Mess Be Gone!!! The Secret That Will Save Your Sanity

Is there anything that can drive us more crazy that a mess? Wouldn’t it be nice to wave a magic wand and say, “Mess be gone!?” It seems like no matter where you turn, you are looking at it, you are stepping on it, you are living with it.

The mess.

I live in a family of 1o, and if there is one thing I know about, it is living with a mess. It is amazing how easily and quickly a mess can invade every little corner of my home.

Can you relate?

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While I can’t give you a magic wand, I have found what I think is the best-kept secret for dealing with a mess. Let me tell you, with a house full of eight children, we have plenty of messes to put this method to the test.

Let me show you how to say, “Mess be gone!”

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Ready to know the secret, magic wand solution to messes?

It’s having a place to put all that mess in a pinch. It’s being able to give it a temporary place to go until you can devote the time needed to take care of it all correctly. And, it’s about doing what works in the moment.

Click on the picture below to see what I use. Then, keep reading to see how to put it to good use so you can get rid of the messes in your home.

 

Although I spoke briefly of this in Five Simple Strategies for Hiding Clutter, I find it may be worth revisiting and elaborating on.

Here’s how I use these baskets in my home.

I have one in the hallway just outside all of our bedrooms.

I don’t know what it is about the hallway, but it drives me crazy when it’s cluttered. When it is literally covered from one end to the other with the trails of things that the kids all left in their wake, I can get a bit nuts-o.

It really drives me insane when people take what isn’t theirs from their room and throw it into the hallway. Technically, this is a no-no here, but it is still something that happens all the time. My kids are supposed to set these items nicely on the bed of the person they belong to. But, you know…

This is what happened just last night, and how these baskets helped diffuse my mommy meltdown.

As I came up the steps and the hallway came into view, I could immediately feel my irritation continuing to grow. Thankfully, I just spent a minute or two throwing everything into the mess baskets and continued on to my room.  When I opened my bedroom door on the way out, it was such a treat to see a clean hallway.
In taking stock of various things I have purchased for organization purposes, these baskets are the best investment. I don’t think I am alone in having an “area” or two that just irks me when it is not spotlessly clean. Actually, I know I am not alone since I have passed this tip along to three other mothers in the past week alone!

Although my kids are supposed to clean their things out of the hallway, I can’t always run around after them to make sure they’ve done it. In all honesty, I’ve got kids who go to bed at varying times, and the evening is my busiest time all day. So, I will admit that I just don’t always get up there to check the hallway after each kid goes to bed.

But, I still like having a clean hallway.

Having a place to put stray things they’ve left behind in my upstairs hallway is simply amazing.

I also have one of these baskets in my living room, and the concept is the same.

When I finally have the place around me free from kids, I just can’t be overcome with a mess. I find that if I am looking around at a messy living room, I don’t really feel renewed and refreshed.

Working, whether I am writing, grading papers, or doing something for the school day, is so much better if the area around me is as I like it. In reality, the living room is also one of the places that bothers me if it is not up to par in my eyes. This is why I keep a basket here, too.

Even if you don’t have kids, keeping up on messes can be a challenge during difficult seasons. This solution could also be the perfect one for you.

I know some wives really like the house to be clean when their husbands come home from work. Having a basket or two to stash stuff in can be a solution to that situation as well.

These baskets are also a lifesaver if you are prone to having people stop by.

Maybe you’ve got a friend next door who often comes by for a quick chat. You might have neighborhood kids who come over to watch a movie with your kids. Or, you could have planned guests on their way and have just run out of time for all those finishing touches.

For whatever reason, these baskets have been one of the best solutions that I have implemented in my home.

Of course everything does need to get put away at some point. You can only stuff forever, not that I have tried this or anything. But, this just buys me some time while still providing me with the sanity that having my hot spot areas clean.

These particular baskets are great because they look nice, which means I am not bothered to have them sitting in visible areas. The lid is another added feature that makes them tolerable in the midst of our living areas.

Quite frankly, there are times that you can’t get it all done. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t look like you did.

So, just pretend that my house is as clean as it looks if you are to stop by. Just forget that those baskets you see could very well be stuffed full 😉

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Comments

  1. Kimberly says:

    Hi–I just found your blog via your post on “Moneysaving Mom” today. That was a great post–just as this one is! Thanks so much.

    I’m gonna copy your idea, above, and would like to find a l-I-d-d-e-d basket like you have…may I ask where you found them, please? Thank you for your time. 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Kimberly! Thanks so much for reading and for your kind words! I found them at Kmart—pretty reasonably priced I thought.

      These are them, http://www.kmart.com/nylon-strap/p-005W003821406000P Doesn’t look like it is linking, at least at this point. If not, just copy and paste starting with the” http” into the bar up there and it should take you right to them. I, too, loved the lidded feature!

      Thanks again!

      • Jennifer says:

        Hi Kimberly! Thanks so much for reading and for your kind words! I found them at Kmart—pretty reasonably priced I thought.

        These are them, http://www.kmart.com/nylon-strap/p-005W003821406000P Doesn’t look like it is linking, at least at this point. If not, just copy and paste starting with the” http” into the bar up there and it should take you right to them. I, too, loved the lidded feature!

        Thanks again!

  2. Oohhh I love this! I really like the kid idea too. Your storyline is basically a clone to mine. I really like the idea for the kids to put others items on their beds. They really do end up in the hallway all the time… Or just left in their floor till I see it! Great ideas 🙂

    • It does work out really nice to have them put them on the beds rather than just throw everything in a heap on their floor!

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