Coming home to a clean house and a comfy bed is a fantastic way to end the day. In fact, for many people, having a clean and homey environment to come home to helps lower their stress levels and makes it much easier for them to settle down for the night.
A home doesn’t have to be perfectly tidy all the time, but there are simple habits we can learn to make our lives easier—and neater—when Friday comes. Not having to worry about a long to-do-list will certainly be a step toward having a relaxing weekend.
Tip 1: Clean as you go
Sometimes it’s the littlest things that make the biggest difference! Tidying up after ourselves right away is a great way to make sure the messes don’t pile up! It could be as simple as returning a book to the shelf after reading, instead of letting it sit at your desk. It will certainly be faster than sorting through a bigger mess by the end of the week.
Tip 2: Making the bed
Another often overlooked task is making the bed every morning. It’s something that doesn’t even take too long and is pretty easy to do! There are plenty of people who believe that making the bed is completely unnecessary since it’s going to get mussed up at night anyway. But snuggling into a nice and clean bed at the end of the day just feels better than the other way around. Tidying up the bed also makes your room look much neater than it would otherwise.
Tip 3: Don’t let the dirty dishes pile up
Doing the dishes is an annoying but necessary evil. It’s much easier to wash the pots when you don’t have to scrape dried sauce off the bottom. Plus, starting your day with a clean sink will grant you a clearer mind. To inspire you: studies say that washing the dishes mindfully can decrease the stress level.
Tip 4: Wipe down your tables and countertops
Dust—we can’t escape it no matter how hard we try but it doesn’t mean we have to live with it! Taking a few seconds every day to wipe down your tables and countertops is worth it when you don’t need to scrub them after letting all the dirt build up for some time.
Tip 5: Something small every day
Speaking of not letting things build up, doing something small every day is a great way to get ahead of the curve. As an added bonus, you get that rush of accomplishment. From sweeping your bedroom floor today and then wiping down the mirrors of your bathroom tomorrow, taking small steps to keep your home cozy and clean can both boost your mood and help you settle into a nice routine.
Tip 6: Set up a cleaning routine
Many swear by having a fixed cleaning routine that they follow to keep their house—and by extension, their minds—neat and tidy. This is a great way to free up more time during the weekends instead of spending the entire day cleaning. Space out chores during the week so you don’t end up overwhelmed.