What is the fastest way to clean a big mess?

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What is the fastest way to clean a big mess?

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There are some people who wont even understand the title of this post. They dont know what its like to wonder where to start when cleaning a messy house.

Theyve never been paralyzed by a mess. Overwhelmed doesnt even really cover it.

Theyll think  what does that even mean?! (These people always have clean houses, and they can organize their junk drawer with their eyes closed. Or at least they could if they had a junk drawer. But they dont. They dont know what its like to be ashamed of your messy house.) Theyve never experienced a truly messy house.

And theres some people who will roll their eyes at the drama of it, and theyll think Just clean it up. Take the action, do the things.These people are also likely to leave nasty comments about how this post is sort of stupid. (I wont publish them.)

But then theres other people  maybe youre one of these people who know what its like tostand in the middle of a messy room and feel absolutely paralyzed by the mess.(Me!! I AM ONE OF THESE PEOPLE!) These people will get what this post is about.

We are the people who wonder desperately where to start cleaning my house?!

You might even have a secret fear that your house looks like hoarders (you know, that TV show where food is molding under the couch and the neighbors are complaining?)

And I want to sharesome good solid advice with these people (you), on how to move forward with cleaning when you feel paralyzed by a mess.

Because Ive been there, but  thank goodness  Im not there anymore.

One thing that really helps me is making a plan  to stay focused! Check out this gorgeous home cleaning planner  with daily + weekly task lists, spring + fall cleaning checklists, and room by room cleaning checklists to make sure it all gets DONE

pages from cleaning planner

CLICK HERE TO GET THE HOME CLEANING PLANNER!

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Related: A Simple Solution to Clutter & Disorganization

When you want to clean up the mess in your house but dont know where to start:

You know what Im talking about when I say the mess.

Its not like you had a clean house 6 hours ago, but a kids birthday partyhas turned your home into a danger zone. Little piles of melty ice-cream everywhere and paper cups behind the couch.

No, that kind of mess isnt THAT hard to clean up. (If you have THAT kind of mess, you really just need this stuff.) Although this advice will apply to how to clean a trashed house as well  any mess, little-people-parties included.

Im talking about THE MESS. The big bad mess. When you have let the clutter and junk take over. Theres piles of laundry in the living room, you cant see the kitchen counters, cant remember the last time you cleaned out the fridge. You may or may not find a bag of potatoes  or what used to be potatoes  sitting at the back of the pantry.

If you take a moment to look around your home you might even feel shame and despair. But you also look around and feel that sinking feeling that says you wont EVER be able to clean it up, because you just do NOT know where to start.

Its hopeless.

THAT kind of mess.

This is the sort of paralyzing mess that for some reason, wants me to live in it. (I dont. I work very hard to not allow my home to be messy. I am not a naturally tidy person, which is baffling because I LOVE it when my home is tidy, and I grew up in a tidy home. I dont know where I developed the messy habits.)

I have learned that it is far easier to KEEP my home clean than to have to try cleaning a messy house once it gets to the paralyzing mess stage.

But, if you are still there, paralyzed in your mess well, I get it andI have the path to the light at the end of the tunnel for you.

My momma taught me this when I was an obviously overwhelmed-by-the-mess kid, and its worked ever since.

Related: How to Conquer Clutter When its Emotionally Difficult
Related: Tackling Clothing Clutter: Confessions of a Clothes Hoarder

First, two things to consider (to start cleaning a messy house):

If you are so overwhelmed that you dont believe its possible to clean your house,you might need to ask for help and thats ok, but then be willing to let the helper help.Its really frustrating to have someone ask you to help them and then not be allowed to do anything. If you feel like you need to be in control, thats something youll have to address.

The odd time when my home DOES return to this state of overwhelming mess (like- um  if I have a baby and forget how to do life) I ask for help when I need it.

Also, consider addressing the clutter and disorganization in your home  FOR GOOD. Sometimes just cleaning up isnt enough.

Addressing the clutter in my home took me a LONG way towards never feeling paralyzed by the mess anymore. But I didnt know where to start, and I actually needed someone to TEACH me how to do it.

If your house is constantly buried in clutter and mess, check out The Organized Home Course by Hilary from Pulling Curls.It is created just for people like us, who need to be given bite-sized tips & lessons on organization so we know where stuff is, save time & feel more peace at home. (Because we do ACTUALLY deserve to feel at peace in our homes!)

This is the perfect course for organizing a messy home if:

  • You always need hours of notice before having guests because youre embarrassed about the state of your home.
  • Youre always worried you misplaced an important document or wont be able to find things when you need them.
  • Youve ever wondered why cant YOU enjoy peaceful time on the couch or enjoying your family instead of always stressing out about the state of your home?

If you need someone to TEACH you how to address clutter and get organized, Hilary is your girl, and you can get 10% off the course here with the code MOP10.

But even if you choose not to ask for help or deal with the clutter, you can clean up the mess.

And heres how.

You pick up one thing.

(Tune out the rest of the mess for now. Youre just dealing with one thing.)

Pick up one thing  the nearest thing to you  and ask yourself, Where does this thing go?

Does it have a home in your home? Does it need to LEAVE your home(donation/garbage)?

Then put that thing where it goes. (If it needs to be donated, make a box for donating and call that its home for now.)

Andpick up another thing. Find its home or give it a home or get it out of your home.

And repeat.

And repeat.

And repeat.

I swear this works. Its tedious yes. But its not overwhelming. Its one thing at a time and one thing at a time, you can clean up the mess.

Related: Secrets for Keeping the House Clean With Small Kids

Related:7 Tangible & Life-Changing Benefits of Decluttering

If you try to do this but get distracted or stuck or struggle with how to motivate yourself to clean a messy house:

Heres where asking for help can be awesome  because there is an automatic built in job for the helper. (Plus having someone else involved can be really good cleaning motivation!)

Have someone (a patient someone) hand you one thing at a time and ask where does this go?

And repeat.

Having someone else there to keep you on track might be the only way to keep yourself going the first time you do this.

But you CAN do this

Once things are put properly in their homes (or out of your home) tackle the dirt  which you will inevitably find under the mess  with the most natural, safe, and cost effective household cleaners youcan find. (For me thats been Norwex  this one tub of cleaner has lasted me for THREE YEARS and I have no qualms about getting it on my skin. They even have a system for washing windows and mirrors with ONLY water!)

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