Stop Clutter at the Source.
With the hustle and bustle of daily life whizzing through your home, it may seem impossible to keep the floor free of debris and the table clear of clutter. If your day off could be better spent relaxing than cleaning, making a few simple adjustments could give you hours of free time each week. The simple plan to keeping clean is a ground-up approach in three areas: the person, process, and product.
The person that does the most damage may be obvious if you live alone, but shared spaces may have a more subtle culprit. That criminal may leave your stuff out or forget to do the dishes, but it’s important to put a name on it: neglect. Now that you recognize your foe, combat it with its weakness! Take proactive steps to ensure neglect has no foothold in your home. Be mindful of the spaces you occupy and how you use them. Focus on what you normally neglect and you will have an excellent game plan for taking on a five minute cleaning spree. Within the week, you’ll notice how these sprees tidy up your home, one project at a time.
Projects are a part of a cleaning process that shapes your home, but they don’t have to take much time. You can create your own process based on your particular daily routine.
For many people, that could mean taking your shoes off at the door or filing the mail as soon as you walk in the door. Others may find that their routine takes them past the garbage bins, providing an opportunity to empty the trash regularly. If your means of doing laundry don’t involve hand-scrubbing each fabric, loads can be done passively. Start washing a load before dinner, dry it on a full stomach while relaxing, and fold it snug before bed. By incorporating cleaning into your regular routine, you eliminate the need to spend your days off doing chores.
At this point, we’ve tackled the person and the process, but what about the product? Here, it is not about the cleaning product that you use or the device that sweeps your floors, but each product that you bring into your home. Almost every product is packaged in a jumble of cardboard and plastic, and that mess adds up.
The best way to avoid the excess garbage is to pay attention to how things are packaged in the store. Since a lot of the product’s cost is based in the advertising/packaging materials themselves, buying items with minimal packaging will have the added benefit of saving you money. Bring less clutter into your house and you will have an easier time maintaining your living space.
Save time, effort, and money by incorporating a clean mentality into your daily life. By shedding the burden of weekly chores on your days off, you will reduce your stress levels and find more satisfaction in your home. All it takes is a thoughtful approach with the person, process, and product to change your habits for the better. Become a happier, more productive you today!
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