The other day I was looking around my disgusting mess of a bedroom, trying to figure out where the heck to start the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge (if you’re unfamiliar, it’s basically spring cleaning with community support). That’s when it hit me. For someone who has so many organization and cleaning posts on her blog, I’m a pretty big slob.

I mean, I try. I do. Even if my husband disagrees. I just tend to get overwhelmed with life and prioritizing. Cleaning is generally the first thing that gets removed from ye olde list of must dos. But I am trying. Mostly because I just can’t handle the clutter anymore. It’s making me even more crazy and flustered and disorganized.

So I took a deep breath and I did it. I got something done. Like a boss.

Except we then went away for the weekend and I came home without any trace of my cleaning mojo. All of my momentum went completely out the window (maybe it’s somewhere on the Southern State Parkway?) and I find myself in flustered magpie mode.

I start to tackle something, then a shiny mess across the room catches my eye and I flutter over to that. Then I remember that there are still dishes in the sink, so I run downstairs to take care of those. In the middle of that, Ellie spills something and I run over to clean it. I am then left with half (OK, more like three quarter) messes everywhere.

It ain’t good.

So today I’m taking a new approach and I’m heading back to all of my old posts on cleaning and organization and hoping to find a little gem that sticks out and gets me back on track. First stop: Five Steps to Organizing Your Life (from back when I considered myself the type of person who had her shit together). Next up, I’ll take a peek at all of the other cleaning posts I’ve done. Fingers crossed that it gets me somewhere—and I hope it maybe helps you out too!

Green Cleaning



Help add to my list! What’s your greatest cleaning tip or trick? I need something (anything!) to launch me back on track.

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.