Tuesday, June 26, 2018

3 Simple Systems for Keeping Your Home Tidy


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One of the most irritating of all recurring patterns has got the be the one where we
allow our homes to degenerate into a state of mess and clutter, set aside a hefty
chunk of time in order to get everything absolutely spotless, swear to keep things in
proper order from now on, and then allow the mess to accumulate all over again.


Keeping a home clean is a continuous process, and if you simply rely on big clean-up
exercises every once in a while, then you should expect your home to only be tidy for
brief periods of time, every once in a while.


In order to really get on top of things and to beat the mess and clutter, you need the
right systems in place, day-by-day. Here is a look at some of those systems.

Establish a cleaning schedule and stick to it


There are certain cleaning tasks which are too big to deal with every single day, but
which nonetheless need to be dealt with on a regular basis, unless you want to find
yourself in a deeply chaotic home environment in short order.


Examples may include vacuum cleaning the entire house, washing and changing the
bedspreads, cleaning the oven, or scrubbing the bathroom clean with bleach.


The way to deal with these more sizable cleaning errands is to establish a cleaning
schedule — or perhaps a rota, if you’re living with others — and to stick to it religiously.


This could include attending to particular tasks once a week, or once every two weeks,
and can be tailored to fit your schedule. In any case, it ensures a bit of structure and
consistency to your cleaning.

Set small “tidying triggers”



For all those cleaning-related tasks that are small enough to handle daily, or even on
the spot, you should establish “tidying triggers” and use them a launching pad for your
cleaning activities, until they become habitual.


Examples could include things like rinsing and wiping off your plate before putting it in
the sink (or, also, putting all dirty dishes in the sink immediately instead of allowing them
to sit for hours or days on surfaces).


Other examples could include things like packing all clothes away in the wardrobe once
they’re dry, instead of allowing them to sit in a pile on the sofa, and putting all dirty
clothes into a laundry bag instead of letting them accumulate on the floor.

Keep enough storage options available for everything to
have its place


Homes naturally tend to become messy when there isn’t enough storage space.


Unless each belonging of yours have a place it’s meant to be when not in use, and
unless it can actually fit in that place, the only other alternative is that it’s going to
become a form of clutter, ever in the way, and perhaps even a bit of an eyesore.

Invest in adequate storage space in order to prevent this problem from arising, and use the storage space you do have. Pack things away in kitchen cabinets or wardrobes when you’re not using them.

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