by Gilla Nordike
Hello everyone, let me introduce myself. My name is Gilla with Gilla Leigh Home designs. I’ve been married for almost 30 years, and we have six beautiful children to complete our large family of eight.
I was a stay-at-home mom for many years when my children were younger. In that time, my husband and I built our own home from the ground up. I designed it exactly how we wanted it. During this time, I fell in love with interior design. My husband and I also began buying and flipping homes on the side. My husband would do the labor, and I would incorporate the design as well as stage them to be sold. In this process, my interior design experience was noticed, my name started to spread, and clients began to reach out to me for help in their own homes. That is how Gilla Leigh Home Designs started taking off, and my dream of becoming an interior designer became a reality. I love working with homeowners and helping them turn their houses into homes.
I also share some of my design tips on organization and staging ideas as well as my own personal home décor through my social media account, Instagram and TikTok. Through my TikTok account Gilla Leigh Home designs, I love showing videos to my followers on what we have learned through the process of designing and staging homes as well as my own personal experience about staging, organizing, getting rid of clutter, and keeping a home beautiful and clean with a family of eight, and most importantly, how to stay motivated to do so.
Having a clean organized home starts with being motivated every day. I have a morning routine every day that starts with making the bed. It sounds simple but can be so powerful. If you make your bed, it will honestly motivate you to get started on the next small tasks. If your bed is made and looks nice, it will motivate you to pick up any clothes that might be on the floor. This will then feel clean to you and trigger you to want to move to the next room and clean that area too, like to the kitchen for example to do the dishes next. It’s amazing the ripple effect it can have! I also incorporate doing one load of laundry every day. With a family of eight, it is the only way to keep up with the laundry, and let’s be honest, no one looks forward to those “weekly laundry days” where you have seven loads of laundry waiting for you to take six hours.
It is very important to create a morning routine that works for you and your lifestyle, even if you need to set that alarm 30 minutes earlier in the morning to get started. This will give you time to make that bed, throw a load of laundry in, and get those dishes out of the sink, so you can come home to a clean home and not feel overwhelmed when you walk in the door.
MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO HAVING A BEAUTIFUL CLEAN ORGANIZED HOME.