Does your home stress you out? Did you know that clutter in the home can cost you time, energy and money? Often we add stuff to our homes throughout the year and create enormous amounts of clutter that can stress you out. Your home is your sanctuary and should have a little bit of Feng Shui to give you a haven from stress. Here are the 5 least favorite residential cleaning stresses that you need to stop now and start fresh for 2016.
1 Stop the clutter
Clutter is everywhere and can adversely affect your peace of mind. Look at each room and take a quick inventory of what belongings you have in there. Now, ask yourself “Does everything have a proper home?” If you can’t answer yes to that, then you may have clutter.
Make sure everything has a home. The TV remote goes into a drawer or remote holder on a shelf. The magazines, books, newspapers go onto a stand or coffee table neatly organized. The idea is to stop leaving things about and disorganized which in turn creates clutter. Once you use the item, put it back into the same spot that you got it out of.
2 Stop cleaning randomly
This is the year to get your home onto a cleaning schedule. It may seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry we have some tips to help you get started with creating a cleaning schedule that works for you.
Create a master task list of all the things that need to be cleaned in your house in each room. Try also to break these down by what needs to be done each day, week, month, quarter and year. Example here
Once you are on a consistent schedule cleaning your home, it will help everyone keep the home clean and clear reducing the stress levels of everyone in the home.
3 Stop letting the kids in your sanctuary
One way to minimize the stress of cleaning in your home is to designate a room that is off-limits to the kids. Yes, it is great that the kids want to play and have fun, but allowing them to overrun the whole house will add to the stress of cleaning your home. Remember that your one room is your sanctuary.
4 Teach the Kids to reduce clutter
Your kids help to contribute to the clutter in the house. The next time you go to clean their room, get them involved in the process. As you go through the toys, teach them that it is a good thing to get rid of old toys that they don’t use anymore. Or another approach that some parents take it to put some toys away for a time in a bin and then you rotate them back into the room. This keeps the clutter at bay in their rooms and gets them excited about old toys.
5 Have a cleaning quickie
Cara Mirabella, the owner of TheHouseholdHelper.com, says that moms should schedule in once or twice a day a “quickie cleanup.” This is where you set a timer and use that time to straighten up, put away and clean things in 15 minutes. Once the buzzer goes off, you are done.