Unless you really enjoy it, nobody wants to spend all their free time cleaning and sorting out their house, but unfortunately, many people do, or they spend their time hating their house and being surrounded by mess and feeling like the housework is never-ending. Well, there are some ways you can create a low maintenance home which means you’ll have more time to sit back and relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Choose your flooring wisely.
Choose flooring materials that don’t have gaps or joint lines such as vinyl flooring. Not only will this leave no room for dirt to settle, but you’ll only need a broom and damp mop to keep it clean.
Keep Walls Bare and Simple
Detailed moldings on your walls are major dust collectors, and protruding edges are where pests such as spiders love to spin their webs. Reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do by opting for a bare wall.
Choose light fittings that don’t require dusting such as downlights. Look at alternatives to blinds or shutters that won’t collect dirt. If you like to have ornaments and trinkets on show, then just be aware that they will need a dust every now and then, so make them easy to reach.
Use Stain-Resistant Fabrics or Materials
Fabrics are known for being difficult to clean, so if you have messy children and often find yourself wiping after spills, consider easy-to-wipe materials such as leather or fabrics that are durable, stain-resistant and easy to clean. Avoid white or ivory leather though because things like red wine and yellow mustard can stain the leather. Opt for charcoal grey, black, taupe, brandy or chocolate colors as these are far easier to maintain.
Use Less Mirrors and Glass at Home
When it comes to amplifying or brightening small spaces, adding mirrors or glass partitions is the answer. However, if you’re going to have to constantly wipe them because of mucky fingerprints or dust, then instead, opt for frosted panels, a neutral color palette, or rely on lightings to open up space.
When you have less mess, you have less stress, and less things to wipe. So, declutter your home and you’ll have it looking visually cleaner as well as there being less things to clean.
Plan your storage carefully.
When it comes to your storage, make life easier for yourself by putting storage near where you’re going to need the items you want to store and put the things you need most often in storage which is easy to reach the place where the items to be stored are actually used. While cabinets or cupboards that go all the way up to the ceiling make good use of space, if you have to get a step ladder out to put things away all the time, it will end up becoming a chore and taking up time. So, save the high to reach cabinets for items that you rarely use. It’s also a good idea to choose furniture with storage as they can give you a great spot for stashing magazines, toys or blankets.