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Can you imagine what it would be like to come home to a home that is always organized? This is achievable, and you can do it with little effort if you follow these tips.
My own home is not perfect by any means but the following advice helps me reduce the amount of time I spend organizing and cleaning each day (which gives me more time for relaxing and blogging!).
An organized home can have a positive impact on your life by reducing your stress. You will be able to relax more without fifty projects or chores you have been meaning to start staring you in the face.
If you are curious about how to achieve this quickly and easily, keep reading.
Get Rid of the Excess
The more things you have laying around, the harder it will be to maintain a neat space.
Before organizing, de-clutter each room until you are satisfied that everything you have adds value to your life. If you are saving an item “just in case”, it’s time to let it go.
Keep Cleaning Supplies In Every Room
If you have cleaning supplies wherever you will need them, cleaning up takes just a few minutes and feels less daunting.
Consider keeping all purpose spray and reusable rags “hidden” in an attractive container in each room to streamline the process.
You can also keep trash bags under the current trash liner so that whenever you take out the trash a fresh bag is waiting right there. These little hacks will add up over time.
Clean as you go
If you go to the kitchen to make some tea, wash the dishes or wipe down the counter while you are waiting for the water to boil.
This method of completing small tasks throughout the day allows you to get a lot done alongside your normal routine.
Make a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
If you are cleaning as you go, you shouldn’t have much cleaning and organizing left to do at the end of the day.
Make a cleaning schedule for larger chores such as laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and vacuuming. This way, you only have one official chore of the day and then you can relax knowing everything will get done during the week.
This will take a lot of the pressure off of you to get everything done at once. This is what keeps many of us from getting started. We feel overwhelmed by everything we have to do and this leads to us doing nothing. Avoid this by focusing on small, achievable tasks.
Make a Meal Plan
Plan out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week using your favorite recipes and a shopping list.
This will save you money by limiting impulse purchases and save you time because you will only need to shop once a week.
For bonus points, use Walmart’s grocery pick up to save even more time and to make sure you don’t forget anything.
Don’t forget household essentials like trahs bags and dish soap, etc and check out my article on easy ways to save money on groceries here.
Pick up as you go
As you are walking through your home, take a few extra seconds to grab items that are out of place and put them where they belong.
It sounds simple, and it is. Picking up as you go keeps your home clutter free and takes very little time and energy.
Get it over with
Dreading a task? Do it first. Most tasks will take you less than half an hour if you are following your cleaning schedule and don’t live in a mansion.
Getting it over with will save you stress and set the rest of the day up for success. Now that you have vaccumed, a few more chores or errands doesn’t seem so bad.
Do the Dishes After Eating
After you are done eating, take a couple of minutes to do the dishes. Doing small amounts of dishes more frequently keeps the task from becoming overwhelming.
It also feels much better to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning with the dishes already done.
Store Items out of Sight
When organizing a room, you should be able to store everything in the area where you use it and keep it out of sight (in a drawer, etc.).
This will keep your rooms looking tidy and clean. Rooms look so much better without piles of stuff laying around.
Keeping your home organized should be about living joyfully and should not be adding extra stress to your life.
I hope that these tips help keep your household organization manageable so that you can move on to more important things.
Share your best tips and hacks in the comments below.