10 Routine Tasks That Will Keep Your Home Clean and Organised
A clean home is a healthy lifestyle. As silly as it may sound, a clean and organised home could be the difference between a productive and unrewarding day. Whether you’re living as an individual or you’re part of a community, it is of essence that your immediate surrounding is well kept. The following routine tasks require little effort but will be highly beneficial in the long run.
So, here are 10 routines that will give you a clean and organised home always.
Making Your Bed: This is possibly the most underrated task, but it is vital to having an organised bedroom. In the majority of rooms, the bed takes up the most space. Make the beds immediately you get up; this involves tucking the sheets in and fluffing the pillows when necessary. This little action will instantly make your room more organised.
Improving Your Kitchen Habits: Two important routines to adopt are washing your dishes and cleaning your sink, and clearing and wiping your counters on a daily basis. These two tasks require a conscious effort, but they are essential to a neat kitchen. Always wipe the kitchen counter after meals and your dishes should be cleaned before going to bed every night. Scrubbing the sink will make the counter shine. This night habit will reduce your morning tasks, giving you more time to do other productive work.
Tidying Up Clothing and Laundry: Clothes shouldn’t be seen anywhere other than your body or in the closet/wardrobe. Clean clothes should always be hung in closets or folded orderly, and placed in a wardrobe or drawer. Dirty clothes should also always be kept aside in allocated baskets or trays, or zip-able bags. They shouldn’t be folded alongside the clean ones.
Furthermore, your laundry machine should be cleaned consistently at regular intervals.
Having a Desktop or Tray in Living Rooms: A portable desktop can be placed in your living rooms and other rooms you spend a lot of time in. The desktop surface and it’s drawers can be a safe place to keep active handy items such as keys, remotes, wallets etc, to keep them from getting misplaced. It could serve as a strategic point in your home if it is a busy home. And a flower vase could also be placed there to improve aesthetics. If there isn’t an available space for a desktop, a petite tray or hooks can be used to store the same items. They can be placed at the entrance of your homes to equally be of use to visitors.
Getting Rid of Papers: Looking all around you, you will realize how paper litters the home. From bills to item packagings, to mails, to our personal books. To avoid litter from paper, trash or recycle purchased item packages immediately they are unboxed. You should additionally install a mini library/bookshelf to house all your paper documents and books, and your discarded papers could immediately be burned in your fireplace.
Decluttering Your Space: Too much of everything is not healthy as it makes you live an unnecessarily complex life. Having too numerous items take away valuable space and makes it a momentous task when moving/relocating. Simply put; a cluttered environment can’t be tidy or organized. Own only the things you need at any moment, or you could have a store or cupboard where excess materials can be stored so your home doesn’t become an eyesore.
Making Use of Hangers and Shoe Foyer: A lot of us don’t have closets at the entrance of our homes, but even if there isn’t one, you can still place a furniture with hooks where coats could be hung. This ensures neither you or visitor’s coats, hats and scarves aren’t left lying around.
Similarly, you should buy a movable rack and/or a floor mat, which ensures you can still clean under them routinely. If your house features an entrance, you can place a mat where shoes can be dusted on; or a fine shoe rack which would not only beautify your entrance but will also organise your shoes and keep unnecessary dust and sand from your floors. Shoe shelves are affordable and will certainly become priceless during rainy days or when kids come back after playing, as the case may be.
Concealing Cords and Wires: Electronic and electric cords and wires makes your home untidy. Lengthier cords should always be untangled, tucked safely inside drawers or shelves. Their concealment will make sure no one trips over them and fall, but will, more importantly, give your rooms more order and sophistication. The wires can be hidden by camouflaging them into wall edges and using organisers to hold them together.
Grooming Your Pets at Regular Intervals: Having pets is always an exciting experience, but it comes with an understated amount of commitment. Bathing your pets at least twice every week will prevent them from shedding their furs, and would also keep them safe from germs and bugs which would also make your house healthy. Also, it would be important to set some basic rules your pet can understand; such as where and where not to ease itself, but no matter how much an animal is trained, accidents will still occur. It is important to respond to your pet’s accidents, either by giving it a first aid where an injury is involved or by quickly replacing/cleaning fallen items. It would also be wise to have a special furniture such as cage or sofa for your pet. This keeps your house organised rather than having the pet becoming a nuisance with its presence.
Make the above tasks your habit and your home will be guaranteed to be clean and organised, which will in turn make you live a healthy life.