Cleaning is a chore, there’s no denying that. But it doesn’t have to be painful; it doesn’t have to be the one thing we constantly put off until the final moments when our apartments look like a natural disaster struck. I remember my mom always telling me tips that I overlooked until I got older and now I swear by them.
The first one is, always make your bed!!! It’s not as hard as one may think, even in the mornings when you are in a hurry. Not only is there nothing better than crawling into a tightly made bed at night but also it makes your room look so much nicer. When your bed is made, I promise you will more inclined to keep the rest of your room tidy as well.
Following the made bed, an important tip in staying on top of a clean bedroom is to always have a big laundry basket. Pick a corner of your room, or in your closet if possible, where your laundry basket can find a home and always put away your dirty clothes. You just have to throw them in the basket, as long as they are not scattered on the floor or tucked between your bed and the wall.
My next tip is to always have cleaning wipes on hand. Have some in the bathroom, some in the kitchen, and even in the bedroom if necessary. Having these available is such an easy way to constantly be wiping the mirror, or bathroom counter, the sink, anything where dirt loves to hang out. It takes 30 seconds to wipe down a counter and it makes the world of a difference to stay on top of the mess.
My final tip, one that I preach and swear by for everything: MUSIC! Have a cleaning playlist or a favorite CD that lifts your mood and makes you want to dance. Pop in your headphones or connect your speaker, turn the volume all the way up, and jam the heck out. Cleaning is so much more fun when you have your jams on. If you want to pair your cleaning/dance session with your favorite tea, chai from Starbucks is my drink of choice; it’s perfect over ice for summer cleaning or warmed up for the cold months when you need to pick up after yourself.
Living in a clean space can help everything from your allergies, your mood, your stress levels, and your focus. Get up and make a positive start to your day by cleaning your surroundings, but never forget ya music!