Cleaning your house can become a chore if tasks get piled up over days. Before you know it, you have discarded wrappers by the sofa, dishes piled as high as your kitchen counter, and trash that makes you wonder what it originally even was. Cleaning the home is not so much as the need to fill the time as it is to create a habit of doing little things that reduce the workload when you have to get to cleaning the house. There will obviously be days where it’ll get hard to stick to the cleaning regime, but the more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your daily life. If things get overwhelming, you can always start with one or two tasks that won’t take up a chunk of your time or make you go out of your way to do the tidying. So here are some tips that you can do to make your house look clean enough.
Make Your Bed:
People underestimate how important it is to have a made bed. Your bedroom is the part of the house you long most after coming home. Seeing an unmade bed can affect your mental psyche and affect your mood. The pleasure of crawling into a bed with the covers and the duvet laid out perfectly can’t be defined. You don’t have to spend a long time making your bed either. When you get up, all you have to do is take off the top sheets and spread the duvet. Most people prefer a comforter to a duvet, but quilts need washing, and duvets don’t. Just smoothen the covers and arrange the pillows. It’s alright if you don’t fluff your pillows. Remember, the goal here is to make the home clean enough.
Do One Load of Laundry A Day:
Most people do their entire laundry once a week. But the number of loads require a significant time dedication to complete the task. You can just throw in one load of laundry in the washing machine. Most washing machines today have a delay timer and an automatic dryer setting. If you can’t take them out for drying separately, you can always choose a time where you’d be most comfortable. When you come home from the office, don’t throw your clothes in the hamper. Just throw them in the washing machine and get to eating and relaxing. Once you’re ready to retire for the night, get the clothes out. If you can’t do that, use the delay setting so that the machine uses the dryer by the next morning when you can pull your clothes out before heading for work
Remember that we want to use simple techniques to make sure our home is clean enough. We don’t have to spend hours every day fixing everything. The more you do a certain thing, the higher is the chance it’ll become monotonous. Decide on one tiny new task a day and get that done. The end goal is to make you want to come back to your house after a long day at work. This brings us to our next tip.
Good Enough is Enough:
We don’t want a spruced up house. That requires dedication and resources. We want enough so that your house gives you the peace you deserve after coming home. It is easy to slip into the euphoria of cleaning once you start it and overdo it. The fatigue that comes with that will make you unwilling to do even the tiniest bit of cleaning the next day. Choose what demands immediate attention and attend to that.
Check your Kitchen:
There are some things that you need to do no matter how much you don’t want to: Cleaning your dishes and taking out the trash. Doing these tasks is not just for maintaining a clean kitchen. There are severe health hazards with not doing them. We aren’t asking you to do every dish as soon as you eat. You can start with simple things. If you’ve used a bowl for a snack, give it a quick wipe and put that for drying. If you’ve used a glass for drinking, rinse it and put it for drying. This way, the only dishes that will be left are the plates from your lunch and dinner. You can take care of one by the time the other comes about.
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Clean as You Go:
This is an extremely useful habit that you can cultivate. When walking from one room to another, give the room a quick scan to see what is where it shouldn’t be. Pick that up if it is on the way to the room you’re heading to. The tip here is that you shouldn’t have to touch an item more than once. The things you carry should not have to require special efforts to put away. Once again, we are reiterating. The idea is to clean the home enough. Another handy thing you can do here is to keep the supplies where you need them the most. So your bathroom supplies would be close to the commode, and de-clogging liquids would be by the sink.
Cleaning need not be a chore. By reducing the efforts you have to put into cleaning, you’ll develop a habit of maintaining your home clean because you don’t have to go out of your way to clean the place. Obviously, it won’t be possible to do this every time. But any time you have an extra 15 minutes, do this so that you save yourself a ton of cleaning in the end. You can always outsource it if things get too hard in the end. There are amazing cleaning contracts that get the work you want done.