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  1. Very useful, going to try and keep on top of my tidying and cleaning! I also love stairs baskets so my stairs aren’t cluttered up with everything I need to take upstairs! 🙂

  2. These are some awesome tips that would make my bf very happy if I followed them 🙂 I am quite messy but have also found living in a tiny space (sailboat) with my boyfriend has made me cleaner. There is literally no room for clutter, and the space is small enough to be manageable to me. Baby steps!

    • Thanks Kristin! We live in a really small space so I had to get into the routine of using a system to keep things tidy. Cleaning though is something I struggle with because toddler life means that the second I clean a surface it gets dirty again. My kid seems to know something is clean and then promptly makes it priority to make it dirty again.

      I know you live on a sailboat and I’ve been curious what essentials you keep versus what you feel takes up too much space. How does cooking and kitchen gear work for you?

  3. Hi Jenny,

    I gave a soft chuckle when I read ‘I gave up even before starting’. I can’t tell you how many times I have done it:) I loved your idea of focusing on most used parts at home. Great work! Subscribed to your newsletter.


    • Thank you so much for stopping in Patricia! I’m notoriously messy and this system of doing a little at a time and tidying on a more active basis REALLY helps keep things under control around here. Glad you found this useful and thanks for subscribing! 🙂

  4. I love “don’t confuse tidying with cleaning!” It took me a long time to understand this concept. I used to think tidying meant cleaning and I would get so overwhelmed by the amount of work that I’d let things pile up. Then, when I really did need to clean it took FOREVER!

    You’re totally right, tidying makes a huge difference and makes cleaning much more doable.

    • Hi Lauren! The “don’t confuse tidying with cleaning” was a game changer for me. Like you, I’d get insanely overwhelmed and just abandon everything because I’d convinced myself that cleaning meant tidying too. When things are generally neat and tidy (they’re never ever ever perfect) it makes the cleaning so much easier.