Don’t Let Your House Overwhelm You

Do you love your home or does it feel more like a house that you come home to because you have to? A home is comfortable and loving. You find peace and relaxation there.

A house is just a place where you spend time. Your house may even be bringing you stress because instead of peace you just feel stress when you look around.

Do you find that sometimes you don’t even want to go home because of the stress and all the things that need to be done? There are dishes piled in the sink and laundry to do.

Get rid of that feeling by having a plan

Marathon cleaning systems don’t work for most of us. You work really hard for a day and then in as few as 2 days there is a mess again. The time for these marathon sessions usually comes from our treasured weekends as well. No one wants to devote half their Saturday to cleaning.

The plan you need is to implement a few simple habits that can turn your home around. Feel great about your home and your accomplishments by doing a few things each day.

Doing a little bit at a time is the best way to tackle any project

Slow and steady wins the race. We all learned this as kids from the story of the tortoise and the hare. Be the tortoise.

How do we become the tortoises at home? First of all, don’t tackle the entire house at one time. Make a list of five things you want to accomplish in the house today. Choose things like 1 load of laundry (including putting the finished clothes away), picking up for 10 minutes, sweep the kitchen floor, de-clutter for 10 minutes and clean the kitchen toilets. Doing those 5 items will only take about half an hour of your time.

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If you spend half an hour cleaning and de-cluttering your home each day the home you love will soon re-appear. Do you have half an hour to spend? Can you afford not to spend that time?

How to find the time

Break the time up into three, 10-minute efforts.

Spend a few minutes picking up during the commercials of your favorite TV show.

Wipe off counters while waiting for your coffee to brew or for something to heat up in the microwave.

Put things away immediately rather than let them sit out.