12 Habits to Help Freelancers Keep Your Home Clean
If you’re a freelancer like me, you probably don’t have a “normal” schedule.
Some weeks, I have 2 days off. Other weeks, I have 0 days off. Other weeks, I have 4 days off! It really fluctuates a lot, and I try to spend some time working every day (because I love my job). But – there are months where I have 0 free days without work!
That means I have to create good habits for myself, to help keep my home clean.
Here are some of the ways I’ve done that over the past few years:
1. Designate a Mail Spot
Don’t let old mail pile up. Designate a spot in your house for mail. I try to open mail as soon as it arrives, but if you can’t manage that – at least have a basic pile where it goes, so you can address it all at once, rather than having to hunt for checks around the house.
2. Put Together a Schedule
When is your day busiest?
Mine is usually busiest from 12 PM to 12 AM.
So, 9-10 AM is a good time of day for me to clean. I try to schedule myself into that time slot, when I can.
3. Get Help from Family
Don’t let the cleaning fall to one person. If you have other family living in the house, split up the chores.
4. Put a Thing Back in Its Place
If I take a book off the shelf, read a few pages, and then put it down… pretty soon I’ll have books all over the house.
Instead, I make sure to put things back where they go, when I’m done with them. This reduces clutter around the house.
5. Throw Out Old Stuff
How many times have you tried the soap dispenser, only to see it’s totally empty? If you’re like me, you probably keep things a little past the time you should. Throw out old things (recycle when you can!) and replace or refill them.
6. Today Is Vacuum Day
What day of the week do you vacuum? Maybe, like most of us, you don’t vacuum every week. That’s fine! But put a time on your calendar, and make sure it works for everyone (not when someone is taking a nap, for instance).
Don’t let the annoying chores pile up.
7. Get New Cleaning Gear
When you need to, get new cleaning supplies. Maybe that means sponges, a swiffer refill, etc. Whatever you use to clean – don’t use it till it’s completely unusable.
8. Plan Work Time
One thing that people don’t think about, when they’re planning cleaning time, is: what else is going on in your day?
If I decide I’m only working 12 PM to 12 AM (which, by the way, is a long work day!), that means I have all the rest of the day to do other things.
If I get sidetracked and keep working till 1 or 2 AM, I know I’ll be tired the next day. So… keep to a work schedule, to help your cleaning schedule stay on track.
9. Calendar Reminders
I always set reminders, even for silly things. I don’t feel bad if my calendar says “Hey, remember to water the plants!” This frees up my brain space to focus on work, and I still water the plants. Win/win.
10. Do the Dishes After You Use Them
This is tough for a lot of people, and I think relying on the whole “rotating chore chart” thing can help.
Do your dishes the night you use them. Sometimes you may have to soak something overnight, and that’s fine. But try to do them the same night, when you can. This will go a long way towards a clean home.
11. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Help
In my early freelancing days, I remember going over to a friend’s house. She’d been sick and didn’t have time to clean up.
So, I helped tidy. She still thanks me for that, years later! Don’t be ashamed to reach out for help. I’d much rather go help a friend tidy and put things away than do it for my own home.
12. Eat Regularly
Freelancers can have a hard time remembering to do basics: eat. Sleep. Drink water. Repeat.
If you work from home, it can be especially easy to get into a zone of work.
Remember to take breaks and keep your energy up. That will help with cleaning stamina!
What habits do you use to keep your home clean? What have I missed? Post in the comments and let me know what works best for you!