#Tips to keep your home clean #clutter-free #lifestyle
Did you ever visit someone’s house and be in awe of how well-maintained, clean and clutter-free their place was? Almost all of us have experienced this scenario once in our lives. We see how organized and neatly people keep their houses, and we wonder if we can do the same. It is a fact that most of us, due to our hectic lives and poor time management, barely get to do a thorough cleaning of the house. We keep postponing it until the day comes and get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of cleaning and organizing we have to do.
Many don’t know this, but cleaning and organizing is a great ways to relieve stress. It also helps our mental health. Living in a clean and neat environment calms our minds. Having a tidy and organized space is not just limited to the people who follow the minimalist lifestyle. We all want a set of rules and steps that will make our lives easier. Following a system helps the person live a life at a slower but healthy pace. Unlike those who follow a haphazard lifestyle, people who implement decluttering habits are comparatively more patient, neat, organized, and responsible.
Benefits of living a clutter-free life
An organized lifestyle only reaps benefits and inculcates habits within you that will help you in the long run. Some of those benefits include-
• Instilling discipline, patience, and a sense of accomplishment.
• A well-maintained hygienic environment.
• Inculcates managing skills.
• Provides a clean and safe environment to come home to after a long day at work.
• No excess work piled up for later.
• Removes the chaotic vibes within the house.
• Gives you more free time to do other things.
Tips to develop clutter-free habits
As long as you implement these clutter-free habits in your life, you’ll be able to live an organized lifestyle without opting for minimalism. A minimalist lifestyle is also a great option, however, not many can live a life like that.
Clutter-free habits need time and patience to develop. Once you begin, do your best to maintain those habits. It’ll soon get ingrained into your day-to-day life.
1. Make your bed
It may not be the biggest task to do, but this does help to start off the day on a positive note. Make your bed right after you wake up. It not only makes your bedroom look cleaner but also provides a sense of accomplishment. Knowing that you started your day by checking off one thing from your to-do list motivates you to complete other tasks throughout the day. Making the bed is a mundane task, but it does cultivate discipline and a sense of routine.
2. Put things away
All of us are guilty of not making this a habit. How often have you left the car keys in random places in the house or kept used plates and cups in your bedroom instead of the kitchen? We have all done these things. Make it a motto to put things away in their designated places. It helps reduce the clutter around the house and saves extra cleaning time. Putting things away takes little to no time. Randomly keeping things on any surface increases the pile of things you’ll have to do later. Try to remove the mindset of “I’ll get to it later.”
3. Make decluttering a continuous process
Power decluttering does have its benefits, but it consumes a lot of time and energy. Making decluttering a continuous process prevents the accumulation of objects that serve no value to you. We use up a lot of things in our daily lives. Hoarding things though they are of no particular use to you, and postponing cleaning up for later increases the pile of clutter. To have a cleaner space, declutter as you go. Let go of things that have served their purpose. Regular decluttering helps you maintain the space you have created around your house and leaves room for more useful things.
4. Avoid keeping a designated stuffing spot
This is one habit we should inculcate in our daily lives. Everyone has a specific spot where they pile up their clothes or a working area that never seems to stay clean no matter how much you arrange things. It is easy to let things pile up but avoiding stuffing spots will make it easier to keep your place neat and tidy.
5. Get the work done before taking breaks
Before you decide to rest after a long day of work, make sure that all the small chores around the house are completed. Once we sit or lie down, our body loses the will and energy to get up and get things done. Don’t postpone things for later. It might take up a little time and energy but it’ll stop the clutter from piling up. Cleaning the utensils and putting the remaining food away after you’ve eaten, avoiding doing laundry in bulk, cleaning the kitchen once you’ve finished cooking, etc., are things you can do before you decide to take a break and rest.
6. Keep a minimal to-do list
We’ve all made the mistake of creating a long list of things to do throughout the day or week. Many of us barely get to complete the tasks on the to-do list. A long to-do list starts to feel like a chore when you realize that you won’t be able to complete all the tasks. It can be demotivating and energy consuming too. Creating a minimal to-do list of 3-5 tasks improves productivity levels and saves time too. You will also find out what things you can achieve in 24 hours. Completing a minimal to-do list gives a sense of accomplishment and boosts your motivation levels.
7. “Just do it” mentality
Need to clean the house? Do it! Thinking that you’ll do the chores later will only lead to you postponing the work. It’ll eventually pile up and become more of a hassle. Overthinking about when to start, how to start etc., will set you back and make you lose the enthusiasm that you first had. If you’ve thought about doing the chores and cleaning the house, do it, without spending hours thinking that you’ll start after a particular period.