House is a mess but you’re pressed for time and lacking motivation? Here are some ideas for getting things back in order.
- Set the timer for 15 minutes and put away as much as you can. You can either work randomly through the house or do a room at a time. I’m always amazed at how much progress I can make in 15 minutes. Do this every day if you can. It makes a HUGE difference.
- Every day make a list of three to five small things you can do that day. For example: 1. Wipe off stove top (2 minutes); 2. Clean glass on front door (2 minutes); 3. Vacuum tops of living room furniture (5 minutes); 4. Clean out kitchen sink (2 minutes); and 5. Dust bedroom (5 minutes, tops). Three to five things might not seem like enough, but it’s something! And sometimes, once you get started, you’re motivated to do more.
- Pick up after yourself and try not to leave messes! Prevention is the best way to clean! When you see a mess, clean it up! Instead of leaving your empty soda can on the counter , as soon as you finish it or pour it into a glass, toss it in the recycle bin. Otherwise you have to come back at some later time and make a special effort to toss it. When you change clothes, don’t throw the old clothes on the floor, toss them in the hamper. Anytime you can prevent having to come back and clean or tidy something, you’re ahead of the game and have saved yourself time and effort.
So give these ideas a try and see the difference it makes in the condition of your house.