When life gets complicated is your home the first place where the cracks start to show? Keeping on top of things when you are busy can be tough, but there are a few simple principles that have been shown to make a big difference when it comes to keeping our homes tidy. Keeping things running smoothly at home helps with the other stuff too, tidy home, tidy mind and all that. Want to know more?
Have a tidying routine
Work out how much time you can dedicate to tidying each day and divide your time between the tasks that need doing. It sounds boring and obvious, but the most highly effective people have clicked that automating processes takes away the pain and the head space. It’s oh so easy to drop important but non urgent things like tidying from your lists, so prioritise them by scheduling the time slot. One big slot at the weekend or lots of little slots – it’s entirely up to you, but don’t scrimp on making your home feel, well, like home.
Little and often can really work
So for example Saturday you spend 30 minutes sorting the kitchen, on Sundays you spend 10 minutes folding washing and on Tuesdays you spend 10 minutes cleaning the bathroom etc etc. Trusting it all gets done is a good feeling and makes you more likely to put the little bits of time in, rather than face catching up on a huge mountain of tidying.
Train your family to help
Delegating can seem more painful at first but it is really worth the effort invested. Plus with kids, you are encouraging them to be responsible, independent and helpful – amazing qualities. Start with making a bed, bringing down dirty washing and putting their dirty plates in the dishwasher – if they can operate an iPad there really is no limit to what they are capable of.
Don’t have more stuff than you have time to tidy
Obvious, but so true, if tidying is taking too much time, before you actually get to cleaning, it is time to revisit your storage and rethink your clutter.
Have a place for everything
The only person in our house who can never find his toothbrush is my son, who likes to wander round the house with it or when he is late, take it on the school run. But, on the whole I bet you know where your toothbrush is? If things have a home, we don’t lose them and they don’t cause clutter. Tidying is great, but sometimes, if you are repeatedly looking for the same thing or tidying the same clutter, it is time to problem solve.
Have the right kit
Make sure you have to hand what you need to keep cleaning things organised and to make jobs easier and tidying does become a little more pleasurable.
If you want to know the secrets to cleaning a house fast , do check out this fast cleaning tips post.
Do you have any tidying hacks to share?
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