Is your house never really tidy?
Does this sound familiar to you? You’ve spent a lot of time tidying your home, but even when everything’s been put away it doesn’t seem completely neat and tidy. How do other people do it? No matter how much time you spend tidying, cleaning and straightening things, sometimes you simply can’t manage to make your home seem neat. These tips will help you out, though!
What’s the secret?
1- The kitchen
To keep the kitchen as neat as possible, you’ll need to spend a little time each day cleaning it. Try to store small appliances in cupboards or other places when you’re not using them so as to keep the counters empty. Not using it every day? Put it away. Making a smoothie in the blender every day? Then you can keep in on the counter. Are you actually only using it once a week? Put it in a cupboard or closet.
2- Cleaning products where you need them
Put a bucket or box with cleaning products in the bathroom, so you can clean the sink right away every time it starts to get remotely dirty. This will save a lot of time and your bathroom will always be clean. Do the same thing for the kitchen. It’s much better to wipe down the counters and stove every day than to just do it when it’s really necessary.
3- Put away clutter
Is your home clean and tidy but does it still seem messy somehow? Take a critical look at your side tables and shelves. Is there clutter and knick-knacks everywhere? Maybe you should tone it down a little. Throw out the things that aren’t of any value to you and try to keep it minimalistic. Straighten books and DVDs; this can make a huge difference. Plus, it’ll also save you time when you’re dusting: the fewer things you’ve got on the tables and shelves, the fewer things you’ll have to move when you’re dusting.
4- Buy a robotic vacuum
It’s a bit of an investment, but you’ll benefit from it a lot. By buying a robotic vacuum, you won’t have to vacuum every day, but just turn on the robot and let it do it for you! That way, your home remains clean and dust-free without any effort from your part.
5- Remain in charge of the clutter
It’s the small things that make a difference, so try to break your bad habits. Are you prone to leaving a dirty plate or cup on the coffee table? Make it a habit to take these to the kitchen and wash them up or put them in the dishwasher right away. Change your clothes next to the laundry basket and deposit dirty clothes in there immediately instead of letting them roam around your bedroom for a while first. Sort your mail next to the wastepaper basket and throw out everything you don’t need.
6- Ask for help
Are you at the end of your wits and does it seem as if the chores just never end? There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. If you work a lot or are disabled in any way, it’s no wonder that the household takes a back seat sometimes. Look into whether your budget would allow you to hire someone to help out around the house. You can also ask your family to help out and divide the tasks. Do you want to tidy a messy closet or get a grip on your garden but are you having trouble getting started? Ask a friend to help you out.