You can do it, too, by developing a house-that-cleans-itself mindset. Read more about that here.
At the end of our interview we like to ask our guests the “one thing” question.
Getting started is hard enough. Listening to a show full of great information is wonderful until it is time to take action. Then, it’s easy to get stuck because you don’t know what to do first.
But, armed with one thing – one action step for you to do right now – you will stay focused and moving forward to interrupt the clutter and put a stop to the stuff that weighs you down.
Mindy’s ONE thing: TEND TO YOUR SIGHT ZONES.
Walk to one room of your house. Stand at the doorway of the room.
What is your first impression when you stand at the doorway of the room? Clean or dirty? Tidy or messy? Cluttered or uncluttered?
By rearranging the room to make sure your first impression is clean you can change how you feel in your home. I think by doing this it will make people think your home is 50% cleaner when they walk in the room.
Mindy used the example of her daughter’s room. The top of her daughter’s dresser was the messiest part of the room. They arranged the room so the dresser was the last thing they saw (by putting it on the same wall as the door or behind the door). They put the book shelf and the bed (her daughter would make her bed most of the time) opposite the door so it was the first thing they saw.
Now, when they stood at the door their brain saw the made bed and the book shelf with color coordinated bins. The first impression was neat even though the dresser was piled with jewelry, lotions and clothes.
Now it is your turn. Pick one room to do today.
Stand at the doorway of the room. What is the first thing you see? Is it neat or messy? What in the room is the tidyest? How can you arrange the room to make the tidy object the first thing you see at the doorway? Or, how can you arrange the room so the messiest thing is the last thing you see?
It’s a mind game.
Have fun with this. By changing your home first it may just change your behavior, too. Knowing that you see the neat thing first will help you keep the neat thing neat! 🙂
I do this in our kitchen. I know the first thing people see is the island/bar area. I can’t change this. Therefore, I work the hardest keeping this area cleared off. If I have 5 minutes in the morning I’ll clear this area off, asking the kids to take their stuff to their room and moving my stuff to my office. When I come home later in the day I breath a sigh of relief because my kitchen looks sooo clean!
Pick one room in your house and get started now! Share which room you chose in the comments.