Last week, I shared how tidying my place once and for all was officially completed. Today, I want to share with you how tidying my home cut cleaning time in half!
If you are like me, you don’t prefer to come home after a full day of work to continue working. I like to come home, decide what to cook for supper, tidy a little, and enjoy an activity or two before getting ready for bed.
Before I became a minimalist, my routine was dreadful! Some days I would spend 2 hours working on cleaning my home and/or organizing stuff!
It was madness! My after work routine was just as exhausting as working a full 8 hour day, which made me even more exhausted.
I did not have a place for everything, and things were usually stuffed into whatever space I could find.
Did you know that organizing things that do not have a proper space will eventually lead to the need of reorganization?
This cycle could easily be labelled as insanity! I endured this cycle for many years, and I am so glad I ended it! No more reorganizing for me!
My home has been tidy for two weeks, and I am loving it! Everything is quick to put away and easy to clean!
So let’s go into details of how I personally cut cleaning time in half by having a tidy home!
Most days, I am home an hour and a half before my husband. My goal is to have everything tidied by the time he gets home, so that I can start cooking supper and converse with him about our day.
1. I deal with the mail as soon as I get home.
Bills are put in my basket to be dealt with appropriately. Spam is put in my recycle bin. Anything else is dealt with accordingly. [I used to put all of the mail in a basket and sort when the pile became too much.]
Before: 1 hour when I decided to deal with a pile. After: 2 minutes, if I get mail that day!
2. I lay out any meat that needs thawed for supper, and wipe down my countertops [also done when cleaning up after supper].
By planning ahead, the first thing I do after sorting the mail is lay out thing that need to thaw out before cooking. I also like to wipe down my countertops before prepping supper.
Before and After: 2 minutes [No difference of time taken.]
3. I make the bed.
Most say to do this in the morning, but I find it easier for me to do this after work. It is almost a push for me to tidy my space – a motivation to get started, if you will.
Before: 0 minutes, because I never worried about making the bed. 🙁 After: 3 minutes
4. I look for anything out of place and put it where it belongs.
Usually there is a kitchen towel that needs to go into the laundry, or a cup that needs to be put in the sink.
Before: 20 minutes when I did it. After: 5 minutes at the most.
5. Switch out the dishes in the dishwasher.
I put away the clean dishes from the dishwasher and put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher. [This saves me so much time after eating supper, because I can add dirty dishes as I cook and my husband is more likely to follow suit.]
Before: 15 minutes, doing it all after cooking. After: 7 minutes roughly.
6. Put on a load of laundry.
I gather any dirty clothes and sort into my two laundry hampers. I start a load of laundry if there is enough to do so.
If any clothes are in the dryer, I warm them to remove wrinkles, then fold and put them where they belong.
[I usually do laundry every 3 days, but I collect dirty clothes daily to keep my space tidy. Before being tidy, I would have to do a load a day!]
Before: 30 minutes a day. After: 5 minutes when only sorting; 15 minutes when washing, drying, and folding a load or two.
7. Lastly, I dust, sweep, and vacuum.
Living in a small space means this doesn’t take long, so I don’t mind doing it often.
[My husband is mildly allergic to dust mites, so I am working harder to keep the dust level down in our home.]
Before: 20 minutes, mostly because I had a bigger space with a lot more to clean. After: 7 minutes.
Together these 7 steps take about 30-40 minutes to complete each day after work. This leaves me enough time to go out into the garden to pick fresh beans, feed/water my chickens, or whatever I feel like doing until my husband gets home.
I love coming home to a 30-40 minute tidying routine versus about an hour and a half routine that I had before becoming a tidy minimalist. I feel my energy level has improved due to this.
Before, I could barely do what was necessary. Now, I look for extra things to do, because I have the time and energy.
Some people believe the tidier your home, the happier and more energetic you are. I have only been tidy for a couple of weeks, but I have come to believe that as truth.
Want to cut your cleaning time in half? It is as simple as having a tidy home!
What is your after work routine like? What do you do on a daily basis to help ease the process? Let me know below in the comments.