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Clear the Clutter
One of the things I recommend is taking just a few minutes a day to clear the clutter in your home. Trust me, it makes all the difference. Of course, if your house is a wreck than of course you need to do some heavy cleaning before this will work for you but once you have cleaned it up, take a few minutes every day to run around the house and pick up anything that can be put away, thrown away, etc. If you do it daily, it will never build up and you will feel so much better and more productive throughout the day.
Set a Timer
To make it easy, pick a time you know you are usually at home and have a few minutes to spare and set an alarm on your phone to remind you to spend 5-10 minutes picking up the clutter in your house. If you are the type who tends to get involved with the task at hand and never stops, set a timer for 5-10 minutes and stop when it goes off. I tend to do this right after I put the baby to bed every night and when cleaning day (link this later to post on cleaning day) comes around there is one less step I have to do to clean the house. Spreading your cleaning throughout the week will help keep you sane and your home sparkling. This has been key for someone like me, especially, with my lack of energy. Anyone can do 5-10 minutes.
Break Your Home Into Sections
Now, I have a 3-bedroom apartment so it doesn’t take me very long at all. If you have a larger home, then break your home into sections. Alternate floors if it is multiple stories. You can even break it up into certain rooms on certain days. I wouldn’t do it this way, personally, as I feel that by the time you get to cleaning day, some of those rooms are more cluttered since you are going longer in between picking up. I would divide it by floors as then you are only going one day in between so there isn’t much time for the clutter to build. This takes discipline at first but, like everything, the more you do it, the more it becomes second nature.