A clean home is more than just an aesthetic element. It is often a reflection of your mental health. The messier a space, the more it weighs on your mood and sense of wellbeing. When you’re feeling down and overwhelmed, though, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get cleaning. This results in a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. We understand the challenge of a tidy home, so we’ve compiled this list of tips to get your home, and your health, back on the upswing.
Break It Down
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to clean your whole space in one. Break the tasks down into small manageable chunks. Instead of clearing out an entire room in one go, start by tidying up 10 items per day. These could be dishes, clothes, or any manner of household objects. Once you start to see a difference, you can move on to other tasks.
Let the Light In
Open those windows and let the sunshine in. Vitamin D is key to maintaining good mental health, and sunshine is full of it. Take some paper towels and window cleaning solution to the grubby surfaces. Giving them a good wipe down will help the rays of the sun penetrate through, brightening up the space and giving you that extra dose of vitamin D.
This one will need to be different for different people. You could set a daily alarm for yourself to signal when it’s time to clean. Alternatively, you could enlist a friend or two to hold you accountable and check in regularly to make sure you’re completing your daily cleaning goals. If you have a friend who is willing to, you could also invite them over to help you out. There’s nothing more motivating than knowing you don’t have to do it alone.
Spend your energy where it will do the most good. If no one ever goes into your basement, don’t spend hours on that space right away. Start with the rooms you occupy the most. This is a great way to slowly transform your environment into a more positive, welcoming space. For example, if you love spending time in your living room, break out the vacuum and get tidying in there. Once it is clean, you’ll have at least one place to go that isn’t overwhelmingly messy. That in itself can be motivating!
Scrub Those Walls
While not the most “fun” task, cleaning the walls is much like cleaning windows in that it can do wonders to brighten up a space. Start by dusting them from ceiling to baseboard, then follow with a gentle, all-purpose cleaning solution on a cloth-covered broom or mop.
Dust, Dust, Dust
Speaking of dusting, you’ll want to get rid of that grayish layer that’s settled on all your surfaces. Use a dry, microfibre cloth to carefully wipe down cupboards, tables, decor, and any other hard surfaces that need it.
Call in Some Backup
In addition to the ideas above, you may want to consider supplementing your new routine with a professional cleaning. You can either have a trusted cleaner get you started by performing a one-time deep clean or have them come in for regularly scheduled appointments to help you stay on top of your own tasks.
Follow these tips to help transform your living space into one that uplifts you, instead of bringing you down. For more advice from our experts or to book a cleaning, contact our team at Zanjani today!