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Ep 165. Reset Your Home in Five Steps

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Imagine if you could reset your home in a short amount of time, leaving you with a fresh start, and a sense of relief.

In episode 165 of the podcast, I’m going to be sharing with you a very simple, yet effective method to breathe new life into your space in 5 easy steps.

An organized home truly is a reflection of a calm mind. It’s really not just about tidying up, it’s about creating a sanctuary where you can thrive, find peace, and make beautiful memories with your loved ones.

So let’s dive in and make this reset a regular part of your routine.

If you’re consuming this in real-time, it’s right after Christmas. Your kids have likely just gotten new toys and your decorations are still up, and it just feels like everything is chaotic, and everything is messy.

And I just felt like this would be the perfect topic right after the holidays to give your space a reset so that you can start fresh in 2024.

But, this is a great reset for any time of the year as well!

This Week’s Voxer Question: What are some of the biggest problem areas in your home that are hard to keep tidy?

Now, here are 5 simple steps for what you can do to get this fresh reset in your home.

#1: Prep

First, grab your favorite playlist and get ready.

Next, grab a couple of trash bags and your family to help you!

Lastly, grab a donation basket and then hype your family up with a pep talk, and set some sort of reward for when you’re all done.

For the pep talk, I just want you to inform your family of the ‘why’ behind why you’re doing this. And you want to set the tone when it’s in a calm environment. You don’t want to be explosive about this.

Don’t let it get that far, I’ve done that before and it does not work. You have really grumpy angry people stomping around, and it’s not fun. The whole idea of this reset is to keep it really light and to keep it fun.

For the reward, let them know what reward you will have for them when it’s done. Because I truly believe that it is fun to have a collective reward such as going out for dinner, ice cream, etc.

#2: Start with the Common Areas

I want you to really start with the common areas. And then I want you to move to the bedrooms in the office. Because the common areas I think are the areas that typically everyone’s spending time in, and everybody has probably stuff in.

I also want you to ask yourself which room needs the most attention, because that’s where I would start.

I personally feel like you want to start with a room where you’re going get the biggest relief.

#3: Collect Trash and Dishes

Get all the trash and dishes out and then you can focus on the rest of the space.

    #4: Organize Other Items

    Next, you’re going to put everything that’s out of place for that room, and you’re going to put it in a pile or a basket.

    And then you’re going to actually organize the basket.

    You can organize by who it belongs to, what room it goes in, etc.

    You can then sort things into your donate basket, and trash bags as well.

    Next, everyone puts away their own items, and what stays in that room goes back to its ‘home’.

    If something doesn’t have a ‘home’ decide if it needs a home, or if it’s time to let go of them and donate them.

    I think that one of the biggest parts of trying to keep things tidy is understanding that everything that is in our home needs a place to live.

    It needs a separate spot where you always know where it is because if it doesn’t deserve a spot in your home, then it really doesn’t need to be in your home.

    Every item in our home that we have, we have to manage whether we consciously know it or not. We are managing things every day. And it affects us when we walk into a room and there’s too much stuff.

    Study after study has been done, saying that there is a correlation between a person’s physical environment and their mental clarity. And so as entrepreneurs who are running businesses, and also raising families, we need as much clear headspace as we can get.

    And that starts with clearing the clutter from our home.

    #5: Clean The Space

    Now, physically clean the space. Wipe down the surfaces, and the mirrors, get the vacuum out, or sweep.

    This is where you can also enlist your family to be helpful, give everybody a rag and wipe things down, just make everything feel really fresh and really clean.

    Remember, this is just a reset. Not a massive overhaul of things in your home.

    This is just resetting the home back to a functioning state. And when you do this, it just breathes life into your home.

    So, at the end of the day, what I recommend is doing this reset of that common space, and if you stay on top of doing these small little tidies each day, your home will stay much more manageable.

    And that’s the goal.

    The goal really truly is to remind our children and remind our spouses and remind ourselves, that we have to make time for the reset.

    Because if we want the clarity, and we want the freedom that comes from having a clean home, we have to work that into our schedule, and teach our children how to do this as well.

    The key here is to stay consistent, and model and teach your children and family how to work with you on this!

    Complimentary Episodes: 

    Ep 88. Clearing Clutter + Simplifying Your Home 

    Ep 98. Managing Kid Clutter with Amy Pottinger 

    Ep 95. Avoiding Overwhelm in the Midst of a Busy Season

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