Cleaning is easy for some rare people, but for the rest of us being able to keep a living area organized and making extra space for the newest garage sale haul isn’t high on the list of things we like to do – if it sneaks on there at all. The problem is, you know how quickly this becomes a huge problem, especially the longer you put it off.
The good news is that cleaning doesn’t have to be a constant albatross. In fact, by tackling a few small tips every day you’ll naturally move towards cleaning without feeling stressed and find it easier to keep even the most cramped of homes or apartments looking this way! The key is to learn to set the right tone, and you will be surprised how little you need to do in order to turn around old habits and make the cleaning habit a lot easier.
First step, make your bed each morning
This sounds odd, but there’s a reason this piece of advice shows up everywhere from self-help advice to entrepreneurial training. The difference between how an unmade bed and a made bed looks is huge, and making your bed takes less than a minute, dramatically improves the look of the room, and it gives you control and the beginning of feeling accomplished from the moment you get up. It’s a small action with really large benefits.
Remember you don’t have to tackle everything at once
This bit of advice goes from looking at cleaning your entire house to smaller tasks like doing a load of dishes or picking up everything off the floor. Take it piece-mail. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the thought of having to tackle all of it, which leads to procrastination and stress, just go one action at a time. Instead of doing an entire load of dishes, rinse off three or four every time you’re passing through the kitchen.
Instead of completely cleaning up a room, just toss some dirty clothes into a laundry basket or take several piles of papers and shuffle them into one. Often times small actions like this actually make a huge visual difference. When you see how little effort it takes to make things look a lot better, it’s easier to convince yourself to put in a few more minutes here or there to get even more of a positive effect.
Focus on small things that make a big difference
You can spend hours chasing down every small out of the way space with a little extra dust, but that doesn’t give you any good results. It doesn’t open up space, it doesn’t make a huge noticeable difference. If you have a hard time cleaning or organizing, focus first on the easy actions that bring big results. You want to get the maximum results from minimum effort.
If you follow this up by learning to enjoy the positive feeling from seeing something improve instead of focusing on what isn’t done yet, you’ll find keeping your home clean and organized can be a lot easier than you originally imagined. It’s a habit worth trying!