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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 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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