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Housecleaning Hacks For When You're Grieving


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Posted On: Oct 12, 2016

Housecleaning Hacks For When You're Grieving

When you're bereaved, housecleaning is the last thing you want to do. But while it's important to not overextend yourself when you're grieving when it comes to non-urgent tasks, grief can lead to depression, which in some people, leads to a complete lack of motivation and subsequently, a dangerously-dirty house and even a lack of personal hygiene.

Luckily, there are things you can do to make cleaning up easier and less of a hassle. Let's take a look.

Just tidy up

If there is no real mess to your house or no incident (such as spilling a drink) that calls for an immediate (and possibly deep) cleanup, then you might want to consider saving the serious cleaning for when you're more up for it and in the meantime, just tidy up.

That means, pick your clothes up off the floor, take out the trash, organize and straighten anything from books, toys, or paperwork that's strewn everywhere. No scrubbing, no cleaning products, just picking things up and putting them away.

You might be surprised at how much doing this improves your mindset. There's an entire book (a runaway bestseller at that) devoted to this whole process and its mental benefits. It's called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo and Cathy Hirano. Check it out if you get a chance.

Make your own cleaning solution

This is ridiculously cheap, easy, safe, and effective, but almost nobody does it. Do you have any baking soda lying around? Good. Grab four tablespoons of it, and put it in warm water. That's it. You're done. You've just created not just a cleaning solution, but a very versatile one as well – you should find that it works for everyday stains on almost any flat surface. You'll never buy a surface cleaner again.

Lint rollers are not just for your clothes

If you have a pet, then chances are excellent you also have a lint brush or lint roller. They're like magic: your shirt is covered in fur, you run the lint brush all over it (a pretty satisfying and cathartic experience) and your shirt is no longer covered in fur.

So why then, do we not take it to the other place where you probably have fur everywhere: you car? A lint roller is so much easier to handle than the car vacuum you're probably lugging outside to clean your car's interior. You'll also be done quicker and it will be less exhausting.

You can use it on your furniture too, or a number of other places. Chances are, if it attracts fur, you can clean it with a lint brush.

Nuke that sponge

Sponges are an effective tool for a whole host of cleaning jobs, from dishes to surfaces, but they can be kind of confounding too. Paper towels and napkins are clearly meant to be thrown away after use, but sponges are supposed to be used over and over again. But don't they get as gross as anything else you're using to sop up or wipe away liquids?

The solution: put your sponge (still completely wet) in the microwave on high for two minutes. That kills 99% of the bacteria in the sponge, rendering it practically as safe to use as when you first got it.