Keeping a clean home comes down to developing good habits. The "complete the cycle" cleaning method helps you build the habits you need to keep your home from becoming a cluttered mess.
Photo by Ryo Chijiiwa.
Clutter builds up when things don't get put away, and things don't get put away because you tell yourself that you'll do it later. To avoid that, Shifrah Combiths at Apartment Therapy suggests you always think of a way to "complete the cycle" whenever you do anything at home:
Completing the cycle is a synergistic mix of Leaving Things As You Found Them and Not Leaving Things That Can Be Done Now For Later.
Essentially, you should think of every thing you do in your home as having multiple parts. The most important part being putting things away. For example, if you cook up a dinner, doing the dishes and putting them away completes the cycle. If you start your laundry, complete the cycle by putting your clothes away. You can even complete the cycle to keep your car clean by always forcing yourself to leave your car with whatever you took in with you.
As you go about your daily activities at home, always ask yourself, "what would complete the cycle?" Don't just put things down, put them away.
Try "Complete the Cycle" and See How Much Less You Have to Pick Up [Apartment Therapy]