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A slob's guide to keeping a clean house

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I’m in the honeymoon phase of my new home so naturally I’m having delusions of keeping a clean house forever. For those of you who don’t know me, you should know I’ve been called a slob even by my dearest friends. But a new house means a fresh start. This is the new Carly! I’ll make the messes worth making but I will clean them up right away. Not the next morning, or next week. No more piles of junk mail on the kitchen table, no more heaps of dirty clothes on the bedroom floor, no more moldy takeout in the fridge.

I’ll never be a clean freak and my house will never be fit for a magazine spread. I have other priorities. But I do want our home to be a place we can find peace and harmony and not meningitis.

Obviously, instead of picking up a broom, I’m first doing a ton of really important Internet research on how to keep a clean house. I must not go into this new life ill-informed. How about I share what I’ve found with you? There must be other messy mamas out there. You don’t have to raise your hand.

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1. Apartment Therapy’s “How to clean your house in 20 minutes a day for 30 days” is a comprehensive, digestible master list of chores to keep up with.

2. Inspired Room’s four secrets to keeping the house “clean enough” – I especially liked her idea of establishing a morning routine to start the day off right.

3. Kate at Modern Alternative Mama nailed it on the head when she talked about keeping a clean house has everything to do with changing your mindset. I am constantly telling myself I’ll do things later. I’m tired after cooking dinner, I’ll do the dishes later. There are 1,000 toys on the floor but I just got Baby G down for a nap and I’m dying to put my feet up for just a second. I’ll pick them up later.

4. Sherry at Young House Love talks about doing tiny things each day to keep up with housework.

5. And having kids doesn’t make things any easier, right? Rachel from “A Mother Far from Home” talks about redefining standards of tidiness and getting rid of excess knick knacks.

6. Leave it to “Scary Mommy” to make me laugh. She gives excellent tips such as “Don’t feed your husband” and “Do not, under any circumstances, allow your children to play outside.” Fantastic ideas.

7. I’m always nosy to know what other stay-at-home mom’s days look like, down to the minute. Becky from The Dissocial Mom walks readers through her daily routine and talks about when she sneaks in time to straighten up and clean between diaper changes, naps and feedings. It’s a great read because it feels like eavesdropping, which is one of my main hobbies.

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18 Comments

  1. Veronica Lee on November 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

    • creatingmom on November 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks you! Glad to connect with you.

  2. Rachel @ A Mother Far from Home on November 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Peace and harmony and not meningitis, pahaha. Thanks for the mention!

  3. Rachel @ A Mother Far from Home on November 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Peace and harmony and not meningitis, pahaha. Thanks for the mention!

  4. Lauren on November 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hilarious image, and one that resonates with me deeply. Especially because my house really was clean last week……and now it’s not.

    I did not grow up in a super tidy house, but for some reason, I put a lot of pressure on myself to maintain a clean apartment. And I never quite get there. It’s a constant struggle.

    Thanks for the resources!

    • creatingmom on November 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I wonder if they make doormats that actually say that. I would totally buy one. When I clean my house, I feel like I’m off the hook for a month!

  5. Lauren on November 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Hilarious image, and one that resonates with me deeply. Especially because my house really was clean last week……and now it’s not.

    I did not grow up in a super tidy house, but for some reason, I put a lot of pressure on myself to maintain a clean apartment. And I never quite get there. It’s a constant struggle.

    Thanks for the resources!

    • creatingmom on November 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      I wonder if they make doormats that actually say that. I would totally buy one. When I clean my house, I feel like I’m off the hook for a month!

  6. Paula W on November 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This is great. Just what I needed… <3 My housework seems like it is always piling up.

    • creatingmom on November 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Paula you are one of the tidiest people I know!

  7. Paula W on November 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    This is great. Just what I needed… <3 My housework seems like it is always piling up.

    • creatingmom on November 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Paula you are one of the tidiest people I know!

  8. krista on November 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

    “Creative minds are rarely tidy” Pretty sure Einstein said that, and he was a really smart guy. I call it creative housekeeping. Thanks for your honesty, glad I’m not the only one!

    • creatingmom on November 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Um, that quote is my new life saying! Seriously, does it come in bumper stickers, posters and tattoos?

  9. krista on November 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

    “Creative minds are rarely tidy” Pretty sure Einstein said that, and he was a really smart guy. I call it creative housekeeping. Thanks for your honesty, glad I’m not the only one!

    • creatingmom on November 9, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Um, that quote is my new life saying! Seriously, does it come in bumper stickers, posters and tattoos?

  10. Rosie Gregory on November 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Hi Carly, My name is Rosie – a stay at home mum. I have recently found your blog and I bookmarked it – your posts brings me positive emotions.

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