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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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