One of the worst parts about adulthood is easily cleaning up the constant wave of mess. I have nightmares about dirty footprint trails down the halls, toothpaste-stained mirrors (thanks to my 6 year old,I learned this is a thing!), and worst of all, piles of laundry to be folded. So how can you combat this before it gets overwhelming? Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Set A Schedule: Contrary to what society might lead you to believe, you don't have to overwhelm yourself by doing so much at once. Write down everything you hope to get accomplished, estimate the amount of time you'll need to complete each task, then assign them to your designated cleaning days so they fit in well with your other plans for that day.
You shouldn't spend your whole day cleaning- make time for frequent breaks!
Do Similar Tasks at the Same Time: If you are working on two connecting rooms, for example, declutter the entire area, then wipe all surfaces, sweep or vacuum, then mop. Don't jump between other rooms and tasks (ex. sweeping in the living room, then putting dishes away in the kitchen), because you could track dirt from the kitchen back into the living room, and you might forget where you left off on your to-do list.
Have Distractions: It's always great to have something playing in the background as you go about your chores. Find an easy-to-follow podcast if you're cleaning multiple rooms or walking around quite a bit, or put a movie on if you're sitting down to fold laundry.
Purchase Cleaning Supplies You Love: Entering adulthood, I never would have thought I'd have a preference for cleaning materials. My favourite spray cleaners are from the Method and Seventh Generation brands *unsponsored; they don't have a strong odour yet they remove dirt/stains easily. For most chores I prefer paper towels, but I'm warming up more to the idea of using washable cloths. In the end I'm sure it's a more cost effective and environmentally sustainable choice. Choosing products that you can get excited about working with can help to make it seem less like a chore, and more of a revival of your living space.
These are just a few of the strategies I use to keep my motivation up. I'm curious to hear of your ideas - please comment your best cleaning hack below!