Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Clean It Up Wednesday: #1

Welcome to the first ever

I'm so excited to be doing this new feature!
Every Wednesday I will be featuring a part of my house that
is some serious need of TLC (or Tender Loving Cleaning).
Now I'm talking SERIOUS cleaning.
This is not going to be about your average pick up and go, everyday routine cleaning.
This will be a "Fight the Hoarding" battle cleaning.

My hopes for this feature are:

1. To break my own messy habits, and create a clean and happy home.

I am a slob... for reals. I just never really learned to pick up after myself,
and I married someone who doesn't pick up after himself either.
Add two kids and you have disaster.

2. To show others like me that it is easy to clean a super messy home
(and those not like me can say "Hey at least, my house isn't THAT bad!" or
"Hey, if she can do it in a half hour just think how fast I could do it!")

As I was perusing Pinterest I found a pin that linked to an article about how to get a clean home in 15 minutes. I was ecstatic! Finally, someone was going to fill me in on what the secret is.
Someone was going to let me know what I could do to fix my living situation. Sadly, I was in for a disappointment. What it should have been titled was "How to MAINTAIN a clean home in 15 minutes." Not exactly what I was looking for. As I continued to look online, I just couldn't find any good inspiration for CLEANING a truly messy home.
I might be a slob, but I don't actually like living in a messy home.
You just get to a point where the mess is disheartening and you think to your self

"It's easier to just live in this, then clean it."

I want to prove that this is so NOT true.
It is not hard to clean up a super messy house.
It may not take 15 minutes, but with a little work and an hour of your time it CAN be done!

The first room I want to feature today is:


Have I mentioned I'm totally nervous to show you these pics?
It's like letting you in on a very personal secret.
Here goes...

A view from the doorway:

A view from in front of the dresser:

Decor I can now thoroughly enjoy!

Total amount of time spent cleaning: 50 minutes

Can you believe it?!
For under an hour I think it was quite a transformation!
I also put everything where it was supposed to go, I didn't just stuff it in a closet to make it look clean. I would say I spent about 15 minutes putting things back where they belonged (such as books, toys, laundry, trash, etc.).

Here are my
for tackling a mess like this.

-Breath in & out.

-Make one spot your inspiration point...
something you can look at to let you know that you can do this!
I started with my bed. A nice, made bed is the perfect boost to get you cleaning.

-Have trash bags and storage containers handy.
It makes sorting and transporting things easier.

- Organize the things that are not going to stay in the room into piles/sections/containers.
I did this in my hallway so that I could a little breathing room, and my categories were
Laundry, Toys, Shoes, and Trash.
Anything that was going to stay in the room (clothes, blankets, books, etc.) I immediately put in their appropriate places. When you are done cleaning the room, put everything in these piles/sections/containers where they are supposed to go.

-Get a clean floor! Once you see that floor you will get a kick of adrenaline to get the rest of the room cleaned.

-Vaccum... it's soothing, relaxing, and just seems to hum "You're done.... you're done."

Now, enjoy your beautiful room!

Happy Cleaning!

P.S. I want to know what cleaning tricks you have up your sleeves!
What do you do to clean a super messy room?

Linked up to:
Someday Crafts
The Idea Room
The Shabby Creek Cottage
House of Hepworths
Somewhat Simple
Momnivore's Dilemma
Southern Lovely
Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night
Organize & Decorate Everything
Fireflies & Jellybeans
A Glimpse Inside
Every Creative Endeavor
Sew Much Ado
Blue Cricket Design
Tidy Mom
Blissful & Domestic
New Nostalgia


  1. Don't you just love a transformation like that?! Love the art above the bed too...beautiful!!

  2. Thanks Michele! When I put the pictures side by side all I could think was "Wow." I didn't think the difference between them would be so incredible. Thanks for visiting!

  3. OMG, this is awesome. I think the thingI like the most is that you are keeping the job small ... I room per week. my problem is keeping the room clean! Great job!! Love this post.

  4. This was great!!! Thank you so much for posting. Motivates me to get this house clean and keep it clean. The master bedroom looks great :)

  5. I love a good clean house and it seems like the bedroom always is the messiest so thanks you for the tips! And thank you for linking up!

  6. I am totally like you and appreciate the post. I have been trying to clean my whole house and just kinda gave up. You have re-motivated me and gave me some good ideas to help. Thank you!

  7. You should check out fly lady. My mom loves her. She gives tips on cleaning, organizing and maintaining a clean home. She is all about getting rid of clutter.

  8. What an awesome job! I love the achievableness of one room a week. Some weeks I have to just do a couple cupboards a week.:)

  9. That is amazing the change! Go you for cleaning up. I swear ti is so hard and overwhelming at time. You are inspiring! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

  10. Thanks for all the love Laura, Reba, Amanda K, Andy Sarah, sstone & Danielle! You ladies have given me the boost for the other rooms. Thank you for visiting!

  11. My master bedroom looked similar to yours a few weeks ago. Since I didn't want to bring home a new baby to a messy house I made a goal to deep clean a room a day (I didn't have weeks left to do it in) I accomplished the bedrooms, bathrooms and the hallway before the baby came. The way I got through it was the opposite of yours (kind of) I made my bed first, then I went through ever surface in my room and took everything off of them besides what was supposed to be there. Everything else was either thrown away or put away where it was supposed to go. That was my motivation to get the floor cleaned up...and vacuuming at the end really is the biggest accomplishment! So far we have done a pretty good job of keeping the bedroom clean. I make it a goal to not put something down in there unless it belongs, and only in it's right place. Now if only the husband tried so hard :)

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