Cleaning And Organisation Hacks For Those Rainy Days
When the weather outside is totally abysmal and all your weekend plans have been cancelled, it’s so easy to plonk yourself in front of the TV for 48 hours, repeatedly flicking your eyes between the bigger screen and the smaller screen in your hand until BOOM it’s Monday again and you’re off to work. Well, we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! When your days off are a washout, take the opportunity to do something that future you are going to benefit from and that ordinarily, you wouldn’t have time to do. We all know how fast time flies when you do nothing, so while you might grimace at the idea of cleaning, tidying and organisation during your precious hours of freedom, the feeling you’ll get a few days later when you’ve had a busy, stressful day at work but you know that, at the very least, that thing that’s been niggling at you for ages is done – it’s totally addictive! There’s a fair bit of evidence out there about how keeping a clean and organised home improves your mood, health and overall happiness, so check out our suggestions below on how to fill your waterlogged weekends with practical activities to make your future self proud!
Wipe your kitchen cupboards
For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and if you’ve got kids, or you’re a particularly flamboyant and messy cook, stuff gets absolutely everywhere and all of it might not be picked up during your standard post-cooking quick clean up routine. Have a good look and, depending on the last time it was done, you’ll notice grease, fingerprints, splatters, all sorts of things you may have not noticed before! A quick wipe with a warm, soapy cloth will do wonders to refresh your kitchen. The difference it makes is truly shocking, and while on a daily basis it might not be something you have time to think about, when you’re looking for ways to fill a rainy day it’s the perfect way to give your kitchen a new lease of life!
Hoover your sofas
It’s almost unbelievable the amount of dust, particulates and rubbish sofas can gobble up during their lifetimes. Ordinarily, it might not be something you pay close attention to, but lift up those pillows and you’ll often find a veritable city of dirt, dust and bits that once you see you can’t ignore! Grabbing the hoover and giving the sofa and cushions a good going over will not only remove all of the nasty little bits that may have been getting everywhere before, if your sofa is made of fabric a good brushing with the hoover will make them look much more fresh, cosy and inviting next time you want to take a load off.
Batch cooking meals in advance has become massively popular lately as people have cottoned on to how useful and economical having grab and go homemade ready meals can be. For working professionals who may have long commutes, meal prepping saves a lot of time in the evening that can instead be used to wind down. If you’re trying to lose weight, or gain muscle even, meal prepping is a great way to have a variety of nutritional, calorie counted meals that makes it easier to stay on track. If you can brave the storm to get to the supermarket, cooking large batches will save you a lot of money compared to cooking individual portions, and a few hours in the kitchen cooking a few dishes could give you meals for days, weeks or even months to come depending on how hardcore you go! A great way to fill the time and make your life much easier in the week to come.
Do extra laundry and plan your outfits
While it’s common for most individuals or families to be doing a few clothes washes a week, it can be hard to keep up with everything else. If you have a mountain of towels and bedding that’s been patiently waiting its turn to be washed, grab it all and do a bulk load of laundry. Do a circuit round the house and find everything that could do with a wash – shower curtains, bath mats, if it can be washed you might as well pop it in! When it’s all done and put back in place it will give your home a renewed sense of freshness which is sure to have visitors commenting on how lovely and inviting it is!
If you have a favourite go-to activity for rainy days that we haven’t included, drop us a line through our social media and let us know! With the weather looking to be dismal for the next few days, we may need all the tips we can get!