There's a yoga teacher who's motto is "Find what feels good." It certainly applies to listening to your body as you move and contort it (into sometimes awkward positions), but I can't help but think it applies to life at home, too.
We dispense a lot of advice on Apartment Therapy. From how to clean to when to clean to how to DIY something to how often you should be washing your sheets to plenty of other helpful tidbits of information, all intended to make your life a little bit better.
It's a lot to absorb, though. An overwhelming amount, even. And in the hustle and bustle of life, in all of our busy-ness, sometimes we get caught up in following advice that while great for some, maybe doesn't work for us.
I think it's important for everyone to find what feel good for them. The right amount of cleaning that works with their schedule and still allows plenty of leisure time. The right balance of inviting people over and nesting at home solo. I think it's important to get to know your home, get to know yourself and get to know what works for you and your family. How?
1. Take inventory of what you do now
What is your cleaning routine? How do you keep track of home repairs? Are you entertaining as much as you would like? You've got to know what it is that you're doing before you can decide if it's working.
2. Be honest with yourself about what's worked
Don't sugarcoat the situation and lie to yourself; if you aren't sticking to that cleaning routine you picked out, it might not be because you're a failure. It might be because it's just not for you. Same goes with a lot of different home tasks and ideas.
3. Find alternatives by seeking like-minded individuals
It stands to reason that folks similar to you in personality might have already stumbled on the sort of home systems that feel good for them. Feel free to ask them for their secrets. See someone make a familiar comment in a post on Apartment Therapy? Ask them for their secrets, too.
4. Test ideas out one at a time, and move on when it's not working
It's great to test new cleaning routines and new home ideas out! But don't keep trudging if it's too hard, doesn't feel great or isn't fun. Move on to the next idea!
→ Can you think of any home advice you've tried in the past, that while perfectly good advice, wasn't great for you and your home? What have you learned about yourself, your cleaning habits or your home lately? Share in the comments below! You never know what inspiration your advice and experience might be for someone else.
*Yoga teacher mentioned is Adriene, of Yoga with Adriene.
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