Do you long to create a sense of peace and tranquility in your home this Fall? I certainly do! As someone who's prone to anxiety, I've learned that a few simple cleaning and organizing routines help keep my panic levels in check and instill a sense of calm into our home. They're also really easy and you don't have to do them alone!
Here are a few simple things that will really help your home feel clean and calm this Fall.
1: Involve the whole family in a simple after-supper cleaning routine
If you're a bit of a micro-manager like I am, you'll know that it can be hard to "let go" and let your kids help you tidy the house. I've learned that this is an important skill to teach my kids, however, and if we all work together to keep our home neat & tidy it lifts a lot of stress off of my own shoulders. Even a simple after-supper routine involving the whole family will help. Have your kids to age appropriate chores to clean the kitchen and main areas after dinner, and you'll all wake up to a tidier house in the morning (and you won't have to do it alone later on)!
2: Use calming scents while cleaning like Pine-Sol®Lavender Clean®
Cleaning can be therapeutic, and adding some aromatherapy into your cleaning routine not only helps keep you calm during your clean, but after too. Light up a few candles, and use a cleaner like Pine-Sol®Lavender Clean® with a soothing scent. I've been using this cleaner for a couple of years now, and I adore the smell! It makes our home feel like a French country retreat, and I love that it's multi-purpose. I dilute it in a spray bottle for surfaces, and use it in with my mop for the floors.
3: Have a simple nighttime routine that will make early mornings smoother
After the kiddies go to bed, do a few easy things that will make the morning more pleasant like pre-packing school lunches, planning breakfast, singing school papers, and finishing any tidying that needs to be done.
4: Add things to your online/paper calendar immediately so that you don't forget them later
Oh, I am so guilty of forgetting so many things in my calendar! There's been more than one occasion where I've dropped the ball on an important event and embarrassed myself. One thing that I've learned that keeps me in line is writing things down in my calendar as soon as I get the invite! I use Google Calendar to keep track of our family's (and my blog's) events, but whether you have an online or paper agenda, the important thing is to write things down immediately. This will save you so much grief in the future and keep your home running calmly and smoothly.
5: Donate / dispose of / recycle as many items (or more) as you bring into your home to conquer clutter
Clutter can make you feel stressed and busy. Removing as much as you bring in to your home will help keep your house clutter-free and clean. I'm prone to holding on to things a bit too long, but lately I've realized that I need to get rid of more things to help keep our home neat & tidy. Donate items to your favourite thrift store, sell them, or recycle them as needed. Trying to get rid of the same amount of stuff as you bring in to your home is a great way to stay on top of the clutter.
Ready for some more cleaning motivation? Watch the video below as I clean our home for a Fall gathering:
Tell me: How do you create a sense of calm in your home? Is there a scent that helps you feel calm?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Pine-Sol. As always, all of the opinions here are my own.