You worked all day and hit the gym right afterwards. You know, you’re a committed person who knows how to stay healthy. Then, you had a dinner date with your friends, and by the time you got home, you were ready to call it a day. You checked your social media, then watched an episode of a series you’re following, had a shower and crumbled into bed.
Only at the moment you were turning the lights off, you noticed the pile of the dishes in the sink, and your eyes lay on the clothes you didn’t put away, but you were so tired that you promised yourself you’d clean the next day, and fell fast asleep in less than five minutes.
We know, we know! There’s just too much to handle; something’s got to give. Unfortunately, you can’t tackle the problem by magically adding an hour to the day (although we admit that would be insanely helpful). Nor is cutting your sleep that good of an idea, because eventually you’ll end up feeling like a zombie, which will affect your abilities, both physical and mental. But while having a messy home might seem like the least painful solution, eventually that will take its toll on your wellness too. Luckily, there are countless ways to keep your home happy even though you’re struggling with time. We’ve come up with some effective and efficient ways to handle the situation.
Do you have a minute? Let’s face it—even in the most stressful of times, you do. So turn this into an asset at home by doing all the tasks that require less than a minute right away. Hang your coat instead of leaving it on the bed. Put away your shoes. Leave your purse where it belongs and remove all the clutter from it, like used tissues and receipts. Every time you change—EVERY SINGLE TIME—make sure to either toss the clothes in the hamper or put them back in the closet. Wipe away every fresh spill right away. Whenever you use anything—a book, magazine, camera, nail polish—put it back where it was when you’re done using it.
This all may sound silly because, hey, it’s not that it matters whether you’ll move that book now or in two hours, right? Actually, that’s the main issue here. If you do it right away, that’s just a small step that makes the room less cluttered. Do this for a few days and if you keep reminding yourself of the one-minute rule, you’ll make a habit of it and really notice the difference.
15 minutes a day = hours on a Saturday
The purpose of the one minute rule is to save bigger chunks of time you would have to spend to take care of what you could have done throughout the day in one minute or less. The same idea can be applied to tasks that require a bit more time.
For example, if you’re cooking, do the dishes while you’re waiting for the water to boil. So, when you finish eating, all the dirty dishes will be the ones you actually used during the meal, like plates and cutlery. When you’re done with prepping food and eating, throw away all the packaging and trash, like egg shells and bones, and store all the food. Wipe down the kitchen counter as soon as you finish; it’s quick and easy and saves loads of time scrubbing caked-on spills later. Don’t forget to empty the garbage bins if they’re full!
Bonus: while you’re in the kitchen check for expiration dates on the products in the fridge and if all the fruits in the fruit basket are in a good condition, so you don’t face something rotten that’s been there for weeks.
If you incorporate these tricks in your daily life, come the weekend, all you’ll have to do is vacuum/sweep/mop. Turns out, mother was right when she was annoying you to “put that back in its place!” The attitude does wonders in time management!
I’ve always been on the messier side, but ever since I decided to devote just a couple of minutes every day to housekeeping, the mess has reduced so much. Well, truth be told, as I’m typing this, my gym clothes are looking at me from my left, but the minute I put the dot at the end of this sentence, I’m going to put them away. Pinky promise.