Cleaning the house is a necessary evil- while cleaning can be oddly satisfying at times very few people get enjoyment after picking up after the family all day. But it has to be done, and in a busy household the chores really are never ending. With that being said, it makes sense to put systems in place and make changes in the home which make cleaning and tidying as quick and easy as possible.
Let’s face it, this is always a bonus since it gives you more time to do more interesting things!
Here’s how you can make your home easier to clean.
Go With Easy To Clean Flooring
Carpets might be soft and cosy underfoot, but they can be a nightmare to keep clean. They harbour stains and smells, they can fray at the edges, go bald and generally look shabby.
For busy family life, you might want to keep carpets for upstairs in the bedrooms, and downstairs go with something that’s easy to clean. Solid wood, laminate flooring or natural stone like marble, granite and limestone are all good choices. They’re beautiful, work well with any decor and style and are very long lasting. If pets have muddy paws or have an accident, if kids spill food or someone knocks a glass of red wine over at a dinner party it’s no problem. Everything simply wipes up, instead of having to spend time scrubbing and cleaning carpets. These kinds of flooring types can be steam cleaned leaving them free of bacteria, beautiful and shiny. To create a sense of cosiness just add rugs instead, cheap rugs can easily be replaced every couple of years. Or they could be washed with carpet shampoo and a hose outside in the garden and left to dry in the sun. So much easier to clean than fixed carpets.
Clean Up The Room You Get Clean In!
Bathrooms are easily one of the most difficult rooms to clean and keep clean. With water splashing, residue from products, bottles of shampoo, kids toys and people in and out all day it’s no wonder it looks messy and grimy quickly. There are a few ways you can freshen up the smallest room in the house.
First, use a grout tool to scrape the grout between the tiles and replace this with fresh material. This will give a ‘new tile’ look without having to spend much money. If the sealant around your bath has gone mouldy, again pull this out and replace it with new. Throw away old accessories like bath mats, tumblers, toilet brushes and towels that are past their best. These things aren’t expensive to replace, and can instantly lift and refresh the look of the space. Sometimes updating your fixtures altogether might be the best option, old taps for example can get rusty inside and so you could check out a site like https://www.tapwarehouse.com/category/bathroom-taps-bath-taps to find something new. It will make the bathroom look much fresher and cleaner without having to rip out the entire thing.
Replacing your shower curtain is another smart move, since these can become traps for mould. Go with a glass or acrylic screen instead which can easily be wiped down with bathroom cleaner and cloths.
Choose the Right Storage
Making sure everything has a suitable place makes cleaning and tidying so much easier. Instead of filling up drawers and cupboards with clutter, organise using bins, baskets and jars so that you know exactly where everything you own needs to go. If you have a lot of smaller items or ornaments on display, go with a glass cabinet to keep dust off. This stops you from having to individually dust lots of different items. Use things like umbrella, coat and shoe storage like https://www.johnlewis.com/browse/home-garden/home-storage/coat-umbrella-stands in cupboards, and drawer dividers in drawers. Assign places for everything and then make sure all family members know where things go and put them back after use. Even small children can be show how to put bags, coats and shoes away.
A busy family home is never going to look like a show home, but it should still be organised, clean and functional. Put these cleaning tips to use and you should find that keeping the house in order is a lot quicker and easier.
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