SIMPLIFY: Around the House

May 18, 2017

Simplify your home routine

One of the topics that comes up regularly on Seasons + Salt is how we apply our methods of simplifying our closets to the rest of our lives, particularly our homes. I have made some progress in this area, but I still have so much more I want to accomplish. Most days I still feel like I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off. I have so much to do, that I often feel overwhelmed. I have a hunch I’m not alone.

I commissioned my friend and expert organizer, Sarah Dobbs, of the Home Capsule, to bestow some of her wisdom upon us. Sarah has the amazing gift of going into people’s homes, and helping them streamline their spaces, in turn, helping them streamline their lives. She frequently shares the process on Instagram, her stories are some of my favorite to watch.

Today, on Seasons + Salt, she’s sharing a peek into her own home, revealing what her secret is to staying on top of what needs to get done each day.

Practice what you preach.

When it comes to maintaining my life of simplicity and minimalism, I had to create a routine for myself in order to sustain it. When I approach a project, even it it’s personal, I ask “How do you want to feel?” When it comes to everyday life with two young boys and a growing business, my goal is cool, calm, and collected. I’ve realized that I can’t do it all at once so I’ve picked key areas I want to focus on each day and I strive to make those my focus. Achieving those goals comes down to time efficiency and, as a busy mama, that’s my most valuable currency.

Make a plan.

My “tidying routine” is printed out on my fridge, I’m fueled by coffee and La Croix so I have zero problems passing by that list throughout the day. Having a phone reminder for big things is also key. The first time I went digital I failed. I’d see the notice and just ignore it.  Now I have an active alarm that goes off. This helps because it’s a reminder to wrap up what I’m doing in the next 10 minutes and move on (game changer). Back to the tidying routine itself; what I see people struggle with, and I’m in the exact same boat, is getting super enthusiastic about a new plan or project but quickly losing steam because it’s too big to manage. This routine seems elementary, but it gains momentum and, before you know it, the little tasks add up to an orderly home. Here’s what mine looks like:


No Laundry
Clean out Fridge


Laundry: Towels
Vacuum main floor
Meal plan


Laundry: Kyle’s clothes
Grocery Shop
Take out trash (Kyle)


Laundry: Sarah’s Clothes
Clean bathrooms


Laundry: Boys Clothes
Vacuum Basement


Laundry: Master Bedding
Vacuum Upstairs
(Lay out) Boys outfits for the week


Laundry: Kids bedding
Clean out car
Sort mail
Recycling to the curb (Kyle)

Everyday tasks

Sweep/ Wipe down counter/ collect toys/ dishes (Kyle)

The key to success.

Your first question may be, why do you have laundry so often? This is THE KEY to the tidying routine. In most families laundry is the biggest problem, even if you all have capsule wardrobes (we do!). I only do one load of laundry each day, and by separating it by category I save a tremendous amount of time.

I pepper the rest of my tasks in based on my personal schedule. Things like organizing around what day the trash comes, or when I have the biggest chunk of time to grocery shop, as well as what tasks I know I can count on my husband to do. I also get my kids involved and at 6 and 3 1/2 they are helping a lot. They LOVE wiping down the counters, and I have a clean-up basket that they fill  with their loose toys before bed, allowing me to store them in the same place every night.

“Want to know the biggest secret to being organized? Having less stuff.”

Still not a believer? Follow along @thehomecapsule and I’ll take you through an entire week using this exact schedule on my IG story. With guest appearances by my kids and an aging French Bulldog.

Thank you Andrea for having me!

All photographs courtesy Sarah Dobbs.

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  • Alex May 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Love this. It seems like a plan I can definitely work with, so I’m going to try it out for a month and see how it goes. One point I’d like to ask about is a day off. Does anyone else out there feel like they’d like a day of rest or is that really unrealistic?

    • Annette Silveira May 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Alex-I don’t know if a day off from everything is realistic. Each time I try to take one, I fall behind. I definitely don’t do everything every day of the week though. I spend much more time reading or napping on one weekend day. I just can’t let the home tasks go.

      • Andrea May 19, 2017 at 10:16 pm

        Sadly, I think you’re right on the money Annette! Too much to do! But I figure maybe a 3 item list everyday is better than a 6-7 item list that keeps getting passed on from one day to the next.

    • Andrea May 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      That’s a great question Alex! I guess I take half-days off. Haha. I am so scattered when it comes to this short of thing, but I am trying to get my act together and try this method. I have so much laundry in my life. Please let us know how this goes for you!

  • Anne May 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    PICKY BARS! My goal this summer really is to have Less Stuff. Our neighborhood garage sale is a few weeks away, and then I swear I am taking everything in my house that is not attached to me to the consignment store, lol. (not really but that’s how I feel sometimes)

    • Andrea May 19, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Yay! I’m excited for you Anne! Keep us posted! ><

  • Jenine May 20, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    This chore schedule seems really doable. Since I’ve gone back to work after maternity leave, I’ve been having such a hard time staying on top of housework. I’m definitely going to try this. Oh, and having less stuff would probably help too :-)

    • Andrea May 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Let me know if it works for you Jenine! I am thinking of doing it too! It’s the laundry, it always gets me!