Guest Post: Tidiness Tips from Alice Robertson
Five home tidiness habits to keep you happy and relaxed
It’s hard to argue against the benefits of having a clean home. Most people love to come home to a tidy space that offered rest and relaxation after a long day of work. However, a clean home requires constant tediousness and an exhaustive amount of elbow grease, right? Cleaning might be a chore, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult. Here are five super-easy tidiness habits you can do to keep your home regularly clean and cozy-like.
When Cooking: Clean as You Go
Your first step to regular cleanliness is to clean up as you prepare your meals. For many, the kitchen is the central hub of every home. With so much going on in your kitchen, it’s not difficult to see why messes seem to pile up on you quickly.
The best way to reduce the stress and workload you feel after finishing your big meal is by cleaning up as you cook. Whenever the food is put into the oven, or you’re waiting on water to boil, you have at least 5-10 minutes at your disposal to throw away packaging, place bowls and utensils in the dishwasher, and even wipe down your counters. By tackling these small tasks as you cook, you avoid having to face a huge chore once you finish eating.
Do Laundry More Frequently
If you’re like most people, then you have a day of the week (or every other week) dedicated to doing all of your laundry. While “laundry day” is a thing for many, is it really the most effective way for us to handle washing our clothes? Over time, your pile of stinky clothes grows and grows. Once the pile becomes too overwhelming, or you’ve run out of things to wear, you set aside an entire day doing seven or eight loads all at once.
Instead of waiting to do all of your laundry at once, do smaller loads of laundry every few days. You’re using the same amount of water, but now you’re cutting an entire day’s chore into smaller, manageable chunks—reducing any stress you feel from putting off your laundry and any offensive odors that might be emanating from a mammoth pile of dirty laundry.
Treat Your Possessions Like People
Marie Kondo, inventor of the Kon Mari method to cleanliness recommends that people treat their possessions as if they were people. Essentially, she says that we need to have a conversation with our things and understand their importance within our life. This means taking care of things that are valuable for us, but also being willing to let go of objects that no longer serve a purpose to us.
Organization Begins with Decluttering
Letting go is a big part of staying tidy and organized, not only in our homes but in our lives. Before we begin putting things away, we need to get rid of things that are no longer useful to us. This could be old junk mail, holey clothes that are worn down, or even unutilized furniture pieces. Decluttering allows us to evaluate what’s necessary and what can be let go. Shedding unnecessary objects from our homes can be equivalent to letting go of negative thoughts and worries in our minds.
Schedule Out Your “Big Cleans”
Even as you take on smaller tasks in your daily life, you still need to set aside days throughout the year to take on bigger cleans. Theses bigger tasks could include vacuuming your mattress, deep cleaning carpets, scrubbing your baseboards or cleaning out your refrigerator. Every square inch of your house can be scheduled to clean. When these spring cleaning chores roll around, just put in some earphones, roll back your sleeves and scrub away the filth to let in some good vibes.
Although cleaning is a responsibility we should uphold, it doesn’t have to be a chore that bores. Keeping the home tidy will not only benefit your organization and win you praise from family and friends, but help relieve anxiety and stress.
About the Author
Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.
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