Minimalist living is great and all, but if you can’t keep your home tidy, you’ll never have a #minimalistspace no matter how many of your possessions you throw out.
1. Clean While You Cook
Before you say that cooking and cleaning are both chores and who wants to do two chores at the same time, cooking is the perfect time to be doing some cleaning. As you wait for things to cook, simmer, marinate or anything, use those wait times to do a few dishes, put things back in the fridge, wipe down the counter tops– you get the idea. Since you’ll be waiting around in the kitchen anyway, why not pass the time by tidying up? Win win!
2. Clear Your Surfaces
Don’t leave your stuff out. Take a few minutes to put everything away before you go, so that when you come back, you come back to a neat and tidy home! It’s one of the best feelings in the world, promise. And at the end of the day, it wouldn’t have taken you more than 5 minutes. And to speed up the tidying away process, the next tip is a real life-saver.
3. Give Everything In Your House A Home
Make sure everything you own has a place where it belongs. Not only does that sound sweet, it’ll make tidying up (and locating said item) much easier! So each time you take an item out, be sure to return it to its original home.
4. Get Rid Of Paper
Have you ever sworn that your paper pile can self-replicate? Yeah, us too. Paper can often be the biggest culprit of home and work clutter, with the amount of bills, documents, flyers, brochures, instruction manuals – you get the drift – we get. There are a few ways to solve the paper problem once and for all. First, sort your paper as soon as you get some. Don’t leave it out with a promise to sort it out later, because those stacks build up quickly and before you know it you have another pillar of paper. Put your paper away in a labelled folder. Go through your folder every 3 months and ispose of the ones you don’t need. Secondly,
minimise your paper trail as much as possible by opting for electronic versions of newsletters, bills and bank statements.
5. Don’t Procrastinate
Procrastination is a bad habit, but NOT procrastinating is a habit that’s just as easy to build. But start small. If you’re faced with a task that takes less than 5 minutes, do it straight away instead of putting it off. The more you put off a task, the more undesirable it’ll seem and the less you’ll want to do it. So get it out of the way straight.. away. If you have a bigger task, break it down into smaller 5-minute and tackle those as you go along. Before you know it, getting things done will become second nature to you!
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