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You may have observed something about houses: they don’t clean themselves. Which is a shame, because if houses cleaned themselves, you could spend less time cleaning yours and more time doing something more enjoyable. Therefore enjoying hours of worry about keeping your home organized.
For some, the notion of spending a day meticulously arranging their house is a welcome opportunity to focus on the oh-so-satisfying art of living in a clean, uncluttered, and highly functional environment. Others find the idea of getting organized intimidating – it’s like fighting an uphill struggle with no clear starting point and a rush of emotions.
When you have the time (imagine large organizing activities you’d perform over the weekend), it’s critical to lay the groundwork for a tidy home. During the week, though, you want to spend time with your family, relax, and do as little cleaning as possible.
1. Make sure you have a designated area for all of your things
You’ll have a hard time keeping your home organized if you don’t give your things a home to begin with. Items move throughout our house as we go about our days. You’re left with stuff all over the place if you don’t have a plan for what goes where!
Odds and ends are the most difficult to organize. For little, difficult-to-organize objects, look for affordable baskets. Make sure the cosmetics goes back into the “cosmetic” basket, the shaving cream into the “husband” basket, and the other accessories go into the “accessory” tray each day
When items have a designated home, putting them away takes only a few minutes.
Make a strategy before you go for the day to ensure that everything is in its proper location. By the end of the week, you won’t have a tremendous mess to clean up.
2. As soon as you wake up, make your bed
Some people believe that making the bed is a waste of time and is not important in keeping the home organized, but it actually makes a significant difference in the appearance of the room and only takes a few minutes. Plus, we think it’s a good way to start the day. Make your bedding as simple as possible to make things easy.
Cutting away your top sheets (which always end up in a big puddle at the end of the bed eventually) and replacing them with a duvet and washable cover is a good idea. If you adore your top sheets, consider reducing the number of pillows on your bed or investing in a large enough cover or duvet to eliminate the need to tuck your sheets in.
3. Never leave a room with your hands empty
This is one behavior that can make a significant difference in your home’s overall tidiness. Try to do a fast check as you travel from one room to the next, or from one floor to the next, to see if there is anything you can carry with you that belongs where you are going. Taking only what you’ll have time to put away – transferring a pile from one room to another without putting anything away won’t assist you much.
It could be a few dirty dishes in the sink or a load of clothes that needs to be folded. Always remember the “one touch rule,” which states that you should only touch something once before putting them away. Every time you touch an object to move it from one location to another, you are wasting time and energy, so go the additional mile and put it away right away. Again, we believe it is more a matter of habit than a lack of time, which ultimately will lead to keeping your home organized at all times.
4. Declutter your space
This one may take a little longer to implement, but spending the effort to declutter and organize your home will drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to clean. Having a place for everything that is both easily accessible and easy to put away makes cleaning up so much easier — for you and your family. Less stuff on the counters and on the tabletops means less dusting and faster cleaning.
5. Clean Out Your Storage Areas on a Schedule
Just because something is concealed behind a cupboard door doesn’t mean it isn’t clutter.
Establish a monthly routine to get rid of dead weight in certain storage areas, such as outdated food in the pantry, superfluous gadgets in a kitchen drawer, or the cabinet with the million tattered dishtowels you’ve had since your little university studio apartment. (It’s past time for them to go.)
6. “Clean Enough” should suffice
This is likely the most difficult for you as a perfectionist. You want your home to be orderly and clean, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be flawless. Always attempt to adhere to the 80/20 rule, which states that you should be satisfied with 80 percent of your cleaning.
Getting caught up in all of the minute details that make up the remaining 20%, such as making sure every speck is wiped up off the floor or dusting all of those small out of the way and hard to reach spots, are enormous time sinks and are probably minutiae that no one notices. We’re not saying they shouldn’t be cleaned, but instead of cleaning them on a weekly basis, include them in a deep cleaning program.
7. Make small personal touches that make you happy
This will keep the counter bright and cheery, whether it’s buying a nice frame to showcase a favorite family photo or treating yourself to a little bunch of flowers. It will also act as a motivator for you to maintain your counters tidy. You’ll love the final result!
8. Clean up for 15 minutes every night
Make it a habit to complete a 15-minute family clean-up every night. Cleaning up doesn’t seem as awful when everyone else is doing the same thing. Set a timer and focus on the most important cleaning tasks. While you finish up kitchen cleaning or fold and put away laundry, the kids can tidy their rooms or do other modest domestic duties. Start with the things that are causing the most chaos or clutter, as well as any “must dos” that need to be completed before bedtime.
9. Tackle one space at a time
There’s no doubt that for many people, organizing can be a stressful task. To make it less frightening, experts recommend starting small and tackling one area of your home at a time. Take a walk around your house and determine which area is the least productive. Make a commitment to organizing and set aside time to do so.
It’s essential to pick a location in your home that you use frequently. This will have a significant impact on your daily life and give you the confidence to move on to the next item on your to-do list.
10. Put it away instead of putting it down
Taking anything out of its place, putting it down elsewhere, and then forgetting about it is one way to make your house appear unorganized without even realizing it. This not only adds to the clutter, but it also poses a dilemma when we go seeking it. Keep an eye on where you’re putting things, and when you’re done with them, put them back where they belong instead of dumping them on the nearest surface.
Making your home organized can be simple if you incorporate organizational habits like these into your regular routine. The most difficult aspect is getting started! As a result, we recommend starting simple each day, such as making your bed. It does, in fact, gain momentum during the day.