At what point do you make your bed in the morning? Maybe you wait until you’re washed and dressed first.
Or are you one of those who likes to get your bed in order the moment your feet hit the bedroom floor?
Then again, you could be the type that haphazardly tosses the duvet over the bed and leaves it at that.
What about your laundry. Do you have a planned schedule that is carried out with military precision, ensuring every item of clothing is washed when it should be?
Or are there mornings when you are frantically running around trying to find a blouse or skirt for work, only to find the one you want sitting in the washing basket?
How many times have you been at work dreaming about the delicious meal you’re going to have when you get home, only to open your fridge to start preparing the long-anticipated meal to be met with that distinctive aroma of out-of-date food. And let’s not even talk about our essential first coffee of the morning falling foul to sour milk.
While we’re on the subject of food, how many of you like washing up? I doubt that many of you would put it at the top of your want-to-do list.
Even those who own a dishwasher would probably rather not have to do it.
The reluctance to wash up becomes more of an issue when left overnight. Nobody wants to be met with a cooking hangover first thing in the morning.
Not being able to find specific items when we need them can be so annoying.
That shelf in the lounge may have become loose but trying to find a screwdriver to tighten it is like finding a needle in a haystack. And if excessive amounts of clutter surround you, the chances of finding it before it eventually falls off the wall are slim.
Sleep. Wake. Make Bed. Repeat.
Making your bed in the morning can have a roll-on effect. It’s a bit like the home decorating scenario.
As soon as you’ve finished one room, the one next to it looks as though it needs your attention.
By making your bed first thing, you’re more likely to tidy up other areas of your bedroom at the same time.
It can also set the tone for the rest of your day. It may seem like a small accomplishment in the scheme of things, but by productively beginning your day, then chances are the rest of your day will run along the same positive lines.
Meaning you will likely get everything done that you set out to do.
Like any habit, good or bad, they can become infectious. So, by positively starting your day by making the bed, you’ll soon be doing it without even thinking about it. And let’s face it, getting into a freshly made bed at night after a hard day at work is far more appealing than sliding into one that looks scattered and messy.
Set-up a Laundry Schedule
Imagine not having to scramble around to trying to find the kid’s school uniform in the morning.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could open your wardrobe and take out exactly what clothes you need for work without any fuss?
And getting ready for that special night out would be made a lot simpler if you weren’t scratching around looking for your favorite dress.
All the above scenarios, and more, can be avoided if you set up a laundry schedule.
They’re simple to do, and after a while, once you’re in the swing of things, it will become second nature.
Firstly, try to plan it so you get all your washing done during the week. You’ll want to spend the weekend with your family or relaxing, not wading through a mountain of unwashed clothes.
You can split your laundry into separate categories. If you have a large family you live with, you could designate a day of the week for each member.
On the other hand, you might prefer to wash particular items of clothing on certain days-for instance, jeans and denim on Mondays.
Tuesdays could be for towels and rugs. And Wednesdays could be allocated to bedding and linen.
Because most people work during the week, it makes sense to wash work clothes and school uniforms at the end of the week. And remember, try to fold all the clothes on the same day.
It will save you a lot of time in the long run and ensure you don’t fall behind with your laundry schedule.
Assess the Fridge Weekly
Proper organization of your fridge can benefit you in a number of ways. For starters, it can minimize wastage, which will save you money on your grocery bill.
More importantly, with proper organization, you’re far less likely to contract food poisoning.
Where we store food and how we store it in our fridges can make the difference between enjoying a meal or throwing away something we were looking forward to, or worse still, make us ill.
Most of us know that raw meats should be stored on the bottom shelf, but this is often overlooked, especially when more and more food is placed in there, and space becomes limited.
By rotating food, this problem can be eliminated. Always ensure to check dates on food, and any new items of the same that you place into your fridge put them behind the ones already opened.
This way, you won’t end up with two or three packets of cheese or tomatoes opened simultaneously.
Along with raw meats, raw fish is safe to place on the bottom shelf. Just make sure everything is safely wrapped.
Lower and middle shelves should be designated for dairy products such as milk, butter, yogurts, and cheeses. You can place foods that don’t need cooking, such as deli meats and any leftovers on the upper shelves.
Certain fruit and vegetables should be stored in the drawers of the fridge, in the original packaging.
Try to make sure they are not too far back as this is the coldest part of the fridge, meaning they could easily freeze and go off.
The door shelves should contain condiments, jams, and juices.
While you’re assessing your fridge, it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the temperature.
The optimum temperature for a fridge should be between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius.
Clean While You Cook
You’ll enjoy your meal a lot more if you don’t spend the time eating it worrying about all the washing up you’ve got to do when you’ve finished. How? By cleaning while you cook.
While you’re preparing your meal, you’re likely going to have scraps of some sort, such as potato peelings and onion skins.
Walking back and forth to the bin usually results in you dropping some of these on the floor. By placing a garbage bowl on your work counter, you can avoid this messy scenario. If anything does fall on the floor, pick it up right away.
You could also ensure that your recycling bin or box is close to you as you’re cooking. This way you can toss any tins or boxes straight into it, rather than letting them pile up on your work surfaces.
It’s also a good idea to have a spray bottle full of soapy water handy. Any splashes from pans or spills can be instantly dealt with by squirting the soapy water onto the surface and wiping it away with a cloth.
Not everyone owns a dishwasher. Some kitchens are simply not big enough to accommodate one. If you must do your washing up by hand, make sure you do it as you go along.
If you no longer need the saucepan that you have just finished with, wash it up and put it away. It will save you time and effort later.
If you are lucky enough to possess a dishwasher, always ensure that prior to cooking, especially if you’re going to use a lot of items from the kitchen, that your machine is empty.
The last thing you want is to find is that you can only get half of your dirty washing up in there because it’s already half full.
It stands to reason that if you only declutter once or twice a year, you’ll spend a lot longer completing the task than if you did it regularly.
How often you do it depends on what you consider to be the easiest option-a whole day of decluttering twice a year or 5 minutes every day.
You should begin your short decluttering session in the part of the house where you spend most of your time, which is generally one of three of the living room, kitchen, or dining room.
Set yourself a target in which time you think you can complete your task. It doesn’t have to be five minutes.
If you feel this is unachievable, make it longer. Just set yourself a time as an incentive. It works wonders.
A good habit to get into is when you get up and spot something in the room you’re leaving, belongs in the room you’re going to, is to, take it with you there and then.
Don’t leave it for the next time, because before long, you will have half a dozen items in your living room that belong in the kitchen or dining room.
There’s a good chance you won’t get all your decluttering done in your set time. Don’t beat yourself up about it if you don’t. If you do just five or ten minutes each day, it won’t be long before everything is where it should be, and you can give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.
Why wait until after you have showered before cleaning down that tiled bathroom wall? Why not do it while you’re in there.
The walls are already wet, meaning half the job is complete already. Just spray the wall with soapy water and spray it off with the shower head. When you get out, your shower is all ready for your next visit.
And finally. Don’t overfill your kitchen bin.
How many times have you gone to put something in there only to find it virtually full? But instead of emptying it first, you’ve crammed more into it.
Before you know it, by the time you pull the bag out from the bin, half of it ends up on the floor because the bag has burst.