Month 1: Create a Clean & Organized Kitchen
Month 2: Create a Clean & Organized Living Space
Month 3: Create a Clean & Organized Family Space
Is this your home:
- Frequently messy
- Sink full of dishes
- Cluttered counters
- Sticky floors
- Overfull refrigerator
- Expired food in the freezer
- Drawers that won’t open (or close)
- Various catch-alls
- No place to put your feet up and relax
- Table used for clutter, instead of eating
- Too many cleaning supplies that didn’t really work
- Cookbooks taking up valuable cupboard space
- Full junk drawer/junk cupboard
- Dusty knick Knacks that have seen better days
- Abundant furniture that just holds piles of clutter
The Truth is, you are not alone.
Research by UCLA-affiliated social scientists concluding that American families are overwhelmed by clutter in their daily life.
Living in a cluttered home can create a subtle, constant, sense of stress. Anxiety over clutter affects your brain waves and interferes with your sleep, leaving you more fatigued, affecting your hormone levels, and increasing cortisol levels. Some researchers believe this can even lead to weight gain.
Clutter also drains us of our time
Those who live in cluttered homes spend more time looking for lost items such as keys, checkbook, bills, shoes, and the remote. The American Demographics Society reports that Americans as a whole waste 9 million hours per day searching for misplaced items, and 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late, with penalties, because they lose them.
When clutter takes over, the home, (which should be a hiatus from daily anxieties) can become a large contributor to our overall stress levels.
But there is a solution.
Here's how this course may solve all of your home chaos and clutter issues
When your life is super busy with long hours at work and/or family activities, it makes all the difference to have a plan for the days. Your week will go more smoothly if you start every Monday with a clean, clear home, a stocked pantry, and refrigerator. Your days off will be more enjoyable if you don’t have areas full of clutter, dishes waiting to be done, and a mountain of laundry.
But now imagine for a moment:
- Wanting to cook just so you can spend time in the kitchen.
- Counters clear of items and ready for any task you have.
- A fridge where food is easy to find.
- A beautifully organized pantry.
- A table that is ready for a family meal.
- A living room that is welcoming to any guest, even when someone just pops in.
- An organized family room.
- A calm and rejuvenating master bedroom.
- Free space in your closets.
How much would this be worth to you? Now suppose you could follow simple routines, do a small task every day, follow the time-tested advice and then discover your kitchen, your home, and your life changing. Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t if you have the right advice, implement the right routines and follow through with the decluttering tasks each day. You see, routines are key. What you do on a daily basis affects your home. Complete the right tasks, and your home will feel as if it’s cleaning itself. Avoid cleaning routines and you will feel as if you are suffocating in clutter. Think about it. But first…
Why should you listen to me?
I'm Rachel Jones, the Joyful Space Specialist
Besides being a 41-year-old mom with 6 kids, living in an 1132 sq. ft home for the last 16 years, I've helped 698 families simplify their own homes through my video courses.
I've spent 10 years of my life and countless hours of trial and error to finally figure out how to make the permanent switch to minimalism.
For the past 6 years, it has been my joy to be able to share my methods with others and see their lives completely change.
I took all of these experiences and created the most comprehensive walkthrough for simplifying, developing new habits, and shifting to a new lifestyle.
I help families like yours gain the tools, wisdom, resources, and support to live joyfully through minimalism.
This revolutionary course reveals what you MUST do in your daily activity and give you the ability to transform your home and your life —step-by-step! I’ve turned to the proven routines and methods that my husband and I used to get rid of thousands of pounds of stuff. I’ve distilled the essential facts that you need to know down into an easy practical course that will help anyone turn the tide on all manner of clutter problems. What you’ll find revealed in this one-of-a-kind course are all the simple, time-tested tasks and routines to know in order to turn a chaotic mess into a glorious clear space. So whether you’re looking for a way to:
- Dramatically reduce the amount of clutter in your living spaces
- Discover how to complete daily routines and cement them into habits
- Or simply searching for a way to maintain a clean clear home
You will find the ’90 Days to a Clean and Organized Home’ will help get you there without the overwhelming feeling when you look at the big picture. Literally, in 3 months, you could be experiencing the benefits of a minimalist home.
No real comment, I just think it’s cool that I too am Rachel Jones and am 37!!! Only 2 kids here though! Lol. Have a great day!
Ha! Cool. Thanks for sharing 😉
Small world. I was Rachel Jones till I got married and am 36 with 7 kids. We should have a club 😉
My maiden name is Rachel Jones, and I’m 38! Lol.
I am curious if I read this right, that you have 6 kids in a 1,100sf home? I’m looking for help for my daughter who has 2 kids in a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom 950sf home. I sometimes think that there is no way for them all to fit in this small house, but you are giving me some hope!
Yes, the living space is 1,132 sqft. We do have a basement, that is 600 sq. ft. but it’s not a livable space at the moment. And our oldest just moved out this last fall, so now there is just 7 of us. 🙂
wow! that is impressive!
I have five kids, so with me & my husband that’s 7 people and our home is 775 Sq ft. It can be done. We didn’t do it on purpose, like we’re not the tiny house loving kind of people, we just haven’t ever moved out of our first home, and the kids kept coming lol.
This made me laugh because I live in a 1 bedroom, 400sq ft city apartment (with zero outdoor space) with my husband, brother-in-law, our two year old daughter, and a baby on the way! The bro-in-law sleeps on futon in living room and we three (soon four) share our very small bedroom. Our home is peaceful and not chaotic. It can be done! Your daughter’s house sounds like a luxury to me. 😉
It can be done! My family lived in a 950 sq ft house for 9 months… We had 8 children then and it was what started me on our minimalism journey! 🙂 I loved it!
Thanks for the blog Rachel!
How many pages should I have ready in my printer for the ebooks??
The longest one is 41 pages.
Will this help with organizing a small home that is also being used as a home business? Paperwork is a big problem for us as well as storing business supplies and the space it takes to make(and store) the products we sell.
I do address the office in one of the books, but not as a home business. It will help with all the “home” stuff, but the key to organizing, is really to limit everything and then create a place that each thing belongs, so I don’t know that it will help with your business side of things.
Is this only available in ebook form?
Yes, it is.
I’ve definitely been struggling with clutter and being depressed about it and have been reading tons of blogs and books and even signed up for a 30 – day decluttering course that I somehow never found time to complete. Much of what I have read is the same information restated by different people. What makes your set different (worth $40 as opposed to the free of the other stuff)? I was thinking about therapy today, so if it really is different, it would be worth it.
Hi Michele, it has some differences, but it takes a fair amount of self-determination. Different approaches work for different people and if therapy has come to your mind, I would say go with it. Listen to what your heart is telling you.
Hi Rachel! Are the lists from the 12-month decluttering challenge included these books, or will I need both? Thank you!
The 12 month charts are different- some people buy both, but some just buy one or the other.
Oh dear… I messed up somehow in ordering. I entered my pay pal info, then clicked the next button and it couldn’t open the page… Please I really need your books! Help?
Hi Keturah, I will email you.
I am really interested in your guides…but wonder if it is 30 days to a clean and clear home, why there are 3 guides. I understand the need for one whole guide for the kitchen, and I really need this…but I’d like to know the difference between the living space guide and the family space guide. I am wondering if I need to buy all three, or if I should just buy the kitchen one. Thanks!
Hi Amy, It’s 30 days for each book. Normally, when the kitchen is decluttered, the whole house feels more clean and organized, so I went with it. “90 days to a clean home” sounds a little overwhelming. 🙂
You can get a preview and read the content/index of all 3 books here: https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/42138?v=6
Rachel, this link is no longer active.
Oh thanks – Here is the correct one: https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/42138?v=6
Hi Rachel. I read through some of the things you had posted from an email I received. There were things about Amazima and serving others instead of putting in a new kitchen. But now I can’t find those posts. Please let me know how to peruse your archives. Right now I am praying that God will provide the funds we need to adopt a child from our area in Iowa. Please pray for this provision. I will be selling some things to help save up for adoption. Thanks for your encouragement, Karin
Hi Karin, That post is:
I am going to be setting up an archive list soon, until then, I only have the search option on the right-hand side (when viewing the blog with a computer. On a phone I think it’s at the bottom, after all the articles.)
And that’s wonderful- God can provide! <3
In the UK our homes are clearly much smaller than in the USA today’s newspaper said the average 3 bed home here now is 925 sqft. We have an average sized house with 2 adults 2 teens 2 toddlers 2 dogs 4 turtles…and a whole load of mess!! Your site is helping scale it all down finally!!
I am very interested in how people in the Uk make that square footage work. I have a large faMily in a home considered sMall by Us standards. Would love some trIcKs 😊
How much paper does one need to print each guide? Can this be done at home or at an office supply that can print it for you?
This can be done at home. Each guide is around 40 pages.
When I purchased your course for $197.00, I thought that I would receice these manuals in the mail. Were these books included in the $197.00? If I can only download them, How do I get them now?
I have emailed you Beverly.
I have begun your course and find it very sensible. I am behind in the kitchen. I have to do all the routines myself, even though I told my husband about them. He does what he wants, so even if I ever get out of the kitchen, he will not support the changes. He wants the house tidy, but I’ll be the one who will have to pick up after him like a child. Adults can’t be changed, they have to do the changes on their own. I’m ready to become a minimalist, but he’s not. I don’t even think that he will change by example. I’m ready to move into a smaller house and he doesn’t want to move. His name is on the morgage. I have told him that wanted to move and he responded with “there’s not a rope tided to your a**”. I have two out off your books and will purchase the third. I have downloaded all of the PHF’s, but haven’t printed them off in fear that I’ll use up all the ink. Sometimes I think that I’d be better off without living with him and enjoy what I love to do. I don’t have any friends, but try to attend carving class, church, attend the TBI group, and go to the ymca to get involved in strengh training, cardio exercising, and possibly yoga. Winter weather is a barrier now and I have to get back to a better sleep routine. I use to get up at 6:30AM. I sleep a lot of the day because i wake up at 9:00PM when my husband goes to bed. I’ve tried not to stay up, but this time seems to be my time. My daughter-in-law and my grandkids a staying with us a short time. She will be going back to Texas soon to be with my son who is stationed at Ft. Hood. He is serving in the army and is going to be deploded to Germany in March. They had some problems with their marriage. They separated, and she was given temporay custody of the kids. She is close to her family and moved back up here, Ohio. We talked today. Since they’re not getting a divorce, she’s allowed to live with us. Today, we talked and she said that with her income she wouldn’t be able to afford rent, food, gas, diapers, etc. I even mentioned the messy house. Then she made a comment that we didn’t fix dinner. I’d love to eat at a table and eat a family-style meal. Paul eats in front of the television and eats. This habit will never change. I’m overwhelmed and stressed out. I’m gratefull to have Ashleigh, Gus, and Charlotte are living with us, since they will be going to Germany for over two years. I have to accept reality as it is. I battle with depression and am seeing a psychatrist. I need to be mindful and meditate. You are correct I do have to fit in rewards no matter how much I accomplised. Thank You.
You’re doing well Beverly. I’m sorry it’s so difficult with your husband, that would be hard. But I’m proud of you for pushing through and doing what you need to do for yourself. <3
Beverly, I’ve been through a similar SITUATION. I would love to chat with you.
EMILY AND BEVERLY, I’M FEELING SIMILAR AND MY SITUATION WITH MY HUSBAND SEEMS LIKE YOURS. I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN TOUCH WITH EITHER OR BOTH OF YOU. MAYBE WE COULD HAVE SOME KIND OF DISCUSSION GROUP TO CONTINUE A CONVERSATION AND/OR SUPPORT EACH OTHER THROUGH SOME OF THESE CHANGES. MY EMAIL IS MOM@CHRISTINAJESKEY.COM IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET IN TOUCH.
IN THE MEANTIME, I AM CONSIDERING WHICH OF RACHEL’S RESOURCES TO USE TO HELP ME GET STARTED AND GIVE ME A PUSH TO REALLY DEDICATE MYSELF TO SOME CHANGES.
Do you have any ideas/blogs/material for kids’ rooms? We have a 3 bed house and 4 kids – 3 are boys. right now I have the 2 older boys together and the youngest 2 (a boy 9 and a girl 11) together in one room. its time for the girl to need her own room. my youngest boy is autism spectrum level 2, adhd and spd… he cannot always express his feelings/needs/wants/concerns in a traditional way, but im sure he doesn’t want to share a room with his sister. we have a basement, not finished, that i decluttered last year . it was painful. my husband is a collector. it was my 50th birthday and for my gift to myself i rented the biggest dumpster you can rent. with the help of my 15 and 13 year-olds, i filled that dumpster to the top and had to rent an additional small one. my husband went garbage PICKING for things like a 30-year old cassette player, electronics from the 80’s that he brought home from his office, power cords from things we no longer own, etc. my older boys think they want a bedroom down there – can’t afford to finish right now and we occasionally have water down there, And, I’m not crazy about having a bedroom in the basement. our house is 1700 sq ft. the kids bedrooms are tiny. any ideas?
Here are a couple links that may help:
My teens decided to move into our unfinished basement, we hung sheets from the rafters to create rooms, and put throw rugs down. When we got the money to finish it, they opted not to (because they didn’t care enough to put out effort). We found someone to seal the basement for less than $200 to help the water leaks that were there.
We have also used pallets to create bunk beds and walls to separate spaces. I don’t have any specific resources, but you may find some help if you look at tiny house ideas, there are some innovative suggestions out there.
Ever since my twins were born, I’ve found it very difficult to keep a clean and organized house. I like your point about how clutter can affect your sleep and increased cortisol levels. I also like how you pointed out that planning for the coming weeks can also help. At this point in my life, I’d love to have a professional come out to help me declutter and organize better. I feel that I could benefit greatly from outside perspective.
Hi Rachel…….I would be curious to know what advice you would give for tackling a storage unit? I have a handle on how you would deal with a home…….but the bigger issue in my life is a 10×20 storage unit……..any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you for all you do to help your adoring public find their “happy” places…….. :))