Living by yourself offers a lot of freedom and flexibility. You can eat a tub of ice cream anytime you want, sleep in during the weekends, and have your friends crash at your place whenever you feel like it. And it offers you the chance to be a total slob – though this is something that you may want to avoid.
Sometimes, living alone gives you leeway on cleanliness. You can just leave the pants where you have taken them off and just go back to them later in the day. But if you continue living this way, you run the risk of turning your home into a total mess. Avoid this behavior at all costs. These are some of the things you may want to keep in mind:
Always clean as you go
You’d always hear your mom telling you to pick up the trash whenever possible and wash the dishes immediately after you eat. Take this mindset and practice it religiously. Cleaning as you go will significantly reduce the amount of clutter that you will accumulate over time. When the dirty items pile up, you will find it harder to clean your space. In short, do not procrastinate.
Get the right shelves
Sometimes, there is clutter because the things you own do not have their own spaces. So, you tend to leave these things in random places and then find yourself turning the house upside down looking for the items when you need them. To avoid this dilemma, you need to have shelves and containers for your things. That is your first step you being organized. Being this organized and orderly also keeps you from losing your things.
Be mindful of the things that you own
One of the many reasons it is hard to clean your all-inclusive apartment you’re renting is because you own more things than your space can handle. You have a lot of furniture pieces to wipe, a dozen bookshelves to dust, and a lot of kitchen items to organize. At this point, you may want to reconsider your lifestyle and make a gradual shift towards minimalism. That just means that you are going to own items that you only need. Adjustment to this lifestyle can be challenging at first, but it helps you stay in touch with reality and practicality; soon, you may realize that you do not need to own two dozens of shoes and a dozen overcoats.
Many people are put off by the concept of cleaning, thinking that it is one big activity. But you do not always have to treat it this way. Cleaning is not a one-off or one big shot that you need to take. You can always start little and turn it into a habit.
A clean home is an inspiring space
Cleaning your home is necessary, and as a solo dweller, do not fall into the trap of being a total slob. A clean home also serves as an inspiring and comfortable space.