Nobody likes to clean, but since it has to be done, why not do it in a way that brings us peace and quiet, without exhausting us or weighing us down? A professional organizer offers keys to dedicate less time to domestic order and cleaning and also to enjoy it.
“What gets dirty gets cleaned up. What is finished is replaced. What opens closes. What is used is returned to its place. These are the 4 golden rules of domestic order and cleanliness, for people without time, according to the entrepreneur Eva Ruiz.
“We do not live in museums, nor are our houses libraries, where everything has to be placed and numbered. We can have an occasional mess, with toys scattered around the living room when the children play or the kitchen half-cleared during an after-meal meal, but then we have to clean and tidy up, ”she points out.
In short, “what will help us to be organized will be to have the will, to be interested, to acquire a habit, to be constant and to persevere, as it happens with any objective or goal that we set for ourselves in life, and which in this case will consist of being happy.” cleaning and tidying up our home”, says Ruiz.
Entrepreneur Eva Ruiz, writer and specialist in order and cleaning of interior environments, confesses that, like most people, she does not like to clean. However, she has overcome that scruple, writing a book on “how to spend as little time as possible to order and clean the house” and devoting herself professionally to this same activity.
Eva Ruiz (www.laordenada.com) defines herself as an enterprising woman and “interior planner”, that is, a professional who is in charge of planning and organizing the interior spaces of homes, offices and premises to make them more functional, appropriate to the needs of those who use them and improve their quality of life.
“Nobody likes to clean, but it has to be done. So, why don’t we do it in such a way that it gives us peace, tranquility, doesn’t exhaust us or represent a burden?
“You can also be happy if you win the lottery or go around the world. But it is something that not all of us can do. Clean up, yes. So we are going to take advantage of it ”, she affirms with a touch of irony and a sense of humor.
He admits that some people do not quite believe that cleaning can make us happy but they will be able to verify it for themselves if, among other measures, they apply and take into account the recommendations and keys in Ruiz’s book, ‘What gets dirty gets cleaned’, such as the following:
Eight key tips.
1. Common sense and practicality should be the bases on which the division of tasks is encouraged. Love is share.
2. On a day-to-day basis, the objective will be to maintain cleanliness and not dirty more than necessary.
3. A person is not ordered because he has time, but he has more time because he is ordered.
4. Buy with common sense and do not accumulate clothes that you will only wear once.
5. Do not underestimate the order in the bathroom; By tidying it up, it will look cleaner for much longer.
6. It is not the cleanest who is most dedicated to cleaning, but the one who dirty the least.
7. Medications should never be kept in the kitchen or bathroom.
8. The more we take care of objects, the less we will spend and we will also achieve something very important: pollute less.
Ruiz emphasizes the concept of “to love is not to serve, but to share” and the need to distribute the tasks, pointing out: “when the ‘little ones’ finish playing, the ideal is for them to pick up the toys they have scattered, and when we finish a get-together or after-meal, let’s pick up the table and cook together.”
“If I was given a choice between cleaning and order, in case of lack of time, I would choose to order before cleaning. If an environment is minimally ordered with everything in its place, it gives a feeling of peace and cleanliness, even if there is dust”, points out this professional organizer.
“On the other hand, if, for example, the living room is very clean, but there are toys scattered on the floor or clothes not folded on the chair or if the dishes from a recent meal are on the table, it will give a feeling of disorder and dirt”, ensures.
“The key to having a minimally clean and tidy house is to immediately clean what gets dirty and immediately pick up or put away what we have used,” he stresses.
“If you dirty the bathroom mirror, clean it immediately so that dirt does not accumulate. If you cook and make a mess, clean everything up when you’re done. If you have dirty clothes to wash, put them in the basket instead of leaving them on the bathroom floor”, he gives as an example.
Ruiz adds that everyone has to “be responsible for what makes them dirty and messy and not wait for whoever comes behind to fix it.”
This specialist also emphasizes the importance of making an effective distribution of tasks and according to the age and capacity of each member of the household.
“As people who live at home, our sons and daughters must participate in domestic chores, so it is extremely important to educate them in order and cleanliness,” he says.
“A five-year-old child cannot be asked to clean the blinds in the house, but he can learn to leave his room tidy and tidy and with the bed made. He will be able to do it better or worse, but the important thing is that he acquires that routine”, he points out.
Efficiency, collaboration and will.
In this way, parents will help their child see housework, order and cleanliness in the future as something obvious and natural, which will also have more chances of becoming a responsible and self-sufficient adult, according to Ruiz.
He points out that “it is not necessary to clean the whole house every day, but to try to maintain a minimum cleanliness and order, in the kitchen, bathrooms and common areas”.
“Cleaning what gets dirty right away and picking up what’s messy doesn’t require a great effort, just a little bit of will,” he argues.
Based on this family learning, Ruiz recommends “making a list of chores, distributing them according to the age and available time of each member of the family, and each and every one of them put a little on their part, from the youngest to the older, so that the house stays clean and tidy”.
Although this learning process takes time and requires patience, “everyone must be clear that they are a family, in which everyone makes a mess, so each one must be responsible for what corresponds to them and also put themselves in the place of the rest of the family.” household members” he concludes.