We love to spend time in our homes. It’s a space where you can sit back and relax away from the pressures of the outside world. They’re our sanctuaries. However, when we spend time in our homes, we’re inevitably going to create a little mess. This is just a part of life – whether that’s dirty laundry, piles of used dishes, utensils and cups or the shower and bath getting a build up of dirt after being used. It’s absolutely essential that you do your utmost to keep your home clean and tidy and pick up things after yourself on a day to day basis though.
When you neglect your living space for too long, you’ll find that mess can quickly get out of hand, and your home can quickly become an unpleasant place to spend time. While you shouldn’t necessarily aim to keep your home in a show home state at all times, you will need to consciously maintain it. Here are a few steps that you can take to achieve this!
3 simple tips for keeping your home as clean and tidy as possible
The first step you should take towards making your home presentable is to declutter. It’s hard to keep your home clean and hygienic when there’s mess lining the surfaces and floors. Now, sometimes mess is pure rubbish – packets of snacks that we have finished, for example. In these cases, the rubbish should just go in the bin. However, often, clutter is things we actually want and have bought because we like them or use them. The key thing to remember is you often don’t need many of the things you own. Consumerism encourages us to buy bits of tat that we really don’t need and these end up filling our homes and creating a mess. This isn’t something to be ashamed of. We’re all guilty of buying things we really don’t need every now and then. Either that or we might receive gifts from others that are a nice thought, but we really aren’t going to use and aren’t too fond of.
Over time, this behavior results in your home becoming full of unused items that are taking up space that could be clear! It’s easy to declutter though. Take a look at each item you have and question when the last time you used it was. If you haven’t used it in a year, you probably don’t need it. The only exception to this is sentimental items or occasional items (such as Christmas decorations). Once you’ve gathered up the things you don’t want and need, you can determine which can be sold for profit, which can be donated to charity shops, which can be recycled, and which will simply have to go to landfill. Once your home is clear, be extremely practical about the things you buy to avoid this situation establishing itself again.
Tackle Major Problems
Once everything’s clear, you can get a proper look at your home. At this point, you may notice that there are some issues present that need to be tackled before your home will be clean and can become presentable. If you have wild animals in your home, such as mice or rats, they may leave mess including their faeces. They need to be tackled in an entirely humane way. There are professionals out there who can help you like Mike Henderson at CityPests.com. Remember, killing animals is an ineffective form of pest control. They will simply be replaced with their competitors.
To tackle wildlife in your home, you will need to identify how they’re getting into your property and seal this space up. You can then use live traps to capture those present in your home and release them outside. If you have other issues such as damp, have these seen to by a professional. Painting over the damage won’t make it go away – it will just reestablish itself.
Conduct a Deep Clean
Once you have a blank canvas to work with, you can start to conduct a deep clean. This can consist of multiple stages! One example is carpet cleaning. Running the vacuum around the carpets on a regular basis is sufficient for picking up crumbs, dirt, and other household debris. However, you need to remember that carpets can harbor dirt and you will have to deep clean them every once in a while.
Carpets are a fabric that’s used every day – you wouldn’t wear clothes over and over without washing them, so your carpet should be no different. You’re going to have to do something to properly clean up the dirt that’s brought in from the outdoors on our shoes, food and drink spills and pet hair. Run your usual vacuum round, but also hire the help of a professional carpet cleaner. They will have the correct equipment and expertise to deep clean your carpets.
These are just a few steps that should help to get you on the right track towards and clean and tidy home! Incorporate them into your routine and you’ll have a house to be proud of in next to no time!