If you are feeling overwhelmed with your responsibilities, you are not alone. Some days I feel like there is no point to even attempting to clean because it is just going to be a disaster again within minutes after I do it. But, I am the one that is home all day, so would sitting in a messy house the whole day make me feel any better? No! I have come to accept that I am not perfect and nor will be my home at all given moments. But, I have found that doing these 6 little cleaning tricks can reduce my feelings of chaos and help me go about my day a little less stressed out! And, I hope they help you as well.
1 [Make your bed.] Okay, I have a confession. I just recently found the joy and purpose of making your bed in the morning. I used to think “What’s the point, I’m just going to mess it all up again in a few hours.” But, I started doing it every morning and it feels good. It makes the whole room seem a little neater and it only takes a minute to do. I feel much better when the bed is made. I have a spot to fold laundry, my kids have a spot to drive their cars, and I’m not embarrassed when I forget the bug guy is coming that day and has got to treat our room! If you’re one of those people that have always made your bed, I get it now! And if you’re like me, just give it a try for one whole week and see if it makes you as happy as it made me!
2 [Clean the kitchen.] I can’t think straight if my kitchen is a mess. It’s the one room that I spend a lot of my time in, and you can see it from our living room so I can’t hide the mess. A messy kitchen can make a normal morning feel chaotic and stressful. Mornings are already hectic enough, so trying to rush around and clean the mess you made while cooking the night before while trying to get breakfast made is just too much for me! I try really hard to make sure the kitchen is somewhat clean before I go to bed. One way that I make cleaning the kitchen easier is to clean while I’m cooking. Just by wiping the counter as you cook and putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher or washing them right away makes cleaning up not so bad. Don’t wait until it’s a complete disaster before you start cleaning!
3 [Clean before bed.] Like the kitchen, I try to straighten up the house before I go to bed. It’s easier to clean when the kids are in bed and I would rather wake up to a somewhat clean house than wake up and have to clean right away. Again, this makes mornings less stressful and allows me to be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee without having an anxiety attack because I can’t walk through the living room without stepping on something. Just remember, you don’t have to make the house spotless before bed. Vacuuming might not be the best thing to do if the kids are asleep. Just do as much as you can so you don’t have to do it when you wake up.
4 [Have a schedule.] I’ve never been big on schedules, but I do see the benefits of having them. It might sound weird to have a cleaning schedule, but it can make life a little easier. Try making a schedule for big tasks that you don’t do every day. Like cleaning the showers, washing windows, cleaning the fridge, etc. That way you can remind yourself that it’s time to do these chores and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to get them done. It also makes it easier to clean the shower and such if you don’t wait until it’s really dirty. Having a monthly reminder to clean it makes it easier to clean.
5 [Stay organized.] This can be challenged, especially when you have kids going behind you destroying everything! But, being organized reduces stress. Having cabinets so messy you’re digging through them for an hour trying to find something is stressful. Make your life easier by making it a point to organize one area of your house a day. Do the closest, the drawers, the kid’s rooms, and your pantry. If you do one area at a time, it’s easier to get the job done. Or, you could plan an entire day of organizing and make your husband take the kids to the park while you do it! Either way you get it done, your life will be a little less stressful if you’re not spending all of your time searching for what you need.
6 [Don’t follow these rules all the time.] That’s right; you don’t have to be perfect. Trying to be perfect is one of the most stressful things you can do. Yes, it is nice to have a clean house, but sometimes it’s okay to be messy. Don’t ruin fun times by worrying about the mess it’s going to make. Life is no fun when you can’t be messy every once and a while. Don’t feel like you’re failing when you’re just too tired to clean before bed. Sometimes it’s best to just leave the mess and deal with it later. If your life is full of stress, try something new. You may find that something as simple as making your bed every morning can bring you the satisfaction and peace of mind that you’re missing. It worked for me.