Jobs, kids, pets, and life in general often get in the way of keeping a tidy home. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Keeping your home uncluttered can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for some of the best tips our real estate agents have heard and seen in their work with buyers and sellers.
Simple Homeowner Tips to Keep Your Central Florida Home in Order
If you want your home to feel less chaotic and more orderly, you need to sharpen your organizational skills. These five daily habits can help you maintain a tidy house with minimal effort.
- Make the Beds
Most people have a morning routine. Make sure yours includes making the bed, as it has a big impact on the room’s appearance. To ensure it’s a quick task, simplify the bedding as much as possible by minimizing pillows or using a duvet or comforter that’s big enough, so you don’t need to tuck in the sheets.
- Check the Floors
There always seems to be some level of dust and crumbs on hardwood floors. A quick sweep a few times a day with a broom or microfiber floor duster will do the trick. In bathrooms, use a mini broom and dust pan to clean up around toilets and under sinks.
- Wipe Down Counters
Give kitchen counters a wipe after each meal and do a once over of bathroom counters daily. Keep soaps, sprays, sponges, cleaning cloths, and paper towels in each room to make the task even easier and faster.
One of the best ways to keep a tidy home is to ensure everything has a designated spot. Then make it a habit to put everything back where it belongs, and remind other household members to do the same. For instance, put a hamper in each bedroom so clothes don’t end up on the floor. Or keep a central bookcase for books to go on until they can be returned to their rightful place.
- Keep Shoes by the Entry Doors
A no-shoe policy keeps dirt and debris from being tracked into the house. If your home doesn’t have a mudroom, use a coat rack, basket, or shoe storage rack, some of which come mounted under hall benches.
Be Happy with Clean Enough
This can be one of the biggest challenges of all! Many people avoid daily clean-up tasks because they know it will take them too much time to get their homes immaculate. Develop the mindset that you want a tidy home, not a perfect one. In other words, don’t waste time making sure every speck of dust is cleared off the floor. Leave more time-consuming chores for your regular weekly cleaning schedule.
20-Minutes to a Tidy Home
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average American spends about an hour a day cleaning their house. While it sometimes seems impossible to manage everything on your plate and keep a tidy home, these tips will help you do it in about 20 minutes a day!
They’re all about working smarter, not harder:
- Squeegee shower doors and walls after every shower. Less buildup means less scrubbing time come the weekend.
- Wash dishes and glassware or put them in the dishwasher immediately after use.
- Wipe down the table, island, and peninsula after eating.
- Each evening, walk around the house with a laundry basket or other container and pick up any stray items.
- Collect and take out the trash every night.
And there you go! Simple but effective tasks you can do every day to keep your home as tidy as can be. Best of all, by staying on top of clutter, dust, and grime, you’ll have more free time to spend with loved ones and do the things you enjoy most.
For more tips on how to keep your home clean and tidy or to discuss buying or selling a property in Volusia County, contact one of the agents at Bee Realty Corp today.