Working full time, having a social life, going to the gym and keeping your apartment tidy definitely sounds overwhelming. However, it has been proved by several studies that living in a clean and organized home can improve your health, that is why today I want to introduce you to the habit of cleaning up after yourself.
For years, my main philosophy was “if I don’t use it then I don’t have to clean it” so basically I lived in an ever ending game trying to figure out how to make that yummy recipe without using more than two cooking utensils or, worse, sleeping over my duvet cover set to make sure that my bed was always made.
As you can imagine, that was a really lousy philosophy because whenever I failed to apply my crazy rule I simply let the things pile up until I had the strength to clean it up. Thankfully, when I moved to my first apartment I quickly realized that this method wasn’t doing any good for me and instead I decided to simply enjoy my stuff and start cleaning up after myself.
Why is important to clean up after yourself?
Cleaning up after yourself is important because it allows you to do not procrastinate the cleaning of your home and keep a daily schedule of small cleaning tasks instead of wasting a precious Saturday doing a long and tedious cleaning spree.
If you are living with roommates or with your partner, cleaning up after yourself is a must-follow rule in shared spaces in order to keep a good coexistence and maintain good relationships with those you are living with.
Easy tips to teach yourself to clean up after yourself
Cleaning your bedroom
- Before calling the end of the day, make sure to put all the clothes that you used during the day on your wardrobe or in the laundry basket.
- Before going to bed, wipe your bedstand every night. You can even have a cheap set of cleaning wipes in your drawer in order to make this easier.
- Set your alarm 5’ minutes earlier every day and make sure to make your bed and put your pijama in the correct place.
Keeping the kitchen clean
- Once you put the food in the oven, clean all the appliances that you used to cook your meal. Do the same with the dishes once you finished your meal
- Take 2 minutes every day to check the expiration date of the items on your fridge. Put the ones that are going to expire soon in a place where you can easily see them.
- Clean your countertops before going to bed, just a quick wipe!
- Have a laundry basket at your bathroom for towels. Each night before going to bed make sure to start a wash cycle
- Take your cleaning products to the bathroom with and clean up after yourself your shower
- Keep bleach gel stored in your bathroom and throw some gel inside the toilet before flushing it for the last time before you go to sleep.
Are you ready to start decluttering your life and try new habits? Clean up after yourself for a week and come back to tell me how it worked for you, I am sure you won’t regret it!