The Difference between Tidying and Cleaning

Wow! There are only 8 more weeks before Christmas! Sometime this year (my birthday last year to be exact), my husband gifted me with my first ever Christmas tree! I just love love love having a Christmas tree at home and I am so excited to put it up again this coming weekend! 

 It has always been my dream to have a Christmas tree since our old house just don't have enough space for it. My husband surprised me on my birthday last yearwith a Christmas tree (which he TRIEDto put up and decorate on this own) and I remember getting teary eyed when I saw it! 

It has always been my dream to have a Christmas tree since our old house just don't have enough space for it. My husband surprised me on my birthday last yearwith a Christmas tree (which he TRIEDto put up and decorate on this own) and I remember getting teary eyed when I saw it! 

Aside from putting up the Christmas tree and other decors, I know for sure you that most of us, Pinoys like to do general cleaning of the house to of course, make our homes presentable to all the guests coming over. 

But before you spend most of your pre-holidays cleaning your entire home, let me share with you a secret on how to make cleaning so much easier and ensure that your home remains tidy even after the holiday season. This wonderful season is meant to be spent with your families and friends, and not with your brooms and mops anyways!

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TidY first before 

You clean

But what is the difference?

The secret is simple.  Tidy first before you clean. 

Honestly, I didn't know there is a difference between tidying and cleaning until Marie Kondo pointed the following in her book:

Cleaning is different from tidying.

Most of us confuse these two, and do them altogether. We purge, sort and put things back while we clean. 1 hour of cleaning eventually becomes 1 whole day of cleaning. We end up so tired and just give up cleaning the entire house.

As the Konmari method points out, cleaning deals with dirt, while tidying deals with objects. While both shares the same goal of making a space look clean, tidying requires strategic thinking - what to purge, keep, and where to store. Cleaning on the other hand requires manual work - keep our hands moving while we wipe and sweep.

And so these two should be done separately. Tidying as a one time big time activity with the aim to declutter our belongings and assigning them a home; and cleaning as a regular task to keep our homes clean.

We can't control dirt to pile up. This is a law of nature.

As mentioned above, cleaning needs to be done regularly (daily/weekly/yearly) for the main reason that dirt accumulates to its own accord. Given that this is done regularly, we want to make sure that we make it as easy as possible, and as less time consuming as possible. 

When your belongings are kept at a minimum and everything are kept in their designated spaces, cleaning becomes a breeze. Imagine your kitchen counter tops, exposed surfaces and floors free from clutter and can be wiped and swept in one go! There's nothing to distract us and we are able to move from one place to another seamlessly.  Cleaning can even become a relaxing chore with our hands wiping and sweeping while letting our minds wander on what menu to prepare for Noche Buena!

WE are 100% responsible for the growing MESS and CLUTTER.

While dirt does accumulate by nature, our belongings only multiply if we buy or receive them from others. Clutter easily gets out of control when we fail to return them to their designated space.  So once you're done decluttering, make it a habit to always put them back to their joyful space. This way, you'll never worry about having to tidy again and again!

Cleaning is a regular chore we need to do but we don't need to waste so much time in doing so. Declutter once and for all and you never have to get stressed out in cleaning your home right before the holiday season!

Evelyn Tay