There’s no way you can transform your life if you don’t first transform your environment. That said, it can be hard to know where to start. Starting small and working upwards, it’s easy to completely renovate your lifestyle one step at a time.
First of all, make a plan of action. What really needs doing in your house? What have you been putting off for ages? And, if you want to make a start, what do you need to buy in order to get cleaning? Make a shopping list and factor some time into your week to make your cleaning plan into a reality.
Clean up your act
We’ve all heard of the Marie Kondo technique, and now you can put it to good use. Get rid of everything you haven’t used in years – you’re unlikely to miss it – or, if you are going to keep hold of it, then make sure that’s it’s put away in a tidy manner. Having an aesthetically pleasing storage solution can be a good first step – checking your local hardware store or online can provide some nifty options – or, if that fails, learning how to fold and arrange by type and use is a great first step. Make sure the things you use often are easily accessible so that you don’t spend ages searching around and know where everything is the moment you need it.
If there’s something that you don’t want but can still be used, don’t just throw it out! Make sure that it’s going to a good home. Sometimes household items can be repurposed for another use. Of course, charity shops are always the best idea, and allow you to do a good deed at the same time as your spring cleaning.
Scrub, scrub, scrub
It’s all very well sorting and organising your clothes, but once you’re able to see your bedroom floor, you need to make sure you keep it clean – and do so regularly. Invest time in making a schedule for cleaning your living space. Planning certain days for sorting certain rooms or doing activities such as dusting, hoovering, or disinfecting can help make the process far more structured. Remember that some things in your living space need to be cleaned more often than others – you should vacuum your house around every two weeks, for example, while your windows should be cleaned about once a month.
Invest in free help
If you live in a house with multiple people, it’s only fair that everyone should take their fair share of the work. If it doesn’t occur naturally, a cleaning rota can help prevent any confusion. If one person always does another duty – such as the food shop or the cooking – then it might be fair to give them less of the cleaning duties, but this will depend upon how you arrange your household. It can even help to have a list of house rules so that everyone’s on the same page.
Look for hidden dangers
None of the small details you change in your life are going to make a difference if you don’t sort out the larger, underlying problems which plague your living conditions. As such, it’s worth checking your house for hidden dangers, and investing time and money into getting them sorted. When you have the money, invest in larger procedures such as roof repairing or damp proofing, particularly if you live in a big city such as London, where house prices are so high problems can often go undetected. Putting your health first is of the utmost importance if you are to improve your lifestyle, but these hidden problems can set all your progress in the opposite direction.