As anyone who doesn’t live alone can attest, it is almost impossible to keep your house looking spic and span for more than a couple of minutes. If you share your space with children, then you can reduce that time down to seconds even. There are a few things you can do, however, to help keep some semblance of order to your dwelling. Here we take a look at the five best practices you should start implementing now to get you started on your journey to a cleaner life.
It all starts with baby steps
Contrary to what some people may tell you, there really is no art or skill to keeping a tidy house, it just requires dedication and some firm rules. These days there are all kinds of gadgets available to help keep your home in order, but in reality you don’t need any of these. Below are five of the best, and easiest, tips to follow in order to guarantee a tidier, cleaner and more manageable house to live in.
1. Create space in unusual places
The number one reason people give for why their house is messy falls to the tune of, “but we just don’t have the space to put it all away.” More often than not, this may well be true: as more and more of us live in small and cosy flats, storage space is truly a luxury. However, sometimes this just means we have to get creative. Although we typically think of built-in cupboards and shelving units as being the ultimate storage holders, there are so many different ways to can use otherwise empty space and make it work for you. Suspending rails from the wall or ceiling can make for a flexible and convenient coat rack, while wicker baskets and units on wheels are able to be moved freely to wherever they are needed. For more tips about finding hidden storage spaces in your apartment, read this previous post and get tidying.
2. Work in bursts
Psychology plays a large part in why our homes are or are not clean. There are very few of us who genuinely enjoy cleaning, so the prospect of a twice-weekly three hour deep clean across the whole house isn’t going to encourage anyone to get off the sofa. Instead, make it your business to do a short burst of ten-to-fifteen minutes of cleaning at least once every day, either in the morning while the shower is busy or in the evenings once dinner is in the oven. Given how short a period of time you are cleaning, you won’t feel any dissuasion to start – and before you know it, you’re done. You might still need to schedule in a good deep clean once a month, but at least then you have more time to build yourself up to it.
3. Leave instructions
As an individual you are only capable of so much, so the real key to a happy and tidy life is to encourage others to join cleaning efforts with you. Whether its instructions on how to use the dishwasher, a checklist of tasks in the kitchen, or simply encouraging signs you leave around the place to remind people to do their bit, never underestimate the power of signage! Use paper and pen for urgent demands or design something more in keeping with your interior décor by opting for something like print24’s brochure printing service.
4. Throw things away
The easiest way to fast-track your way to a cleaner life is to first of all get rid of some things. If you are the type of person to keep every receipt from dinners out and every piece of ribbon from past presents, then you are going to run into problems with space. At some point, whether it’s now or a moment in the future, you are going to have to confront the number of possessions you own. Start small and make a bag you can easily drop in at a charity as part of your errands: once you’ve got rid of a few things, you’ll find it much easier thereafter. The konmari method is very popular now, where you let go of things that no longer bring you joy.
5. Clean up as you go along
Whether its rinsing out your cup after having coffee in the morning, folding your clothes and putting them away before bed, or stacking your plate in the dishwasher after dinner, making sure that you leave no more mess than when you started is imperative to keeping a tidy house. Instil this kind of attitude in both yourself and the others you live with and you are guaranteed an easier and cleaner life. Once you’ve mastered this, you can up your game and aim to actively tidy away one additional item every time enter a room. Your house will be spotless in no time!