Cleaning Habits From a Former Slob Turned Neat Freak

cleaning habits

Ok, I think I’ve always been a neat freak at heart. My life just got crazy and I stopped caring as much about cleanliness. I have also struggled to have the motivation to get off the couch at times, due to mild depression. Here are some habits I have been working on to overcome my slobiness (I think I just invented a word).

Dish/Kitchen Habits

Nothing stresses me out more than a messy kitchen. It can turn me from a good mood to a foul one. And it’s never appealing to unexpected house guests. Here are some simple things I started doing to help decrease my kitchen stress.

  • Empty the dishwasher each morning.
  • Rinse my dishes when I am done with them and put them in the dishwasher
  • Run the dishwasher every night(if it is full).
  • Wipe down counters, stove, sink, and kitchen table daily

Laundry Habits

I picked a day to do laundry every week. This means that I wash and dry all the clothes that day. Sometimes it takes two days if I get sidetracked and forget to move the load along.

As I pull a load out of the dryer, I sort it into piles and fold what will go in drawers. Sometimes I do this all at once, but it is way more overwhelming to do it that way. I usually end up waiting for the next day to put it all away. It used to sit on my couch for almost a week…until it was time to do laundry again…So, it’s getting better! I love being able to sit on my couch, haha.

Lifestyle Habits

By this, I mean everyday habits to keep your environment clean. This means putting things away as you use them. We are still working on this one. Hang up your coat when you get home, put away your shoes, etc. When you take something out of a wrapper, throw the wrapper away. Put your laundry in the laundry basket when you are done with it.

I think these are all basic skills that our mom’s probably taught us. It is easy to get into bad habits though, and even harder to break out of these bad habits. It takes conscious thought of what you are doing. I learned somewhere that it takes two weeks of doing something every day to establish a new habit. So it is absolutely possible to go from slob to neat freak!

I love having a cleaner house! Making it a priority has been so helpful. It is contributing to my decreased stress and increased happiness lately.

Thanks for reading!

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