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Okay, this title is somewhat subjective, wouldn’t you say? We all have ideas of what a “better home” means, and it is all based on us. What condition is our home currently in? What vision do we have for how we want our homes to be? What resources are reasonably available to us to achieve that goal? Before taking off intending to keep a “better home,” we must consider these questions to create a road map we can follow to have the home we’re hopeful for finally. 

Here are some tips to keep a better home:

  1. Do regular cleaning and decluttering
  2. Organize your belongings and keep them in their designated places
  3. Develop a cleaning schedule and stick to it
  4. Invest in reasonable storage solutions to maximize space
  5. Minimize paper clutter by going digital with bills, statements, and other documents
  6. Consider introducing indoor plants to improve air quality and add a touch of greenery.

 

Do regular cleaning and decluttering

Regular cleaning and decluttering help keep your space organized and tidy. Get rid of things you don’t need or use to make more space and reduce visual clutter. It can also reduce stress and create a more comfortable living environment. Try to set aside time each week to clean and organize, and consider donating or removing items you no longer need or use. Clean as you go: Don’t wait for messes to pile up. Clean up as you go, and do small tasks like wiping counters or doing dishes daily.

 

Organize your belongings and keep them in their designated places.

Keeping your belongings organized and in their designated places can help you stay more efficient and save time looking for things. Please list all your possessions and assign them a designated storage area. Try to keep items that you frequently use in easily accessible locations. Additionally, consider decluttering regularly to reduce the number of things you must organize. I’ve failed at this more times than I can count. I’d go through our display cabinet in our dining room, declaring it decluttered and clean only for months to go by, and it is covered again in clutter and dust. I was constantly making things too hard for myself to maintain properly. In my opinion, everything needs to be done in 5 minutes or less. If it takes longer than 5 minutes, I have to be able to reduce the project into reasonable 5-minute segments to complete it. Using timers to keep yourself on task is just as important when you’re in this phase of setting up your living space. Once you’ve decluttered a space, set a stopwatch and clean that space. How much of it can you get done in 5 minutes? If you’re not even close, break the room down further OR admit that you will be decluttering and cleaning this area more often until you can get it down to that ideal 5-minute time frame. 

 

Develop a cleaning schedule and stick to it.

Creating a cleaning schedule can help you stay organized and tidy your living space. Start by listing all the areas that need to be cleaned, then decide how often each site needs to be cleaned (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). Assign specific tasks each day or week, and stick to the schedule. This can help you avoid the stress and overwhelmed of cleaning everything at once. We’ve all been there. That random Saturday, you wake up and declare, “That’s IT, I can’t take it anymore!” then launch into a marathon weekend of cleaning and decluttering only to find yourself entirely burnt out and unable to maintain the progress you did manage to make. I know it’s hard to find a balance between creating a plan and executing it. So many of us get stuck in the planning stage, and others are in the failure-to-plan stage of life. I suggest limiting the planning time to a reasonable amount but long enough that we’re not going into these projects completely blind without a plan. It’s hard to say how long that is for anyone else, but I recommend giving yourself a week to write some things down and organize yourself, then start using the schedule, knowing you can always go back and adjust it as needed. So week 1, write down all the things you’re doing and a few things you’d like to do in your cleaning schedule but don’t have time to do. Spend around 5 to 10 minutes each day writing your lists. Then, use them like a checklist for three weeks to see how far you’re getting and how often you need them done. OR you can use the list I’m creating to get started! POST WILL BE UPDATED WITH LINK ONCE THE PRINTABLE IS READY. SIGN UP HERE TO BE NOTIFIED. 

Invest in good storage 

Investing in reasonable storage solutions can help you make the most of your space. Consider using shelves, cabinets, or organizers to keep your items tidy. Organizing your belongings like this lets you keep everything in its place and makes it easy to find what you need. When it is easier to find what you need, you’ll reduce the stressful situations when you’re rushing around, feeling the heat, and ready to snap because you can’t find what you’re looking for. It also can free up space for things that might make your life easier, making your living area more functional.

 Minimize paper clutter 

Paper clutter makes me nuts. I can count right now without even looking at 5 to 7 areas in my house where a building pile of paper is waiting for me to sort through it. Going digital with bills, statements, and other documents is a great way to minimize paper clutter. You can receive, store, and access them all from your computer or mobile device, saving you physical storage space but also helping reduce paper waste. Many companies now offer paperless options, so check with your service providers to see if this is possible. You can sit down and do this as you’re paying bills or take the approach I’ll be taking. Every time a piece of paper comes in, I’ll add it to a bin for processing, and once a week, I’ll process that paper. Part of the paper processing will include checking to see if the item can become digital or if I can opt out of receiving it together. I’m looking at YOU, never-ending credit card offers!

Introduce indoor plants

Consider introducing indoor plants to improve air quality and add a touch of greenery.

Indoor plants enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space and help purify the air we breathe. They have been shown to reduce stress levels, boost productivity, and even improve mood. Some easy-to-care-for indoor plants include snake plants, pothos, and spider plants. If you’re lucky like me, your friends are constantly offering cuttings of their plants to help you grow your collection. The great news is that this means a low investment on the front end, and if they don’t do well and you accidentally kill all of them, I mean a few, you won’t be out a considerable amount of money! 

I hope these tips were helpful to you, and I look forward to your feedback! Until the next one, did you say, “I’m going to…” today?  

Love yourself and others, Always.

 

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