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A super simple and speedy Tidy Up Trick

Speedy Tidy Up Trick

Speedy Tidy Up Trick

Speedy Tidy Up Trick

The word dominating my thoughts this week is Tidy-Up.

Not an exiting word I grant you ..but oh how good I feel when it is done.

My kids are back at school I’m sad to say (we have had a lovely summer and I hope you have too and the house is a proper mess.

Oh it may look okay on the surface, but actually their are piles of random books, missing games parts, football cones strewn all over the garden and cupboards and bedroom floors in disarray.

An untidy home never looks great and the way to a lovely home (particularly one a budget) is to keep it clean, tidy and decluttered.

Hard to face?

I know the feeling but I have a great  little speedy tidy up trick to ease the process.

Instagram the mess.

table after, tidy up trick


And yes I do know how odd that sounds

I take my photo, upload it to IG and feel the shame. Then I work super fast to tidy that area and Instagram the result. I got lots of ‘oohs and aahs’ and ‘doesn’t it look goods’ which makes me feel great. Plus I get to see what a huge difference my tidy up has made and am inspired to do more.


A Neat and Speedy Tidy Up Trick

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Simple but it works.

What tidy up motivator do you use?

Tidy -Up is most definitely my word of the week


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  1. September 5, 2014 / 7:18 am

    My tidy-up motivator is to invite people round regularly – that works beautifully! I try to keep on top of it day-to-day but we still often end up with piles of clutter everywhere

  2. Stephanie
    September 5, 2014 / 7:41 am

    A great twist on the name and shame routine 🙂 and some beautiful roses as a reward too!

  3. September 5, 2014 / 9:07 am

    I think that’s a great motivator. I just don’t like the mess is mine (although there’s always so much more to do). I love how we put the pressure on ourselves though – just had a bust holidays with the kids, and as soon as they are at school there’s a feeling that I should be cleaning.

  4. September 5, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    That is such a great idea! I seem to spend my whole life tidying up and at the moment we are still in the middle of a huge reshuffle so there is stuff everywhere, maybe if I do this, it will make me sort it out

  5. September 5, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    what a great motivator, but I feel horrified at the thought of instagramming the mess…eeek! I obviously have more tidying up to do than you 😉

  6. September 5, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Neat trick 😉 But first I’d have to get over the hurdle of Instagramming the mess in the first place!!! My favourite quick trick is setting a timer for like 5 or 10 minutes max and doing a blitz against the clock. You make a good start and sometimes feel motivated to keep going! x

  7. September 5, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I may have to try it….lol x

  8. September 5, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    I like your thinking – but looking around here I’m a bit scared to follow your lead!

  9. September 5, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Ha ha – I love that idea! Simple, but effective! I’m one of those ones who gets stressed out by chaos around me, so I pretty much tidy up as we go along – I guess my trick would be ‘little and often’! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  10. September 5, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Ha ha! Such a simple trick but so effective. I’ve been using a similar theory to get through all the work on Master C’s bedroom. Keep sharing photos of it online until it was all finished. Similar worked with all my running challenges actually – sharing them motivated me to actually reach my goals.

  11. Cass@frugalfamily
    September 6, 2014 / 7:58 am

    Ha ha I love this idea Becky. I may well do this today 😉

  12. September 6, 2014 / 8:59 am

    I’ve only done this once before, but you are right, it really did work. Going to give it another go!

  13. September 6, 2014 / 10:09 am

    I know the feeling, it’s that time when I need to have a big tidy up too, I take my hat off to you for Intagramming the before, but I would be to ashamed to do that I think!! my mess is a lot more messy!! #WotW

  14. September 6, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    I think I need to try this shaming trick, I look in my dining room and cringe every time.

  15. September 8, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Love that trick. I think I use shame too, or possibly deadlines, like family coming to visit! That one always works for me.

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