Is your home looking a little worse for wear, shall we say? Has your hectic schedule or family life meant that your home has got into a bit of a state? Don’t worry; it happens to the best of us. With busy lives, it can be a real nightmare to keep on top of cleaning and tidying our homes, as well as everything else. The good news, however, is that getting your home back into a clean and tidy state doesn’t have to take as long as you would think. It’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it; that’s all.
If you’ve got a day or two free – maybe a weekend, reserve it for getting your home back in shape. While it doesn’t have to take this long, it’s best to give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t have to rush things. If you want to create a home that you love, you need to take the time to declutter, get organized and have a spring clean. To do that, I’ve put together a list of handy tips and tricks. Take these on board and you can ensure that in no time at all, your home is a space that you love.
Focus on one room at a time
The thing that puts a lot of us off of taking the time to get our homes organized and in good order is the fact that it’s a job that can be seriously daunting. With so much to do, knowing where to start can be a real nightmare. To keep the stress that comes with it to a minimum, it’s best to focus on one room at a time. Start at the top of the house and slowly work through each room. Start with the decluttering, then once all rooms have been decluttered, move onto cleaning.
By opting to focus on one room at a time, you won’t end up with your house in an even bigger mess. The process will be much less stressful, and you won’t need to stress about what task to do first. You might want to get your house tidy and cleaned as quickly as possible, but that doesn’t mean working on various rooms at one time. It’s best to be smart about it and focus on one area at a time.
Start by decluttering
The first thing to focus on is decluttering. This is because without doing this, it’s impossible to get your home organized. The important thing with decluttering is to take your time with it and not to hold onto things you no longer need. It’s best to have three piles – keep, get rid of, and store, to ensure that your decluttering is as successful as possible. For each of these piles, use cardboard boxes, to ensure that items don’t get mixed up.
For instance, any items that you don’t currently need but may need in the future, you’ll probably want to keep. Instead of having them in rooms you use, opt to store them. This could be in your attic, garage, or in a self-storage unit, depending on how many things there are that need storing. You can take items you no longer want to your local dump or charity shop, or you could attempt to sell them. It all depends on the value of the items and whether they still work, etc.
Invest in adequate storage space
Could the reason that your home gets in a mess so easily be because of a lack of storage space? If your home doesn’t have enough storage space, take the time to rethink things. For your home to be well organized and free from clutter, it’s essential that you have adequate storage space. If you’re not sure how to add extra storage, take the time to find inspiration. Look online for unique storage ideas – there’s plenty to choose from.
The important thing is to take advantage of every inch of space that you have, to ensure that you have as much storage as possible. For example, opt for a bed that has storage space underneath it, to take advantage of the unused space that your bed covers. Instead of a normal wardrobe, opt for built in ones that can be made to fit the unique shape of your bedroom and can run from the floor to the ceiling. Remember, it’s about taking advantage of every inch of space.
Be organized about how you store things
It might be tempting just to throw things into your wardrobe, but if you want a home that’s well organized, don’t do this. Firstly, because it makes it hard to find things as and when you need them, and secondly because it means you’ll have less space to work with. This might sound odd, but when you just throw items randomly into your wardrobe, they aren’t stored in an efficient way. This means that you can’t always fit as much in.
That’s why it’s essential that you are organized about how you store things. To do this, fold or stack items neatly, use boxes to store smaller items to ensure your wardrobes stay neat and tidy. Be smart about how you organize your wardrobes to ensure that they stay as neat and tidy as possible. You’ll find that the more organized your storage space is, the easier it is to keep it tidy.
Deep clean your home
Once you’ve got the decluttering and organization of your home sorted, the next step is to get on top of the cleaning. Once again, remember to focus on one room at a time to make the process easier and less stressful. For each room, write a list of what needs to be done, such as ‘wash windows’ and ‘vacuum floor.’ Then as you do each task, check it off your list. This will help you to ensure that nothing gets forgotten.
If you don’t already have a store of cleaning tools and products, before you start, invest in the essentials. A vacuum cleaner, mop, and detergent are all crucial. As are antibacterial spray, window cleaning spray, wipes, sponges, clothes, and carpet cleaning spray. If possible, opt for cleaning products that are chemical-free, as this makes them safer to use around kids and pets. If you like the idea of using natural cleaning products, get over to Better Life for details on what the best products are to use.
Create a schedule for general cleaning
Once you’ve deep cleaned your home and everything is sparkling, you then need to think about the day to day cleaning. Instead of letting your home get messy, make a cleaning schedule. This should include all of your general cleaning tasks and should assign a set amount to each day. That way, you don’t have to stress about doing all your cleaning at once. Instead, you can spread it out.
For example, you could reserve the window cleaning for Mondays and the bathroom for Tuesday. Then leave the vacuuming for Wednesdays, the floor washing for Thursdays, and laundry for Fridays. As well as doing general cleaning, like washing up and wiping the surfaces, each day. Don’t forget to get the other people to live with you to help too, after all, you all live there so you should all help out.
Make keeping your home clean, tidy and organized a priority
Once you’ve got your home sorted out, so it’s clean, tidy and free of clutter, it should be somewhere that you love. To keep it like that, it’s essential that you make keeping your home clean and tidy a priority. Whatever you do, don’t let the mess and clutter build up, aim to clean and tidy as you go. That way, you won’t have any big messes to deal with, just small things that need doing each day.
It’s easy to let things slip when life get hectic, but do your best to make keeping your home nice a priority. Don’t stress about doing it all alone, make sure to get your family involved to. Your partner and children, if you have any, should be regularly helping around the house. It’s not your job to pick up after them; keeping your house tidy should be a team effort. It might take a bit of work, but if you make an effort to keep your house looking nice, you’ll be happier for it.
Hopefully, the tips and advice above will help you to get your home back in shape. And will also help you to keep it clean, tidy, and well organized in the future. It can take a lot of time and effort to get your home looking good, but it’s worth it. Especially, as you’ll feel happier living in a home that’s neat, tidy, and well organized. Set aside a day or two that you can use to declutter, tidy, and clean, and you can get your home back to looking its best. It’s just a case of being smart about how you go about it!