My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

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Does cleaning your house spark joy? It does for me! Well, mostly it does :). One of my best secrets for keeping my house clean has always been making the experience of cleaning as enjoyable as possible. If you dread the whole process, you’re likely going to want to avoid it. Am I right?

I always recommend incorporating more of your senses into everything you want to enjoy and savor. It makes such a big difference!

To set the right mood for housecleaning, I put on my “cleaning clothes” and always wear sturdy house shoes (I never have been able to clean as efficiently in dress clothes, and definitely am not as productive when I wear socks or slippers. I learned the “wear shoes” secret from Flylady! It really works for me. Do what works for you!).

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

When it’s dark outside, I turn on my little lamps to make the house feel warm, cozy and inviting (which makes dirty dishes and laundry feel even more unwelcome in my home!).

If it’s morning, I start my pot of coffee as I’m getting ready to clean (love love love the fresh aroma filling the air!). Then I pour the coffee, add my foamed Oatmilk and sprinkle cinnamon on top (if you watch my Instagram stories you know I like to sprinkle cinnamon in the shape of a heart on top of the foam because WHY NOT show yourself some love, especially as you clean….LOL!).

Whenever possible I play cheerful music or listen to an interesting podcast. My go-to cleaning music lately has been Vance Joy, and one podcast I’ve been enjoying is called The Road Back to You (about the Enneagram!).

As you know I’m all about the cozy scents in fall and winter, and the citrus or floral scents in spring and fall. So of course I LOVE to incorporate seasonal scents into my cleaning rituals, too.

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Even though I no longer buy the scented cleaning products I used get every season (I stay away from toxic products for health reasons, even the ones I thought were natural aren’t) I recently I discovered the best thing in the history of cleaning. I can easily customize the scent of my favorite non-toxic products according to my whims or for the seasons by simply adding drops of essential oils!

Oh my goodness, you guys, I LOVE doing this now!!! I know it’s such a little thing but dreaming up my very own seasonal scents and enjoying them makes cleaning SPARK SO MUCH MORE JOY than ever before!

Why I Got Rid of the Scented Products I Used to Use (click HERE)

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Here is my current favorite seasonal scent combination:

Lemon Myrtle + Geranium

I just add several drops of each oil to my Thieves household cleaner in a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Easy peasy! (please note that I only use this brand of oils to ensure the purity of what I’m breathing in!).

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about cleaning just so I can get out my pretty bottle and smell the wonderful scent I mixed up, ha! What may have seemed like a dreaded chore before, is actually an experience I can look forward to.

Young Living oils are the only brand I recommend because they are the highest quality, safe and so amazing for sleep, emotions, immune support, digestion, focus, non-toxic cleaning and so much more. You can learn more about why I love them and grab yours here!

Happy Cleaning!

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

There are three ways to get the Thieves Household cleaner:

1. You will get a free packet of Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate (which will make two whole bottles of cleaner) in the essential oils starter kit that I recommend. 

I definitely recommend this kit as the best way to start clearing out the toxins in your home. It comes with twelve amazing everyday oils that you’ll be able to use to transform your home plus a quality diffuser (at wholesale prices) as well as your invite to our wellness education group and access any of the wholesale products you will want going forward, too.

2. Another option is to get the full Thieves starter kit, which comes with a variety of Thieves products. This is a fantastic option as well and super economical way to stock up on the most popular and well-loved plant-based Thieves products from Young Living at wholesale prices.

3. You can order the household cleaner by itself at the full retail price. 
Order through the link through this page. Select retail and add the Thieves Household Cleaner to your cart! Feel free to message me if you have questions.

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Click here to order and learn about the essential oils and diffuser kit I recommend!

What are your most inspiring cleaning rituals?

My Best Secret for Making Cleaning Spark Joy

Click here for Why I Got Rid of the Scented Products I Used to Use.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

Last week I went on a big “early summer” organizing spree. It always feels so great to declutter and organize your home, doesn’t it?

As I was making my way through my house tidying things up I was thinking about about all of the ways I organize or corral my necessities to maximize our space.

I have quite a few systems I’ve used for years. I particularly love anything that makes our house feel prettier and more pulled together! Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite systems with you and hope they’ll inspire you as you organize your home, too.

1. Tiered Stands

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

When counter space is limited, tiered stands and vertical shelving will maximize the horizontal space. This little stand was one of my best purchases probably five or so years ago (you can still get my same one HERE, or similar ones here). I’ve used it for everything from supplements to display to accessories for our coffee station.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

I’m a big fan of baskets. In fact, I’ve swooned over this lidded basket for quite awhile now! I first saw one like it at the Street of Dreams a couple of years ago. It’s really shallow so it could fit just about anywhere. It would be so useful at the end of bed, in an entry, in a living room, bathroom…wherever!

2. Over Door Organizers

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

Clear shoe pockets are super handy for all kinds of things. We put this one in a laundry closet to hold supplies in Courtney’s apartment (as seen in my book Simple Organizing!).

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

I love having pretty but practical things on display. Containers like this crock in my kitchen are so convenient for our wooden spoons. No need to fumble around in a drawer trying to find utensils! For a tidier and more streamlined look, fill it with only wood spoons or wood and white items.

3. Secretary Desk

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

We’ve used this antique secretary for years to hold note cards, mailing and shipping supplies. Free standing furniture can be so helpful in organizing any room lacking in storage. The key is to ideally give your cabinet a designated singular purpose in a room (such as a mailing station, a dish cabinet, a glassware cabinet), rather than letting it become a clutter catchall.

4. Command Strips and Hooks

We use small self-adhesive strips and hooks to help create order all over the house. I especially like to use them to keep smaller items organized and visible inside of cabinet doors.

5. Under Sink Organizers

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

You may have seen our kitchen cabinet in my book Simple Organizing.

To organize the space under our sink we use risers, trays, and baskets. You can peek inside some of the drawers of my home and get more organizing ideas and inspiration here.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

6. Stair Basket

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

Stair basket

I laughed out loud when I saw a post on Instagram the other day the other day that said: “Nobody is more full of false hope than a Mom who places items on the stairs for her family members to carry up.” Story of my life. But at least with a stair basket like this, small items have a place to land until mom brings them upstairs.

7. Lidded Ottomans

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

Storage Ottoman Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

Lidded ottomans are the ultimate hiding place to organize all the things one might need (magazines, remotes, toys, shoes) but doesn’t want to see strewn all over the room.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

My magnetic chalkboard command center (shown here in my old house) is one of my favorite pieces for keeping our life and home organized. Right now it’s hanging in my office as it’s so helpful for organizing projects. I’ve seen a similar framed chalkboard here (in white or wood).

Did you see my DIY Free Standing Command Center in my entry?

8. Cabinet Shelf Risers

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

I use shelf risers to help maximize pantry space in cabinets and so we can easily see what we have.

Tour the pantry in my last house HERE and find tips for organizing it on a budget!

9. Pegboard

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

DIY Pegboard Tool Organization

You can make your own pegboard wall organizer to hold tools, household items or even craft supplies.

10. Under Bed Organizers

If you have a small bedroom, you might want to utilize space under your bed to store extra winter blankets, pillows, duvet covers, or even seasonal shoes or clothing.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House
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Want more inspiration and practical tips to declutter and organize your home? I wrote two books that I hope you’ll find helpful, Simple Organizing and Make Room for What You Love.

9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House

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9 Clever Organizers to Tidy Your House
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