Biscuit crumbs on the couch. Toys, books and magazines everywhere. Chaos from the wardrobe clean-out you started but haven’t finished. Being at home = mess. If you prefer a tidy space but you’re in the middle of a mess, here is how to deal with the situation.
Here’s the thing about mess – it makes you feel like things are out of your control. And at times like this, feeling in control is a pretty handy way of coping.
But with entire households now at home 24/7, there is inevitably more mess being made in houses all over Brisbane. That’s super frustrating for some people, and there’s a valid reason why that’s the case…
When we dug around to explore the connection between mindset and spring cleaning, we found that the science of cleaning works like this:
- The presence of clutter takes up brain space, which limits your ability to process other information.
- That means when you’re in a cluttered space or constantly frustrated by little things, it’s harder to focus, be grateful and feel present.
- Over time, this pattern has a negative impact on your overall mindset.
So whether you’re dealing with mess from your kids, your grubby housemate or even yourself, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by it…
If that’s you, here are some coping strategies and ideas for keeping it under control, so you can enjoy that next Netflix binge without feeling guilty that you should be cleaning.
1.Ask for help
Self-isolation has made some people busier. This is especially true if you’re working from home and juggling new commitments, like home schooling or doing errands for your older parents who can’t leave their homes.
Or perhaps you’re finding that the second you clean something up, new mess instantly appears out of thin air.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if this is the case for you, because your household is probably still trying to settle into this new way of being. Ways to ask for help include:
- Explain to the people in your home why it is important to tidy up at certain intervals and how that will make you feel (you might need to be a bit vulnerable here).
- Don’t bring it up in the heat of the moment – set aside a time to talk and be specific with the tasks you need help with, so your loved ones know how exactly what they can do.
- Express thanks and gratitude for the help you receive.
- Organise a cleaning service to come in and take care of the things you don’t have time for: like vacuuming the couch or sanitising surfaces.
2. Be kind to yourself
Even if you’re spending more time at home, that doesn’t mean it is possible for your home to look spotless 24/7. Be gentle on yourself; you’re doing the best you can.
As well as being easy on yourself, try to look after your mental health and you might find the mess easier to be around.
Whether exercise, meditating, reading or gardening keeps you grounded, try to make these activities a regular thing (even if they’re only in small doses). Again, communicate your needs with the people you live with, and work out a system that gives you time for these activities.
3. Create structure
If mess is really getting to you but there is little you can do about it, create structure in other areas of your life.
You don’t have to follow your routine or schedule with military precision, but having a rough idea of what you to achieve each day will help you and your family to have a sense of direction – even when things feel up in the air.
This doesn’t mean that each day has to be productive! You might stay in your pyjamas all day and build pillow forts. But if you’ve intentionally made that decision and that mess, you won’t feel as though the day got away from you.
4. Control what you can
Right now there is probably new mess in your home, like work laptops on dining room tables, school projects and gear for new hobbies – who else has decided to start five different hobbies all at once?
Having these things out constantly blurs the boundaries between different parts of your day, which makes it harder to be present as you move between work, household duties and downtime.
If it’s possible, set a time to put away certain types of clutter. So at 5pm, for example, make a rule that all work papers and computers are squirrelled out of sight. This will allow you to continue using the dining room table for your evening meal, and maintain a sense of order.
You might have to spend a little bit of time clearing space in a wardrobe or cupboard, but having a place for your stuff will make this habit easier to stick to.
If you need a little extra help to stay on top of things, get an instant estimate using the button above, or call us for a chat. We have new hygiene and contactless services available, plus spring clean and sanitisation bundles to give you more options. – The Mother Ducks