Developing bad habits is a lot easier than kicking them! That’s because we become accustomed to certain habits out of sheer laziness and/or ignorance. Nothing good ever comes from habitually doing things that are taking a toll on your mental wellbeing, as well as the state of your home. Nevertheless, many people strive to do something about their bad habits while others, unfortunately, are unaware of the fact that they have them!
Whether they’re caused by a lack of attention or subconscious actions; it’s time to take control of your bad habits and lead a better, healthier home life. So, in no particular order, let’s look at some of the most common bad habits that are doing you and your home no good!
1. Overusing a Kitchen Sponge
Have you ever touched a used sponge in your kitchen that wasn’t wet? Did you know that prolonged periods of dampness make them (sponges) a breeding ground for bacteria? This, of course, is added to the nasty bacteria already trapped in your kitchen sponge from cleaning dirty dishes. On the other hand, if you’ve found a way to keep your kitchen sponge dry, it will still need to be replaced every 3 weeks for sanitary reasons.
2. Leaving Clean Laundry in the Washer
How often do you forget to take your washed laundry out of the washing machine? Way too often, we’re guessing! Many of us put it off till later or genuinely forget that it’s in there which isn’t a good thing. The moisture and humidity inside a washer promote mould and mildew growth while clean clothes left inside tend to develop a bad odour because of this unfavourable environment. Therefore, it may be helpful to set a reminder on your phone so that clean laundry is hung out to dry sooner than later.
3. Cluttering Table Tops
Almost every individual is guilty of doing this at some point. Perhaps the reason for this is because it’s the easiest thing to do! However, before you mindlessly place a random item on a clean and organised tabletop, remind yourself that it has a designated storage space and will only take a few seconds to put away! It’s an incredibly simple solution to a huge problem faced by numerous homeowners everywhere.
4. Using Dirty and Unsanitary Cleaning Tools
They say you should clean your house regularly, but what good is that going to do if your cleaning tools are dirty? Cross-contamination is a real problem in households and can prove to be rather dangerous when you’ve got a serious, ongoing pandemic such as COVID-19 raging outside your door. So, to make sure you are cleaning your home safely and efficiently, always clean and sterilise your cleaning tools after using them.
5. Leaving Your Fridge Dirty
There’s often the misconception that bacteria cannot survive in a refrigerator due to the cold temperature; however, some forms of bacterium not only live but thrive in these conditions! Rotten foods only add to the unhygienic condition of one’s refrigerator and hence, must be dealt with sooner than later. To ensure that your fridge is kept sanitary, clean it out thoroughly, and wipe down the interior with a disinfectant every other month.
Yes, there are mild forms of hoarding and you just might be doing it. For example, consider various storage spaces around your house – drawers, cabinets, under-bed storage, etc – do they contain items that are far beyond use or haven’t been touched in the last couple of years? Similarly, a garage, basement, or attic may also have a bunch of things you’ve been accumulating and hoarding for a long time that needs to be dealt with. Well, there’s no better time than the present to kick the hoarding habit and start discarding and donating items you no longer have use for.
7. Walking in With Dirty Shoes
Tracking in dirt is definitely doing yourself and home a disservice. There are enough bacteria and debris on your home floor without you and other household members bringing in some more. On top of this, walking in with dirty shoes adds to your work of cleaning more meticulously. So, what’s the solution? It’s a fairly simple one – keep a shoe rack by the front door with everyone’s clean, indoor footwear organised on it so that household members can change into a pair as soon as they step inside.
8. Allowing Carpet Stains to Set
Whether you’ve just spilled something on your carpet or noticed a mild stain on it, the key to getting rid of carpet stains is to act fast! Never let a carpet stain sit for even a short amount of time because that’s how the fibres absorb more colour, making it 10x harder to get out. Regardless of what type of stain you are dealing with or the cleaning method required to remove it, the first thing you should do is to grab some paper towels and soak up as much of the liquid/grease as possible, before moving on to other steps to remove different types of carpet stains.
9. Wasting Water
As tempting as it is to put a couple of dishes in your dishwasher and clean them up quickly, if you don’t utilise all the space or racks in the appliance when you run it, a lot of water goes to waste. Similarly, doing a full load of laundry instead of smaller loads is a great way to use less water in your house while getting more clothes and linens washed. So, the next time you need a couple of dishes washed and ready for use, consider washing them by hand to preserve water.
10. Not Making Your Bed
If you really think about it, making your bed is so easy and quick, yet, it’s often overlooked. Well, if you knew all the benefits of making your bed every morning, you’d probably never overlook this simple task ever again! Many surveys suggest that people who make their beds as soon as they get out of it are more likely to be productive throughout the day while encouraging other good habits that keep their bedroom neat and tidy.
11. Using Your Oven for Storage
Sometimes a trip to the supermarket ends with you buying more things than you can store; that’s usually when homeowners look to their empty oven for additional storage. It seems harmless but the truth is that packaged foods stored inside an oven is a fire hazard! Therefore, it’s best not to take any chances; instead, make space in your pantry and kitchen cabinets to put away groceries and other food items.
12. Not Cleaning Your Home Regularly
One of the worst habits homeowners have is not cleaning their house as often as they should. If not done on a regular basis, you are subjecting yourself and family to bacteria, dust, and dirt that can affect one’s health. So, to ensure that you are not living in an unsanitary environment, it is important for every room in your home to maintain some level of cleanliness. Whether you are doing it yourself, or decide to hire a professional cleaning service, routine home cleaning is a must and should be prioritised in every household.
In conclusion, we all have bad habits that are doing a disservice to our life, health, and home; the question is, what are you going to do about it? Well, for starters, you can use the information above as a reminder to make some changes and encourage better habits!