Hey everyone, I have some great news!
Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to be hard!
It can be easy – IF – you can leverage the power of habits.
Your brain LOVES habits. Why? Because they don’t want to have to think too hard.
So if we can lay the groundwork for a few strategic and powerful habits, our brains will begin to automate household tasks that might currently be overwhelming – or at least really unattractive – to you.
Translation: it will feel like the house will start to keep itself clean!
Research tells us that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. So pick a habit or two from the list below, and then sit back and watch the magic begin to happen!
1. Define Home Base and put it in order once a day. We all have that space that makes us feel crazy when it’s a mess. It could be the kitchen counter, dishes in the sink, or your desk at work. Whatever it is for you, the first step is to clearly define it. (It’s amazing how often we don’t recognize the source of our stress.) Once you have identified the problem, the solution is easy. Simply pick a time of day to tidy it up, and do it at this same time, every day. As the clutter builds during the day, you’ll find that it won’t bother you so much. You know that the problem will be taken care of, and your energy can focus on something else. You’re going to love this!
2. Never leave a room empty-handed. As you leave the family room, grab the glass on the coffee table and return it to the kitchen. When you are walking back to your bedroom, scoop up the hair elastics and brush and return it to the bathroom These tiny efforts to return items to their homes will prevent clutter build up – and is an easy habit to implement
3. Have an inbox for paper. Just as your email goes to one location – your inbox – so should your paper. Designate a drawer or a basket in a convenient location, and coach your family to drop mail, school and work papers, and other odds and ends in the basket. Of course, this is a temporary solution (think of it as a holding tank) but it will allow you to easily locate papers when needed, and keep the counters tidy.
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