Most of the research about people who don’t “have enough time” points to the fact that it’s not about how much time you have, it’s about how you spend the time you have.
Researchers agree that if you feel overwhelmed, the blame shouldn’t be placed on the clock or your job, but yourself.
Yes, it’s usually our ingrained beliefs and the habits we unconsciously form as a result, which leads to how we manage our time and prioritize our tasks. But how can we change?
Here are some hacks for how to keep a tidy home that will blow your mind.
First, Change the Way You Think About Cleaning
Many people see cleaning as this big, looming, daunting task they have to build up the energy and courage to complete.
If this sounds like you, cut that out! Start seeing cleaning as a series of small, no-brainer habits that are just another part of your day, like brushing your teeth, or taking the dog for a walk.
Start by Making Your Bed Every Morning
There is a lot of research that backs up the idea that making your bed in the morning does some interesting things to your brain.
For example, researchers see it as an easy first accomplishment, that triggers a positive reward response in your brain.
This can snowball into a more positive, and productive mindset throughout your day.
Have a Morning and Evening Ritual
Every article you’ll ever read related to the habits of successful people will always include something about having a solid morning routine.
Having these routines helps your brain stay focused and organized, and you need a brain that’s focused and organized, to create a clean space.
Make Cleaning Part of Your Routine
Pair your everyday habits like making coffee and swishing around mouthwash every evening with a small cleaning task.
For example, you can make a habit of unloading the dishwasher or wiping down the kitchen while you wait for your morning coffee to brew.
Or, you can wipe down the toilet every evening while you swoosh around mouthwash.
Give Everything a Place
Everything should have a place, and if it doesn’t, you probably don’t need it.
Having a place for important mail, purses and keys, shoes, bills, and other items prone to piling up, will make putting them away easier.
Clean as You Go
Cooking is a great example of the importance of cleaning while you go.
Professional chefs never leave things laying all around their kitchen while their cooking.
Not only is it a health and safety hazard, but it also makes the kitchen chaotic and more difficult to work in.
Put everything away that you use.
Spend 30 Seconds Picking Up a Room Before You Leave It
It’s so easy to get into a habit of unconsciously going from task to task, without stopping to readjust your mindset.
Start pausing between tasks, and taking a few seconds to pick-up after yourself before you move onto something new.
This can be physically, virtually and mentally.
Schedule a 15 Minute Tidy Home Power Clean Every Day
You will be amazed by how much you can get done in 15 focused minutes of power cleaning.
Giving yourself a time crunch helps add a level of urgency. It also ensures that you’re not spending an unneeded amount of time cleaning every day.
Have a Weekly Chore List
There are some basic, reoccurring tasks that need to happen every week in order to keep your home sparkling.
Things like wiping down the toilet, doing laundry and taking out the trash. Have a weekly chore chart, and delegate the work among everyone in the household.
Don’t Forget About Deep Cleaning
It’s easy to forget about the dust building-up on your ceiling fans and window blinds, or as this article explains, the debris piling up in your drains.
Keep separate lists from your weekly chore list that shows all of the deep-cleaning projects that need to happen a few times every year or less.
Make a goal of tackling one every week or a few every month.
Get Rid of Clutter
There isn’t a logical reason why you need overstuffed closets and dozens of storage bins.
Even if you clean your home daily, if you have a bunch of “stuff” laying around, it will make your space look messy.
Take a serious inventory of the things in your home and ask yourself what you really need, free yourself from what you don’t.
Stop Using Artificial Air “Purifiers”
Stop getting in the habit of saturating your home with Fabreeze whenever something smells unpleasant.
If your house smells, it’s because it needs to be cleaned, period.
Using electronic plug-ins that circulate flower-scented chemicals around your home only masks the real problem.
Make Your Systems Easy to Follow
One of the keys to building good habits is making it easy to follow.
If your household is in the habit of throwing shoes b the door when they come home, or tossing the mail on the counter, create a new option that meets them where they are.
Place a shoe rack next to the front door. Place a mail tray or garbage can near the counter.
Don’t Let Icky Clothes Sit in the Laundry
Soiled workout clothes are gross. Don’t toss them in the laundry hamper to sit and smell for a week.
Instead, immediately put them in the washing machine when you get home from the gym, or the kids come home from practice.
This goes for swimsuits, wet towels and linens use for cleaning too.
Spray Your Shower With Cleaner After Every Shower
Do you have a tendency to let your shower build-up to disgusting levels of filth?
One of the secrets to every tidy home is to spray down your shower with a bathroom cleaner after every shower.
Use a squeegee (even on tile showers) to keep water spots from forming.
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