Cleaning your house can seem like an endless job. You wash the dishes once, and the next time you’re in there, the sinks full again. You could be combing your hair in your room and notice dust bunnies lining the crevices of your dresser.
No matter how lazy you are, it is an undeniable fact that having a cleaning schedule for your home has numerous benefits.
If you live alone, waking up 10-20 minutes earlier to clean your place and put things in order can save you headaches and any hassle that comes with a phenomenal mess.
Keeping your house consistently clean can be a daunting task, especially if you have a job or are a full-time student.
That’s why we’re here to suggest four ways you can keep your house clean or at least attempt to keep it ‘organized’:
The most important tip is to take some time to organize everything and then stay organized. It can be a routine which includes cleaning, but frankly, I’ll tell you what my parents always tell me, ‘when you pick something up to use, put it back’.
Yes, it is the best thing to do, but sometimes you feel lazy to walk back to your cupboard to put the stuff back.
However, everything must have its place in your home, or you will fall prey to junk areas where all the unwanted things end up. One perfect solution is by using wicker storage baskets to hide away the clutter while maintaining a minimalist or bohemian themed room.
If you hop on the internet, you may even find some Do It Yourself projects to turn things lying around with no purpose into things you need for organization. It will even save you some money and allow you to stay within a budget.
Honestly, the biggest advantage of DIY projects is that you can make sure they adhere to your room’s aesthetic or color palette.
The biggest deterrence to maintaining a clean and organized house is procrastination and laziness. Procrastination can lead to excessive mental stress and physical/mental clutter.
There are many ways you can beat procrastination. It’s essential to make cleaning a fun activity with some songs or a chance to catch up with some friends.
It will allow the process to end without much thought and eventually become your habit.
Dedicating 15-20 minutes of your day to cleaning your space tends to make you feel grateful for the area that you have.
There are plenty of benefits to cleaning: it can act as a de-stressor or even part of your physical activity for the day.
When it comes to cleaning tips, the internet is your best friend. Pinterest will help you find daily/weekly/monthly cleaning lists that will get you in and out of the cleaning process without the guessing game.
For example, you can wipe the kitchen counters daily. Organize cupboards, dust surfaces, and mop your floors weekly. Monthly you can wipe down windows and deep clean the fridge.
Checklists can help you breeze through cleaning up space by taking out the mental work that goes into remembering what to do next and what not to do.
What are you doing to do if you forget to do something important? It will end up being mental clutter for the next millennium.
As far as cleaning hacks and tips are concerned, the internet is your best friend. There are so many cleaning products that can be created simply from baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.
4. Use a Method
Using a method to declutter your house and keep it clean is always a wise decision—for example, Marie Kondo and her Kon Mari method.
Kon Mari is a Japanese author and organizing consultant. She has authored several books on how to clean your house and declutter it.
She claims that decluttering, being a daunting task, must be executed with one motive: only to keep things that spark joy.
She suggests cleaning within categories rather than one room at a time. The five categories that Marie Kondo suggests going through are clothes, books, paper, miscellaneous and sentimental things.
She even suggests a different folding method for your clothes that saves time and space in your closet. Many such methods teach you to declutter; for example, one method teaches you to throw/donate clothes that you haven’t worn for over a year.
Cleaning your house is a difficult task to undertake. But once you’ve gotten into the rhythm of it, nothing is more peaceful.
If you keep a clean home, then entertaining guests will not be a headache anymore. You won’t have to break your back haphazardly cleaning up when family or friends want to come over.
Follow these four tips for a clean house, and you’ll be sleeping like a baby knowing your clean house is a reality and not just a dream.