We’ve all had this moment: You come downstairs in the morning, still half asleep, and you’re met with the sight, and the smell, of last night’s dirty dishes in the sink as well as cooking mess all over the kitchen counters. It’s the kind of thing that can set you up for a seriously bad mood for the rest of the day. Well, it turns out that that kind of feeling extends to a lot of the other aspects of your home. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to show that living in an untidy environment can actually have a serious impact on the way in which you feel on a day to day basis. With that in mind, here are some simple ways to keep your house tidy in order to make sure that your mind stays tidy too!
Put things away
One of the most common mistakes that people make is that they tend to put something down and then it just stays there, even if that’s not where it’s supposed to live. This is the kind of thing that leads to letter piling up on the kitchen counter or clothes ending up in a head in the corner of your bedroom. Make sure that you have somewhere that all of this stuff can call home, whether that’s a dedicated in-tray for your mail or clothes storage solutions that allow you to keep everything neatly folded and put away. As the old saying goes: a place for everything and everything in its place.
Have a routine
It can be incredibly easy to let things like keeping your home clean and tidy fall by the wayside. After all, there are probably a thousand different things that you’d rather be doing instead. However, if you can get yourself organized enough that you can create a clear routine then staying motivated is going to be that much easier. You can even divide it up into different types of job: daily tasks, weekly tasks, specific spring cleaning tasks etc. This way it’s far less likely for something to slip your mind and, eventually, it will have become so common for you to do certain tasks and certain times that you won’t even think about it anymore, it will have just become a habit.
Don’t wait until tomorrow
If you ever need the motivation to get your home tidy, think about the way it feels when you walk into a dirty kitchen in the morning. Compare that to coming downstairs when it’s totally clean. You’re able to get the day started on a much more positive note, making breakfast and coffee and relaxing at the kitchen table instead of hurriedly scraping a bowl and spoon clean so that you can eat some cereal. Leaving things until tomorrow might be incredibly tempting, but you’re always going to feel worse for it. It’s always better to spend a little bit of time the night before clearing things up than it is to try and rush around dealing with crusty plates and dirty counters when you’re getting ready for work.