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If you’re like me who’d rather spend their time doing virtually anything else in this world than household chores, this post is going to challenge us. Treat this as an inspiration to finally get your home in order or a feel-good fix for your inner neat freak, because what could be a better time than before we fully immerse ourselves into the winter festive season?

In fact, there’s a whole online group with 153k members which is basically “your one-stop destination for all things cleaning and tidying.” Named r/CleaningTips, the subreddit is a place people go and ask for help, share their tips and pictures, and learn how to clean better. Most importantly, “This is a positive, encouraging and wholesome community,” they promise in the description, so no, your week-old socks casually chilling on the counter won’t shock them.

So let’s get ready to dive deep into the satisfying before and after tidying pictures, from people who cleaned up their depression room and opened a sparkling blank new page to brushing kitchen appliances and giving them a whole new life. And be sure to share your own cleaning tips and tricks if you have some in the comments below!

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Cleaned My Depression Room After Months

Cleaned My Depression Room After Months

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've been in a similar situation and I know the effort it can sometimes take just to bend down and pick clothes up,so we'll done you... Your room is beautiful..

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I Did It. After Months Of Severe Depression, I Did It

I Did It. After Months Of Severe Depression, I Did It

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I understand you brother / sister. I did 6 years. I'll let you imagine the conditions. Now I'm out, all by myself, and my house is shining. I love being able to lay on the floor. Something that has remained impossible for 6 years. It has a very profound sense.

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With autumn blues kicking in, it’s easy to lose your motivation to do things, especially the ones that were never your favorite in the first place. For many people, it’s household chores. While others find joy in organizing things and sparkling transformations that take the house to a whole new level of order, others struggle to lift their finger and start.

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So in order to find out where to look for that much-needed inspo to get your home in order, we spoke with Ivanka Siolkowsky, a professional organizer who helps others find that same inner peace in their daily lives. Ivanka is a former elementary school teacher who says her life was transformed when she began learning the many benefits of minimalism and organization.

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Fixing Cat Scratch Marks To Couch Using Felting Needle: Before And After

Fixing Cat Scratch Marks To Couch Using Felting Needle: Before And After

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Gave Up On Cleaning And Decided To Scrape It Off And Reseal It; Thought You Guys Would Appreciate A Satisfying Before/After Pic

Gave Up On Cleaning And Decided To Scrape It Off And Reseal It; Thought You Guys Would Appreciate A Satisfying Before/After Pic

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I Was Recently Diagnosed With Severe Adhd And Given Meds For It. And Now My Whole House Has Been Scrubbed For The First Time.... Ever

I Was Recently Diagnosed With Severe Adhd And Given Meds For It. And Now My Whole House Has Been Scrubbed For The First Time.... Ever

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ohh, I'm still waiting to get ADHD meds. Got the diagnosis 3 months ago, but still no meds because my psychiatrist sort of stopped working at the psychiatric unit, and now I'm waiting to meet another one. Trying to learn ADHD coping mechanisms and all kinds of methods to get organized is fricking hard when your head is still the same head it's always been and you've already tried all the methods multiple times over the years and they just don't work..

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“Online is a beautiful place to start. Many professional organizers, like myself, have social media channels where we offer tips and tricks for how to navigate through your organizing journey,” Ivanka suggested. “Once you see the results of clients we’ve worked with, and see that it IS possible, this might give you motivation to begin the journey!”

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Relief From A Four Day Migraine Means... 30 Minute Cleaning Session!

Relief From A Four Day Migraine Means... 30 Minute Cleaning Session!

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Finally Handled The Depression Nest - Which Was Basically The Whole Apartment At One Point

Finally Handled The Depression Nest - Which Was Basically The Whole Apartment At One Point

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's shocking how many people suffer from depression and have to live like this.... I'm glad some of them have the strength to try and improve their life...It's not easy It's an everyday struggle

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Cleaned My Depression Nest!! (And Wanted To Show Off My Cute Room)

Cleaned My Depression Nest!! (And Wanted To Show Off My Cute Room)

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For anyone who’s worrying that tidying up will require maximum effort and a huge budget, Ivanka reminds us that tidying isn’t about spending money. In fact, “it’s about learning how not to! Don’t go out and buy a bunch of organizational supplies! Do the declutter and purge first,” she said.

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I’m 17 And Just Bought My First Car, An Old Farm Truck. Here And There I Detailed It And Here Are My Results.

I’m 17 And Just Bought My First Car, An Old Farm Truck. Here And There I Detailed It And Here Are My Results.

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Cool Tip I Learned, Reuse Some Items And Improve Organization

Cool Tip I Learned, Reuse Some Items And Improve Organization

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Cleaned Up My Rusty Old Camp Oven That I Neglected. Coke And Wire Brush On A Drill.

Cleaned Up My Rusty Old Camp Oven That I Neglected. Coke And Wire Brush On A Drill.

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Ivanka explained that almost always, during this process, you’ll find bins and containers that will aid you in the organization portion. She also urges everyone on a mission to declutter their home to remember that less is more. “The less you have, the easier it is to organize!”

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Yesterday I Found Out Those Tabs On My Windows Are For Tilting Them Inside For Cleaning. Let There Be Light

Yesterday I Found Out Those Tabs On My Windows Are For Tilting Them Inside For Cleaning. Let There Be Light

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Someone On Reddit Recommended Iron Out For Hard Water Stained Dishwasher In Our New Rental, One Cycle And The Results Are Amazing

Someone On Reddit Recommended Iron Out For Hard Water Stained Dishwasher In Our New Rental, One Cycle And The Results Are Amazing

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After A Minor Depressive Episode I Had A Great Day Motivation Wise And Tackled The Mess That Was Accumulating

After A Minor Depressive Episode I Had A Great Day Motivation Wise And Tackled The Mess That Was Accumulating

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It’s one thing to organize your home once, and a whole new other challenge to keep it that way. Ivanka suggests that in order to make that effect last, you need to address your patterns of consumption at the source. “Don’t buy things you don’t need. Once you’ve gone through and decluttered/organized your home, make sure everything has a place. At the end of every day, take 10 minutes to do a 'room reset' and put everything back where it belongs,” she said.

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“If you desperately want to buy something new, only do so to replace something that may no longer be serving you,” she said, arguing that this will keep your home in order!

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Today I Cleaned The Fridge

Today I Cleaned The Fridge

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Such A Satisfying Before & After

Such A Satisfying Before & After

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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That space at the windows is such a pain to clean! I hate it!

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Finally Got Around To Cleaning My Depression/Post Op Mess. Feeling Fresh!

Finally Got Around To Cleaning My Depression/Post Op Mess. Feeling Fresh!

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Thank You All So Much, I'd Never Have Been Able To Do It With Out Y'all. Its Been Almost 4 Years

Thank You All So Much, I'd Never Have Been Able To Do It With Out Y'all. Its Been Almost 4 Years

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I Came Home Early This Morning, Saw How Terribly Grungy My Front Door Was And Let My Adhd Take The Whee

I Came Home Early This Morning, Saw How Terribly Grungy My Front Door Was And Let My Adhd Take The Whee

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I Received This Secondhand Kettle Through My Local Buy Nothing Group. Cleaned It Up And Descaled With Vinegar. Good As New!

I Received This Secondhand Kettle Through My Local Buy Nothing Group. Cleaned It Up And Descaled With Vinegar. Good As New!

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Finally Got The Courage To Handle The Other Arm. Fixed With A Felting Needle And Scissors!

Finally Got The Courage To Handle The Other Arm. Fixed With A Felting Needle And Scissors!

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What The Power Of A Loving Boyfriend In A Call For Four Hours To Support You Can Do. Cleaned My Depression Nest!

What The Power Of A Loving Boyfriend In A Call For Four Hours To Support You Can Do. Cleaned My Depression Nest!

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Niece And I Cleaned And Organized My Parents' Pantry That Had Been Messy For As Long As I Could Remember

Niece And I Cleaned And Organized My Parents' Pantry That Had Been Messy For As Long As I Could Remember

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Before And After Of Cleaning My Stove Top! I Was Feeling A Little Embarrassed About Sharing This But I’m Hoping It May Help Inspire Others!

Before And After Of Cleaning My Stove Top! I Was Feeling A Little Embarrassed About Sharing This But I’m Hoping It May Help Inspire Others!

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I Got Out Of My Funk And Began With Cleaning My Kitchen... Finally.

I Got Out Of My Funk And Began With Cleaning My Kitchen... Finally.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some cleaning jobs do need a hammer to get the stubborn dirt off!

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30 Minute Soak In Vinegar

30 Minute Soak In Vinegar

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've tried soaking my shower head in vinegar many times, but somehow it just won't get clean :s it's super annoying! Many of the little holes are clogged and water keeps shooting into random directions out of it.

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Thank You Everyone That Gave Me So Many Tips On My First Post. Nearly Everyone Was Very Kind And Supportive. It Really Gave Me The Encouragement I Needed To Get Started. It Doesn’t Look Much Better Now, But I Got So Much Done Today. I’ll Leave A Comment On The Post About What I Did!

Thank You Everyone That Gave Me So Many Tips On My First Post. Nearly Everyone Was Very Kind And Supportive. It Really Gave Me The Encouragement I Needed To Get Started. It Doesn’t Look Much Better Now, But I Got So Much Done Today. I’ll Leave A Comment On The Post About What I Did!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great work. Keep on going. Don't stop. You are always better than what you think. And I really know this. Trust me.

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I Couldn’t Handle How Gross My Sister’s Tea Kettle Was From Stove Spatters. Some Bar Keeper’s Friend And A Little Elbow Grease Did The Job!

I Couldn’t Handle How Gross My Sister’s Tea Kettle Was From Stove Spatters. Some Bar Keeper’s Friend And A Little Elbow Grease Did The Job!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bar Keeper's Friend is excellent on stainless steel sinks. If the kettle is chromed, I'd be inclined to use Autosol Metal Polish instead.

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No One Irl Cares, But I Thought This Sub Might Appreciate My Mind-Blowing First Experience Using Bkf!

No One Irl Cares, But I Thought This Sub Might Appreciate My Mind-Blowing First Experience Using Bkf!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bar Keepers Friend I'm guessing. It was mentioned elsewhere in this topic. Going to have to check it out if it gets the sort of results being shown.

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Y'all, This Shelf In My Kitchen Has Been Making Me Anxious And Sad For Months. I Finally Got The Motivation To Kick Its Butt!

Y'all, This Shelf In My Kitchen Has Been Making Me Anxious And Sad For Months. I Finally Got The Motivation To Kick Its Butt!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I absolutely know what a big deal that was! Kudos for you! The task I hate most of all is paperwork. I have no clue how somebody like to do it or even choose it as their profession.

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You Guys Weren't Kidding About Bar Keepers Friend

You Guys Weren't Kidding About Bar Keepers Friend

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My Favourite Throw Pillows Had Those Annoying Fluff Bits On Them. Went Over Them With A Cheap Razor And Love The Outcome!

My Favourite Throw Pillows Had Those Annoying Fluff Bits On Them. Went Over Them With A Cheap Razor And Love The Outcome!

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Really Excited About How Clean I Got These Shower Knobs In My Rental Apartment!

Really Excited About How Clean I Got These Shower Knobs In My Rental Apartment!

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Turns Out These Ugly Rental Cabinets Didn’t Have To Be Ugly All These Years!

Turns Out These Ugly Rental Cabinets Didn’t Have To Be Ugly All These Years!

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Swipe To Clean My Shower!

Swipe To Clean My Shower!

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Cutting Board Brought Back To Life

Cutting Board Brought Back To Life

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30 Years Of Dirt Coming Off The Kitchen Floor. What A Difference

30 Years Of Dirt Coming Off The Kitchen Floor. What A Difference

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