After a long day at work, you walk into your home only to find it to be a mess. Perhaps that’s the way you left it, or family members are the culprit. Either way, the last thing you want to do is clean up.
The answer to your problem lies in breaking some common bad habits that are contributing to a messy home.
You Don’t Bother to Make Your Bed
According to a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com, 59 percent don’t make their beds. Perhaps you also have this habit of leaving your bed unmade. This is a habit you should break.
Besides making your room look less messy, making your bed puts you in a productive state. It gives you a little sense of pride that will encourage you to do another task.
Never Putting Things Back Where They Belong
Whether it is because you are in a hurry or have no motivation, the habit of not returning stuff where they belong creates unnecessary clutter on surfaces.
After using an item, immediately return it where it belongs. Even if you are in a hurry, do it. It only requires seconds to put an item back. This will avoid unnecessary clutter and help your home look tidier.
Letting Clothes Pile Up
We are all guilty of not putting our clothes away when we should. However, some people have the habit of letting those clothes pile up on a chair, bench, or the floor. Instead of having a clean appearance, your room looks like a shelter for clothes.
Break this bad habit by preparing where your clothing item will go after it is used. If it is dirty, have a hamper close by to throw your clothes in there quickly. Can you wear it again? Keep a hanger nearby so you can rapidly hang it or store it in the drawer. It’s that easy.
Letting Dishes Stack Up
Few people enjoy washing dishes. A contributing factor to that is how overwhelming it feels when the dishes stack up in the sink. Do not let the dishes resemble the leaning tower of Pisa. You can break this habit with a little bit of effort.
Instead of letting the dishes pile up, wash as you go. While cooking, wash the prep utensils and dishes you no longer need.
If you use a cup or plate between meals, wash it as soon as you are finished with it.
After dinner, don’t skip the dishes. Load them in the dishwasher right away. Or if washing by hand, put on your favorite music while doing chores such as this one.
You Neglect the Bathroom
Generally, a bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a week (tub, shower, etc.) But soap, makeup, toothpaste, and other things will get your bathroom messy pretty quickly. That is where daily maintenance is needed.
Always declutter the counters from items you finished using. Use a cleaning wipe to daily wipe down the sink and counter.
Bad habits can be undone by focusing on the benefits of breaking them. Having a messy-free home will allow you to have extra time to rest or do other things you enjoy. Getting your family to support your new habits will add to the satisfaction of having a messy-free home.