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🏠 Tip: Ask yourself: “What small step can I take to make this space functional?”

When cleaning your house feels like an uphill battle, KC Davis—known as Domestic Blisters on TikTok—suggests asking yourself a simple question: “What do I need for this space to be functional?” Not sparkling clean. Not Pinterest-worthy. Not ready to be judged by your mother-in-law. Just functional.

Maybe in order to cook dinner, you need a small section of your kitchen counter to chop some veggies. So then clear off that section. After that, if you have the capacity to keep cleaning, go for it. (Davis…

⌨️ Today’s tip: Download this keyboard cleaning tool.

You don’t eat at your computer, do you?

Just kidding. Obviously we all do, especially in These Times. And when we do, our keyboards get full of mysterious, disgusting crud. But you can get that fresh, clear keyboard feeling without accidentally sending an email that just reads “fnuekrgpevfbnvjslbfwi” while cleaning around the letters: Use the KeyboardCleanTool for Macs or Keyboard and Mouse Cleaner for Windows, and temporarily quiet your keys. It’s handy for cleaning, or for letting a curious child (or cat) tap away for a few minutes.

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Have you found yourself overtaken by a sudden urge to clean and reorganize every inch of your living space?

If the fresh-start feeling of the election results has you newly energized to change up your space, you’re not alone. At least according to Twitter, that mood is in the air.

If you’re stress-cleaning, you’re not alone there, either: Studies have linked “ritualized behaviors” like meticulous cleaning to periods of heightened anxiety. And, well, there’s been a fair bit of that going around lately.

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A new way to think about the chaos of your household

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Buried beneath the piles of psychic distress caused by the actual Covid-19 pandemic, there is another — and for many of us, more immediate — epidemic: mess. Specifically, the mess spreading through our homes.

As Anna Solomon, curator of the Unkempt Real Life Instagram project, wrote in the caption for a photograph of an impressive heap of laundry: “The scene here I’ll be the first to admit is not unusual for me… What’s less usual is my feeling of despair about it. Maybe because every other form of order in my life has exploded.”

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To finally change my messy habits, I had to scrub away my self-limiting beliefs

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I’ve been working out of my apartment since my daughter was born five years ago — but despite the amount of time I spend there each day, I never quite figured out how to, as the picture-perfect folks on HGTV say, “make my house a home.” The more I focused on building my online writing career, the more I struggled with housekeeping, eventually letting it fall by the wayside entirely.

I tried to ignore the mess. I made excuses that I was “just so busy,” that I had more important things to do, that it didn’t bother me much. …


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