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10 Life-Changing Cleaning Habits For Lazy People

We've got the strategies for keeping an impeccably clean house without losing your mind

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Photography: @rachelaust via Instagram

No matter who you ask, be it first-time nesters or seasoned homekeepers, you'll rarely find someone who takes pleasure in cleaning the home. After all, you have to admit—it can get stressful or pretty boring. Regardless of your reasons for delaying the job, it is something you have to do (at least once or twice a week). Make it easier with these helpful tricks: 

1. Do twenty minutes of cleaning per day. 

By no means is it a huge chunk of time, but it can make a massive difference. If you share space with roommates or family, you can get everyone to pitch in—you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in less than half an hour. 

2. Keep your cleaning supplies where you need them. 

This hack will keep you from getting lazy! For example, if you find little splotches on your bathroom mirror, all you have to do is reach down under the sink for the glass cleaner and a washcloth. 

READ: You Can Make Cleaning Easier With This Organizing Hack

3. Declutter and organize. 

When you downsize, you're going to have a minimal number of belongings. Less stuff? Less cleaning. It's as simple as that. 

4. Set small tasks as a part of your morning routine. 

This trick will instantly set you on the right foot for the day! It can be super simple tasks like emptying the dishwasher, watering indoor plants or hanging fresh laundry. 

5. Avoid procrastination. 

This might be quite a challenge if you hate cleaning, but if you succeed, it can go a long way. If there is a task at hand that can be done in just a few minutes, do it already. 

6. Keep counters clear. 

If you keep these surfaces clean and clutter-free, it's going to make the house look a lot brighter and clearer. 

7. Use less paper. 

Do you hate sorting through mail or seeing random documents lying around your home? Switch to a paperless lifestyle. Try digital billing or take pictures of important receipts instead of keeping the hard copy (they fade quickly anyway).  

8. Make sure everything you own has a proper spot. 

Instead of leaving something out in a random spot (which can build up and cause clutter in no time), put it away immediately. Know exactly where it needs to go and keep it there all the time. 

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9. Clean as you cook. 

This tip is smart and easy to do! After prepping your ingredients and you're waiting for your pans to heat up, clear out the peels and wrappers you have lying on the counter or as you wait for something to boil, wipe down the counters to prevent grease stains. Don't leave things sitting and stinking over the sink! 

10. Clear out your fridge (or pantry) once a week. 

Doing this helps you see what you already own so you don't go out and buy multiples (which is just a waste of time and money). It also means you get to finish up whatever you have opened and you can avoid food going bad without being consumed. 

Still looking for more helpful tidying tricks? Follow Rachel on Instagram or check out her full video below: 

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