Why you can’t keep a clean house

You may be wondering why you can’t keep a clean house.  I know I have many times.  Often people think they don’t have enough time, space, storage, or organization systems which in turn keeps them from a clean house. While those things can be helpful, I would propose to you that the number one issue doesn’t really have anything to do with the above.  It’s not even your messy children.  Are you ready for it?

The true killer of a clean house

Most of the time it has everything to do with simply having too much stuff! Yes, you there reading this, if you are having trouble keeping your home generally clean and picked up, you probably have a clutter problem and could use a good purge.

I can practically feel you getting scared that I am going to pressure you to get rid of all of the character in your home or your favorite ratty sweater. Nope, I’m just going to encourage you to surround yourself with things that you love and use in your home instead of being bogged down with junk.

That’s it!

It seems like a small task and one that should be a no-brainer, but most of us if we are honest are suffocating in clutter that has no real purpose or meaning in our home. Books we’ll never read. Clothes we won’t ever fit into. Gifts that we’ll never actually use but feel too guilty to pass them on. Furniture that just collects dust. Exercise equipment that serves as an extra closet. You get the picture.

It’s time to stop spending all of your time shuffling your junk around and start purging! I would bet that you could get rid of a third of all of your belongings and would barely notice. The simple truth of it all is that as much as you try, you can not organize clutter and make it last.


The best way to purge

  • Take all the contents out of the place you are purging and go through each piece one by one. Doing it in this manner helps us feel the weight of how much we actually own. For example, take all of your clothes out of your closet and drawers. Only put back items you truly love on you. I reduced my closet by a third this way.
  • Immediately get rid of the items. Don’t let it hang around forever. If you are donating, take it to a drop off location right away. If it is not suitable for donation, trash it or cut it up for another use.

That’s it. Now let’s start together. Begin in your closet. Move to your towels and linens, then on to your personal care items in your bathroom, then toys, etc. Choose pictures, paper, and sentimental items last as they can be difficult to part with.

We have implemented this process in our own home and it has completely transformed it.  We started with our bedrooms and the toys.  We are now in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I was appalled at how much stuff we had crammed into our kitchen.  About half of it will actually go back in the drawers and cupboards.  The other half is being donated.

Remember stuff is just stuff and does not make up who you are. Good luck to you!

Want more help!  I wrote a book on this very subject!

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