The Case for Once a Month Decluttering

Today I’m writing over at Steady Mom about the decluttering system that works for me.

From my post:

“Back in April I wrote a post about how I deep clean my house once a month. I mentioned that “it’s amazing how a tidy, uncluttered house can fool people into thinking it’s clean.”

In a followup post, I actually shared before and after photos of my cleaning days. In the comments Jenni wrote:

Will you do a post on HOW your house looks so good in the before pictures? Decluttering? Organization? Simplifying? Daily pick ups? Where is all your STUFF? I love it!”

Others mentioned feeling discouraged by my photos (the complete opposite of my intention, by the way)–feeling like they had so far to go or that I secretly clean without calling it cleaning.

In a way, that’s true–I don’t consider tidying cleaning. No, I don’t wash my dishes once a month (ew!) or sweep after meals once a month–putting things away is part of family life, doesn’t take a ton of energy or time once you get started, and allows monthly deep cleaning to proceed with ease.

The secret to any success I’ve had in this area comes from stumbling across an organizational system that has worked well for me–once a month decluttering.”

Head here to read the rest!

About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


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