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Here’s something you probably could have guessed: I hate cleaning.
I like my home to be clean and I love the warm feeling in my heart when I have conquered a huge pile of clothes or dishes, but getting into the mood to actually get to the cleaning is the problem.
I have devised a short list of easy tasks that can be used when, for instance, you have a busy week and almost no time to come home and reset, but the mess is piling up and you need some relief. If you complete these small tasks, you can rest easy in a tidy space even though you can’t dedicate the time required to really get in there and clean things up.
1. Make the bed.
The bed is typically the largest item in a bedroom, so by making it you create the illusion that the bedroom is clean even if you have a pile of clothes lying on the floor.
2. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or stack them neatly in the sink.
Walk through the house and gather up all the dishes and get them off the counters and into the dishwasher (bonus points if you fill it up and run it). For those of you that don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher, rinse the dishes to get them at least most of the way cleared off and strategically stack them in the sink so they fit together and take up less space.
Plus, this really streamlines things for when you do have time to get to hand-washing the dishes, they’ll already be rinsed off and ready to go.
3. Take out the trash/recycling.
Especially if your trash can is not tucked away in a cabinet, this is really crucial. Having a full or over-flowing trash can is not a pretty sight. Take a minute to run the trash (and recycling!) from all of the receptacles in the house out to the dumpster. Maybe get a candle burning in the house while your at it because they smell amazing and will mask any lingering scent of garbage and they give the home a nice warm, cozy feel.
4. Scrub the toilet bowl with a scrub brush.
We all know what a toilet that has not been cleaned out looks like. Just say no to icky toilet bowls and do a quick brush over with your toilet scrubber. You don’t even need to add soap or bleach for this quick job, so long as the bowl is clean and shiny afterwards.
5. Pick up odds and ends off the floor.
This one makes a huge difference. When stuff is not littering the floors, everything looks and feels so much cleaner. It helps if you at least toss your random stragglers in whatever space they will need to be dealt with later in. Trash in the trash, dirty laundry in the hamper, clean clothes on the pile in the bedroom, etc. That way you don’t create another random pile of everything that you’ll need to sort through when you next have the time to do a real serious clean up of your home.
Nothing left to do now except CHILL.
Until next time, cheers!