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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 March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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