Surely you know the surprise while driving when you suddenly arrive at work but can't remember the trip? Or the confusion in the shower when you think whether you have already used shower gel?
Those moments when you let your mind wander and then suddenly realize that you've just been completely in autopilot mode cause us to expend a lot less energy getting things done. So it's worth developing habits, because it's not just smart devices that have an energy-saving mode. So through habits you can get into the human energy saving mode, be completely somewhere else with your mind and the tedious work will do itself.
Below you will learn five simple habits with which cleaning instead of having to be done laboriously, is simply performed automatically. Of course, it takes a while for the habits to become ingrained and it can also be a bit difficult in the beginning especially. But with time, you're guaranteed to find that it's really worth it not to neglect these simple habits.
1) Make the bed every day
You may have heard of this habit, and with good reason. Making your bed every day generally helps you develop habits so that after a while you don't have to think about making your bed when you get up. Also, shortly after your day begins, you'll have completed an activity on your to-do list, be able to cross it off, and have the motivating feeling that you've been up for less than 5 minutes, but you've already completed a task.
This leads to an initial sense of achievement each day and is a good start if you want to develop habits that will improve your orderliness around the house or if you just want to start the day in a good mood.
2) Less is more
By not buying fewer things because you just feel like it, you are helping yourself greatly on your way to a household of minimalist clutter. Often, for example, when we see an offer, we think that we really need an advertised product and can even save some money by buying it right away, but only two or three weeks later we think to ourselves that it really didn't have to be that way.
Especially in our globally connected world with online shopping by a few simple clicks, it is not so easy to prevent this. But to reduce those not-so-necessary purchases, you can get into the habit of always waiting a day before making a purchase that goes beyond your basic needs. This will allow you to sleep on it and see if it was just your whim and the product won't be useful in a few weeks anyway.
In any case, this habit can make their home more orderly by having fewer things lying around that have just been purchased but will soon find no use.
3) Find their cleaning type, clean daily or weekly, or not at all?
When cleaning, you can distinguish 3 different types of people.
1. those who practically always clean, take care of everything directly and clean up, and thus never accumulate a huge mountain of work. The result: constant employment and daily cleaning, but for this there is no specific day that must be completely sacrificed for cleaning. After all, if you always do a little, nothing can accumulate. A very valuable habit that can definitely pay off big if mastered - not only in cleaning.
2. others prefer to have a scheduled day for cleaning, so they always know when it will be clean again. For example, "Clean Saturday" or "Worse is not Sunday". So at least you don't have to think every day about what's dirty, what you should definitely not postpone until tomorrow, etc..
3. still others simply prefer not to clean at all. However, this doesn't have to mean that these people have a dirty household, it could be that these people are so good at making sure nothing gets dirty, have a vacuum cleaner robot that regularly removes crumbs or simply pay someone to do it for them. Cleanliness in their household is responsible.
4) From top to bottom, from left to right.
5) Every thing in its place saves much trouble and many a bad word
This German proverb is not just empty words. Order is after a Study to more than 13,000 people by Elitepartner in June 2020, the most frequently cited reason for arguments in a relationship.
Therefore, it can be assumed that order will not only impress your visit, but also positively affect the relationship with her sweetheart.
However, if you are rather chaotic, it can help to start with the little things. For example, not just throwing your clothes over the chair, on the sofa or on the floor, but stowing them in the closet or putting them in the wash, as well as putting used dishes directly in the dishwasher instead of leaving them on the table for later. Or just stick to habit number 1.
You don't have to be a neat freak to reap the benefits of an organized household. Once the habit is solidified, you won't have to think about where things are because everything has its own place.