Are you dreaming of a tidy home this Christmas? Here are seven tips which can help you turn that dream into a reality. I do not know about you, but when it comes to staying organized, I find it a constant battle. Unfortunately, clutter and stuff have a tendency of becoming the victor. How is it after decluttering and simplifying, everything seems to multiply? It is as though there is a clutter monster who throws stuff back into my closets, drawers, and rooms the moment I turn away. This seems to be truer during the times I would most like to sit back and enjoy time spent with family and friends.
With the Christmas season upon us, and the new year approaching, the fight against clutter can be one of discouragement.
Not only is a cluttered house an inconvenience, it creates stress. Have you ever found yourself avoiding a drawer, closet, or even room? The place (or places) that become storage of stuff often become places we never venture to see.
If you find yourself avoiding a part of your house, or dread having people over, the following tips are meant for you. This time of year should not be one of discouragement and stress, instead, it should be peaceful. You should be free to enjoy the company of family and friends.
The following seven tips can help you regain your sanity and find you the victor over the clutter and mess
1) Be Consistent with Laundry
Unfortunately, laundry is something that never ends. After all, the only way to stop it would be to never change, or, wear disposable clothing. Neither of which I recommend. In fact, no, just please, no. Laundry is a fact of life. The more members in your family, the more laundry. Grumbling about the matter will not help. And so, the only answer is to stay on top of this task before it grows into great mounds.
Rather than having a predetermined day of laundry, do a load when there is a load. It is far easier to start a wash of towels between other activities of your day than it is to fit in ten consecutive loads. That itself is a depressing and overwhelming thought.
While reading this, you may be considering your own heaping mounds of laundry awaiting your attention. In that case, go toss a load in and begin getting caught up. From there you can get in the habit of doing laundry as a load worth is ready.
2) Straighten up the Couches
A simple step to keeping the house looking tidy is plumping the pillows of your couch and nicely folding the blankets. There is something about a rumpled couch that leads to further untidiness and mess. Avoid additional mess by keeping your seating area looking company ready.
3) Keep the House Dusted and Vacuumed
Dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping gives an overall clean feeling to the entire house. Not only do you feel that your house is clean, but performing these duties encourages you to tidy up just a bit more.
4) Clear the Kitchen Sink
A kitchen sink full of dishes lends itself to filling the counter space as well. If you have a dishwasher, get in the habit of rinsing off your dishes and placing in the dishwasher immediately. If you are the dishwasher, at meal times fill your sink with soapy water making cleaning up a simple task.
5) Make those Beds
A common theme in this article is that mess leads to more mess. A rumpled bed encourages more untidiness which leads to clothes scattered on the floor, closet doors left open, and stuff lying about. The daily habit of making the bed can help stop the path of untidiness.
6) Put Coats and Shoes Away
When it comes to a messy house, it is often begun by those simple, daily habits, left undone. Coats and shoes being one of the culprits. By getting into the habit of putting these items away your house will look that much cleaner.
7) Take Care of the Mail
When you bring the mail into your home, go through it once. Do not set aside bills to get to when you feel like it…after all, do you ever feel like making the call, writing the check, or getting online to pay? I doubt your answer is “yes”. When you open the mail, take care of it and be done. You will be very happy once it is over. Allowing the task to hang over your head is just discouraging.
There you are, six tips to help you enjoy a tidy home for Christmas. Standing alone, these tasks require little time or effort. It is when they pile up that they become overwhelming and lead to further mess.
Tackle these tasks and get into the habit of taking care of them before clutter and mess grow.
On waking, make your bed. Before turning in for the night, straighten up your couch. Wash and put dishes away as used. Find a day that works for dusting and vacuuming and make sure it happens. Hang up your coat and put shoes away when coming indoors. When you open your mail, take care of it, and be done.
May these tips aid you in having a tidy home, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing Christmas!