My house was totally quiet the other day and I was pondering options of what to do.
Maybe it was the lingering smell of burnt bacon from breakfast, or perhaps the fact that our 19 year old couch had finally left for a new home, but I desperately wanted to clean.
As I worked away, I realized that after all these years of writing a home decor blog, I don’t think I’ve ever shared the most economical decorating trick of all ~ cleaning!
How to Turn Cleaning into the Best Decorating Trick of All:
Make the most of the (rare) urge to clean
Lest you thing cleaning is a common occurrence around here, I assure you, it’s not.
So, when the urge strikes, I grab it quick!
This time, I didn’t have any motivation for this cleaning. No guests were arriving, no blog posts were due, and no tasks were written on a to do list. (But sometimes those things can be the motivation I need to get going!)
I wanted to do it for the pure joy of just having it done.
Turn on the kind of music that motivates you to move quickly.
I set the music to a happy jazz station and got to work.
Get out your cleaning supplies and work from top to bottom
I admit it. I’m a Norwex nut. I discovered their cleaning systems a few years ago and am still giddy when I get out my pretty cleaning cloths and mop. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out this video (on cleaning my tub) and this video (on mopping the floor) that I did with my Norwex friend.)
I grabbed the vacuum and dust cloth and started at one end of the room. Since it’s a good idea to clean from the top down, I first cleared off all the table surfaces and dusted, then moved to the floors.
Rearrange furniture as you clean under it
I figure that if I’m going to go to all the effort of moving a piece of furniture to clean under it, I might as well just go ahead and rearrange the room!
Freshen up the accessories
Once the furniture is settled into its new home, then it’s time to fluff up the throw pillows, fold the blankets, and pile the magazines neatly. I also used this opportunity to water my plants and nestle them in a new bright corner of the room.
Add a few finishing touches.
This is my favorite part of the whole cleaning scenario. Once everything is all sparkly clean, it’s time to add some pretty new touches.
They don’t have to be expensive or new ~
Like a fresh box of kleenex and favorite pens put in a pretty pitcher by the desk.
And a simple bouquet of flowers cut from the back garden on the coffee table.
Finish up small projects in the room that have been weighing on your mind.
I always marvel that I spend so much time thinking about a project when just doing it takes only a few minutes!
This time, I finally hung up the window I refinished a few weeks ago,
and the vintage art I found free beside the road!
When it was all said and done, I stood back and looked at the space.
Without much thought or spending a penny, it looked totally different.
It’s my decorating trick that costs absolutely no money…and results in a completely fresh and new look!
The answer is hiding…just inside the cleaning closet.;)