5 Bad Habits You Need to Break!


Do you have any bad cleaning habits? I do, and when we last talked about breaking bad habits we had hundreds of comments sharing your bad habits, so we decided to make another video about it!


Piling Up Clothes:
We all have that chair, or that area on the floor that becomes a ‘floordrobe’. It makes your entire room look messy and it’s rather easy to fix this bad habit.

I’ll Get To It Later:
No you won’t, “I’ll get to it later” is code for “I’m probably not going to ever get around to it”. If you need to do something – you need to do it now, or schedule it in and get it done then.

Stuffing Everything In A Drawer:
Overstuffed drawers are a problem. If you can’t open a drawer and see everything in there without moving stuff around – you’re using your drawers improperly.

All or Nothing:
Some people have problems keeping up with the cleaning because they feel they have to do everything all at once. Not so, it’s important to do a little each day, working towards the goal of an entire clean home without cleaning the entire home all at once.

It’s Just Not Worth The Effort:
Sometimes when we look at the cleaning job ahead of us – we say it’s just not worth it. It’s hard to remember how amazing it is to live in a clean space and this is one of the key motivators involved with getting past this obstacle. Try using the camera on your phone for an effective solution to this.




  1. I’ve found if you have a space such as the garage that needs a good five our organise/throwaway/straightening and you just don’t have the time or just simply don’t want to use that much time all at once to do it, I say to myself, “ok lazy one, you will take care of five items in the garage a day (about ten minutes max typically) until it’s done. Most of the time I take care of these small chunks as I’m coming and going in the car and seldom even realize I’m working towards a nice, straight, tidy, no trash, beautiful garage!! Also let me, as a male, talk briefly about mail. You should have three inboxes, IMMEDIATE ACTION, TEMPORARY FILE, LONG TERM FILE, SPOUSE. As you get mail, put it in each of these boxes, and the rest in the trash.
    IMMEDIATE ACTION is for those pressing bills, required correspondence, etc. You should be checking this box every day, as you pay bills, write paid, date, and method of payment and then put in temporary file if it’s a reoccurring monthly bill that’s been paid (and take out last time you paid that bills receipt and shred) or put it in long term receipt if it’s a receipt for a large one time or annual payment item, that you may need to use much later. The spouse file is for stuff that your spouse handles and gently impress on them your system. No leaving mail anywhere other that directly in front of your filing system and never leave it longer than end of day for filing.

  2. Hi Melissa
    Love your videos….I live in South Africa,
    The one problem is paper work!! I just hate it so it just piles up in my study!! Then I have to scratch when I need something!! Any ideas??

  3. Love the Clean My Space….. everything!

    Wondered abt video above abt 5 Habits to Break….. saw a steaming device and circular unit behind it (in the chair blurb).
    What are those?

  4. Hi Melissa, I love your show.
    I live in a home that is not “finished”. But that does not stop us from cleaning it and keeping it tidy. Friends and family feel welcome, and that’s our goal. I’ve been to homes where the occupants don’t care. It could be a “new” home or like ours “unfinished” but the atmosphere feels the same. If they could only understand that cleaning can greatly help improve the atmosphere, their guests would feel more comfortable! I don’t like having to carve out a space to sit on, when a couch is full of (clean?) laundry. I call our home Shabby Chic, like the genre represents. Our walls and fixtures are not the latest and greatest, or they are missing all together. BUT, we are clean and tidy.

    Shabby in Kingston

  5. I never clean under my bed. It stays dusty. I have linoleum on my bedroom floors because I have puppies. Any hint on cleaning these floors? I LOVE your hints!

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