Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one).
My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing? It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, link up and don't forget to give a link back to this post! Thanks!
Note: We had 85 linkups last week which is awesome! Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today! :)
Isn't it amazing how our eyes can get so used to seeing something that we no longer "see" it? Isn't it amazing how our bodies can get so used to walking around an obstacle that we no longer SEE it as an obstacle? At first we will trip over it, but eventually our bodies will automatically adjust and we will walk around it, every time.
Isn't it amazing how our minds can get so used to trying to ignore something that we no longer have to TRY to ignore it? We just ignore it automatically? Isn't it amazing how clutter can "disappear" and we no longer even notice it, even though it's right in our face?
Don't believe me? Go get a piece of paper and a pen right now and come back. Don't worry, I'll wait.
Got it? Good. Let's go!
Walk into your living room and/or family room right now and look around. Look at your couch and chairs. Check the coffee table, end tables and any other tops of furniture you have in there. Look around you. Don't forget to look up and look at the walls too. Check the floors as well.
What doesn't belong in there? Write it down on your paper, write the item and where it is currently located. Not where it SHOULD be located but where it is currently located.
Do you have more than one thing that doesn't belong in there? What things are in that room that you walk by every day and no longer see them anymore? Write them down. Are they scattered throughout the room or sort of gathered in one spot? Write that down too. Your list might look something like this:
Forgot about that Christmas decoration, didn't you? It's been there so long you don't even see it anymore! What about the coat. Did you notice that?
Now go into the kitchen. Look at your counter tops, stove and table, etc. Look on top of your microwave. Look on top of your fridge. What is one thing that doesn't belong in there? Where is it located? Write it down. Is there more than one thing? Write them all down. Any special area that they're all gathered in? Put that down too.
Now go into your bedroom. Look on top of your bed, dresser, nightstands, etc. Check the floor next to the bed (be sure and check both sides) and check your closet. What things DON'T belong in your room? Any special spots they're gathering in? Write them down.
Again, don't forget to check the walls, ceiling and floor. Did you forget that birthday balloon that has died a slow death over in the corner? Did you forget that note you taped on the mirror or wall six months ago as a reminder to call the dentist?
Walk into your bathroom. Look on the counters, sink, bathtub, etc. Don't forget to check the floor and even the towel racks. Anything in there that shouldn't be there? Any laundry that should be in the laundry room? Go ahead and quickly make your way through the rest of the house.
Now grab yourself a snack and sit down and look at your list. If you are a regular reader of this blog or know anything about me at all you won't even need to ask what snack I think you should grab.......
In EACH room, circle the one spot that has the MOST things listed on it. Does each room have a special clutter spot? This is your target zone. Your hot spot. This is where you begin. For example, in the living room list above, I would circle "coffee table."
Whatever YOU have circled has become your go-to spot in that room. It's where you dump stuff whenever you have something in your hand that should be put away but isn't. So you add it to your spot and then pretty soon you don't "see" it anymore.
Want to get rid of the hot spot? Put it out, my friend! Don't let it keep building and building until it's out of control. Put it out now before that little hot spot becomes a raging inferno of clutter.
Don't have time to do a serious cleaning? No problem. I'm all about cleaning the Lazy Mom way!
Each day, go into ONE room and put all the out of place items into a laundry basket. Set it some place where you'll walk by it several times a day, and then empty it throughout the day as you go about your homemaking duties.
Make a list of your hot spots. Check those spots every day to make sure they are staying clutter free and neat. Check out this list for more suggestions on how to keep those hot spots clean now and in the future.
Start cooling off those hot spots today and make your home sing!
What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post so that others can join the fun!
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