One of the most difficult things about chores and cleaning is that they often feel like never-ending, overwhelming tasks. No sooner do you finish clearing up the mess, and suddenly your home is a disaster once again. (Sigh.) That's why it's important to know how to always keep your apartment clean, so the exhausting cycle can finally come to an end.
Nobody enjoys spending their Saturday knee-deep in cleaning supplies, and nothing is worse than coming home to a dirty home after a long, stressful day at work.
Here are some ways to stay on top of your mess, and keep your apartment clean — minimal effort required.
1. Design Your Place With Cleanliness In Mind
How you set up your apartment can make all the difference when it comes to cleaning. Avoid storing anything on the floor, under beds, and on the floor of the closets when possible. Not only will it look better, but it'll make vacuuming and sweeping way easier.
2. Create A Catch-All By The Front Door
Another good place to start is with a catch-all by the front door. This is where you'll always store your bag, keys, shoes, coat, etc. Not only will this habit help keep your most important things organized in one spot, but it will also prevent them from sprawling messily across your apartment
3. Clean A Little Every Day
To avoid getting overwhelmed, try to do some housework on most days. Spend a few minutes dusting on Monday, do a quick vacuum on Tuesday, etc. Doing a little at a time makes it more manageable, and then it can just be part of your routine.
4. Have A Place For Everything
One of the golden rules for tidiness is a place for everything and everything in its place. This means finding a logical home for your stuff. Figure out where you want to keep your phone charger, the remote, your favorite mug — and then always put it back. You'll be amazed how this simple habit can keep your place from getting out of control.
5. Think Before Buying New Things
Stuff doesn't just pile up in our homes, we bring them in. So when buying something new, ask yourself if this is going to improve your life in some way. If you're just getting it because it's cute or on sale, think twice!
6. Throw Away & Donate Everything
OK, obviously not everything. But you should set aside a day (or weekend, or month) to go through your belongings and edit, edit, edit. Start by making three piles: keep, toss, and donate. Then, get to sorting. If you haven't worn something in the past 18 months, it should go in the donate pile. Toss what's broken or worn out, and then put the keepers back in their designated spots. You'll be left with less stuff to clean, and therefore more free time on your hands.
7. Clean Whilst Cooking
Kitchens get out of control fast. Food scraps, dirty dishes, used pots and pans — you know the deal. That's why it's a good idea to clean as you go, so it never starts to feel like a work. As you're cooking a meal, put things in the sink or dishwasher right after you use it, and wipe the counters thoroughly when finished. Wash your dishes and take out the trash at least once a day, even if you live alone.
8. Always Make Your Bed
It seems like the simplest of things (and it is), but making your bed every day can make all the difference. Since the bed occupies a lot of space, it will make your room look so much cleaner — even if you don’t completely make your bed. Simply pull up the covers, fluff the pillows, and space will feel 100% tidier.
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