Nothing is better than coming home to a clean house. Dishes put away, bed made, laundry folded – they’re the signs of a tidy life that allow you to simply come home, sit down and put your feet up.
But life is hectic, and it’s more often than not that you come home to a mile-high stack of plates in the sink, pillows strewn across the floor and wet laundry you forgot about just chilling in the washer. There are ways to keep it all together though.
By implementing a handful of habits into your daily life, you can come home to a stress-free situation:
Do small things everyday
By taking on small tasks every day, you’ll never have deal with catastrophic messes. This includes cleaning out the dishwasher, making your bed and clearing off any surfaces. Typically the morning is a good time to do all of this because it sets the tone for your day, but you don’t have to do this the second you get up. Have your coffee and watch some “Good Morning Wherever”, then tackle it.
Put things away
If you put things exactly where they belong after using them, you won’t have to worry about it later. Do this every time you take something out and you won’t spend 15 minutes scrambling to straighten up before guests come over.
Have a place for everything
But in order for no. 2 to happen, everything needs to have a place. Having an organized system will keep you in check and nothing will get lost. Pinterest is a great way to find cute and affordable storage solutions. No room for anything? It’s time to purge. Take a weekend to get rid of what’s unnecessary.
Focus on one task at a time
We tend to write to-do lists that are longer than Santa’s naughty and nice lists combined. Over-scheduling is a thing. So, keep it to a minimum so that you can focus on the task at hand and not get overwhelmed by what’s to follow.
Plan it out
Seeing as staying tidy is a daily battle, you want to make sure you have time to stay on top of it. Plan out what needs to be done daily, weekly, biweekly and monthly. This will help you stay on track. Also, decide if you want to clean in the morning or evening. This will help you determine if you need to get up 20 minutes early, or turn the TV off at 8:30 p.m. instead of 9:00.