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15 Hacks For People Who Hate Cleaning To Keep Their Homes Tidy

15 Hacks For People Who Hate Cleaning To Keep Their Homes Tidy

Do you struggle to stay tidy? Many people dislike living in a messy home, but hate the challenge of a big clean. Here are 15 easy hacks to help you keep your home tidy – even if you hate tidying!

1. Remove The Excess

Clutter builds up quickly if you have a lot of it. When you don’t have a place for clutter, it ends up floating around your house making every room feel messy. Stop saving things for ‘just in case’ and get rid of everything you don’t use any more. This will make your home tidier with minimal effort!

2. Give Everything An Assigned Place

Now that the excess is gone, it is important to give everything left a place where it belongs. For instance, a shelf in the living room is useful for your remote and magazines, and hooks in the hall can home your purses and coats.

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    3. Plan In Advance For Your Children

    If you have children, appreciate that they care less about a tidy home and accommodate that. If you have toddlers who like to draw, put up a few whiteboards so they don’t feel tempted to draw on the walls. If you have older children, use labelled baskets so they know where to put everything.

    4. Work As You Go

    If you go to the bathroom and notice that the sink is a little dirty, give it a wipe down while you’re in there. This will help your whole home to look tidier, without you actually spending more than five minutes at a time tidying.

    5. Do A 10 Minute Pick-Up In The Evening

    Set a rule for everyone in the house; at some point in the evening, everyone has to pitch in and do a quick 10 minute pick up. During this time tidy clutter and bin rubbish – it won’t take long at all and the whole house will look tidy!

    6. Avoid Using Paper

    Try to get rid of the paper in your life. Magazines, bank statements and receipts will build up in your home, creating messy clutter. Switch your accounts to paperless, and buy a magazine rack to minimize your paper mess.

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    7. Make The Bed Every Morning

    It may not be fun, but making your bed in the morning takes less than five minutes, and it is one of the easiest ways to make your bedroom look tidy. It will help set the tone for the day too, making you more likely to stick to being tidy.

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      8. Create Routines That Suit You

      Routines are a big part of clean your home clean and organized every day. Decide what your priorities are and set a routine that works for you. If you hate a messy kitchen, create a routine that means you never have to deal with too many dirty plates. Don’t create too many routines – you will struggle to stick to them if you take on too much!

      9. Put Away Your Clothes Every Night

      As soon as you’ve changed into your pajamas, hang up your clean clothes and put the dirty ones in the washing up basket. This will only take a few seconds, but it means you will wake up to a nicer, tidier room in the morning.

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      10. Wash Dishes Straight Away

      This may not sound like fun, but 3 plates is preferable to 15 that need a deep soak. Letting tasks build up often means they become time consuming and daunting, so wash up straight away to avoid an hours’ worth of washing up later.

      11. Follow The Pomodoro Technique

      The Pomodoro Technique means for every 25 minutes you don’t work, you work 5 minutes. If you’re chilling online or reading a book, set a timer and tidy up the room you’re in for 5 minutes every half an hour. It is over quickly and it just feels like you’re relaxing!

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        12. Do A Load Of Laundry Every Day

        Put a load of laundry in the washing machine every morning, or when you get in from work. No matter how much you work, it is very likely you have the time to hang up a wash every day – and it is much more enjoyable than spending a whole day doing laundry!

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        13. Wipe Counters As You Go

        After cooking, give your counter a quick wipe, before anything dries and sticks to it. As the job takes a minute it won’t feel like you’re tidying, but afterwards you will appreciate your clean kitchen.

        14. Create A Space For Mess

        Your whole home won’t stay completely spotless, so it is a good idea to create a space for mess. You could set aside a whole room, or just the corner of a room. If you have children, create this space so they can share it too – they will probably need it more than you!

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          15. Stay Tidy Together

          If you are the only person tidying up, you can become resentful of all the work. To avoid this, assign tidying jobs to everyone you live with. This will minimize the amount of tidying and make you all feel like a team, motivating each other to stick to the rules!

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          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

          1. Cat Camel Stretch

          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

          3. Jumping Jacks

          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

          4. Abductor Side Lifts

          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

          5. Balancing Table Pose

          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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            6. Leg Squats

            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

            7. Push Ups

            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

            8. Bicycle Crunches

            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

            9. Lunges

            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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            10. Bicep Curls

            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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