What to do When Your Entire House is a Disgusting Mess - 30 Day ‘Get It Done’ Schedule Included

So, my youngest just started school.

And one of the things I love about this is chatting with all the new moms at the school gates at the end of the day - can you tell I don’t get out much!

The other day, I was talking to one mama who described her house as ‘disgusting’.

Actually ‘disgusting’.

She worked, took care of her children and had no help at home from family. She’d gotten behind and couldn’t catch up no matter how hard she tried.

Result?

She told me her house was disorganized, dirty and cluttered.

If you can relate, this post is for you.

 What to do when your entire house is disgusting. 30-Day Take action schedule included.

Because this post is all about what to do if you’re overwhelmed by your home and don’t know what to do.

So take a breath, mama.

It’s time to take back your home.


This post is massive. But it works. There is no quick fix. You are going to need systems and structure. Sounds boring? Well, it works. So if you're ready to get shit done.....read on!

1 | Do an Emergency Clean & Organize

 My house is messy. Where do I start? Start with an emergency clean and organize. Follow the 30-day take action schedule to deal with a disgusting house.

OK, mama, the fightback starts here with an emergency clean.

This is not a whole house, top-to-bottom, spring clean-like thing.

No.

The purpose of the emergency clean is to hold you for a few days while you get on with the other steps. It’s to just get your head above water.

And here’s what you do.

Emergency Clean:

  • Open ALL the windows - unless you live somewhere criminally cold

  • Stick a load of laundry on

  • Put away any clean laundry

  • Wash up/load the dishwasher

  • Kitchen: Empty trash, clean any surfaces you can see, sweep and mop floor

  • Bathroom touch up: clean toilet, change towels, wipe down sink


Emergency Organize:

  • Make a quick and easy meal plan for the week - take out is fine!!

  • Buy any groceries you need

  • Pay any outstanding bills


Remember, this is just doing the bare minimum to make sure that everyone has clean clothes, a meal and a basic level of hygiene.

Don’t get pulled into any decluttering, organizing or intense cleaning. Not yet, mama.


2 | Get Some Sleep

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Yes. I’m serious.

For the next few days prioritize sleep. Above everything else.

You can’t take take back your house if you’re running on empty. And the shitty thing about running on empty is that you don’t realise you’re running on empty.

This might mean asking for help, hiring a babysitter, calling for take out, switching off Netflix or leaving your phone downstairs for the night. Sleep, mama!!


3 | The Fight Starts Here >> Start a Journal

 Are you overwhelmed with your messy house? Start with a journal and track your to-dos, your victories and your feelings.

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to encourage you to keep a journal about your progress.

Each day write down:

  • 3 things you’re grateful for.

  • Your wins. No matter how small.

  • Any lessons you learn as you go.

  • Any to-dos that pop up while you work.

  • Anything you donate if you need to for tax purposes.

Don’t worry about buying something fancy. A notebook will do just fine, so will some loose leaf paper in a binder. You can always invest in something pretty later.

Just choose a time each day to sit down and journal your thoughts. It doesn’t have to take longer than 5 minutes.


4 | Create a Basic AF Cleaning Routine

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90% of good home management is maintenance.

Now that you’ve done your emergency clean, you’ll need to keep on top of it with a basic cleaning routine.

This means a list or 3-5 daily tasks that you do EVERY DAY no matter what. I’m serious, every day, come zombies or the apocalypse, no matter what!

Daily tasks might include:

  • Empty and load the dishwasher

  • Put on one load of laundry

  • Put away one load of laundry

  • Wipe down kitchen counters and table

  • Empty trash

  • Put clothes away or in the laundry basket at the end of the day

  • 5 minute pick up and put away in the living room.

    Pick 3-5 tasks that will have the most impact on your home.

And then there are tasks that you’ll want to do once a week - clean the bathrooms, vacuum family rooms, etc.

A quick and easy weekly cleaning routine might look like this:

Monday: Tidy and dust downstairs

Tuesday: Vacuum downstairs

Wednesday: Tidy and dust upstairs

Thursday: Vacuum upstairs

Friday: Clean bathrooms

Saturday: Quick kitchen clean: sink, floors, microwave, empty fridge of anything out of date

Sunday: Relax!

So every day you do your 3-5 daily tasks, PLUS one of the weekly tasks.


Simple routines for cleaning, laundry and meal planning will help you feel in control of your home.

And of course, feel free to switch up the days to fit in better with your family’s routines.

Don’t forget to write out your routine in your journal and set a time to do it everyday.

If you can, it’s a good idea to do the cleaning at the same time each day because then it becomes more automatic. And less easy for you to make excuses.


5 | Use Affirmations Daily

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Truth time….

When you’re taking back your house, you’re fighting against your own beliefs and habits, more than you are fighting against mess. I truly believe that.

Even if you’re not a woo-woo kinda person, I highly recommend using affirmations. Perhaps say one out loud to yourself when you’re journaling in the morning or before bed. Or say them out loud when you’re struggling.

You can create your own affirmations, but here are 7 to get you started. One for each day of the week:

  • I deserve a healthy, happy home.

  • I’m getting closer every day to uncovering a beautiful home.

  • Our home brings us happiness and health.

  • I’m excited to make my home beautiful.

  • I am grateful and happy to have this home.

  • My home is my shelter and my sanctuary.

  • My home is my children’s happy place.


Our home brings us happiness and health
— A daily mantra for a beautiful home

6 | Declutter


Ladies, shit just got real.

It’s time to declutter.

But I’m NOT suggesting a masochistic, weekend-long decluttering marathon that culminates in you sobbing over baby blankets you feel you should declutter.

We’re taking it easy.

So download this list of 198 things you can declutter without shedding a tear.

How you work through this is up to you.

You might feel really motivated and get through this list all in one day.

Or you might declutter 10 things a week until you reach the end of the list.

But you need to make decluttering a habit. Schedule it into your journal and stick to it.

198 Things to Declutter Easily

- Click to download your list



7 | Stop Losing Shit

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Wallet, keys, pen, remote control…

There are just some things we can’t seem to stop losing.

And it’s so annoying!!!

So think about one thing you are sick of losing. And decide where you can keep that item so you don’t lose it in future.

This is a teeny tiny organizing project that it going to have a major impact on your home and your state of mind.

Everytime you organize something - even if it’s just a small thing like a place to keep your pen - your mindset will change.

You’ll start to think of yourself as a more organized person. And that’s half the battle - changing your mindset from ‘I’m a mess!’ to ‘I’m actually quite an organized person’.

And the best thing to organize first is the thing that causes you most annoyance and inconvenience.

So take 5 minutes and go do that now, mama.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy:

  • A little command hook for your key.

  • A bit of stick on velcro for your pen to stick it to the fridge.

  • A dish for your wallet.

    Just use what you’ve got.


8 | Schedule in Some Self Care

STOP!

I know you’re so tempted to skip over this step.

But why?

Organizing a home is much more than alphabetizing your pantry - it’s about creating a haven.

And the best place to start is with yourself.

OK, I know self care sounds like yoga and juice at 5am. But it’s about making sure you’re ready to face each day with a happy heart.

And since moms set the tone of the home, a happy mom equals a happy home. FACT.

So schedule yourself in some self care. Here’s a list of 68 relaxing things you can do in 5 minutes. Yes, 5 minutes!!

Grab your journal and pick a handful of things from this list that you can do this week to give yourself a pick-me-up when the going gets gloopy.


9 | Set up a Meal Planning Habit

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Everybody has to eat, right?

So an easy meal planning habit is a vital home management system.

And I don’t care if you ‘don’t like planning’. Get over it and make a GD plan.

You don’t have to plan every meal - start by just planning dinners.

And you don’t have to plan 7 dinners a week. One or two meals can be left overs or take out.

Easy meal planning methods:

  • Sign up to a service like $5 meals and get a meal plan sent to your every week

  • Download a meal planning app

  • Use meal planning themes to keep things interesting - Saturday Stew, anyone?

  • Go to the store and see what meat or fish is on offer. Build a meal plan around that one produce.

  • Batch cook a load of freezer meals - find inspiration in this list of 31 freezer meals your family will love

    Keep things simple with these simple meal planning tips from France - because the French know about food, right?

    Decide what meal planning method you’re going to try first and make meal planning a habit by scheduling it each week.


10 | Set up a Bill Paying System….Because Late Fees Suck!!!

This doesn’t have to be complicated.

But a bill paying system is going to make you feel like the most organized person in the world!

Start by choosing somewhere to keep your mail and bills - rather than have them over the kitchen counters or other random places.

An 'inbox' that you can keep on your desk, in your hallway, anywhere.

It doesn't matter where you choose - just have some central location to keep these bills and mail until you're ready to deal with them.

Now you're ready to put a system into place.

Check through your bills and make a list of when you have to pay any regular bills.

Choose sometime every, day, week or month - however regularly you need to action bills and mail.

Make an appointment with yourself and stick to it. Set phone reminders or leaving sticky notes where you can see them to remind yourself to 'Pay Bills!;

Lastly, it would be useful to gather together any supplies you often use to action mail and pay bills. Pen, envelopes, stamps etc. - rather than fishing around for these things every time you sit down to action the mail.


11 | Family Calendar

Now for a bit of time management.

And it’s a simple one.

Buy a calendar- or find one for free on Pinterest - and stick it on the fridge.

The idea is to write down every family member’s commitments in one central location.

Basically, if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not happening!

I prefer a physical calendar to a digital one so that everyone can see it easily. But if you prefer digital, don’t let me stop you!

Top tip
- stick a pen on the fridge too! Just sayin’.


12 | Get Some Help

 What to do when your entire house is a disgusting mess.

If your kids aren’t used to doing chores, this is going to be a battle.

But don’t back down.

Start with small age-appropriate tasks - ;like putting their things into the laundry basket, or putting their own laundry away.

Whether you tie chores to pocket money or not is up to you.

But I think that some chores rank in the ‘you live here so help keep this place tidy’ category.

And if you provide your child with privileges like phone and phone credit, lifts to friends’ houses, screen time, expensive items of clothing and other luxuries, perhaps you need to ask why they aren’t making a contribution to family life.


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This will feel like a fight.

You’ll want to give up and ‘just do it yourself’.

Don’t.


13 | Tackle Bigger Decluttering Projects


When you’ve worked through the 198 things to declutter easily, it’s time to move on to bigger decluttering tasks.

This might mean starting on your entire kitchen, your closet or that out-of-sight-out-of-mind clutter-filled garage. It’s up to you.

I know that big decluttering projects can be overwhelming so here’s a quick start guide to gentle decluttering.

This makes decluttering as easy as finishing off an entire packet of Oreos. FACT.

Click to download - no sign up required.


14 | Tackle Small Organizing Tasks

Now you’ve done some decluttering you’re ready to start organizing. Hurrah!!!

And it doesn’t have to be a battle.

I’ve got a list of 83 organizing tasks you can complete during a commercial break!

Take a moment to choose one of these tasks to do - one a day, week or month - whatever you can manage.

If you’re wondering where to start, take a look at my 2-step system for prioritising organizing tasks - no matter how messy your home is!

Remember that organizing an entire house will take time - unless you hire a professional or take an entire week off from your life.

So give yourself some grace and note down in your journal every task you complete. This will help you to keep going when it seems like you’re getting nowhere.

You got this, mama!


15 | Tackle Bigger Organizing Tasks

Ok, mama. You’ve stacked up some small organizing victories. Now it’s time for the big enchiladas.

We’re going to tackle some big organizing projects.

What you choose if up to you. If you’re wondering how to prioritise your organizing, here’s a helpful 2-step process that works every time.


If you’ve got a room or large space that needs to be whipped, spanked and generally ballgagged into submission, you need a PLAN.

And luckily, I’ve got one for you!

Here’s a complete guide on how to plan a huge-ass organizing project.

And you can download the project planner here - click to download. No sign up requiured.


16 | Decorate  

So by now your home is looking cleaner, clearer and more organized.

(Don’t forget to take a moment to look back and see how far you’ve come.)

So now’s the time to show your home some major love.

If you struggle with interior design, I’ve got a life-saving resource for you.

Way back in 2017 I did a course with Corey from Hey There, Home, called ‘Style Your Way Home’ . It’s a course for absolute beginners and helps you to find your interior design style and start decorating your home.

It’s one of the best courses I’ve ever done and I refer to my notes all the time when I’m buying home decor items.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, read all about it here. (Not an aff link, I just love it).


17 | Style Yourself

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Once you’ve got your home under control, why not treat yourself to a makeover?

Here are some of my favorite resources for a stylish mom.


30 Day Take-Action Schedule

In case you’re really struggling, I’ve created a simple four week schedule for you to follow or adapt.

(See the sections above for more info on how to accomplish the daily tasks).

Week One

Monday - Emergency Clean - prioritise sleep

Tuesday - Emergency Organize - pay bills, meal plan until Saturday.  Prioritise sleep

Wednesday - Start a journal - use a simple yearly diary to add notes in for each day.

Thursday - Set up your new cleaning routine and write it up in your journal.

Friday - Do your daily cleaning tasks, plus one routine cleaning job. Do the Stop Losing Shit section.

Saturday -  Meal plan for coming week, Daily: Cleaning job, daily job,

Sunday - Family time.!


Week Two

Things to do everyday:

Daily cleaning jobs
1 Routine cleaning task
Journal: gratitude, affirmations


Monday  Start decluttering with the 198 list.

Tuesday  Family calendar - get one on Amazon. Or find a freebie on Pinterest.

Wednesday  Continue decluttering - use the 198 list.

Thursday  Check through mail and pay bills

Friday Self care - read this list and schedule some self care things in weekly, daily whatever suits you. Journal about what you decide.

Saturday -  Meal plan for coming week,

Sunday -Family time!


Week Three

Things to do everyday:

Daily cleaning jobs
1 Routine cleaning task
Journal: gratitude, affirmations

Monday  - Continue decluttering - use the 198 list.

Tuesday  - Get some help - talk to your husband

Wednesday  - Continue decluttering - use the 198 list.

Thursday  - Check through mail and pay bills

Friday - Get some help - talk to your kids

Saturday -  Meal plan for coming week

Sunday - Family time!


Week Four

Things to do everyday:

Daily cleaning jobs
1 Routine cleaning task
Journal: gratitude, affirmations

Monday  - Continue decluttering - use the 198 list.

Tuesday - Tackle some small organizing tasks

Wednesday - Continue decluttering - use the 198 list.

Thursday -Check through mail and pay bills.

Friday - organizing tasks -choose small projects you can do during your commerical break

Saturday -  Meal plan for coming week

Sunday - Family time.


By now you’ll have a good routine to keep on top of running your home.

Now you’ve done 4 weeks, your next thing to do is keep going with bigger tasks: spring clean your home - no matter what season it is. tougher decluttering and more complex organizing projects.

Good luck, mama.

You got this!


What to Do When Your Whole House is A Disgusting Mess

Phew!

I hope you found this post helpful, mama.

Bottom line, there is no home past saving.

It will take work.

And it will take some guts.

But you CAN turn your home around.

And it can be the sanctuary you and your family deserve.

Any questions, pop them in the comments below.

Good luck, mama!