I used to be a super messy person. Papers laying around, dishes in the sink, dirty mirrors didn’t make me blink an eye. Of course after Growing up a little (OK a lot) I have come to abhor clutter. Clutter always zaps me of productivity, and puts me in a bad mood. I have spent a lot of time looking up ways to keep things tidy and clutter free with As little effort as possible. I mean if it is possible I can clean something without getting off the couch I will find a way. Who was I to know twenty minutes a day would be all I would need to keep my house mostly tidy.
Of course short cuts, and doing things only half way is not the simplest way to keep a clean house. Clutter will still pile up, and seem like it takes over. The good things is though that you can keep clutter at bay by cultivating some simple habits. These habits take just a few minutes everyday, but will really save you time in the long run.
If you are just not feeling motivated to do your simple cleaning habits check out my post How to Get Things Done, and be Productive Even When You Really Just Don’t Want To. Get going with your bad self now, and improve your home life.
Make the Bed
I know, I know everyone tells you this, but it’s true. Making your bed every morning will improve your life. Making your bed first thing in the morning is a quick simple step you can take to feel ready to be productive the rest of the day. Accomplishing something simple in the morning will give you a feeling of success. It will also make you feel like you are on top of things, and that you are already well organized, and ready to take on the day. So make your bed every morning, and you will be on your way to adapting even more habits for a happier cleaner home.
Deal with things the first time
One of the simplest things you can do to be clutter free is only touch an item one time. What this means is that as soon as you get it you act on it so you are only putting it somewhere once. This can apply to basically any household task. If you use a dish rinse it and wash it or put it in the dishwasher right away. When you get mail do not just set it down, but either file it or throw it away as soon as you bring it into your home. Doing something completely right away the first time is key to keeping clutter from even starting.
Keep your counters and tabletops sacred
Like attracts like, and this goes for clutter as well. Keeping your counters clutter free can inspire cleanliness in the rest of your house. Flat surfaces are notorious for attracting unnecessary items. If you leave a pile of things on a table or counter it makes it just that much easier to justify adding more to it. Make sure everything you keep out on your counter has a purpose being their, and an intended storage space. Try to keep your surfaces as clear as possible.
Spend 15 Minutes Every Night Cleaning Up
You do not need a lot of time to keep your house clean and clutter free. You can however keep most messes cleared up by spending just 15 minutes every night picking up from the day. Pick up anything on the floor and put it back into its intended space. Make sure to throw away any trash, and wipe down dirty surfaces as well.
Put Laundry Away Right From the Dryer
Oh laundry how I hate you. Laundry is one of the easiest things to let pile up, and clutter your space. It is especially easy to let it take over if you have a little ones about (and husbands count to). What is the easiest way to keep this as bay though? Over the years of working tirelessly to find a laundry system that works for my family I have found the easiest thing to do is put laundry away as it come out of the dryer. Fold clothes that will be stack as you pull them out, and put things on hangers before they can get wrinkled. By doing this it gives you no chance to just dump your clean clothes in a chair, or lay them on the bed where they will eventually fall on the floor.