The best purchase ever = home cleaning service!
I'm embarrassed sometimes to tell other people that we have a cleaning lady (Ally, whom I ADORE - if you're in the MPLS area - hit me up and I can give you her information)! It is by far the best $150 bucks we spend each month. She does a deep clean every month and I come home to a clutter free, clean home. I'm obsessed. The perception of having a cleaning lady is not great so we try to keep it a secret. If you are able to do it, why not? I just can't keep up (and we don't even have kids)!
Before Ally comes, I remove all things from the countertops, etc. so that she can dust and wipe them down. Every time I do this, the realization comes over me that I want to be more minimalistic with less on the countertops. It's been difficult to do this for me. I LOVE change so when I make purchases, I don't tend to get rid of anything that I currently have.
One of the first steps is to travel with less. It says to pack for half the days. Soon, we are taking a trip to Hawaii and we will be gone for 12 days so they say to pack for 6 days and to wash/dry the clothes you have if you need to wear them again. I'm going to attempt it.
xoxo - L