My iPhone Hack for a Cleaner Home!

I’ve come up with an iPhone hack that has helped me with house cleaning! If you struggle with keeping your house clean and keep your smartphone in your grip at all times, this could help you out. 

Cleaning on a schedule 

I’ve been steadily reading Decluttering at the Speed of Life and How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White. Dana tackles the topic of keeping your home clean when you have a brain like her’s (and mine).

What type of brain is that? One that sees the world as a series of projects – past projects, current projects, and – worst of all – potential future projects.

Projects can be fun but they can really slow you down when you view cleaning and house chores as projects. Project-minded folks think they can only do something if they have a particular amount of time to do it – and that includes cleaning!

Dana recommends using a cleaning schedule so that instead of thinking of the project as “cleaning the whole house” (which is unrealistic), you think, “Oh yeah, Mondays are for washing all the bed linens and the furniture slipcovers.”

Small goals, baby! That’s the key!

Putting that schedule on your iPhone

I’ve told you before that I love to make my own inspirational goalpapers for my iPhone. I’m on my phone more often than I’d like to admit, so I decided to make my cleaning schedule my iPhone wallpaper.

Every time I pick up my phone, there’s my cleaning schedule right in my face. It calls to me: “Don’t check your email! It’s Monday so go wash the bed sheets!”

No one really seems to notice my iPhone wallpaper. I’ve made some schedules that use a huge font and others that are more subtle, with small, faded font on a patterned background. I originally thought it would bring me some sort of public embarrassment, “Hey weird lady with CLEAN BATHROOMS on your phone lock screen – what’s wrong with you???”

Nah, hasn’t happened yet.

How I Make My Wallpapers

On my iPhone I use the RhonnaCollage App but I’m sure there are other apps that can help you make phone wallpapers. You can also use Canva or PicMonkey!

This iPhone wallpaper fits an iPhone 8 Plus!


Goalpaper: You’re plenty sweet!

What do you put on your smartphone lock screen? Pictures of your kids? Cool scenery? Cute designs? I put my goals on my lock screen, because I’m constantly looking at the damn thing, so I may as well make good use of it.

Whenever I make my goalpapers (goals + wallpaper = goalpaper! wahoo!) I try to make them say something that’s meaningful to me but really doesn’t mean much to anyone else who may glance at my phone. You know, snoopy people.

Lately, I’ve been trying to eat less sugar. I went on a bender for most of April and May. And June and July. Okay, I basically have been living life as a human chipper-shredder of all things sugar. I let myself eat whatever, and now I’m sitting here in shorts that are just a bit snug and I don’t appreciate the wedgie. I know that when I stick to the World Health Organization suggestion of 25 grams of sugar a day or less, I stay at a healthy weight. (Technically the recommendation is 10% of your intake of calories should come from sugar, or between 25 and 50 grams.)

My goalpaper this week is a reminder that I’m plenty sweet without more sugar. I hope you find it to be a good reminder too!

I made this cute iPhone 6 wallpaper using Canva. You can click on the image below to download it for your phone.

Featured image thanks to Gili Benita on Unsplash
iPhone 6 wallpaper/goalpaper by me, Christine, using Canva.