There’s no such thing as a home that you won’t need to clean and take care of. Having a smarter cleaning schedule can make it feel relatively easier to take care of. However, that’s not all you can do. You can make choices in how you decorate and improve the home itself that also makes it a lot easier to manage, therefore making it less work on yourself. Here are a few ways to do just that.
Make use of more storage spaces
Not all clutter is simply garbage left lying around. In fact, most of it is likely to be items that are temporarily out of the spot they’re supposed to be in. Maximizing the storage in your home can help you stay better organized so there’s less of a likelihood that stray clutter ends up lying around. However, little temporary storage bins such as wicker baskets can help you put away items for the moment, so you can open it up and put them back in their rightful place when you have a little more time.
Opt for surfaces that are easier to take care of
If your home is all wallpapers, carpets, and wood furnishings, then it is naturally going to accumulate more dirt, dust, and grime. When choosing new surfaces and furniture, instead look for those that are smooth, sealed, and perhaps even hypoallergenic. You can apply this approach to the whole wall, as well, with some of the latest modern trends in cladding and wall coverings. As such, by replacing those surfaces with those that only need the occasional wipe to take care of, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.
Choose smarter soft furnishings
A home without any kind of soft furnishings or upholstery is not likely to be very comfortable at all. However, your choice of fabrics can make or break you when it comes to how they attract dust and how often you have to clean them. Leather upholstery is a very popular choice, but faux leather vinyl upholstery can be less expensive and the most recent brands have become a lot more convincing in replicating the real thing. Either way, both are relatively easy to clean, but natural leather is a little more susceptible to stains.
Don’t be afraid to cover it up
If you have a few pieces of furniture that aren’t as easy to clean and you’re worried about a busy family home life doing some real damage, then slipcovers can be a lifesaver. Don’t worry about how they might make you feel like you’re a little too precious about your own home. Compared to dealing with a stain on a sofa that just won’t get out, being a little precious is the much more preferable choice. Just ensure you select a machine-washable fabric for the slipcover or you’ll just give yourself more work.
The tips above won’t spare you from having to clean the home. It can, however, make it much easier and much less time-consuming to clean, so it’s worth making the investment.