Two Small Changes for a More Peaceful Home.  

You know that feeling you get when your house is in order? It’s a feeling of inner peace and calm, isn’t it? Knowing that the place in which you live is clean, organized and ready for whatever the world throws at you is one of the most satisfactory things we can think of. There is even some positive psychology backing up the power of organization. Honestly, we wish we could feel that way all the time, everyday.

Of course, the world is made of opposites. Without dark, you cannot have light. Without dirt, you can’t have clean. Without disorder, you can’t have organization. Mess and chaos are always going to find ways to sneak into your home. However, there are little daily things you can do that make cleaning and organizing your home simpler and easier. You may not feel the peace of an orderly home at every moment, but there’s nothing stopping you from feeling that way at the end of each day. Try these two helpful tidiness habits to help you reach that goal.

Tidiness Habit #1: The Purge

The best way to ensure you don’t have a ton of junk cluttering up your home is to get rid of the junk itself. Doing a big purge of belongings can help get you to a manageable amount of belongings that don’t get cluttered quite so easily. If you are the type of person who has a hard time getting rid of things, a great resource is Marie Kondo’s best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Kondo instructs her readers to only keep the items that truly spark joy within them the moment they hold it in their hands and evaluate its purpose. If it does not spark joy, the owner is to thank the item for its service and let it go.

Without all that stuff around, you’ll have the openness you need to see what needs to be cleaned. Beyond the normal vacuuming and wiping of counters, you may notice it is time to clean the baseboards, behind appliances, and inside cabinets. Keeping these areas opens allows you to see when dust and grime accumulate in these areas so you can tackle it as the problem appears instead of waiting for it to become a problem.

Tidiness Habit #2: The Dishes Routine

Doing the dishes is a particularly heinous chore. The longer you put it off, the more you really don’t want to do it. A good way to avoid the dirty sink cycle is to get into a good routine that works with your lifestyle instead of against it -- and there’s no time to start like the present.

Tonight, gather up all the dirty dishes and get them clean. For tough messes, you need to hand wash before putting the dish into the washer. Whether you hand wash or you have a dishwasher, walk away and let them dry once the last dish is done. You don’t have to think about them for the rest of the night. Tomorrow morning, wake up 5 or 10 minutes earlier and put away the dishes. Now your sink, dish rack, or dishwasher is clean and open for the rest of the day for everyone to put their used dishes in. Repeat every night and every morning until it’s a habit (an estimated 21 days) and you barely even have to think about it anymore.

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Big changes start with little steps. If you want a more organized and tidy life, you don’t have to go to extremes overnight. Just getting into two new habits can help you achieve a cleaner and more peaceful home.