Your home is a place where you get to relax after a long day of work or enjoy yourself and have some quality time with friends and family on your days off.
It’s the one place where you can truly be yourself, unwind, and recharge before you get back to the grind.
However, you can’t really do that if the space is messy and cluttered, since that will simply create more stress for you instead of letting you unwind. Staying on top of everything can seem hard at times, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are 6 steps to having a neat home
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There are 6 steps you can take to ensure that your home is clean and tidy – a place you can truly enjoy.
Out Of Sight
There are a lot of things that keep your home functional that aren’t really pleasing to the eye.
Things like cables, routers, and water filters are essentials in any modern home, but that doesn’t mean that you have to look at them all the time – they can make a room look cluttered and unorganized. Instead, you might want to look into under-sink water filters as well as different cable-management solutions.
That way you can get all the perks of drinking tap water – like saving money, not using so much plastic, and not having to bring a water bottle everywhere with you while enjoying water that’s actually clean – all while keeping the clean aesthetic of your kitchen intact.
With proper cable management, you won’t have a mess of cables hanging around and will keep everything out of sight. It can go a long way in making a space look well-organized and clean.
Everyone tends to collect a lot of knick-knacks during their life and these things end up laying on your dressing table or in your cupboard. Add to that the fact that people’s interests change over time, and you end up with a home filled with things that you don’t really use anymore or that have lost meaning.
Naturally, this can lead to a disorganized-looking space – no matter how big your home is, there’s only so much storage space available before things start to really look cluttered.
When that happens, it’s time to do a little decluttering – go through the home and only keep the things that you really need and use on a regular basis, as well as those items that still hold sentimental value for you.
If you hold something and have to really think long and hard about why and where you got it – it’s probably time to part ways.
Similarly, if there’s an item you haven’t used in the last 6 months, and you can’t really see yourself realistically using it in the next 6 months either, then it’s probably time to throw it out or sell/donate it.
Getting rid of all those things will make your space look less crowded and give you some extra room to work with when organizing the things you do decide to keep.
You can hardly find a person out there that doesn’t have at least one item of clothing in their wardrobe that just has no reason to be there.
Whether they’re keeping it for when they reach that desired weight, it’s an item that they never wear anymore, or that they never even wore once since they bought it because they were impulse-shopping a bit, and ended up with something that’s too far outside of their personal style.
Going through your closet with a critical eye should help you get rid of what you don’t need or don’t wear anymore.
If anything, it will make it easier to find the clothes that you do wear and serve as a reminder of how much better it feels when everything in your wardrobe fits your personal style.
Even when you do get rid of some stuff, there’s probably going to be a lot of them left that you want to keep.
Most likely – too much stuff to be able to showcase them on your shelving or other open storage units in your home in a way that’s going to make the space look neat and tidy. This is where decorative storage options like baskets come in.
You can get creative with them and use them in places where you wouldn’t typically think to put baskets like next to the couch, on the wall shelf, or even under the bed.
They don’t take up too much space and can hold just about anything – from small items that you might like to look at when you unwind during your free time, bills and letters to be filed, or even balls of yarn or small sewing projects. The options are limitless.
Having the right tools is important to maintaining your home. Everything from hammers and nails, to a mop and a broom, has a reason for being there. However, you do need to find the right place to keep each of these things in.
Something like a broom or a handheld vacuum cleaner should be readily available to you so that you can grab it when you sweep the floors during your day, while a screwdriver doesn’t really need to be at the top of your fingertips at all times since you’re probably not going to start fixing something at random times during the day.
This is where storage solutions like wall racks or drawer complexes come in handy – they will keep your tools organized and within an easy reach, even behind closed doors where kids or guests can’t get to them.
Develop A Routine
Finally, once there’s a place for everything, it’s important to keep the space clean as well. The easiest way to do that is to develop a simple 10-minute routine you can do at the beginning or end of each day.
Light dusting, vacuuming floors, taking the trash out, and making sure all the dishes are washed are simple tasks that don’t take much time at all but make a huge difference in your home’s appearance.
Cleaning your towels and bathroom every day might be overkill, but you do want to take the time to do it at least twice a week. How often you do your laundry will largely depend on your lifestyle as well as how many people you live with. However, a good rule of thumb would be to do it as soon as you have enough clothes ready for a load.
That way, you never have to face a smelly heaping laundry basket that’s going to take two days to wash and dry. Instead, you’ll constantly have access to all your favorite pieces, and ironing your clothes won’t last as long either.
Life can be busy and hectic and it’s easy to drop the ball when it comes to maintaining your home in prime condition and losing out when it comes to how good it feels to really have a well-organized space.
However, if you keep these 6 steps in mind, you’ll find it a lot easier to keep up with all the things that need to be done in order for your home to stay clean and tidy.