Now that I’m working remotely and spending more time than ever at home, it’s become harder and harder to ignore the messy crevices of my home. Between junk drawers, tangled jewelry, and the not so organized under the bed storage, I’ve found myself cleaning up more often. While tidying up is sometimes annoying, a clean space clears your mind, promotes productivity and gets those creative juices flowing. Here are some tips to help you clean smarter:
Set A Timer
If you give yourself the entire weekend to clean up your space, it will take the entire weekend. If you give yourself 45 minutes, it will take 45 minutes. Get the most out of your time by allowing yourself to clean effectively. Setting a timer will keep you focused on your goal so you can allow yourself to be freed from distractions and get the job done.
Set Realistic Goals
If you know you want to paint the walls, clean out your walk-in closet, and scrub 5 bathrooms, don’t set your timer for 60 minutes. Be realistic with yourself so you’re not left feeling disappointed and discouraged.
Pick A Spot
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t need to conquer everything at once if you don’t have the time or energy. If you know you’ll compromise on your cleaning because of time, energy, cleaning supplies, organization tools needed, etc. clean where you can. You can start by cleaning one area each day until you have what you need to do more. It’s better to have one area 100% clean and tidy than have 3 areas half clean.
Clean When Your Angry
This last tip might sound kind of strange but hear me out! A few years ago I heard this cleaning tip and it turned out to be an extremely productive way to use my anger. Instead of punching walls and screaming into pillows, use that pent up passion and aggression to clean your space. You’ll have so much energy that you won’t even feel the annoying parts of cleaning. Once you get out of your rage and see how clean and tidy everything is, you’ll be more calm and clear minded when dealing with whatever upset you.