3 Tricks for an Eternally Tidy Home

Everyone wants to keep an eternally tidy home, but it can seem like the forces of the universe are doing their best to prevent us from achieving this blissful state of neatness.

Efforts to tidy up are almost always backed by a sincere desire to keep things tidy forevermore. But bit by bit, some time after our monumental weekend spring cleaning endeavour, the mess creeps back in, and the cycle repeats.

In despair, we think of all kinds of discipline-enhancing mechanisms to get ourselves on the right track. Maybe we buy alarm systems or pseudo torture devices like the Pavlok to force ourselves to shape up. Alas, the mess remains.

Here are some essential tricks you can use to win the battle against mess and keep things in a (more or less) perpetual state of spotless serenity.

Trick #1: If it’ll only take a few minutes, do it immediately

One of the most powerful secrets to keeping an eternally tidy home is to condition yourself into the habit of doing the small chores on the spot.

We’re not talking about anything that will take more than about five minutes. Vacuuming the house from top to bottom, or other such similar tasks, will need to be handled when time allows.

Simple errands like washing your plate after using it and popping it on the drying rack will take virtually no time or willpower. It will also prevent you from having to face a daunting mountain of dishes a couple of days down the line.

 

Trick #2: Install the right features to make the job as easy as possible

Keeping your home eternally tidy usually depends on your ability to make the entire process as effortless and pain free as you can.

Even the smallest obstacle that stands in the way can be a devastating blow against the entire clean-ethos you’re trying to adhere to.

Take the following situation for example.

You’re sitting in your bedroom or living room, doing something messy. At the end of said activity, you find that you’ve got a pile of waste paper that needs to be dealt with. The only paper bin in the house is in the spare room upstairs (for some hypothetical reason).

You spend a moment wrestling with the knowledge that you should just walk to the spare room and put your paper in the bin. However, laziness wins out. You put it down on the table instead, “to deal with later”.

Weeks later, the paper is still on the table. The entire issue could have been averted by having a paper bin downstairs and one upstairs.

Don’t rely on willpower to keep tidy. Instead, install features to make the job as easy as possible.

 

Trick #3: Start building habits by setting hilariously simple habit loops

Most books on habit have the same bit of advice; start small when setting your habit, and build up as you go.

The thing about creating new habits is that they can be mentally draining until they become automatic. It’s essential to perform your fledgling habits regularly to ensure they solidify into proper habits. However, if they’re too irritating and you’re having a bad day, you can easily find yourself throwing the towel in.

Get around this problem by beginning with habit loops that are so hilariously simple they’d be impossible to fail. Instead of “I will wash all the dishes at 7:00pm every day”, just tell yourself “I will wash one plate at 7:00pm every day”.

I know that children’s toys are the worst for creating havoc. Just put one toy away every hour. Or one toy away every day even. You’ll find that the job becomes easier and you’ll get into a good habit of doing it.

You’ll find this removes all the stress from the equation. You’ll also find that once you’ve done that first plate, you almost always end up doing all the dishes anyway.

 

Do you have any more tips you’d add to the list for an eternally tidy home?

5 Tips For An Easy-To-Clean Home

Everyone wants an easy-to-clean home, so what are the best ways of achieving this, and cutting down your cleaning time?

Are you forever cleaning up after kids or pets? Rather than continuing to slave away, it could be worth making a few upgrades to your home’s decor to make cleaning simpler. Here are 5 ways that you can create an easy-to-clean home.

 

Cull the carpets

An easy-to-clean home means replacing carpet with laminate flooring to clear up spillages more easily

Carpets may be comfier on the toes, but they can easily collect dirt and animal hair. We recently got a cat, and her hair gets everywhere, meaning we’re hoovering twice a week. Spilled liquids are also much harder to clean out if not caught early enough. Stripping away the carpets and opting for wooden floors or stone tiles could make your home easier to clean.

Many modern wooden flooring and tiling solutions are laminated to prevent stains.

 

Step up your storage

An easy-to-clean home means getting rid of mess. Decluttering is the sensible solution if you have too much stuff in your home.

However, if you’re finding it hard to part with clutter, you could simply buy bigger or more numerous storage solutions to keep this stuff out of sight. You don’t have to settle for dull storage solutions.

There are plenty of designer sideboards and bureaus that can add a focal point to the room. You can also consider multi-purpose storage solutions such as ottoman foot stalls, mirrored cabinets and beds with storage space beneath.

 

Pick the right paints

Have your kids ever stopped crayoning the paper and started to crayon the walls?

If you’re forever scrubbing stains and felt tip marks off walls, it could be worth considering a new coat of easy-to-clean paint. Such paints are low VOC, which contain less chemicals, making them healthier for us and our children.

Marks can easily be wiped off with little elbow grease. The lack of chemicals in low VOC paints also makes this a more ideal solution for households with pets and kids, who may be more inclined to pick off and ingest flecks of paint.

 

Upgrade your upholstery

Black leather sofas are easy to keep clean

Certain upholstery materials are easier to clean and can make better solutions for sofas and dining chairs. Leather is generally a good call. Whilst lighter leather may stain, it’s much easier to wipe and hoover than other material choices.

Vinyl and nylon are other good budget choices for those wanting a sofa or dining room chair fabric that’s easy to clean. You should generally avoid silk, linen and cotton as these materials are all easy to stain and ruin.

If you do have furniture made of these materials and you don’t want to get rid of this furniture, you could consider buying sofa and chair covers to put over your upholstery. Many of these can be easily scrubbed or put in the washing machine when they get dirty.

 

Use self-cleaning gadgets

Few of us slave over a scrubbing board any more, having upgraded to washing machines. Similarly more homeowners are doing away with washing up, instead buying a dishwasher. Cleaning gadgets are only getting more advanced.

The latest trend is thought to be ‘self-cleaning gadgets’. Already, it’s possible to buy a self-cleaning microwave. There are even self-cleaning ovens on the market. Buying some of these gadgets could help to eliminate a few more cleaning chores from your daily duties.