Jun 20

cleaning the kitchen

Are you a slob? Well if you answered “yes” then you have made the first crucial step in fixing it; you have accepted what you are and want to do something about it. Part of the reason people are messy or hoarders is due to the fact that we keep things around too long even beyond their expiration date.

In the past I offered up tips to keeping your place clean but based on the feedback I received it may have been a tad too hardcore. Today I offer you 4 steps that will make even the biggest slob a neat freak in the eyes of his/her friendship base:

Step 1 – Minimalize Your Belongings

If you haven’t used something in 6 months to a year then chances are you don’t need it at all. This is what I love about my monthly minimalist ritual; it gives me material to pawn, eBay and Craigslist away for some pocket change all while ridding my home of unnecessary clutter.

Still have that drum set lying around from your career as a Guitar Hero band member? Sell it, donate it or toss it out. Trust me the chances of you playing it again anytime soon is little to none.

Step 2 – Develop Rituals

We human beings are creatures of habit; it’s quite amazing when you think about it.

Look at your life – you get up; brush your teeth (hopefully); go to work; play on the internet pretending to work; drive home having road rage; then play video games till bed time.  So why not develop rituals that aid in cleanliness? Consider these few ideas:

  • Wash the dishes immediately after cooking.
  • Start cleaning up after your friends as soon as they leave your house.
  • Make people remove their shoes at the entrance to your home.
  • Make your bed before leaving for work.
  • Scrub the bathtub while you take showers on Saturdays.

These rituals are not super intrusive and will become 2nd nature after a time and you will eventually  begin to do them without thinking about it. When you make cleanliness an effort it becomes a chore but when you make it a ritual then it becomes a part of life.

Step 3 – Obey The Stalker’s Law

What is the Stalker’s Law? Well it is to put things back exactly where you got them from!

Imagine if you are stalking someone and you don’t want them to become aware of your presence; you make sure to meticulously cover your tracks right?

So if you read a book, place it back in the book case; if you use the remote, place it back where it came from; if you make a bowl of cereal don’t leave the box on the kitchen counter. You get the gist of this I’m sure. Just put things back where they belong and your place will stay pristine always.

Step 4 – Fold Your Clothes at The Dryer

Last but not least do not neglect the laundry! Yup, I know it’s a lot easier to make that huge pile on the ground like the All Knowing Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock (showing my age here) but unless you have a couple hours to burn doing nothing but folding (you don’t) it’s better to not multitask laundry day with work or video games.

Make your laundry time your laundry time and fold the clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer. It feels really good when you are done and are able to just tuck things away than to face the embarrassment of your friends coming over and your pile of underwear sits at the top of that mountain of clothes staring at them.

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