I am about to share with you my secret shame, which is that I am, by nature, a very messy person. I like when my home is clean and organized, but that is not my natural state. In fact, if a picture is worth a thousand words, let me show you my natural state.
Yep. Pretty much every morning I race out the door to take my kids to school and leave behind a bathroom counter that looks like that. There are some variations on the theme. We’re just back from vacation so my makeup bag is still half packed. Occasionally it’s a water glass and not a coffee mug that remains, and usually more drawers are hanging open, but the mess is a constant. For reference, my husband’s side looks like this:
He really hit the wife jackpot, didn’t he?
Usually at some point before my husband gets home, I remember the state of the bathroom and that I probably left my bed unmade. I like to give the illusion that I’ve got it all together and am the picture of efficiency during the day, so I try to make the house look like a place I would want to come home to.
I move everything back to its home, and then clear off the counters to give everything a quick swipe with Windex®. Since we’re recently back from vacation, a recent trip to WalMart in order to stock up on essentials was in order. I grabbed more Windex® brand because, well, you’ve seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? That’s my husband’s family. My mother-in-law brought a bundt cake with a flower pot in the middle as a joke the first time she met my parents. Although I’ll stick to the recommended uses of Windex, I love that I can use it all over the house on multiple surfaces like windows and mirrors, tile, and the sealed granite in my kitchen. Cleared off shiny surfaces are the key to making the house look presentable.
So pretty! You can actually see my countertops and they are totally without any random makeup mess thanks to a quick cleaning. My vanity will never look like my husband’s – I like to have my makeup out for easy access, and quite frankly I’m just a mess – but it can look organized and clean with pretty minimal effort.
I would love to hear your tips for simple cleaning tricks. Leave them in the comments below!