If you’re tired of looking around your home and wondering why it’s always such a mess, you’re probably looking for some top tips to help you improve its tidiness. Cleaning your home might be one thing, however keeping on top of all that mess that accumulates on a daily basis can be a real challenge. However, the good news is that there are several ways in which you can streamline your efforts so you don’t get too overwhelmed by all the tasks that have to be accomplished. If you’re ready to tweak your tidying regime to make it easier, here are our expert suggestions.
Have Two Trash Cans
One great strategy for a clean home is to have two trash cans. Have one downstairs and one upstairs. That way, trash won’t accumulate in the upstairs rooms waiting for someone to bring it down to put it in the downstairs garbage can.
Have A Stairs Bin
If you find that items are always on the stairs or upstairs landing waiting for someone to take them upstairs or downstairs, having a bin at each end of your staircase can resolve the problem. Simply put an item in the bin and then ask the next person going up or down to take anything in the bin with them.
Employ A “Hands Full” Strategy
Whenever you (or any other family member) leaves any room in the home, fill up your hands or arms with any items which have to be taken to a different room. This will save you extra journeys at a later time. Just make a detour to drop your items off in the right place. For example, when you go down to the kitchen from the bedroom, take empty cups or glasses with you and load them into the dishwasher.
Have A Donation Box
How often do you spot something in your home that you don’t want any more but then put it back in a cabinet or closet because you don’t know what to do with it? You can resolve this issue by keeping an empty crate or box to hand for donations. Whenever you spot an item you don’t use or like any more, put it right into the box instead of putting it back into the closet and then when the box is full, take it to the charity collection point.
Recycle Straight Away
Don’t allow newspapers or magazines to mount up in your home. As soon as you’ve read them, recycle them immediately. If you want to leave them in the home until everyone’s had the chance to read them, then set a day for putting them in the recycling bin. Whatever happens, don’t stockpile issues. If there’s an article you’re really interested in, take a photo of it then toss the magazine in the recycling.
Tidy Whenever You Have Time
Don’t leave all the tidying to one day of the week. Instead, use short sessions to tidy up clutter in your home. Whether you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or your ready meal to heat in the microwave, you can take advantage of those moments to wipe down surfaces, load the dishwasher or clear away some trash.
Adopt The 40/20 System
For anyone who works from home, the 40/20 system is ideal. It involves working for 40 minutes then tidying and doing housework for the next twenty. This doesn’t just help you to get all the jobs in your home done, it will also help you to take a much needed break from work.
Switch Dirty Cloths And Towels Immediately
Don’t allow smelly and dirty hand towels, dish towels and washcloths to linger around your home. Gather up the dirty linens and put them into the laundry every evening (or every other evening). Always have replacements on hand so you can switch them out quickly.
Have A Laundry Basket
Putting a laundry basket in everyone’s bedroom will help you to keep your laundry under control. The minute you get undressed for bed, decide whether you’ll be wearing the same thing the next day or whether they’ll be put in the wash then put it straight into the laundry basket or the closet.