I am an absolute neat freak, and I love organizing to the point that when I’m stressed out, cleaning is my therapy. Over the years, I have developed a few simple habits that I truly think make a big difference in my neat lifestyle. I thought I would share them today as a bit of Monday Motivation.
My first tip is one that is becoming popular all of a sudden, as new studies have come out about it’s significance: make your bed. There are a few reasons I make my bed each day, but the main reason is that if I get up and make my bed right away, I am far less likely to climb back in and go back to sleep. I am also a huge to- do list person and enjoy the feeling of crossing things off my list. Making my bed each day starts my day off with an accomplishment which leads to motivation for many other accomplishments throughout the day. The last major reason I make my bed every day is because I have a small room in college, with my bed as the focal point, so if my bed is messy, it gives the impression my whole room is messy. Since my room is where I spend most of my time and get the most work done, I am most productive in a clean space, which means making my bed is essential.
The next tip I have is: clean as you go. My mom taught me this in the kitchen because whenever she cooks, she washes dishes as she is preparing the meal so that there is not a huge pile of dishes after she finishes cooking. I apply this outside of the kitchen, too. Whenever I do anything crafty, or am planning to make any kind of mess, I always clean as I go to avoid having one big mess to clean afterwards.
The final thing I always have in the back of my mind is something I live by: if it takes 30 seconds or less, clean it up. Often times, at night when I am exhausted and getting ready for bed or in the morning when I’m in a rush to get dressed, I don’t want to hang my clothes back up or fold them nicely into drawers. I also notice this when putting my shoes away, because for some reason I would rather set them in my room than away in my closet. However, I tell myself that if something takes 30 seconds or less to do, I can spare those 30 seconds and get it done. It’s shocking how many things I end up putting away or cleaning up that I may not have immediately prioritized if it weren’t for this mindset.
I hope this gives you a little motivation to shift your cleaning mindset, because I promise having things neat will make you so much happier and much less stressed. Happy Monday!