A welcoming home might have perfect Feng Shui and the trendiest of furnishings, but we think that creating a house you are proud of has more to do with good habits than decoration. That’s why we are sharing 5 of our top tricks for keeping your abode as orderly and uncluttered as possible.
A couple of these may seem like no-brainers, but even the neatest of us needs a refresher sometimes! Here are some of the things that tidy people would NEVER get caught doing.
They never procrastinate when it comes to cleaning, organizing, or downsizing.choreograph via DepositPhotos
We all know how tempting it can be to leave the dusting till the weekend, right? Sometimes life just gets in the way and you end up valuing your sleep a heck of a lot more than showing off your shiny antique table.
Though we are all for getting as much rest as you can, we think that keeping a clutter-free environment is just as beneficial for the mind. Unless you live in a mansion – in which case, we highly recommend hiring a maid! – it shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes a day to keep up.
They don’t save old mail or bills.Jellaluna
Unless your gas bill from two years ago holds some sentimental value for you, chuck it! These days, almost everything is digitized, so there really is no need to hold onto paper.
If you want to take note of whatever the paper contains before shredding it, just run it through a scanner and keep it with your records. If you don’t have a reliable scanner at home, there are many wonderful apps out there that can organize your bills, receipts, etc., simply by snapping a picture.
They don’t try to make their home look like the Taj Mahal.Kate Ter Haar via Flickr
Don’t know whether you’re a compulsive “over-decorator” or not? If so, here’s a test for you: Invite a new friend over to your home and watch their reaction closely as they walk through your door for the first time. If their eyes dart around like they are watching an action movie, then you have TOO MUCH STUFF!
Now, we are not saying that you have to resign yourself to a life of minimalism in order to be considered a “clean person”; it’s just all about being mindful when it comes to decorating. If a certain item doesn’t serve a purpose, functional or otherwise, get it off those walls!
They don’t save all of the hard work for Spring Cleaning.Ryan Harvey via Flickr
If you are enlisting the help of your toddler to wax your wood tables, you are doing something wrong!
Though we think it’s great that folks tend to purge around this time of year, it’s an undeniable fact that most let go of things because they have to, not because they want to.
After the holidays hit, there’s usually just so much darn stuff in the average home that downsizing is the only way to keep sane. We think that there’s just no reason for you to live uncomfortably for six months out of the year before you wait to purge your unwanted items.
Instead, consider doing monthly runs to your local furniture or clothing charity of choice. That way, you will be able to actually enjoy the open spaces in your home.
Protip: If you have a particularly tough time getting rid of clothing, for example, just add a container in your closet and throw in the items you don’t wear, then wait 6 months. If you don’t open the container within that time, just go ahead and donate the contents. It’s a much less emotional way to part with your senior prom dress!
They always have a place for each item— and it’s never the floor!eflon via Flickr
It goes without saying that storing your clothing, unhanged pictures, shoeboxes, etc. on the floor is child’s play. The items will just attract dust and will only make your space look even more cluttered. If you are lost on where to start, click here for some inspiration.
Now that you are well aware of how to keep your home as tidy as possible, it’s time to learn about a few items that you should be cleaning every day. Watch the video below to see how putting in some daily elbow grease can help your beloved furnishings look better for longer!
What do you think of these tidiness tips? Do you follow all 5 of the rules? Are there any that you think should not be on the list? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!