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I put hairbrushes, flip flops and baseball caps in the dishwasher...run the cycle....and VOILA'....CLEAN! While I do something else. (NOT while I run dishes!)
On days I can't fit a "workout" in, I use my daily chores around the house as my exercise, such as extra trips up and down the stairs putting things away, squats when folding clothes, you get the picture. Instead of trying to be efficient, and carrying multiple items to put away, make a separate trip for each item. Walking out to our mailbox or feeding our outside animals helps get some steps in as well. Just use whatever you have to get even a little exercise in your day. It all helps.
I've started my spring cleaning today. So I decided, to get in a little extra movement on top of cleaning my butt off, instead of letting the trash bags and recycling pile up and take one big trip to the dumpster, every time, I fill up a bag, I take it down right then. And I live on the second floor too, so lots of extra movement!
When straightening up the house, work on one room at a time and put each item that belongs in that room In its rightful place. As you find things that don't belong in that room, put them together in one spot. Then when you have finished straightening that room, empty your pile of items that belong elsewhere one item at a time. You'll walk take a lot more steps walking back and forth to other rooms. When all the items have been put up, move to the next room and straighten it the same way.
When you're doing laundry you can increase the number of steps you take by taking one item at a time out of the hamper and putting it in the washer. That's a lot of walking back and forth especially if you move the hamper further away from the washer. If you are unbundling socks or checking pockets and haven't finished by the time you reach the washer, walk around in front of it until you're ready to put the item in the machine.
I used to dread weekends because it was the time I did most of my cleaning but it was also the time friends and family would drop over. Now, I take about two hours on Thursday night and clean the bathroom, do some general housework and do my laundry. Then I feel like I have more free time on the weekends to get out and enjoy life. This simple change made a huge difference in my life
Every so often, I like to go around the house and see what I haven't used in what seems like ages, I either donate or if possible sell on-line. I had an extra slow cooker in its original box, sold it. Had 2 extra sets of cultery, sold one with extra dishes that I don't need, and several other items I am trying to sell. Gives me extra room in the house, plus get a few extra bucks to pay down the mortgage or put towards RRSPs.
If tacke in the whole house the same day seems overwhelming choose one day of the week for each room, bathrooms-Mon, living room-Tue.ctr... you see it's much easier this way, everything is quite nice all the time.