Many people struggle to maintain a clean and organized home. Being busy and having lots of responsibilities is never enough reason for having a messy house. If you want to give yourself more peace of mind and stay physically and mentally healthy, then it is time to embrace the right habits.
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If you now live alone, you will actually find it easier to maintain a clean home. According to research, individuals living with roommates are messier than people living solo. Since you are now living alone, you have control over your cleaning habits and can only rely on yourself to keep the place neat.
There are certain habits you can start adapting so you can finally ensure the cleanliness of your home. Here are some of them:
Make the Bed After You Wake Up
Each morning, make it point to make your bed. This is one of the best ways to start your day. This will give you a sense of accomplishment the moment you wake up and inspire you to do more.
This may seem like a small habit that almost everyone already has. But you will be surprised by how many people live their lives each day with an unmade bed. Unknown to most people is that making the bed each morning helps boost one’s productivity.
Seeing your bed properly made also helps lower your stress levels. This, in turn, boosts your mood and makes the bedroom look and feel better. A made-up bed will make the rest of your room will look tidy and will inspire you to improve your room by cleaning and making simple improvements.
Have a Place for Everything
People who are able to keep a clean home always have a place for everything. You might be tempted to simply unload your groceries in your pantry. But if you try having a container for each of your items, you will find it easier to store these and clean up.
Let’s say you recently started cooking more in an attempt to achieve better health. You did your research and actually found out the best diet to support your health goals. This could mean buying organic food items and even investing in the best healthy salt.
You have a new-found obsession with buying food items and ingredients in bulk. This means you will need to get creative in organizing all your groceries. So, make sure you have the right containers for everything.
The same goes for all of your items, and not just in the pantry. Ensuring you have a place for every item you have will simplify your life. You will save time, money, and energy with this organizational hack.
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Dedicate at Least 15 Minutes Each Morning and Night to Clean
There are cleaning chores you cannot ignore each day. Instead of finding time to tackle all this in a day, prioritize what needs to be done. Do priority cleaning 15 minutes after you wake up and 15 minutes before you head to bed.
When passing any room, make sure you take at least one item with you. There will always be something lying on the floor or hanging on your furniture that does not belong in that room. You can consider loading your laundry in the morning and putting it away at night.
Make Cleaning Fun
The one reason we don’t like cleaning is that we know it is a chore. But if you spice things up and make it feel like a fun way to ease your stress, then you will find it actually fun and relaxing. Here’s how.
- Blast your favorite songs while cleaning. You live alone which means you can listen to anything you want. Just make sure you are not that loud to disturb your neighbors.
- Call a friend and catch up while you clean. This will put your focus away from cleaning and give you more time to socialize. Invest in a hands-free device so you don’t have to worry about your phone getting wet while you talk.
- Turn it into a game. Use a timer and set a goal time that you need to beat while doing a cleaning task. If you win against the clock, reward yourself after cleaning and you will feel better each time.
Invest in things that make you feel good. For instance, you love all things Sakura or cherry blossom. Invest in a new bed sheet, candle, cleaner, or curtain inspire with cherry blossom to motivate yourself to keep on cleaning so you can enjoy these new items asap.
Now that you live alone, you have complete control of your time and space. You have more reasons to clean, get your stuff organized and maintain a living space that promotes health and relaxation. Stop procrastination from ruining your solo living schedule. Now is the time to take better care of yourself and that starts with taking good care of your home.