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 having to get 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 that much 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 enjoyed this cycle for many years, and I am so glad I ended it! No more reorganizing for me!
My home has now 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 as they are due. 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 to deal with.]
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 counter tops [also done when cleaning up after 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. 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 am cooking and my husband is more likely to follow suit.]
Before: 15 minutes, doing it all after cooking. After: 7 minutes roughly.
6. Any dirty clothes will be gathered and sorted 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 only have to 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. [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? Do you feel happier or more energetic when your home is tidy?
Also, if you haven’t stopped by yet, please go check out my interview at Kindly Unspoken! Cara asked some great questions about minimalism and how it has influenced my life. I’d love it if you would check it out and leave Cara a comment!