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Tackling Clutter, One Spot at a Time: Our Family’s New Approach to Cleaning

Child and cat drawing on the wall with colorful scribbles

If there’s one thing we all agree on in our household, it’s that none of us enjoys cleaning. Somehow, it always gets pushed to the very end of our to-do lists. Everyone leaves things scattered around, and before we know it, we’re dealing with a massive pile of clutter. Eventually, the mess reaches a breaking point, and we find ourselves spending an entire day—sometimes more—cleaning the entire house from top to bottom. And while we try to maintain that cleanliness, it never seems to last long.

Recently, we decided to try something new. Instead of waiting for the mess to become overwhelming, we’ve started a system where each of us cleans one spot every day. This spot can be as small or as large as we want, but the key is consistency. By doing this daily, we manage to stay ahead of the curve and prevent the clutter from taking over. It’s amazing how much more tranquil the house feels when you’re not constantly drowning in junk.



Child and cat drawing on the wall with colorful scribbles



Along with our new cleaning routine, we’ve also decided to give our house some small makeovers. Changing a few colors here and there can make our home feel new and cozy again. I’m really looking forward to these changes; we just need to make the time to do it.

However, finding that time has been a bit of a challenge lately. I’ve been busy creating new cans for the markets, and I’m not done yet. Balancing what I want to do, what I need to do, and what I have to do is a bit of a juggling act. But we’ll get there eventually.



Parent repainting while child and cat track mud indoors


These two drawings perfectly capture our household’s chaotic yet endearing dynamic. The first shows my impulsive daughter and our mischievous cat making a mess on the wall with their colorful scribbles and paw prints. The second illustration depicts me, mid-repainting, as they gleefully run back inside, trailing mud everywhere. It’s a never-ending cycle of mess and clean-up, but it’s our life, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.



Parent repainting while child and cat track mud indoors


We’re hoping that with our new system, we can keep our home cleaner and more organized. It’s a small step, but it’s one that makes a big difference. And who knows? Maybe one day, we’ll find that perfect balance between the chaos and the calm. Until then, we’ll keep doing our best and enjoying the little moments that make our house a home.

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