There is no better feeling than waking up in a clean home
or coming home to a clean space after a long day.
But for some people,
the act of cleaning or tidying up feels so burdensome,
it just doesn’t seem worth it.
If you’re new to the channel, welcome! I’m Sadia.
And right now we’re going to explore five different ways
that you can turn cleaning into a habit
and a rewarding one at that.
1) Cook & Clean
As if cooking wasn’t already a daunting enough task for some people,
then there’s also the cleaning that comes with it.
This can be enough to deter you from preparing meals for yourself,
and eating out or ordering in starts to look real good.
To tackle this, all you need to do
is get into the habit of cleaning as you go.
If your meal is simmering for another three minutes,
say before you can add the next ingredient,
then just clean the dishes that have dirtied in that time.
Did you take the bag of spinach out of the fridge
and already put it into the bowl,
then put that bag back into the fridge right away
instead of letting it clutter the kitchen counters.
It seems so simple and it is.
But so few people do it.
It makes the act of cooking
a more tidy and pleasurable experience
all without the clean-up fuss at the end.
2) CLEAR SURFACES
There’s something so soothing about seeing an open
and decluttered space in your home.
Try getting into the habit of clearing your surfaces,
especially right before you go to sleep
as well as before you leave the house.
This way when you’ve just woken up
or come home after a long day,
you don’t need to be troubled with seeing the mess
on the kitchen counter, the dining table and the coffee table.
Instead, you can just start your days fresh
or just come home and relax
in the oasis that is your living space.
3) GIVE IT A HOME
We all want to belong somewhere
and our things are no different.
By having a home for each of your possessions
will be less likely to clutter your space.
Whenever you buy or bring something home for the first time,
find a place that it’s going to live right away.
In this way, it’s easy to put back
once you finished using it,
you’ll always know where to find it
and it’s gonna declutter your space.
4) ELIMINATE PAPER TRAILS
I really think there is nothing more stressful
or uneasy on the eyes
and a pile of unsorted papers.
So get into the habit of sorting your papers
as soon as they enter your house.
You can do this using a binder with dividers
or a paper organizing accordion.
The key here is to label the dividers,
make it easy to both sort through
and find the papers when you need it.
Then sift through these papers every two to three months
and remove the ones that are no longer needed,
like old receipts or documents that are no longer valid.
Another tip: Ask to be taken off of mailing lists
that you no longer use,
opt to use online statements for you bills and your utilities,
and place a sign on your mailbox
that says “No junk mail, please!”.
5) DON’T HESITATE
I want you to ask yourself:
无论是打扫 分类 折叠或者整理
Does this task take me five minutes or less to complete,
whether it’s sweeping, organizing, folding and tidying?
If the answer is yes,
I want you to do it right now.
不要犹豫 不要推迟 立刻做
Don’t hesitate, don’t put it off, get it done.
The longer we wait to do it,
the bigger of a task it seemed in our minds.
If it takes longer than five minutes,
break it down into smaller tasks
and tackle them one at a time over a period of time.
Once you get into the habit of doing this regularly,
the tasks remain small.
And in that way it’s more rewarding,
because you see the results very quickly.
Now these are just five tips that I am sharing with you.
I could easily share more,
but these are ones that you can definitely start today
that offer a lot of reward
for just a little bit of effort.
Of course, if you’re new to it,
it’s going to take some time.
So be patient with it.
But in a very very little time,
it’s going to become second nature to you.
At least, that’s how it works for me.
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Alright, happy tidying!
And I’ll see you in just a few days.