As you may have seen, my goal for 2019 is to be as productive and organised as possible. As a major procrastinator, this was always going to be a big challenge for me. I am the queen of leaving everything and I mean literally everything to the last minute. Would the changing of the digits heralding a new year really be enough to help me change my ways as I speed towards my 38th birthday?
Who knows, the determination is there and so far, I am loving the new and organised me. From designating different days to tackle my work from home commitments to helping cap my sometimes out of control spending with the help of meals plans and newly implemented savings tactics. Things are looking good so far.
With the end of January now gone, the longest month of the year is now over. So far, I have managed to somehow keep on track with my goal of being a slightly more in control grown up (if there is ever such a thing?). Aside from regulating my work from home business on the blog, my VA clients and my finances, I am also managing to stay on top of keeping my home clean and tidy too. All without the help of social media stars and Netflix cleaning wizards.
Keeping My Home Clean and Tidy as a Busy Single Parent.
Don’t get me wrong, I am lightyears away from being the next Mrs Hinch or Marie Kondo but by changing the way I think and feel about the constant mess and disorganisation in my home has helped me get a handle of keeping on top of everything.
But there is only two of you I hear you say! I swear some days, I feel like there is a whole family living here that I just haven’t met yet! Does anyone else feel like that? A few years back, I let myself get very overwhelmed in a job role that wasn’t suitable or even understanding of my lifestyle and family needs. It took me a little while to leave and walk away from something I thought I wanted. During this time, I let the cleaning get the better of me. Little jobs that should take minutes to sort out and organise morphed from molehills to mountains. Thus rendering the task nigh on impossible for the longest time. I have many regrets but letting my life and my home get to that stage is one of them.
Whilst I didn’t manage to completely change instantly, it has been a work in progress. Now, a little over 4 years later I am finally winning the war on the mess in my home. Baby steps that have made the journey longer than it needed to be have helped me to finally make progress to keep 2019 clutter free emotionally, mentally and physically at home.
Little by Little. Piece by Piece.
By constantly being busy and doing something I have managed to action some changes that help me keep the mountains as molehills and tasks as manageable as possible. Fingers crossed this will continue to help me keep my home clean and tidy.
Start The Day As You Want to Go On – By starting the day off productive even if it’s just clearing away dishes or getting a load in the washing machine, it is one job tackled to tick off the list.
Take It Up or Bring It Down – If I am going upstairs and something needs to go up, take it up. The same the other way round, bring it down.
Little and Often – This can be applied anywhere around the home. If the job feels too big, break it down. Don’t look at the whole room look at the smaller items and by it piece by piece.
Make A List – if you are short on time or just hate cleaning like me, make a list with different jobs for different days. It makes it easier to tackle when there isn’t as much pressure to tidy everywhere.
A Home for Everything – Everything needs a home. If it doesn’t have one, give it one and make sure everyone knows where it goes. Storage is your best friend.
Open The Curtains – I know this sounds silly but opening the curtains can help lift your mood. Especially on these cold mornings. Let the natural light in.
Take Breaks – Be it from cleaning the house itself or from working. As I work from home in my bedroom, I make sure to move away from the desk regularly to do things like wash the dishes, hoover up or put a load in the washing machines.
Get Into A Routine – I am slowly getting into a routine of cleaning away the dishes after we have eaten. This means no washing up when I get up. I am finally (after 4 years) using the timer on the washing machine. I can load it before bed and it will be washed and finished by the time I am downstairs of a morning. So far, I have managed to set a timer 13 hours in advance so clothes are not sat wet in the machine all day!
What tips do you have for keeping on top of the cleaning in your home?