I love to clean but sometimes it can be overwhelming when things get out-of-place all too often. If you let your space go for too long or ignore areas of concern, things can no doubt build up! Cleanliness and tidying up every once in a while can help keep your personal areas under control and in addition, lower your stress levels. In this blog post, I wanted to explain the different ways I’ve been able to keep my home organized, de-cluttered, and dirt free with the help of some simple daily tasks + tips!
Tip #1: Put Your Stuff Away After Your Done
The easiest tip I could give you is to simply put your things away after you’re finished. As children we had
always been asked to clean up after ourselves when we were done playing or eating, anything really. So, why have many adults forgotten this unspoken rule of thumb? Put away your unwanted items immediately after you’re done with them to avoid leaving them somewhere later or forgetting!
Tip #2: Find A Place For Everything
I never thought organization was important until I genuinely moved into a house. The last couple months have been a struggle unpacking boxes and figuring out where everything belongs. I had been going back and forth for a while debating on what types of organizational items I thought would be best for what I had.
At first, I tried big plastic bins from Wal-Mart that ended up being a huge fail due to uneasy access. I then tried some cute wicker baskets, which worked for a bit until the things inside them got destroyed (unfortunately my pooches love to chew on these). Ultimately, I found a ton of minimalist styled, pull out drawer, storage units at IKEA for less than what I was paying at other big box stores. They were medium in size and could fit lot’s of items in them. After purchasing these, I realized the beauty of pull out drawers and that’s pretty much all I’ve used to organize since. It was a huge relief to find something that could finally work!
Whichever organizational route you decide to go, make sure it’s something you will sincerely use. Creating a place for everything doesn’t always mean having the best and newest pieces of de-clutter equipment. If you can’t afford to purchase new structures, get creative. Start working with what you have and clearing spaces you don’t use to make room for items that may need placing.
Tip #3: Rely On Strong Cleaning Products
I don’t consider anything actually clean until I’ve wiped it down. Assure your spaces are staying the way you want them by frequently getting in the deep areas.
About 3 times a week, I’ll walk around my home with a rag and a Lysol wipe just to make sure nothing gets too messy looking. Using rip-off wipes makes the tidying up even easier. They’re small and disposable which keeps the clean up process simple.
Another great product I like to use is the comet powder cleaner. I use bleach when rooms need some extra TLC but the smell is just too much for me to handle. That’s why I always gravitate towards using Comet instead. Comet still contains bleach but doesn’t carry the harsh odor other cleaners might have. It’s also nice that the cleaner is colored and gets slightly bubbly during scrubbing. The blue color makes me aware of what areas I’m cleaning and which ones I’m not. The bulk of this product is used in my bathroom and kitchen making for not one, but two squeaky clean spaces!
Tip #4: Play Music
If I’m working around the house there’s a 100% chance that I’ve got my music on full blast. Hearing something going in the background while I clean really boosts up my motivation. The best way to do this is by making a “cleaning” playlist to help get you through. Listening to your favorite jams gets good vibes going and will always make the time go by faster.
Tip #5: Light Candles And Use Air Freshener
After I’m finished with my tasks I’ll typically bask in the glory by lighting a candle or spraying some air freshener. There’s no serious purpose to doing this except for the smell. It’s like putting the cherry on top of your sundae! Your room, apartment, or home will smell great and inviting for guests!