Cleaning a little bit each day also keep the environment stress free and you feel accomplished
Whenever you have time and desire , you can clean everything at once.
If your room is very messy, throw on some music and focus on one piece of your room each day. For instance, Day 1 is your dresser, Day 2 is your nightstands, Days 3 and 4 are your closet, and Day 5 is finishing touches.
But, if your room just needs a bit of tidying up, I'd just hunker down and get it done.
Kondo’s philosophy behind tidying by categories of things and not locations in the house (e.g. “Where are ALL my plasticeware and containers?” vs. “Let’s go through this one drawer of plastic food containers.”) is very helpful. However, the reality of the situation is that a person who puts off a one-off tidy-overhaul is one to also likely dread the continual maintenance and chores that come with keeping a kept castle.
For sure, prevention is better than cure. If you train your kids to not dare leave their backpacks on the couch, or you always remember to put your vinyl back into the crate when you get home from vinyl night, then there’s less cleanup needed. I find though that the state of “cleaning up” is really the state of caring about one’s space and having not only a plan for what that optimal environment would be, but also learning to enjoy the journey of doing the mundane tasks that keep it that awesome.
For me though, cleaning is extremely therapeutic, so I tend to do everything in one go over more than a day if needed. Obviously I sleep, eat and shower in between. But I’m left feeling accomplished and clear headed. Like I can breathe again.
Now, it feels great to me!! I do a a little every day. I hold my family accountable as well. I use to do it all for everyone, now I have a whiteboard and write all the things down they can help me with (besides their responsibilities, also on the board). I don’t care ‘when’ they do it but it has to be done before bed. They to have learned to do it right away (everything has a home) instead of last min before bed. Now, I clean as I go, it’s part of my morning routine.
I just leave the deep cleaning to once a week, like bathrooms, doors, baseboards, door handles, floors, bedding,…
I hope that helps.
It feels like a smaller lift.
Spring is a great time to think about what we have and what we can sort out to donate or retire one closet or drawer at a time
It will seem hard until you make it a habit but the Golden rule is "don't skip twice".
I’ve been cleaning up for 10 minutes nightly while listening to the “fabulous moment” soothing music. Things are improving little by little. If you over do it, say hours of cleanup, you run the risk of building a negative association with how hard it was, and your next session will be pushed further and further.
My goal is to keep the clutter put away, in general. So I designate a place for stuff as I pick it up and put it away. My house looks neat most of the time. Then, about every 3 months, I do a deep clean of 1-2 rooms at a time, using vacuum tools, wood conditioner, even a toothbrush etc. I touch pretty much every surface, including the walls and ceiling. That takes me about 4 hours on 3 consecutive days. It feels fantastic to be in a room and know it is as clean as anyone could make it.
If your question is one of a weekly (returning task), you do what works for you.
Keep in mind that to keep your house (?), carage (?), need to be maintained so you might want to keep that in mind.
Also, if you seeking guidelines to ajust your current ‘cleaning habit’ see if it works to choose two day’s so you are reminded your cleaning habits. Do what’s needed to be proud at yourself. See how that works. Good luck!!!
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