July 16, 2017

Tidy House, Tidy Mind >> 3 Tips For Living Clutter Free

Keeping the house even slightly in order when you have kids, is like juggling with jelly on a treadmill. Just by simply doing the every tasks such as picking up toys, keeping on top of the washing up and making a dent in the washing mountain pile is quite enough without actually getting all those other jobs done. How are we even meant to do it all?

Sometimes, ignoring the house work and staying in your pyjamas all day is just what you need to recharge your batteries and feel ready to face whatever life has to throw at you. Doing that too often though can actually make you feel worse than before, allowing more clutter to build up. More clutter equals more stress!

The old saying "tidy house, tidy mind" is a bit of a cliche, but it's a cliche with more than a grain of truth to it. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can keep a little more on top of not only the daily tasks, but also keeping the rest of the house relatively clutter free too.

Do it today!

We all know the temptation. You spend all day at work or with the kids, get home to cook dinner just to be left with a huge pile of dishes to deal with. It's always tempting to leave it until tomorrow, but coming downstairs in the morning to the smell of old cooking and the sight of dirty dishes makes for a pretty rubbish start to your day. It's so much better to just take the time to tidy a little before you go to bed rather than putting it off until the next day. Just spending a few minutes each night picking up children's toys, doing the dishes, and tidying up any bits and pieces that you might have used during the day instantly relieves the chores of the following day, making it all seem a tiny bit more achievable.

Use storage wisely

Storage can often be the real saving grace of any home, especially smaller ones. Being able to use wardrobes to store away piles of clothes as well as things like towels and sheets is a godsend.

However, the last thing you want is just to start using storage spaces like wardrobes and cupboards as dumping grounds. Use your storage space wisely and avoid letting things pile up too much. Have a regular clear out, store away clothes and bedding from warmer/cooler seasons and make sure space isn't taken up with things you will never use.

Create a set routine

Not all tasks need doing every day, so why not make a clear routine so that you can see what needs doing? You can divide things up into daily tasks like the dishes and general tidying, weekly tasks like vacuuming and dusting, with tasks that you do a little less often like changing your sheets and deep cleaning. The tasks that you put on your routine are obviously going to vary depending on how much time you have and whether or not you're dealing with them on your own, but having a clear list of things that need doing on a regular basis is a great way to stop yourself falling into bad habits and gives you something visual to tick off. Having a visual like that is so important for freeing your mind of the stress of chores.

There's just a few ideas for keeping on top of the dreaded clutter, I hope it helps. If you scroll down, there is a daily planner which you are welcome to print off to help get you started. I find it really helps me to have a little bit of a plan to stop me getting distracted on busy days. What's your biggest struggle when it comes to keeping clutter at bay?

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