The secret here isn’t much of a secret, but it is a mindset. In short summary – stop making your life harder for yourself!
Changing your mindset around things can be difficult and you can’t change other people but changing the way you handle your household can make a huge impact on how much work you have to do in the home. Setting things down to “put them away later” means you have to handle the item twice instead of putting it away the first time. “Don’t put it down, put it away” is a common piece of advice, and man is it a good one. Seems like an easy thing but it isn’t. Start repeating that mantra to yourself and see how quickly you stop turning around to things you didn’t finish earlier.
Acrylic Containers Everywhere
Sure it is trendy to keep everything you own in acyclic containers, but at what cost? Avoid unnecessary upkeep when you can. Sure it looks nice to have everything you own kept in elaborate jars and containers but is it practical to load and re-load every tray every time you go grocery shopping? If your products come free of packaging sure, this makes sense to do and if you try to live waste free you need containers to keep things in, but do you really need to dump your laundry scents from their original packaging to a jar? Do you love the added work of cleaning another set of things every week for an aesthetic? Do you own way to many Tupperware containers that you don’t need? Get rid of the things that are filling up space, adding more work and not providing actual benefit to your life.
Keep A Cleaning Chart
Write out the things you actually want to clean every week, every month and periodically throughout the year. Make a spreadsheet and post that thing in your cleaning closet. Mark off every time something is done and you will quickly notice which tasks are being pushed aside. Even if you don’t complete your list every week, at least it lets you see where you should set your priorities for cleaning in the upcoming week. This doesn’t have to only be about cleaning though, property maintenance, oil changes for your vehicles and other periodic chores can slip your mind, but not when it’s written out and easy to check.
Stop Buying and Holding Onto Stupid Products
I mean it. The chances you are actually going to use a tool designed only for cutting avocados enough to validate the space it takes up is not high. You don’t need every new gadget and gizmo on the market and you really don’t need to keep the box your iPhone came in three years ago. Be critical with yourself when you are buying things and consider if you really have the space for them.
You Don’t Need an Air Fryer
Not just air fryers, but man are there a lot of countertop appliances these days that we just don’t need. Most people don’t have the space to store their Kitchen Aid mixer, the food processor, the immersion blender, the normal blender toaster, toaster oven, microwave, pressure cooker, air fryer and what ever next weeks new hot cooking tool will be. If you want a tidy kitchen, stop filling it with large unnecessary items. (And small ones too, looking at the mountain of stained tupperwear lids you have hidden in a cabinet).
Knick Knacks Everywhere
Let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to clean when you don’t have to displace an island of items to clean the surface underneath. Sure keeping a memento is nice, but they really pile up. Try to opt for fridge magnets over figurines. I am a huge fan of going through everything I own twice a year and purging the things I don’t need (with the exclusion of books). Clothing you don’t wear, mementos, old makeup, worn out shoes, packaging, etc don’t need to take up space in your home! (Also, less items on the ground make it a hell of a lot faster to vacuum and mop!)
Where does one keep their lawnmower, snowblower, weedwhacker, shovels and garden tools? Probably the garage – the same place you store your bikes, Christmas and Halloween decorations and all the other things you just don’t seem to have room for. If this sounds like you, it might be time to throw in the towel and get a shed for your outdoor items. While you are at it, look at all the household items that have found their way into your garage for “Storage” and donate them.
Commitment and Re-Commiting
Is it easy to keep everything clean all the time? No, no it is not. Are you going to have bad weeks or months? Yes you are. That’s okay, life happens and sometimes your best isn’t what you want it to be. When you are able to re-commit to your household cleanliness you will, but it’s not a bad thing to give yourself a little room for dirt on the floor.