Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clean and Clutter Free

Hello Everyone!
First, don't hate me because I'm *clutter free*. LOL!
Many of you have said how clean and clutter free our home is.
I'm here to show you that this is indeed...true!
I work hard to keep it this way. It's my job and I enjoy it.
The number one key to a clean home is removing clutter.
Hands down numero uno, #1, top priority.
I donate and throw away clutter on a regular basis.
This makes for an easy day of housekeeping when the time comes.
Click here if you interested in my cleaning schedule post.
Join me for a tour of our clutter free home spaces.
Ah, I just breath easier with less *stuff*. Try it!
Well organized and clean drinking glasses are easy to find.
Coffee and espresso mugs are spotless.
Quick tip for removing stains from coffee mugs.
1. Mix a squirt of lemon juice with table salt to form a paste.
2. Scrub and scour away.
The spices are easy to organize with metal tier racks.
I bought them at Target.
*All photos enlarge when clicked.*
The everyday dishes are clean and ready to use.
Seasonal dishes are stacked and stored neatly.
Another tip is to not have items that don't belong.
Such as, I wouldn't have my contact solution in here.
Each place should have a purpose.
This way you know where to look for things.
I don't have a junk drawer. No need for one. Really.
Extra napkins are folded neatly.
The napkin rings fit well on each side of this kitchen console.
A decorative cabinet can make a great storage piece.
Click here to read that post.
Napkin rings drawer number two.
I like to use them in unique ways. Click here to see.
Seasonal decor' items fit well underneath.
I cleaned and organized my make-up drawer today.
It took 5 minutes...:)
Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx all carry these fabric jewelry organizers.
I have them displayed in my closet. This way I can see what to wear.
The guest room closet is kept clutter free for guest use.
A few extra pillows and blankets are all that is needed.
The luggage rack is from BB & Beyond. They love it!
I admit I do not like having clutter around.
I think I am the anti hoarder. Ha!
Even our garage is really empty. Click here to see.
A fabulous book is Martha's Homekeeping Handbook.
Click here to order yours. I hope I helped. Let me know.
Thanks for coming by and have a wonderful weekend!


Erin@likegrandmas said...

Good for you!!! I love how at ease I feel when everything is in it's spot, but it isn't achieved as much as I'd like it. Too, lemon juice and cream of tarter work on porcelains too!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I am pretty organized I try and keep it that way sometimes crap just gets shoved I hate that! So I try once every couple weeks and get rid of things or put it where It goes I agree you feel much better when everything is neat and organized I love that!! Have a good day! I am starting up my etsy store this weekend be sure to check me out!

Theresa said...

I am new to blog land, and I just found your blog. I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog page, it is very pretty!

Paula said...

Melissa - Your home is so neat and organized. I especially admired your neat napkin drawer and napkin ring drawer. I try to declutter but am sentimental and won't throw certaint things out so they get "stuffed." If you move in the future, it will certainly be easier for you with your organization skills.

Becca said...

Your cabs look a lot like mine ... I can't stand clutter (although, we *do* have a junk drawer ... lol)!! I have to have everything grouped together and in its place! However, I'm always looking for new ways to organize ... love the little shelf you have for your spices. I have mine on a little lazy susan in the cabinet, which really works, but I like how you've done yours, too. I'm going to check "Ma-tha's" book out. Thanks for sharing!

Becca said...

PS ... love the tip for cleaning the coffee/tea stains off of cups. May I share another tip ... the Magic Eraser wipes off those stains in a split second! Those things clean ANYthing! Hugs, Becca

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

applause applause ~!
wow girl, you sure know how to organize cabinets.. I need to do this so bad but while I have wonderful intentions I doubt I get it done.. No need to lie about it lol.. 'enjoy all that Cleaness~!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your post is so inspiring!! My cabinets are just stuffed and drawers overflowing. I purge them and they magically fill up again!! I am going to have to work on this as I really admire your organization! Thanks for all of your tips!


Liz said...

Ok, can you come help me organize my knick-knacks? lol! You do a wonderful job keeping everything in its place. I used to be just like you until I had children. I guess my organizing skills went out the window. I stuff things in the cabinets when I'm in a hurry. You made a lot of great points and I really like your tips, thank you. Great post, Melissa. =) I'm hoping in the next week, or so, I too, can get clutter free and organized.


P.S. Thanks for the sweet comments on my post the other day! *smile*

Carol said...

I love the feeling knowing everything is organized and easy to find. I organized my napkins & placemats today.


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

OK Melissa that is IT...I really liked you...but NOW, I am just in envy! You are unbelievable. I am organized but nothing like this....

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Love it Melissa! I'm the same way...I love everything to be neat and in its perfect spot! Now I wish I could sell the other 4 people that live in this house on this concept;)!

Happy Thursday!

Denise said...

OK, you've totally motivated me to get my pantry cleaning finished, get that desk clutter free and cupboards cleared out :) I did start a box today to take to Goodwill, one thing going is my cappuccino maker! I haven't used it in the whole 6 years I've been in TX!! I do have other stuff in my plate cupboards, you have inspired me to find a proper place for them. Oh, but I must confess (as I will soon on my blog) THAT room that I showed, will be like that for some while I'm afraid :( I got no help or encouragement from hubby when I suggested I clear it, I just about cried. I just can't deal with it right now. A lot of the stuff is his and I just don't know where to put it, so I'm leaving it. Not worth stressing about it right now.

Melissa said...

Uh, can you say AWESOME?!

I have one question though....what do you do with gifts that really don't fit or work with your current arrangements/space?

Many Blessings,

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I've spent the time since Christmas going through every closet and drawer in our house. I couldn't believe the amount of things I donated or threw away. It feels so much better to have it all organized. The biggest problem is that now I don't know where anything is! LOL
The basement is next, our big project for the winter. It's a mess and I need to get all holiday items reorganized down there.

Your cabinets look great!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl your so like my mama ha ha!! us kids use to kid her that even her throw pillows shined and smelled like pine-sol ha ha!!

With 3 daughter I give away alot of fact Dawna is coming tomorrow so alot more will leave here...

when I was a waitress we used lemon, salt and ice cubes in the coffee pots to get out stains with..and I still do that one..
Hugs and smiles Gloria

Sharing Shadymont said...

How wonderful! I am not that organized. I have 4 (count 'em four) junk drawers!!! OMG!!

Liz@ said...

Great job! Looks marvelous! I'll try to remember the tip on the stain removal! I keep my cupboards organized all the time, but I do have a small junk drawer which is mostly some small hand tools, pens, phone book...but it is a catch all spot! This is what winter weather does to you, makes you want to sort and neaten things up!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

This looks very good. I am sad to say I am sooo not in the same company as you. I hold on to way too much stuff! I especially like your makeup drawer. I really want to get there on the make up drawer though, Oh, why can't I? :((

Charon Benton said...

alright i'll admit. i'm jealous. VERY jealous. BUT...I hate clutter too!!! I have been doing the great 2010 cleanout (which went well into 2011), ha-ha. I got rid of 9 bags of stuff, plus a TON of stuff for yard sale. I typically try and keep my drawers and spaces clean though!

Donna said...

I LOVE organization and you are IT!! I'm pretty neat too but have way too much STUFF!! Gotta de-clutter drawers and somehow get motivated or find the time to do that...hmmm, -this year????

xinex said...

Your home is really nice and neat. I wish my kids were as neat as you when they still lived with me...Christine

Sue said...

Hi Melissa,
Great post, and one of my favorite subjects. I love uncluttered rooms and storage and think it is "fun" to organize. But, I'm bad with paper. Can't seem to keep on top of that so that is one area I am going to work on in 2011.
Have a great day!

Angela said...

That's exactly how I keep my things. Neat, Organized and Clutter Free. Some people call it OCD, I call it organized. I hate messy cabinets and drawers. Thanks for the tip with the lemon juice. I have a couple of coffee cups that I need to clean up.

middle child said...

Um,..I think I missed this part but do I hire you by the week or month? Would I get a discount if I employ you for a full year?

Shelia said...

Hi Melissa, Most Wonderful Organized One!! You are amazing and I do believe if you ever wanted a job - you could be a professional organizer and help so many people get their homes in order. I'm so impressed with your talent! :)
Everything looks wonderful
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It does feel good to have stuff in its place and I need to work on a lot of stuff.

Kristen Andrews said...

that is great, I feel like we are constantly working to get there...something to strive for :) love the initial mugs.

Susan said...

It looks like you got it going on!! Beautiful organized and amazing!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Now that is organization. Can you come over?

Nancy said...

You have inspired me with this idea for a future post on my blog! We have never had a junk drawer and closets are basically the only thing to sometimes get out of hand - and it was never mine :) I love your blog, Melissa!!

Becky said...

I'm with you - clean and clutter free! I throw out stuff constantly. I'm always looking around to make sure that if something isn't really being used it gets tossed or donated! I love to organize too! Looks delightful!

Becky B.
Organizing Made Fun

Terri said...

Ok, I am impressed! I am heading back to read your cleaning schedule and have become your newest follower!

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

This was definitely one Inspiring post Melissa! I'm so with you on keeping thing clutter free and seeing my counters cleared off of papers and stuff just does my soul good. I'm loving how organized your linens and decorative items are and that is motivating me to get crackin on that part of my home. I feel like things just got shoved back into drawers after Christmas and I need to go back and do things properly! Thanks so much for linking this up to the Inspiration Friday party this week!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Melissa~ Oh I envy your neatness and clutter free- ness! One of my goals is to become more like this - asap!! lol! I love a neat tidy everything! Thanks for sharing your inspirations! Also, about the books,They are wonderful- I had to order Caroline Westbrook because I couldn't find it anywhere to look through- it is fabulous-great buy! French Chic was wrapped up in plastic but it is a great French lifestyle book with lot's of information and tips and At Home is such a surprise find. Love it. They are all incredible in their own way! If you order any of them- hope you enjoy them! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!! :)

All That Glitters said...

I envy you girl!!!!!! who ever buys your house will love you!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Your home is so amazingly organized! Unbelievable! I am definitely not that organized, but aspire to be. :)
Thanks for all of the beautiful, inspiring pictures!
And thanks for joining my party!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

I can only hope I can achieve such organization! Heaven knows I try but sometimes I get waylayed by life!!

hugs, Sherry

Richella said...

Oh boy, oh boy! I loved seeing your clutter-free spaces! My husband would feel like he'd gone to heaven if our home were that clutter-free, so that's my next hope for this place!

I'm not a horrible hoarder, but I AM a stacker. I bring things in and pile them up. I've recently learned that my habit of doing that drives my husband crazy. So it's a behavior I'm going to change! I think you're right about cleaning being much easier if there's no clutter.

Thank you, thank you for the inspiration!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

WOW! I'm impressed! but not surprised. Your draws and cabinets are just as I imagined. Thanks for sharing and inspiring :D

Wendy said...

Aren't you the brave one? Just another reason I adore you and your blog! I have recently shown a glimpse into my organizing and I believe that if I post it I automatically become more accountable for keeping it that way! Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

Oh dear., my home USED to be this organized all the time.

Ever since I bought my tiny little home, I just haven't found my 'groove' yet. Or maybe its that I havne't found a home for everything yet. It makes me crazy! This inspires to get my home back in shape! :)

Shinny Upatree said...

Impressive. I am also an anti-clutter gal, but when it comes to holiday items I am a self-admitted hoarder. Spending the next few days packing it all up for storage. Then maybe I can focus on some early Spring cleaning.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said... are WONDERFUL! I had to be organized with seven little ones and married to a USMC Drill Instructor! Nothing else would do!
Not so much now, which is odd, because now that the children are all grown it would be so much easier.
Still...I guess I should get busy and do a bit more organizing! I mean, it couldn't hurt.
Your home looks wonderful! I have always admired women like you and always wished I was more like them! :) But then I wanted to be blond too!
Have a wonderful weekend!

bj said...

When my children were home, my cottage looked just like 2 kids lived there...:)
I thought when they were grown and in their own homes, I would be better organized. Not!
I need to work on many areas of my house..closets being Number 1.
Thanks for your inspiration. :)

LC said...

Wow, Melissa! You want to come help me? ha-ha I don't like a lot of clutter on the surface but my closets are not so neat. I get in a hurry and stuff things where they shouldn't go! I want to know what's the secret to not having a junk drawer?!! I want to be like you! =o)
have a great day~

Karena said...

Melissa I am so proud of you!! This is my aspiration (one of them ) to be more organized!

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Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Melissa, you make me want to start on drawers, everything else has been done, that's next on the list. Thank you for swinging by to see the UNIQUE visitor, he was a cutie, soft and adorable, however a bit scary too. lol. Hope all is well your way. hugs ~lynne~ said...

Wow, you've inspired me. I'm on a declutter mission in my home and I love to see what others have done to make theirs that way too.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Melissa, thank you for the sweet comments. I sure wish you lived close, you have been such a great friend for the last couple of years and you would have so much fun with our little group. Thanks for all the wonderful friendship since RMS. Hugs, Marty

Katherine ( Katie) Corrigan said...

Well Done! Hugs :-)

Susan Evans said...

I've found a kindred spirit. I love being clutter-free, too! Just looking at your pictures makes me sigh with satisfaction.

Calming Scents said...

I just threw up! lol...I dont even know what to say...that is amazing to be so organized. If i posted my pictures of my messes--you would want to fly here and rescue me. I just may do that, and you can come help me!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Wonderful! I'd love my cabinets to look like that. I have to work on that. said...

omgosh, can I jokingly say I don't like you?
heheh I detest organizing. I have emotional attachment to stuff. I am going to try to "clean up my act" this year.
now following you, to try to keep me motivated.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow. I'm especially impressed by your spices. I keep saying I need a spice rack but maybe I don't. I just need to line them up neatly in the cabinet!

Pam said...

Oh PLEASE...come to my house. That all looks great.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! What an inspiration! You have done a great job. No wonder you have so many followers, you inspire people. I will have to visit you again and again.

Have a great day.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, I am officially impressed and wish, oh how I wish, you lived nearby and could help me. I am in such a fix, Melissa. Sigh. It's what comes from being a magpie. Seriously, though, your organization gets an A+ in my book!


Sheila :-)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I dream of a house completely organized like this.

<3, New Follower

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Love your peek into your wonderful organized cabinets and drawers. I have your Italian everyday pattern too and really like it. I love your colored goblets above your cabinetery. The jewelry oraganizers are a great idea for my daughters. Can't wait to see what style and colors you all have chosen for your lovely family room. Take care with all this snow and harsh weather, Hugs Emelia.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Now I know one thing that we don't have in common:) Looks like I need to take some lessons from you.



Strong work, Melissa.


Lydia said...

You are my personal goddess. Thank you for the inspiration.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Melissa, You are my organized , clutter -free hero! I am so unorganized and I pay the price for it every day. It makes life so much harder. I am working on i and i am getting better every day.
Thank you for your tour!
Have a pretty day!

Kristens Creations said...

Wow Melissa!! You are so organized! I am so jealous!!! Everything is perfection...even your make-up drawer.

I have bad habits of shoving things in drawers and closets...Kevin can tell you that! lol...When is is looking for something he will ask "Where did you shove it?" I guess I would rather have the clutter shoved somewhere rather than in plain site! hehehe. I am seriously planning on cleaning out soon...I can't stand it much longer!

I am very envious of your clutter free home!!


AngelaV said...

I envy you. I would love to be that organized, but, with 3 kids...LOL!

Melanie said...

We are related! I am the anti hoarder too. There is a place for everything and everything in its place at my house too.

That is why moving is so stressful for me. I can't deal with the mess it creates. I was thinking of doing a post on about this very thing because everyone loved my pantry. Maybe I will work on that:)

Lesa's Life said...

Okay...your cupboards are wuuuunnderful!!!! I want to be an antihoarder too!

Cricket said...

Oh Melissa...come do my your price...LOL

Val said...

I love everything about this post! Nothing better than being organized.

bella (roz) said...

Thank you so VERY much for sharing this post and your clutter-free philosophy with everyone last week on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday! I strive to be clutter-free and am slowly getting there. My kitchen is completely organized including my food pantries, but my bathroom drawers need some time and attention. I agree with you that "everything has a place and everything is in it's place" . . . nothing that doesn't belong! Super post! Roz

Melody Parris said...

Oh wow! Melissa your really good at organizing. This summer I attacked my closet because I got tired of it being a mess. I filled up four giant bags of old clothes and stuff I needed to get rid of. The tip of getting rid of stains in mugs is a good one and I should try it. I should really work on my make up and jewlery next. Your drawers are so neat and tidy its inspiring me to continue cleaning out all my things. Thanks for all the tips and insperation!

Manuela@TPOH said...

I wish I had an empty closet like your guest room one! That to me would be a luxury. I'm slowly going though everything we have in closets etc since I don't want to move with crap! You're home is beautifully organized! I love how you've organized your spices. I need to do something with mine (what I need always seems to me in back behind stuff)!


Musings From A French Cottage said...

Oh Melissa, thank you dear friend for this post!! You have motivated me to use this cold and icy "snow day" for organizing and clearing clutter. I'm going to gather all of the kids to help me since school is closed today. It will be a family effort!

How could I have missed this post before today? It's just what I needed!

God Bless,

Jill said...

Just found your blog through Kelly's Korner! Can you come declutter my house? Your organization is amazing! :)

Healthy Branscoms said...

Love it! You have such a cute blog! I became a follower! :) Erin

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Hi, I'm visiting from a Hop! You have some great ideas! Beautiful pictures! Have a great Easter! Would love for you to visit my blog and follow back!

ashia said...

love this post!!!! thanks so much for your tips! happy easter! :)

holly said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - much appreciated.
I enjoyed your post and admire your lack of clutter. I keep a pretty tidy home but still struggle with having too much stuff. Trying daily to declutter :)

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Wow, I am SO impressed and a little bit envious! ;) Thanks for sharing and the is certainly helpful! Adorable blog, by the way. :)

Lori said...

Ooh, love it, I'm all about clutter-free. Although I'm not quite where you are, it's hard for me with my busy boys. In fact, I'm cleaning their room now.
I also need help with seasonal stuff 'cause I have so much and also my makeup drawer needs a good cleaning.
Thanks for the inspiration!