In the busyness of life, it is easy to neglect household chores and allow clutter to pile up. This can result in a home that reflects chaos and disarray instead of peace and tranquility. Keeping your home clean and clutter-free doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task that sucks hours of free time away from your weekend. Likewise, you don’t have to give up and give in to clutter that takes over your home and leaves you feeling anxious and stressed. Here are 12 habits that are easy to implement and can help make your home a restful, revitalizing place to recharge your body and mind.
12. Tidy As You Go
Instead of putting off cleaning, which then requires a large block of time, conquer the clutter by tidying as you go. Rather than dropping your shoes by the front door or magazines next to your recliner, put them away as soon as you are finished using them. Walking your socks to the laundry hamper or dropping your magazine into the recycling bin keeps your floors clear and takes only a few moments of your time. Meanwhile, it can take much more time out of a weekend to navigate your home to gather dirty clothes from the floor, used dishes from the coffee table, and sports equipment from the front hall.
11. Sort Papers Regularly
The steady flow of junk mail, bills, and school or work papers can easily form a logjam of papers covering your kitchen table or the surface of your desk. Open the daily mail near your recycling bin to make recycling unneeded papers a snap and prevent them from accumulating in your home. Have a designated spot for magazines, bills to be paid, and important papers, and place these items in the proper place immediately upon receiving them. Choose a day each week to routinely sort through papers, filing them where they belong.