While summertime is a great time to relax and have fun, it’s also the best time to get some work done around the house. You might say, “Now that’s the exact opposite of the relaxing and having fun.” True. But hear us out.
Getting all the cleaning and decluttering done at the earliest possible time allows you to fully enjoy the rest of the season. Imagine if you waited for mid-summer or worse, the end of summer to get some air duct cleaning done or decluttering your attic? If you act during the earlier days of summer, you get to enjoy better air conditioning at home and perhaps turn your attic into a man cave or she shed project for the summer.
As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Get things done early so that you can enjoy the rewards and benefits earlier and longer. That being said, here are a few cleaning and decluttering tips to get you started.
Set aside time for a major deep-cleaning
Of course, before you can even get to maintain a clutter-free and clean home, you will need to do a one-time deep cleaning. Schedule a time when you can go through your home and give it a good and thorough cleaning. Once you’re over this, it’s all downhill from here.
Make your bed
Get into the habit of always making your bed first thing in the morning. Even if the rest of your room isn’t as neat and tidy, a clean and made-up bed sets the tone of orderliness in your room.
Clean up after yourself when you’re done taking a shower
While this may seem like a lot of hard work, if you build a habit of this, it gets easier by the day. Squeegee the mirror and the shower doors after each use. Put away toiletries and wipe those counters clean before turning the lights off in the bathroom.
Hang up your towel properly after each use
This may be simple, but it helps reduce your need to launder and replace your towels often. Hang your towel up using the full length of the rack and avoid folding it up and leaving it to dry to keep it smelling fresher longer.
Load up the dishwasher
Once you’re done eating, minimize the clutter on the kitchen sink by loading up the dishwasher. Doing so cuts down your chores. Similarly, empty dishwashers of clean dishes once they’re done or as soon as you have the time.
Wipe down tables and counters after each use
Another good kitchen habit to build is cleaning up after yourself after every meal. Sure, it’s more fun to just grab a beer and sit down in front of the TV after a hearty meal or snack but the mess will still be there when your show is done. Guess who’s doing the cleaning? Right. So put in the hard work first so you can relax completely afterward.
Clear surfaces of junk
It’s tempting to put trinkets on a clear surface for just a few minutes. However, we all know that it’s never just a few minutes. These trinkets eventually become magnets for other trinkets. So before it gets out of hand, always clear surfaces of clutter to ensure that they stay that way.
Put away your wallet, phone, keys, and bags in a designated place
These are the trinkets we were talking about above. Instead of placing them on a console or on the desk in the study, set a designated storage place for them and make sure to always place them.
Hang up your coats, jackets, and sweatshirts
It’s a lot easier to leave coats and blazers hanging on chairs and banisters but they are eyesores that cause unnecessary stress. Pick them up and hang them properly up on a coat rack or in your closet to minimize the mess in your home.
Take on two-minute tasks immediately
We know it’s tempting to just sit down and enjoy a nice cool beverage on your downtime. However, that pile of junk mail won’t go away unless you do something about it. Simple two-minute tasks, when dealt with immediately, can free up more time for relaxation so avoid procrastinating.
These are fairly simple habits to build but if you get these into your system, it will make your life a lot easier not just for this summer but for good.