#6 Pick Up After Yourself

This seems like a no-brainer thing to do in order to keep your home clean and tidy, but I think we all could agree that it’s easier said than done! If you feel like you’re a tornado tearing through your house each day and like there is just too much clutter to keep up with, give these tips a try.  Self-discipline is the key.  It is so easy to get distracted while working on something and say “I’ll just come back to that later.” Don’t let yourself do it! Instead, take an extra minute to put what you are working on away before starting on something else.  I know for people with kids or crafters who like to leave projects out, this can be a nearly impossible task! The good news is there are ways around this, and it doesn’t have to be black and white.

Start with things like putting the cereal away as soon as you are done with it, or the disc back into its case when you are done watching a movie. These may seem like minuscule tasks, but trust me! They will add up.  If you are able to pick up even some of the little items left out throughout the day, I guarantee you will notice a difference! If this still sounds too difficult, start with one step at a time. Once you have that into your routine, you can slowly up the ante! For example, start by picking up and putting away 10 things at the end of each day. Once you have that under your belt, you can set a goal to put 10 things away in the morning and evening. If you can, get yourself to the point where putting away everything from the day before you go to bed is part of your daily routine. Additionally, you can start training yourself to put things away once you’re done with them, and eventually you will feel like you hardly have to clean at all!

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