Tidying up the house is one of the tasks we most procrastinate in life. And the explanation for this is quite simple: housework is thankless, because as soon as we finish tidying, something is already out of place.
But don’t panic, there are techniques that make life easier for every mortal when it comes to putting the house in order and that guarantee a more lasting arrangement. With a certain organization and division of tasks you will see that it is possible to keep your home habitable without too much stress.
How to tidy the house: change your habits!
The first step to ensure order and cleanliness in your home is to change small habits:
- Draw up a cleaning schedule that is realistic, that is, there is no point in creating a list of tasks that you will hardly be able to accomplish. Your to-do list has to adapt to your routine.
- If you share the house with a friend or family, define each one’s responsibilities in cleaning and organizing the home. That way no one is burdened.
- Define the tasks that must be done every day, those that must be done once a week and those that can be done once a month. For example: making the bed and sweeping the kitchen are daily tasks, changing the sheets can be weekly or fortnightly and cleaning the windows or the fridge can be framed as monthly tasks.
- Get used to being a person who avoids mess. Whenever you eat in the living room or bedroom, take the plates and glasses to the sink immediately. When you get home, keep bags, coats and shoes in their respective places and do not leave personal items lying around.
- Reduce the amount of paper. When you receive mail, immediately discard unnecessary items such as envelopes and promotional letters. Keep only what is essential, such as proof of payment and bills.
- Try to let go of items you no longer use. The golden rule is: six months without use, you must donate. And that goes for clothes, magazines, newspapers, books, toys and even decoration items. If you didn’t even know that object existed, that means it has no use in your life.
1. How to arrange the room
- The bedroom is the great generator of clutter in a house, as it is a room with restricted access (visitors are unlikely to circulate through the rooms), the tendency is to relax a little in relation to organization.
- Before you start cleaning, open the windows and let the air renew. If you can do this every day, even for a short period, your health will thank you.
- Make your bed as soon as you wake up or before you leave the house. Lay out the sheets and comforters and set a date to change the bedding.
- To keep everything in its proper place, set appropriate places for each item. Jewelry can be kept in a box, photos and documents in another box, makeup in a specific drawer or toiletry bag, shoes in a shoe rack.
- Move the furniture away, pass the vacuum cleaner or a broom and finish with a cotton cloth moistened with an appropriate cleaning product.
- Dust furniture, including over the head of the bed, nightstand, shelves, closet and chairs. You can use a damp cloth and a furniture polish.
- Finish with a room deodorant. There are products that scent the room and also the fabrics, spray a little on the bedding, pillows and curtains.
2. How to arrange the kitchen
Check out some tactics to keep your kitchen sparkling without too much effort:
- Schedule one day a week to disinfect surfaces and clean floors.
- Dust the outside of cabinets, the top of the fridge and small appliances that are on display.
- If you don’t like using chemicals on kitchen utensils, use a solution of baking soda and white vinegar.
- The day you go shopping for the week or month is perfect for cleaning the inside of the cupboards and fridge, as you’ll have fewer items stored and it’s easier to move everything from one side to the other.
- Throw away leftover food and expired products. This check should be done regularly. When organizing the packages, leave the items that expire earlier in the front.
- Clean the microwave, oven and stove. The stove can be cleaned daily to prevent grease build-up. The oven can be left for weekly or monthly cleaning depending on the frequency of use.
3. How to arrange the room
The living room is the most public room in a house and is considered its calling card. Capriche in the organization:
- Set a curtain washing schedule, they gather a lot of dust, mites and bacteria. From 2 to 3 times a month pass the vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth in the case of blinds.
- Move the furniture away, pass the vacuum cleaner or broom and finish with a damp cloth with an appropriate product on the floor.
- Dust the furniture, decorative objects and arrange each item in its proper place. Invest in organizing baskets for documents, electronic items, remote control, etc.
- Make sure the walls are free of stains and dirt.
- Vacuum the sofa, especially in the corners between the cushions. Wash pads regularly too.
- Finish with an environment and flower flavouring!
4. How to fix the bathroom
Because it is a room that is always humid, this environment facilitates the appearance of mold and requires more attention in cleaning:
- Organize the closet, get rid of items you don’t use, leftover makeup, expired products and unnecessary packaging.
- The tiles can be completely washed once a week or every fortnight.
- Toothbrushes should be left in covered containers or with plastic protectors.
- The toilet and box deserve attention when cleaning, use specific products for heavy cleaning or homemade solution with vinegar and sodium bicarbonate.
- Scrub the grout to remove mildew spots and wipe the mirror with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Finally, use an air freshener.
Did you see how cleaning the house is not a seven-headed bug? If you have more tips on how to keep your house organized, share them with us!