Anna Moseley is an inspiration to people everywhere looking to live a more clean, organized life.
From cleaning and organizing tips, to recipes, to DIY tutorials, her blog Ask Anna has it all. She’s made an impact in the blogging world through her helpful posts and bright visuals, all while answering the household questions that people ask most.
We spoke with Anna to learn about her experience and gain a little advice.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. Who or what inspired you to get more organized? Any origin stories on how you got started in becoming an expert?
I’m a very ordinary person, a wife, mother of two girls, a business owner and someone that loves to hang out with her friends on the weekends. It’s funny because people ask me all the time how I got into blogging about cleaning and organizing, and I have to laugh because it’s one of those quirky things about me. I’ve always been Type A, my room was never messy as a kid, but as I got older, things that related to cleaning and organizing just stuck with me. I remember arguing with my college roommate about whether her clothes were whiter because she used bleach. I relented, because I realized she was right, and to this day I still use bleach on my whites. People remember lots of things as time goes on, but so many of the the things I remember today are cleaning tips I learned along the way. I’m not sure if that makes me an expert but that’s how it all began.
2. What are your top 3 tools (or tips) for getting clean and organized?
This is a tough question because there are probably 20 things I could say, but I’ll try to narrow it down to 3.
#1 Don’t procrastinate. The more times you walk past a mess, the less likely you are to pick it up, and eventually you’ll learn to ignore it. The first time you notice something that needs to be picked up, doesn’t belong in the room, or is messy, take a minute or two and fix it. Yes, it’s a few minutes of your time but you’ll be glad you did it.
#2 Train your children. Since the time my daughter could walk she’s been in charge of cleaning up after herself. Some might say that’s harsh but I believe we’re responsible for raising up responsible adults and that starts all the way back at day 1. Give your young children small responsibilities, they might not like cleaning up after themselves but they will love the praise you give them for doing it, they will thrive as they grow in their ability to be responsible for their own messes and it will help you keep your house clean and organized because you won’t be picking up after them constantly. 🙂
#3 A label maker. As far as physical tools go, this is my go to tool for organization. Label makers are inexpensive and make it easy to label where things go so everyone, not just you, know where to find things and put them away. I label everything from drawers to shelves in the closet.
3. What is the biggest obstacle in your opinion that prevents most people from getting organized?
Oh man, so many things. I believe parents are afraid to throw away anything their kids ever bring home from school, I also know people that think organizing is hard and I’ve heard lots of people say “well I can’t be that organized”, so they don’t try at all. If I can be frank, I’d say that they are all very good excuses but not reality. There are lots of ways to preserve your kids’ school work without saving every single paper (I have a few ideas on my blog), and organizing isn’t hard but it does take a little effort. You have to want to be organized, to get there and you can’t compare your version of organization to others, because everyone is different.
4. What would your advice be for anyone who wants to start their own organization blog?
This question is funny to me because I honestly never thought I’d ever be asked to give advice on starting a blog. The way I started my blog was a total accident and it wasn’t even my idea. That being said, anyone looking to start an organization blog should definitely be organized and know how to take good pictures. I’ve alway been organized but I haven’t always taken good pictures. I’ve seen how others that are good at taking pretty pictures of organization have gone further because our culture is so focused on what things look like, and not to so much on the details. So if you love organization, but you’re not a good photographer, I recommend taking a photography class, or get advice from photographer friends, because you’ll get a lot further in the blog world if you have good organization tips and good photography skills.
5. A new tip that that is super low cost but has made a big impact in the past year?
This isn’t necessarily something I’ve just learned this year but it’s one of my favorite zero/low-cost organization tips. People say, “the kitchen is the heart of a home” and I would agree. However the problem with a lot of kitchens is that you can’t find anything. I believe you should be able to walk into any kitchen and find what you what you are looking for, which is why I think a lot of people need to organize their kitchens. This can cost zero, or very few dollars, because it just requires a little organizing, and maybe a few baskets, or drawer essentials. If your kitchen is organized it will make cooking easier, hostessing more fun and your friends and family will be able to find things when they need them!
Find Anna on http://askannamoseley.com