Easy, Quick Ways to Keep Your Home Clean So Your Mind Can Stay Focused on What Matters Most
It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to get the endless chores done around the house between work, kids, and just life in general. While there is no one size fits all solution for housekeeping, there are some small, practical tips that can help you keep your home clean.
By simply adding a few of these to your daily habits, you're likely to find your home becomes your respite and not your source of frustration. Over time, these little changes can lead to big results, and the more your mind can be clear of the stress of housekeeping, the better your chances of staying focused on what matters most in life.
Never go to bed with a dirty sink.
You’ve heard this before. It’s no new secret. However, it really does make a big difference. When you wake up in the morning and see a clean sink it does something to your mindset. If you utilize a dishwasher, try to run a load at the end of the night and unload it in the morning. Spray, scrub, and wipe down your sink every night before your go to bed to enjoy a sparkling, clean kitchen every morning.
Do one load of laundry a day.
Sure, you may have- and likely do have- more than one load of laundry that needs to be done daily. So what. What we are working on here is the daily discipline of making sure at least one load gets washed, dried, and put away daily. You will be amazed over time how quickly this transforms your home. Say goodbye to day-long laundry marathon sessions and hello to a mind free from the daily stress of thinking about all that laundry.
Pick up the clutter.
Before going to bed, straighten at least the main living areas of your home. Fold the blankets. Take the discarded cups (don’t put them in your clean sink!) and load them in the dishwasher. Plump the pillows on the couch. Get in the habit of tidying up for just 5 minutes. Even if it’s not perfect, this step alone will make your home seem much tidier in the morning. And a tidy home can lead to better choices simply because of the improvement of the environment you are in.
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Every day, whenever you can squeeze out the time, set a timer for just 10 minutes and tackle an area of your home that needs your attention whether it’s the bathroom, a room that needs vacuuming, clutter that needs to be tidied, or an overflowing closet that needs some love. It doesn’t matter. The only rule is you have to do it for exactly 10 minutes, no more, no less. Once the timer goes off, you’re done. You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish in just 10 minutes a day!
Make your bed
Make your bed every single morning. If you don’t have time in the morning or if someone is still in it when you leave for work, make it as soon as you get home. A made bed just instantly makes you feel like you have it together and makes bedtime more relaxing. Remember, it’s the practice of doing it daily that will develop into a lifelong habit over time.
Give yourself some grace
This is probably the most important step. Everyday won’t be perfect. You may not be able to implement everything at once. Start with one daily habit and work your way up from there once that first habit becomes ingrained into your daily schedule. Then, build upon that habit with another.
Daily habits are what shape our lives as a whole. A little bit of work every day on your home will keep things running smoothly and operating on autopilot. Before long, you will notice your home becoming tidier and less chaotic simply from implementing a few actionable steps into your routine.
And when your home is orderly, your mind tends to follow. Which habit will you start today?