Whether it is a long day of work or school, our home is the place where we rest, clear our thoughts, and prepare for the next day. Not to mention, with the right people and atmosphere, it can be our happy place. And if you are someone who prefers staying indoors, you would spend most of your time resting and relaxing.
But just because it is your sanctuary does not mean that you will not bother cleaning your home. Cleaning your house can help you with your body, especially if you are allergic to dust and dirt. Guests could also come surprisingly, and it would be embarrassing if they saw a mess. According to Storables.com, having a tidy home will be much easier if you have the best cleaning tools and know-how to use them. And with that said, here are five tips to turn your home into a tidy sanctuary.
1. Dispose of Any Item That You Will Not Need
It is not unnatural if we keep a lot of objects in our house. But there is a saying: “If it doesn’t spark joy, remove it from your life.” This quote, often related to cleanliness guru Marie Kondo, is not just applicable to your life, be it toxic friends or relationships. You can very much apply this mindset when you are cleaning your home.
When we keep unwanted and unused objects in our homes, they gather dust. Worse, bugs and other creepy crawlies could start laying their eggs in these objects, ending up becoming infested. As such, feel free to dispose of anything that you do not use, especially broken items. After all, you will not have any use for them, so there is no point in keeping them in your home. Do not forget to segregate the biodegradables, such as paper, from the non-biodegradables! Not only will you properly get rid of them, but you will also help the environment.
2. Dust-Off Shelves and Other Surfaces
And speaking of dust, it is natural for shelves and other surfaces to accumulate over time, especially if you live in tropical or hot regions. And aside from dust, cobwebs and dust mites can also appear on your walls and ceilings. Add your furry pets, especially animals that require high maintenance due to their thick fur, and you will probably feel a little too itchy. These four can be problematic, and that is why you should always dust off surfaces and clean your walls and ceilings.
Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust, dust mites, and cobwebs. If you do not have one, use a feather duster to remove cobwebs and dust and remove dust mites with a long broom. You can also use a wet rag to wipe the dust off surfaces. And when removing these itch-inducing nuisances, wear a face mask, so you will avoid inhaling them.
3. Sweep and Mop the Floors
Like any other surface in your house, your floors also deserve cleaning. After all, it is just as susceptible when collecting dust and animal fur. And when you accidentally spill your beverages or any food items, your floor could feel sticky when dirt accumulates over time.
Use a vacuum cleaner when removing dust. And if you do not have one, use a broom and a dustpan. These tools help get rid of dust and fur, especially if you just finished cleaning your shelves and other surfaces. After removing the dust off your floor, scrub it clean with either a wet rag or mop. You could also mix the water you are using with a disinfectant agent, but only when using a mop. The chemicals of this solution may affect your skin, so be careful when applying it.
And yes, you could also use a high-quality Roomba, especially one with a mapping or pathing system that can make a route of your floor. Low-quality models do not have this system, and they may not fully clean a wide area.
4. Consider Building or Buying Cabinets and Other Storage Items
Aside from getting rid of dust, cobwebs, and floor stains, it is also necessary that you properly store your things. From personal items, such as clothes, to cleaning and hardware tools, you should place them in storage, so they will not be damaged. After all, temperature, humidity, and even the people in your house can damage them.
When acquiring storage, whether homemade or store-bought, you must label them via categories so you will know what to store in them. Not only does this help in organization, but you will also know where to find what you need. For instance, keep your jacket or hoodie in your closet. Or, put your kid’s toys in a box labeled with the word “toys.” These actions may be simple and come off as no-brainers, but they will help keep your home tidy.
5. Organize Your Stuff
And lastly, this step goes hand-in-hand when you are getting yourself storage. There is no point when you store your things only for them to get mixed up in the process. Aside from keeping them stored, it would help to organize your stuff. This way, you will know where you last put them.
For instance, when the Christmas season is over, you will probably store the decorations in your attic, basement, shed, or any other area with extra space. They may end up getting mixed with other things in your storage and be infested with spiders and cockroaches as you store them in cold, dark places. To avoid it, segregate the Christmas lights from the Christmas tree parts, and place them in tightly sealed boxes or storage. This way, you will know which is which the next time you prepare and decorate for the following holidays.
In a Nutshell
Although our home is our sanctuary, it does not mean that we will not keep it clean and well-maintained. After all, how could we properly take our mind off work or school when our comfort place is messy. And as the proverb goes, “cleanliness is next to godliness.” So, to fully enjoy your rest and recreation, take the time to do household chores when you have the free time.