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Keep Your Home Clean and Tidy
Have you looked around your home and felt overwhelmed lately? Are you struggling to keep a clean and tidy home, even though you feel like cleaning up is all you do? You are not alone! According to a Huffington Post survey, “Eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress.”
This shouldn’t be the case! There is a way to fix this. With some consistency and these simple habit changes, you will be living in a completely different world in no time. The simple mindset changes that I’m going to show you today will set all new standards for your home flow. Having a clean and tidy home helps to increase productivity, mood, and overall stress. Who doesn’t want that?!
Let me be clear: just because these are simple does not make them easy! Make sure to give yourself some time to adjust to these mindsets so that you don’t get overwhelmed and give up before you get to see the difference they can make. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, and up to 66 days to create one. Persistence is key, but you knew that already, right Mama?
I definitely suggest starting with your own standards and then moving forward with your family once you are in a good place. These are the helpful habits that I have developed over the years, and I swear they are seriously game-changers. I still can’t believe how much of a difference these small, mindless steps can make in keeping a tidy home!
Once you are in the swing of things, make sure to get your kids involved. I have worked really hard to teach my children to create these habits, and they have become very helpful when it comes to their own stuff. Now, without further ado, here are my healthy habits to a better home!
One: Never Leave A Room Empty-Handed
When you first put this habit into practice, it is going to feel like TORTURE. Before you leave a room, look around and find anything out of place. If it belongs in the space you are headed to, grab it. Also, grab anything that can be dropped off along the way. Fill your arms up, and head out!
At first, this might seem a bit impractical, but it won’t take long before it is only one or two items here or there that need put away. Soon enough you won’t even notice that you are picking up as you go.
This one small habit makes a huge impact on not only having a clean home but being able to find your stuff when you need it. This is a sanity saver for any busy person, but especially moms!
To get the kids involved, just remind them of what to do when the time comes. When they start walking out of a room, let them know what to grab on their way out. Something like “Hey! Put your coat away while you are at it!” works wonders. You might get an eye roll, but after so long they should start to just do it out of muscle memory.
Two: Put Items Back Where They Belong
It is really easy to pull something out and then forget to put it back later. I have learned that if I don’t put something back right after I use it, I will get busy with other things and whatever I pulled out gets overlooked. After you “forget” to tidy so many times, your house becomes a complete mess!
In my home, I use this rule like I breathe: all the time. If I use a spice while cooking, it goes right back into the drawer. If I use a pen, I put it back into its pouch when I’m done writing, and then the pouch goes back in my desk. When I get home, I hang my keys up, put my shoes away, and put my coat on my hook.
These things come without thinking now and they take the same amount of time as it would to set that stuff in the wrong place. Get into the habit of putting things away right after you use them, and save yourself the hassle of trying to clean up after 20 projects at once. Trust me!
Three: Simplify The Dishes
I have three kids, which means that we have a lot of dishes, and I know I’m not alone! One of the ways that we have seriously cut down on dishes is by using only one cup a day. Every morning we get a cup of juice or milk, and then when it is empty we rinse them and set them aside to use again at lunchtime. I also do this with plates that are lightly used(like if we ate sandwiches or toast and they just have some crumbs).
When we aren’t eating, we usually drink water out of our water bottles that live in the fridge drawer. I wash the water bottles about once a week to keep them fresh. This has made such a huge difference in dishes, and my kids don’t nag me about getting them drinks every five seconds either. It’s a win-win situation!
Four: Start Before It Is Needed
Try to get in the habit of taking care of housework before it becomes overwhelming. Take a few minutes to create a cleaning schedule, and stick to it. Have a plan to involve the entire family so that you don’t have to do it alone, and use the power-cleaning method every evening. A clean home in just minutes, every day? Yes, please.
Making this work comes in the simple changes. If you have a load of laundry to swap or fold, make yourself take the five minutes to do it, even if you don’t want to. Fill the sink with water before you sit down for dinner. Then have everyone drop their plates in when they are finished, and load the dishwasher. (This works especially well when you have company over because everyone is pulling their weight!) If you change your methods, the work becomes easier.
Getting these tasks off of your plate is going to make you feel better, and procrastination is the queen of messes! Plus, when you have a plan, everyone can follow it, rather than flying by the seat of your pants and never knowing what to delegate!
Are you struggling to catch up on the basics? Check out how to perform a kitchen reset, or take a look at my laundry hacks!
Five: Plan For Interruptions
Cleaning is one thing, but what about project messes? Let’s face it, when you have kids, you aren’t really in control of time. As mama’s, we are constantly interrupted, and sometimes it is unavoidable. If you really can’t finish a project, have a plan to keep the materials corraled.
I like to use baskets to put all of my stuff into so that I can stow it away until the next time I get the chance to work on projects. This method has come in many different forms around here depending on the project, so don’t be afraid to get creative! I have used plastic totes, laundry hampers, folders, and bags. Just keep it all together, and get it out of your way. Then, do your best to get back to the project and finish it before you start something new! I know, easier said than done.
Healthy Habits For The Win
As simple, and no-brainer as these healthy habits seem, they are so powerful. By implementing these small changes in your home you will see the difference almost immediately. It will be easier to find what you need when you need it. Even better, you will be able to relax in a clean space without more “to-do’s” looming around, preventing you from ever decompressing. Less stress, more happiness? Who could ask for more!
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