How many times have you heard it before – you procrastinate, you’re untidy, you’re lazy. Well, guess what, they may not be the nicest things to be called but you’re now old enough to accept what you are and have realised that chances are that you are not going to change.

Also, although you may not necessarily be proud of these character traits, they haven’t stopped you from getting on with your life and you have not done too badly for yourself, thank you very much.

Unless you are willing to pay someone to keep your house tidy for you, you are going to have to do some housework yourself. This doesn’t mean though that you should not and cannot make life as easy for yourself as possible. This will satisfy your lazy streak as well as keep your home in a somewhat livable condition.

Following are some tips for keeping your home decluttered, especially if you are a lazy individual:

Only use the best
If you are already going to clean, you may as well use the best…or at least the almost best. Using an old, decrepit vacuum cleaner is not fun; they are heavy, loud, and don’t have the suction of the modern beasts. Use a new vacuum cleaner that can suck out your neighbours eyeballs through your adjoining wall and suddenly cleaning is fun and time efficient.

This applies to all your household appliances as well as cleaning sprays and detergents, and brooms and brushes. As a wealthy friend once said, “I don’t have enough money to buy the cheapest.” And she was dead right!

Would you like to recycle but couldn’t be bothered? After all, a walk to the thrift store takes time…and effort. Well, how about killing two birds with one stone and using some of your old clothes as cleaning materials?

For example, you are always going to need cleaning cloths, so why not cut up some of your old clothes and use them. It will also save you the time and money involved in going to the supermarket to buy new cleaning cloths.

Multitask in the bathroom
When you soak in the tub, wipe it down a bit with a sponge as you soak. Do the same when showering where you can even use detergent – just make sure you don’t soap yourself with the detergent and vice versa. Also , be sure to use a non-slip plastic bath or shower mat as breaking your neck in the bath is going to extremes when it comes to avoiding housework.

The plastic fantastic
Invest in some plastic storage containers. A plastic laundry basket doesn’t cost much and is a better storage facility than the floor for your washing. Similarly, plastic storage containers for places like under the bed provide extra storage  so that you can quickly pack away items that have been left lying about without investing too much time or thought in what to do with them.

Tidying up lawns and backyards are often on our to do lists but never seem to get around to it. It’s much easier to just close the windows and forget about it all. A good outdoor storage solution for the lazy are plastic sheds, They don’t take up much space and you can store all those tools and toys inside. Instead of stressing out about tidying your backyard and where to put everything, just put in all the shed!

Label and file
Invest in a filing cabinet for all your papers and as soon as you no longer need the papers, put them in an appropriately labeled file. You’ll be able to quickly and easily find the papers when you need them and your place will be neater.

Laziness is not a crime and neither is having a cluttered home, not doing things smarter though should be a jailable offense. To declutter your home, you don’t have to work harder or be overly vigilant, you only have to work smarter.

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