Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Facing Up to Bad Habits; Easy to Slip into, Hard to Break - We Look at a Couple of the Worst Bad Habits in Part One of This Two-Part Series

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Facing Up to Bad Habits; Easy to Slip into, Hard to Break - We Look at a Couple of the Worst Bad Habits in Part One of This Two-Part Series

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Kara

Sonter

kara.sonter@gympietimes.com.au

BAD habits - they slip in once, then twice then start hanging around longer than a bad smell.

I've decided to tackle four of the biggest gremlins over the next two weeks in the hope of helping maintain a simplified, organised and healthy life.

1. Cluttered home

WHY is it that the only time we feel like cleaning the house is right before people come over or when we should be doing something else?

Suddenly, when the countdown before a guest's arrival gets to about one hour, a clean and tidy home seems like the most important thing ever. It reaches about the same level of importance when paperwork (and other things even more daunting than house work) crop up.

Maybe we should put a little more weight on the importance of a clean home - like how important it can be for your mental, and in turn physical, wellbeing.

The organised, calm feeling you get after doing a stellar job on the kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms is pretty wonderful.

Try making that chilled-out, I-actually-know-where-everything-is feeling more common in your life by maintaining a clean home.

There are a dozen websites out there with handy tips I had never thought of to keep a home clean ... I mean, if Oprah could dedicate entire episodes to cleaning up homes then it must be worth it for a happier life, right?

De-cluttering your home is an easy way to simplify life, make you feel more relaxed in your own space ... and remove naughty opportunities for procrastination and the huffy last-minute stuff-it-all-into-the-closet clean-ups.

If life at home is de-cluttered and easier to approach, other things like exercise and clean eating may also become easier to tackle.

Some handy hints:

Use 10 minutes each morning to achieve some cleaning (then go to work feeling accomplished), if you can't do mornings then try 10 minutes straight after work, before you wind down. …

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