• Robin MOORE


With so many demands on your time and a multitude of activities to keep up with, clutter around the house can show up out of nowhere. By following a few simple tips, keeping your home clutter free is within your grasp. Little things that you can do in the morning and throughout the day make a big difference when it comes time to actually focus on cleaning. Cleaning your house will be much easier and less time consuming if things have a place and are organized. It doesn't matter if you live alone, you have a significant other, or if you have kiddos in the house. These steps will fit any household. Once you start trying this routine for a few days it will become second nature.

Make that bed. Yes it will just get messed up again. Its the beginning of making your house organized. Here are just a few well know benefits:

1. It starts the day off right! In a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin, Admiral McRaven shared his thoughts on the matter. “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another," he said. "By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

2. Mental discipline, also known as self-discipline, is developed by overcoming mental and physical resistance. When you roll out of bed on a Monday morning, sometimes the last thing you aspire to do is make your bed. This dreaded feeling is understandable, but it’s also a terrific opportunity to discipline yourself. We tend to associate any form of “self-discipline” as harsh and restraining, but it needn’t be. Although your brain and body may resist your efforts, you can engage your mind at-will and gently bring its attention back under control. You employ your mind this way by focusing intently on one thing, and one thing only: the task at-hand.

3. It lowers your stress levels. By making your bed, you are starting to declutter your space. A decluttered space lowers your level of stress. You don’t waste mental energy. Clutter is a constant reminder of how scattered and unorganized you are being. It drags you down. A tidy space is very calming. Who doesn’t want some calm in the midst of our chaos? You can create your own calming sanctuary at home. You are in control of your own space and how it looks and therefore, how it makes you feel. Why not start with your daily bed making?

Straighten Up The Bathroom. Lets just be honest. The first room people go in the morning is the bathroom. Rather you are a morning shower person, or you just go in to brush your teeth this is a good time to pick up the bathroom. Pick up any towels or clothes left in the bathroom floor. Replace the towels that are hanging on the towel rack, and pick up any wash clothes left in the bath tub or shower. if you have a clothes hamper in the bathroom that is great and convenient. If not take these items to the laundry room. Make sure the bathroom counter top is picked up and everything is in its place. This is a great room to start with after making your bed if you and your family takes their showers and baths at night.

Now lets go into the kitchen and make that morning coffee. There is one rule in the kitchen that you must go by. Its a small task buy it makes a world of difference. Never go to bed with a dirty sink. Wash those dishes or put put them in the dishwasher and then wipe the sink dry. If you follow this rule there should be no dirty dishes. You can start cooking breakfast. Don't forget to clean those breakfast dishes. Give those cabinets a quick wipe down.

When you walk through the house maybe to wake the kids, pick up the few things that are in your living room that got left from the night before. Fold up that blanket you used on the couch before you went to bed.

When you wake the kids up to get ready for school or daycare pick up the toys they left out or the clothes they didn't put into clothes hamper. Get the kids in a routine to pick up their toys before bedtime.

Now its off to work and the biggest part of keeping your house all tidy is done. This will even help keep you energized and have more of a productive day just knowing when you come home that your house will be clutter free!

Keeping your home clutter free will not only make you feel more accomplished it has the following benefits:

  1. Lower your risk of Allergies and Asthma by allowing surfaces to be cleaned easier and more frequent without having to pick things up for 30 minutes before you can even get started cleaning.

  2. Easier to find things when you or someone else in the house needs something. Not "Mom, where is the...or Honey have you seen my...", constantly.

  3. Reduce the risk of pest infestations that may have gone unforeseen for obvious reasons with all of the usual clutter.

  4. Everyone feels happier and lower levels of stress.

  5. The feeling of accomplishment and the self discipline that you have learned may just leak over into other areas of your life and help you accomplish more.

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