Is there anything better than the feeling of coming back to a clean and organized house?
Disorganization and mess can trigger stress & anxiety. But many people like me may not be fans of investing hours and days tidying up the house.
I have heard people say that cleaning is therapeutic but I never really felt like it, instead, for me it was one of the chores that I dreaded. Well, I wouldn’t stay that it is now one of my favourite hobbies, but I have figured out a few tips and hacks that have made life easier for me.
With these habits that I developed over a long passage of time, I can save the time and effort required to make the house shiny and clean.
Here is a list of 7 of these habits that may also help you keep the mess at bay, so instead of putting in time and effort cleaning you will be able to enjoy your evenings, reading a book with a cup of coffee in your backyard, relaxing around with the sweet sound of birds and the windy breeze!
Begin As Soon As You Wake Up
Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore that is done at a specific time during the day instead you can set yourself up for success after rising for the day. Make your bed as soon as you wake up; it will help give your entire bedroom a neat look. If you aren’t habitual of making the bed in the morning, try it one day and notice how cleaner the room appears to be, only because you spent around 2 minutes making the bed. Even if you straighten the comforter, pull up the sheets and fluff the pillows, you will see the difference.
Keep Everything in its Place
How difficult does it get when you don’t know where you’d find a specific item because you don’t remember where you kept it. I have been a victim of the habit of forgetting where I kept the important stuff and I would end up running around like a headless chicken in hopes of finding a document or a piece of jewellery, at the eleventh hour. Well, the best way to make things easier is to keep everything in its designated place after use. What you must do is tag every storage box and organizer with the name of the item that you will stack inside. Then once you use the specific product, be sure to keep it back in its place, this way everything would be easily accessible.
Tidy Up the Kitchen
The ultimate tip to get your kitchen to look neat is to get done with the dishes after each meal. Trust me it makes the whole process of cleaning so much easier. I used to leave the dishes after dinner to be done the next morning since I have a habit of procrastinating. After getting advice from a few friends, I tried doing the dishes immediately after dinner and the next day I woke up to a tidy kitchen which made me realize how much effort was I able to save. Since that day I always make sure to do the dishes after dinner. Dirty dishes that pile up over the counter can create quite a mess; instead, keep them inside the dishwasher to be done at night.
Make Cleaning a Family Affair
You alone don’t have to be responsible for cleaning the entire house. Instead, it is best to bring the whole family together as you begin cleaning the house. Cleaning doesn’t even seem that boring of a chore if you have your family working alongside. Set up a time every day that suits everyone’s schedules (it should be around 30 minutes at max.) Choose a few chores from the daily to-do list-prioritize the ones that can’t wait another day. Assign these among your kids and husband/wife according to each member’s capacity. Put on a timer before the session begins and begin the operation cleanup.
Invest in Organizers and Storage Boxes
A significant reason why a house appears messy is clutter. Many of us, mainly the kids, have the habit of piling stuff up wherever we find it convenient. Things such as paperwork, magazines, toys easily spread everywhere making the house appear messy. It is, therefore, best to have a place for all such stuff to go, which means there is a need for plenty of storage boxes and organizers. You can install these around the house with labels put on each and instil the habit in each member of the family to only put things where they belong.
Lists Can Help
I was never a fan of making lists, but after making use of to-do lists, I can vouch for the fact that these can help streamline your cleaning. Make a list of the stuff that needs to be done in a day and prioritize the essential chores. Understand the fact that you can’t be on top of everything, every day mainly when you have kids and pets to care for. Therefore make sure you get done with the chores that can’t be delayed and take up around 80% of the entire cleaning.
You know what makes the house impossible to properly clean? Clutter! Unknowingly we end up hoarding stuff that is of no use, and all it does is contribute to the clutter. Decluttering will require time and patience, you will have to dedicate a few hours to each room- pick up stuff that doesn’t belong in that particular area, place everything in the designated box. Next up, take out things that have been lying around the house and has been of no use- either donate it, give it to a friend who can make use of it and get something else in exchange or put it up in a garage sale.