinse down your shower, shower screen and/or bath.

Day Thirteen – Antibacterial your floors and wipe down your tiles.

Day Fourteen – Take a trip to the tip.  Declutter your home from unwanted clothes, items or food and take it to the tip, food bank or local charity shop.

Image: Lived In 365

So far I’ve completed Day One.  We are shortly (I hope) about to have a new larder cupboard fitted in our kitchen which will go into the place where the recycling bins currently sit so we needed a bin that wasn’t going to look terrible when out on display.  I adjusted the length of our blackboard wall to fit around it and I think this one will work well as it is large enough to accommodate plenty of rubbish so you aren’t traipsing out to the wheelie bins too regularly.

Image: VonHaus

This was a bit too easy for day one so I also decided I would sort out the under sink cupboard where our main refuse and food waste bins sit.  It’s one of those areas of the house that tends to attract all manner of crap – basically everything which doesn’t have an immediately obvious home ends up here.  In reality the home for most of the stuff should just be the bin but sometimes you just need to hang onto that dirty bucket for a few months before you can truly bear to part with it.

This morning I took everything out, cleaned out the cupboard, found a home for all of the random crap (mostly in the bin) and found a tub to put our bin liners, washing up sponges and dishwasher tablets in neatly.

Now I’m aware that this is not the most exciting tale you’ll ever read, or even the most exciting tale you’ll read today, but just that little bit of sorting made a real difference to my mood.  Something that has been irritating me for months or even, embarrassingly, years, was fixed in a matter of around 20 minutes and there is also now storage in there which will hopefully mean that it stays that way.

So onward and upwards to day two and something that I also know really needs doing – wiping down the kitchen units.  You can’t say I don’t know how to live!

Find out more about the VonHaus cleaning challenge at:

We have been gifted a recycling bin and a cordless vacuum cleaner as part of this challenge but all thoughts and words are, as always, my own.