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Weekly Round-Up #219: Cleaning, Clutter And Quick Exercises

Weekly Round-Up #219: Cleaning, Clutter And Quick Exercises

Weekly Round-Up #219: Cleaning, Clutter And Quick Exercises

Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope it finds you well and you’ve had a productive week.

This week we take a look at cleaning in clutter – how to clean some of the more unusual items in your house, what clutter can do to your health and how you can keep clutter at bay in just one minute. And speaking of minutes, if you think you don’t have time to exercise, how about a full body workout that will only take 4 minutes a day?

You Need To Clean To Be Clean – Tips And Advice On How To Clean A Shower – Steam Shower Parts

It’s not always the most enjoyable cleaning task – although it certainly beats having to clean the toilet – but getting the shower back in shape is still an important part of keeping your home nice and tidy.

Plus, there isn’t much worse than stepping into a shower that’s a little grimy and has soap scum all over the floor.

Get the lowdown on how to clean your shower so you can feel super clean when using it!

Questions To Ask An Oven Cleaner – Dirtbusters

Sticking with cleaning – I don’t know about you but I hate cleaning my oven. I use an oven liner to keep most of the dirt and grease manageable but it does need a good clean every now and again.

I’m lucky that I can rope someone else in the house into doing it for me (as long as I keep the hob and Fridge clean!) but if you don’t have that luxury or have left it a bit too long you may want to get a professional company in. Here’s some questions to ask before hiring them.

10 Cleaning Hacks That Cost Pennies – Blinds Hut

Keeping your home clean can be an expensive and arduous task. That’s why Blinds Hut has put together 10 cost-efficient cleaning hacks using common household items that will keep your home squeaky clean for next to nothing. If you follow these hacks, you’ll save over £25 every time it’s time to do your spring clean.

How Does Clutter Affect Your Health? – Blinds Hut

Most people’s homes can become cluttered from time to time. Whether it’s last night’s takeaway box or the countless pet toys that make their way around your home, it’s easy for it to build up. There are several detrimental health effects that have been associated with the amount of clutter in your home. Blinds hut conducted a survey to find out how clutter is affecting Brits, how they deal with clutter and is it a major factor in their lives.

70 Things That Clutter Up British Homes The Most – Blinds Hut

As a follow on from their previous article, Blinds Hut went through the top 70 things that clutter our homes. I’m pretty good when it comes to keeping dirty cups and plates in check, my garden is relatively tidy (thank you anti-weed netting! and minimal flower beds!) and most things have a designated home. I do have two major downfalls though, and that’s not putting my clean clothes away – they languish in the ironing basket for way too long, and I leave all of my office recycling upstairs until I can’t see the floor any more (apparently it’s too much of a chore to move it to the recycling bin once a week). I’m working on these things though – honest!

What is your biggest clutter item? Let me know in the comments.

Why Decluttering Doesn’t Work On Its Own – Treehugger

So, you’ve decided to “Marie Kondo” your house after reading about how bad clutter is for you – but did you stop to think why it got cluttered in the first place? If you don’t understand the underlying cause Treehugger reckons you’ll end up in the same state again in the future.

Review: Marie Kondo's "The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up"

Review: Marie Kondo’s “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up”

Read my review of Marie Kondo's "The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying up" which is the only book I've ever read (as of this date) that's made me throw it across the room!

The Real Life-Changing Magic Happened After I Finally Tidied Up – Apartment Therapy

When do you know you have a clutter problem? For Liz Steelman it was realising she’d moved a box of magazines around from apartment to apartment for 8 years! I’m impressed she only has a “shoe box of cords” though, I have 3 drawer and counting (I am sure they will all come in handy the minute I throw them away so it’s not hoarding – honest).

I Lived By The One-Minute Rule For An Entire Week – Buzzfeed

I’ve not heard of the 1 minute rule, as a follower of Getting Things Done I am well aware of the 2 minute rule LINK which I think is more adaptable that one minute. That being said, if you’re looking for a place to start then 1 minute would be a perfect place – I’m upto 3 minutes now and it helps me clear most of my clutter (excluding my previously mentioned laundry and recycling piles!)

The Home Improvement Guide: Remodeling Tips To Increase Your Home Value – The Kay-Grant Group

Whether you’re looking to sell or simply wanting to increase the value of your home, undertaking a remodeling project could be a smart move. Although it may sound like a significant project that will drain time and resources, it really doesn’t have to be. There are some simple tips and tricks that can make a remodeling project simple yet highly effective. It’s all about knowing the right ways to approach it. That’s where this guide comes in handy.

Try The World’s Fastest Workout! – Tiny Hearts

If you don’t think you have time to work out then think again! This high intensity workout only takes 4 minutes but covers all major muscle groups and should certainly help you work up a sweat. I’ll certainly be looking at doing this when I can’t fit in a full workout.

Hat Tip: Lifehacker

How Spending 20 Minutes In A Park Each Day Can Make You Happier – Huffington Post

Are you a fan of spending your lunch breaks in a park? Or do you walk your dog around them every morning and evening? Well, we have good news: spending just 20 minutes in an urban park every day will make you happier – regardless of whether or not you’re exercising while you’re there.

Oooh – No exercise, count me in (until hayfever season starts that is!)

How To Read Body Language To Reveal The Underlying Truth In Almost Any Situation – Lifehacker

We’ve covered body language basics on the website in the past, but there’s always time for a bit a of a refresh. Wondering if a coworker has it in for you? Is you sister lying about what happened to your dress? Does that guy in your gym class like you? Wonder no more!

Goldman Sachs Relaxes Dress Code For ‘More Casual Environment’ – The Guardian

The Goldman Sachs Investment bank is ditching the traditional suits in favour of a more casual dress code. While I’m all in favour of people being comfortable in their working environment, I do think some level of “professionalism” is needed in terms of dress code – what do you think? Let us know in the comments and check out the previous articles we’ve written on the topic below:

How Should Employees Dress To Maximise Productivity?

How Should Employees Dress To Maximise Productivity?

It used to be that we had to be suited and booted when we went to work. Now, with the rise of flexible, freelance and remote working companies are becoming a lot more relaxed about their dress codes - but how does that affect our productivity? In this article provided by CT Shirts we take a look at workplace dress code and how it can impact on getting things done.
How Your Professional Appearance Affects Your Productivity

How Your Professional Appearance Affects Your Productivity

How you dress at work can have a big impact on how you are perceived and also your productivity. Not convinced? Then let Tara Edwards explain what you wear at work is just as important as what you say and do.
How The Way You Dress Affects The Way You Feel

How The Way You Dress Affects The Way You Feel

Do you dress to impress or just to feel comfortable? The way you dress can really affect the way you feel and in this article Judy Robinson looks at how you dress can affect the way you act and feel

Have A Great Weekend

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up, as always if you have any links you like to share with me and my readers please contact me through the website or send me a tweet.

Until next week, Stay Productive!

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