It’s coming up to Christmas and peoples’ houses are getting busier and busier with what feels like a conveyor belt of guests. In her bestselling book Hinch Yourself Happy, Sophie Hinchcliffe revealed her three preferred cleaning routines.
Rather than setting unmanageable and unrealistic goals, the cleaning goddess recommended that people dedicate short periods of time to getting household chores done.
It is much like a time management method called The Pomodoro Technique, which requires people to work for 25-minute bursts at a time, before taking a five minute break.
After four pomodoros, the person can take a 15 to 20 minute break.
Mrs Hinch’s proposition of a half-hour clean can make boring, an unpleasant task more palatable – with a definite ending in sight.
Her second routine is known as “The Clockwise Clean”.
She told readers that when they approach a cleaning task, they should start to the left of them and work around the room, ending up where they began, so they “know it’s all been taken care of”.
She confessed: “I get so excited when I’m near the end.
“When I get to the ottoman in my living room I know I’ve only got the lamp and the table to do and my work here is done.”
Finally, “Fresh’n Up Fridays” are a perfect way to start the weekend, according to Mrs Hinch.
She said: “Whether you’re having a night in or a night out, there’s no better feeling than knowing that your house is freshly Hinched on a Saturday.
“Waking up on that Saturday morning – be it fresh as a daisy or absolutely hanging – you’ll feel incredible knowing there’s one less thing that needs to be done and this always makes me feel more in control of my life.”
The way to tackle a “Fresh’n up Friday” is to approach each room in the house and “write down a maximum of things in each room you would like to get done” and tick them off as you go.
Mrs Hinch openly addresses her struggles with anxiety online and in her book, and how decluttering her home helps her declutter her mind.