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6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Clean

6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Home Clean

Sometimes it feels like I’m in a constant cycle of cleaning my home. Once I’ve finished everything on my to-do list, I have to start back at the beginning again. It really is a job that never ends.

I have, however, found a few simple tricks that help me put a little more space between cleaning projects. I hope they work for you and your home too!

1. Get some mats.

The first thing I have done is invest in large, thick mats and rugs for the inside and outside of all of my doorways. We don’t all take our shoes off the minute we step inside, so these big mats help stop the dirt at the door and really reduce the time between carpet cleanings.

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A good idea is to purchase mats and rugs that can be easily shaken out, so a good shake off the porch can cut down on laundering the rugs themselves.

2. Use dryer sheets to dust the surface.

Another great trick is dusting with dryer sheets. This doesn’t work on every surface (like glass tops), but it does work for most wood surfaces and is great for baseboards and trim.

The dryer sheets not only pick up the dust, but they help repel it as well. Also, after dusting, your home smells great!

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3. De-clutter.

My favorite way to keep a clean home is to get rid of clutter. The less unnecessary stuff you have lying about, the neater your home looks. It’s important to keep in mind that you really want to de-clutter in areas where you store things (drawers, closets, storage totes), as these are the places where items you are least likely to be using are hiding and taking up space.

On top of that, if you really want to get rid of mice, the first thing you need to do is try to keep dirt away as far as you can. It’s really great to purge your home right before you do your holiday shopping when you’re expecting an influx of new “stuff” in your house. This helps you really think about what items may be up for replacement or you what may soon no longer have room to store.

Also, get yourself in the donation-spirit by reminding yourself that your donated clutter could make someone’s Christmas!

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4. Mind your laundry.

Make a habit of putting dirty laundry directly in a hamper and clean laundry away as soon as it’s finished. I’ve found the easiest way to accomplish this is to own several hampers and no laundry baskets.

A hamper in each bedroom and in the bathroom gives you a nice tidy place to put dirty laundry out of sight, which helps keep things looking neat. Just take the hampers themselves into whatever area of the house you do your laundry and sort and wash from there.

If you don’t have laundry baskets to set your clothes in, you’re more likely to put them away on-the-spot instead of letting clean clothes sit around in the basket for days. Also, this keeps you from having empty laundry baskets around just tempting you to fill them with extra clutter, such as toys, that really should just be put away.

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5. Keep “clean-as-you-go” products handy.

A couple of wet-wipes or a Magic Eraser (or the generic version) on your kitchen or bathroom counter looks way nicer than spills and built-up messes. I like to keep wipes on my kitchen counter so I can wipe the counter, as well as the table off, after each time I use it.

This is a quick way to keep things looking neat and saves me from cleaning big messes that build up if I don’t.

I’m also a fan of after shower sprays that help deter soap scum build up in the shower and tub. The shower always takes me the longest to clean and this keeps me from having to do it as frequently as well as it looking and smelling nicer in-between deep cleans.

6. Set aside a day and time to do your cleaning.

My last tip is to set aside a day and time to do your cleaning. I do little “clean-as-you-go” things all week, but my reserved cleaning time is Monday right after work. I picked this day because I hate Mondays anyway and the time because I’m still in go-mode from work.

Also, I have no other commitments during that time and nothing else is likely to crop up. You can pick any part of the week that works for you, just make sure it’s a time-slot you can consistently dedicate to cleaning. I know that my home will always look nice and clean because I know I’ve set aside a little over an hour each week to keep it that way.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2019

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, these bad habits are difficult to break because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academics and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to break bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to eventually become a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Over-eating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of crisps, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are needed by us. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why bad habits are hard to break. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations such as a disability or social anxiety may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing bad habits.

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When a person is stressed about something, it is easy to give in to a bad habit because the mental resources required to fight them are not available.

Stress plays such a huge role in this that we commonly find a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Over-eaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store.

Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine or a smoke or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit.

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10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or munching on crisps when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why bad habits may be difficult to break but it is important to remember that the task is not impossible.

Do you have bad habits you want to kick? My article How to Break a Bad Habit (and Replace It With a Good One) gives you tips on well, how to kick bad habits while my other article How Long Does It Take to Break a Habit? Science Will Tell You gives realistic information on what to expect while you’re trying to quit them.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?

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