We all lead busy lives, and cleaning up your home can be yet another chore on your to-do list that feels impossible to tackle: After all, it’s tough to tend to a family, cook the school lunches every day, succeed at your one—or three!—jobs, and always have a clean kitchen.
Nonetheless, keeping your place tidy with careful planning is pretty doable.
Depending on the nature of your schedule, you should clean up once per day, once per week, or once per month. If you have 30 to 60 minutes to spare every 24 hours, it’s incredible how much you can get done by simply tackling one task at a time before proceeding to the next.
Things might pile up after a week, but you could have at least a little longer to care for your household on weekends. Doing one thing at a time and maximizing every minute is generally the most effective strategy. It’s often easier to concentrate if you turn off distractions—such as television shows and music—and focus on meeting each of your goals.
If you clean up every month, you’ll likely need to dedicate an entire day to this and use every hour available to you to do the laundry, etcetera. However, it can still be a very effective strategy—many of us are so swamped during the month that it’s tough to keep up with our household duties, which is entirely understandable.
Cooking can be fun, but it is also quite messy at times. Preparing simple, straightforward meals such as omelets or pasta will inevitably avoid the daunting pile of dishes that could otherwise meet you in the sink the following day because these require minimal ingredients and cleanup.
Of course, it’s best to do the dishes immediately after you cook, but aiming to have a clean, empty sink every evening is sufficient.
Clutter can make for a very messy environment. For instance, if you have any jewelry on hand that you want to let go of, it’s likely best to either give it away or sell it. The same goes for piles upon piles of old magazines you don’t need—If you’re a collector, you can display them nicely on a shelf in a specific area of your home, but you’ll have to organize them.
Otherwise, it’s probably best to let them go so that you have a clean, decluttered space to work with, considering that you already have a lot on your plate.
It’s incredible how much of a difference communication makes: Perhaps one of you is in charge of the laundry, and the other is responsible for the dishes. It’s important to be forgiving if one person forgets—or has different priorities for one reason or another—but this strategy can lighten the load while keeping everyone on the same page.
If you are busy, you’re likely a very efficient person, so you will want to maximize every minute. If you like to listen to music while you’re working or watching television, that’s fine, but it might be easier to shut off all distractions and focus on the task at hand until you are finished.
More often than not, this is beneficial, unless you’re someone who gets energized by music and is more productive that way.
Cleaning up can be a hassle, especially if you are juggling a lot. Still, you can maintain a tidy environment on a busy schedule if you are as efficient and consistent as possible.
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