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6 Keys to Having a Clean and Tidy House Without Killing Yourself!
6 Keys to Having a Clean and Tidy House ‘Without Killing Yourself!’
Maintain a tidy home with the least amount of work. That is a maxim that may be applied to everyone. Or, at the very least, of all those who despise cleaning and don’t want to waste their precious spare time putting the house in order. The trouble is that if you are one of those people who is sluggish about cleaning, you will eventually let filth and debris to collect to the point where you will have no option but to embark on a cleaning marathon.
And that is not liked by anybody, nor does it aid in the reconciliation with order and cleanliness, since if you spend five hours cleaning, you will not only be weary, but you will also have little desire to repeat the process, resulting in you not developing the habit of cleaning.
Furthermore, if you opt to put things off until “the day I clean,” or for that marathon, if you do not complete the outstanding duties for any reason, you will feel like you have failed, which will demotivate you further.
For the simple reason that cleaning marathons are not sustainable over time: you cannot conduct a cleaning marathon on a daily basis. Not even on a weekly basis. Additionally, filth and debris accumulate, and you must schedule another tiresome “super clean” in order to keep up with the mess. In order to avoid beating ourselves up with the mantra that cleaning is dull and laborious, we need seek for a way that makes it simpler for us to clean while also reconciling us with the concepts of cleanliness and order.
In reality, if the problem is that we equate cleaning the house with killing ourselves at work because we only act when our home is a complete mess, the answer is to devise a strategy for keeping clutter and dirt at bay and not allowing them to build up over time. That is, putting together short-term actions, little tasks that can be completed on a daily basis and that will prevent unwelcome weekend marathons.
It is also useful not to forget the top ten items that are most effective when it comes to keeping our homes clean and tidy without putting ourselves in danger of harming oneself.
1. Every day, make your bed!
It may sound ridiculous, but the difference between a made and an unmade bed may make a significant difference in how a person perceives the state of the house. It makes you feel better when you enter into your bedroom after a long day at work and discover that your bed has been freshly made.
This is especially true if you return home exhausted from work and head into your bedroom to get ready for bed. Your new cleaning strategy should begin with making the bed every day before leaving the house, as the first step. It will take less than five minutes to stretch and fit the sheets or duvet, and it will be a highly beneficial investment.
2. After every meal, make sure to wash the dishes
When you step into the kitchen and find the sink full of filthy pans, plates, and pots, as well as leftover food, there is nothing more heartbreaking and that produces more a sense of chaos and grime in the house. If you know you’ll have to scrub them sooner or later, do it after every meal and don’t let them build up or wait until you’re in desperate need of some of the dishes to start cleaning them.
This is true for dinner as well. You will be able to start the next day on a positive note if you clear the table, wipe down the counter, put items in the dishwasher, or wash dishes and dishes before going to bed. At first, it may appear to be a waste of time, but you will come to enjoy it every morning when you enter a kitchen to cook breakfast.
3. Maintain the cleanliness of the refrigerator
The refrigerator is a major source of frustration when it comes to keeping the house clean and organized. The fact that we open it a thousand times a day, and if it’s unclean, makes us feel increasingly uneasy. The first step is to toss away anything that smells bad or has expired, as well as to clean the shelves and drawers in the kitchen.
Then it’s a matter of arranging the food, keeping the items we use the closest at reach, and constantly striving to maintain the same arrangement. Additionally, you may place a piece of paper below the drawers to prevent food or liquid residues from gathering. This eliminates the need to clean the entire drawer every time it becomes filthy because it can simply be swapped and reused.
4. After taking a shower, thoroughly dry the bathroom
Drops of limescale on the mirror, screen, or faucets quickly detract from the cleanliness of the bathroom. If you have a microfiber cloth and a squeegee on hand and use them to wash down the glass and faucets after showering or using the sink, limescale droplets will be prevented from accumulating and the bathroom will remain “clean” for a longer period of time. Furthermore, when the time comes to thoroughly clean it, it will be much simpler to do so.
5. Open the windows and doors to let in fresh air
The importance of periodically ventilating the home when cleaning it (and ensuring that it “smells clean”) cannot be overstated. The bedroom is a place where you may do it on a regular basis while making the bed. And the rest of the family stays with you while you wash, pick up, have breakfast, or clean up after yourself. It just takes 10 minutes to refresh the air in a room, and the entire house always smells fresh and clean.
6. The worst comes first
If you despise cleaning, start with the task that will cost you the most time. It’s possible that it’s for the largest room. Alternatively, go for the one which makes you feel the laziest. As a result, once you have it ready, the rest of the process will become more pleasant, or it will cost you less money to restart it at a later date.
And while you’re cleaning, place an order. Everything must be returned to its proper location; it should not be left on the table or shelf where it was found if it does not belong there. When done, not only will everything be clean, but it will also be properly organized.
This repositioning will be simpler if you gradually grow used to doing things like, for example, placing each piece of paper in its proper location every day rather than leaving it on the table. Alternatively, it is preferable to return items to the drawer or shelf from where they were originally obtained rather than leaving them in the first location that is still available.