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10 Surprisingly Dirty Places in Your Home that You Need to Clean Up Now

10 Surprisingly Dirty Places in Your Home that You Need to Clean Up Now

Germs are everywhere, and no matter how clean you think you are, there are still germs all over your home. In order to protect yourself from certain sicknesses, you should clean your home thoroughly, especially in the areas listed below:

1. Door Handles, Knobs, and Light Switches

The other day I was doing a very thorough cleaning of my house, when I came across a very dirty light switch. I don’t know how I missed it all of these times, but when I cleaned it off I was completely shocked. It was like I just inserted a brand new light switch. These areas are places that everyone touches, yet they don’t seem to be cleaned nearly as often as they should.

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2. Clothing Left in the Washing Machine

We’ve all been there: you start washing some of your clothes and then you forget about them. However, if you forget about it for a couple of days, mold could build up. Your wet clothes are a great habitat for germs, so be sure to re-wash them and try again.

3. Personal Items, Such as Remote Controls, Cell Phones and Keyboards

Remote controls, cell phones, and keyboards are all things that you constantly touch with your hands, which are always full of germs. Every now and then you should wipe down these items to help eliminate germs. That said, before you go get all of your electronics wet, make sure that you are cleaning them properly, with the right products.

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4. The Entire Bathroom

Make sure to clean your bathroom (especially your toilet) regularly. Not only is it scary/disgusting to use a bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned in ages, but it is also unsanitary. Whip out your mop and mop the floor, and then whip out your disinfectants and brushes and clean that toilet.

5. The Family/Play Room

One of the most active rooms in your home is most likely the family room or play room. You kick back and relax in these rooms, or rough it up and make a mess. You probably don’t always clean your hands before or after hanging out in this room either, which means that there are a lot of germs. Make sure that you are cleaning these rooms as often as needed, and that you are thoroughly cleaning toys as well.

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6. Your Makeup Bag

My makeup bag is fairly clean, but I know that it could be better. I happened to go through my sister’s makeup bag the other day to find something that I quickly needed and found that it was incredibly dirty. I didn’t even want to dump it on the ground to find what I needed (she told me to just dump it all out), so I had to set a towel down because of how filthy everything was. Clean out your makeup bag and use what you need.

7. Your Kitchen

There are many reasons for why your kitchen is one of the dirtiest places in your home. Your kitchen is home to dirty dishes (which, lets be honest, may pile up every now and then), soiled wash towels, left-over food on the counter and so on. Make sure to wash the sink, any knobs, the faucet, the fridge, the counters and so on.

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8. The Trash Can

This spot in your home is probably pretty obvious. You throw away all sorts of things in your trash can, which can lead to a mess. Make sure that you are carefully places things into your trash can and that nothing falls off to the side, or that the trash bag ever rips.

9. Towels and Dish Rags

Many people re-use rags and towels a couple of times before they wash them, but if these rags or towels have germs on them, then you are most likely just spreading germs around. Make sure that you are using fresh towels when needed.

10. Pet Areas

We all love our pet family members, but they can be dirty. They most likely don’t receive baths as much as humans, and they play outside all day and do all sorts of crazy things while they are out there. Make sure to wash the areas that they sleep or play in, and wash their food bowls as well.

What are you running off to clean first?

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Founder of Making Sense of Cents, a blog about personal finance and traveling.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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