As I'm sure I already told you (because I tell everyone), I'm reading The Happiness Project from Gretchen Rubin, which is a book I highly recommend. If I had the money I'd buy it for everyone I know, but I don't, so you'll have to buy it yourself if you want to benefit from all the great tips and have a good time reading a nice book.
So today I will tell you about the One-Minute-Rule. As many of you (well, at least my familymembers) know, I'm not very focused on keeping my house clean and tidy. I want to, but... I just don't do it. Although, it's more the tidy-up part I'm too lazy to do. I do try to keep things clean. This is not something I can blame my illness for. Things like vacuming, doing dishes, changing the sheets of the bed, those things are hard for me to do because of ME, but keeping things tidy doesn't have to take much time and effort. So that's not an excuse. It does give me a lot of energy though when my surroundings are pleasant and zen.
Apparently, Gretchen Rubin, the author of this inspiring book (yes I will keep bugging you to buy it), wasn't very much focused on keeping things tidy herself, but like me, she did love it when the house was nice and became annoyed when it wasn't. So she came up with the one-minute-rule: everything you can do in one minute, is not to be posponed. No excuses. Just do it. It's a matter of discipline. Once you start to honor this rule, you can keep cleaning up because as it turns out, a lot of things only take a minute. But that's not the point. If that's too much all at once, just do a couple of one-minute chores a day. So I have been honoring this rule for some days now, and I must say it really makes a difference.
Another thing she came up with is the evening tidy-up: every night before you go to bed, clean up a bit. Even if you don't want to. Even if you're tired and just want to go to bed. You'll be happy in the morning. This one I didn't try yet... But I'm sure it works perfectly. Maybe I should try it sometime. What are your tips for keeping the house clean while not spending too much energy?