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Article originally sourced from Cheat Sheet
"Considering that she’s one of the busiest people in Texas and she lives on a farm, it may be surprising to learn that Joanna Gaines keeps an immaculate home.
Or maybe it’s not that surprising at all.
Over the few short years that the Gaines family skyrocketed to popularity, they made it all look easy. Raising four kids, running a farm, filming a TV show, managing a thriving construction and real estate company, building a retail empire, and preparing for baby number five. But just because the Gaineses have achieved success, it doesn’t mean they’ve started outsourcing cleaning duties. In fact, Joanna Gaines has admitted that she actually enjoys cleaning!
Even if you’re not scrubbing toilets for fun, you can benefit from some of Joanna Gaines’ best tips for keeping your house clean. Read on to find out how she does what she does and still stays sane.
1. Get in the mindset
When it comes time to clean, it’s important to focus on the task at hand so you don’t get distracted by other things going on in your house. Choose whatever rituals make the most sense for you and then stick with them.
Joanna Gaines has a few key things she always does before she starts cleaning. According to her blog: “To ‘get in the zone’ I put on my cleaning apron, light a candle, turn on a good playlist and set out all the cleaning supplies I’ll need for the day. This prepares me for the work to come and makes my job easier knowing everything I need is in one spot.”
2. Schedule enough time
Don’t expect to tackle a week’s worth of messes in 15 minutes.
If you plan to do a deep clean, be sure to devote an entire weekend to get it done. For less intense weekly cleaning, a few hours may be plenty. The important thing is that you need to be realistic about how much you can accomplish in the allotted time slot.
3. Make a checklist
Even if you know exactly what needs to get done in your head, there’s something about seeing it written down — and about checking off tasks as you go — that helps keep you focused.
Joanna Gaines admits that she loves the satisfaction of checking things off a list, and says it motivates her to finish every single item. You can download and print her personal cleaning checklist here.
4. Take time to declutter
Basic cleaning tasks like washing windows, clearing counters, and vacuuming floors are a million times harder when you have clutter everywhere.
Joanna has some specific advice for decluttering before you clean:
“I can’t stress this enough—your whole family will feel the benefits of rooms and spaces that can breathe, so before you even start the cleaning, get five trash bags and start filling them with items your family has outgrown or no longer needs. If you don’t love it, toss it. Trash anything that is broken and serves no purpose and donate items to local shelters and you’ll feel much better before you even start,” she says on her blog.
5. Turn it into a game
Don’t think you have to declutter and clean all by yourself. The best trick the Gaineses use for clearing out cluttered spaces in a hurry is turning it into a game.
According to PureWow.com, Chip and Joanna equip their four kids with three trash bags each and then set a timer for 20 minutes. The kids have to run around gathering up toys, clothes, books and other random stuff they no longer need anymore. Then those items get donated to other families who need them.
6. Reward yourself
When you finish all your cleaning, reward your hard work! This is important for your happiness and it also serves as a great motivator for getting it done.
Joanna says she personally enjoys treating herself to a chocolate cupcake, lounging in a hammock, and reading a book post-cleaning. Cater the reward to your personal taste.
7. Be realistic
Whether you have five kids or not, it’s not easy to keep your house perfectly clean all the time. Joanna recommends having realistic expectations. She told Today that her most important rule is, “No goats in the house.” That’s a good one.
She goes on to say that messes are expected with kids, but she tries to clean them up as she finds them so nothing is ever out of control. It helps that Joanna calls cleaning “therapeutic.”
Sometimes just a change in mindset, like choosing to see cleaning as a kind of mental therapy rather than a chore, is all it takes to make cleaning easier. And those chocolate cupcakes don’t hurt either!"