You finally have the home of your dreams. You’ve moved in, unpacked, and decorated. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that more often that not unpacking leaves your home cluttered and unorganized. But don’t fret, avoiding clutter in your new home is easier to do than it sounds.
Once you’ve settled down in your new home, you will undoubtedly be entertaining friends and family in your new home and one of the main focuses as a new home owner is to keep the house in the best condition possible. Maintaining a clean house is a challenge and the messes can get out of hand (quickly!), but by using our helpful tips below to simplify the tedious tasks and make them more manageable, your house will be spotless in no time!
A big part of keeping your home clean is organization. Instead of having objects lying around the house, everything should have a place to go when you are no longer using it. This helps to reduce the overall clutter in your home, not to mention helps you from picking up another paperweight from the store — Think, does it have a place? If not, put it back.
Take the time to go through any drawers (yes, even that dreaded junk drawer), closets and cupboards, to remove all the unnecessary items you don’t use or no longer need. That unopened yoga DVD from 2003? You can probably go ahead and toss that. Keeping extra objects around the house creates undesired clutter and makes it hard to maintain a clean home.
Cleaning Up Messes
It might seem like common sense, but it’s best to clean up any messes or spills right away. Procrastinating will only result in the messes building up and becoming harder to clean later on. Instead of having large piles of dishes to clean, wash your dishes immediately. If you walk away from the mess, you may not come back to it for a long time.
It is easy to leave items out of place, unfortunately we’re all guilty of this. Clutter can sneak up on you and before you realize it, your home looks like a tornado came to visit. The easiest thing to do here is to reset to zero before bed. What we mean by that is to take a few minutes each night to put things back in their homes. A few minutes now can save you hours later!
Take Your Time
Try not to wear yourself out, a little goes a long way. Rather than trying to get every inch of your house clean in one day, start off slow and go one room at a time. Cleaning 20-30 minutes a day can make a great difference in the state of your home.
Assign different chores to each member of your family. Working together makes more progress in less time. Some everyday chores like making sure that the dishes get done, vacuuming the carpets, dusting, sweeping the floors, cleaning up toys, etc. may seem small, but really add up in the long run. Just remember, every little thing counts.