You may, like many, feel as if your home suddenly becomes dirty again the moment you finish cleaning it. What’s the point in cleaning, then! However, there are changes you can make to your home itself that will speed up the cleaning process as well as make it easier and longer lasting than ever before. Here are a few examples of such changes!
The more you own, the more you are required to clean. Consider minimizing and decluttering your household! There are likely plenty of things that you have forgotten you even own, or that you have no use for. Take the time to go through your belongings and determine their worth or sentimentality to you. If you struggle getting yourself there, you can set a goal or create a plan for removing some of your “clutter” items, like focusing on one room per day or implementing a system of evaluating use. You might also consider switching out your normal furniture for dual purpose furniture—a sofa or ottoman that doubles as storage.
Get Rid of Your Carpet
Carpet is nice for its soft tread, but those fibers trap dirt and dust or absorb spills so quickly that cleaning them may become a time consuming task, whether you do it daily or have to conduct a deep clean every few weeks. Hardwood floors are much easier to clean, especially when you have messy children. Durable, classy, and available in a range of colors and designs, hardwood requires only a simple sweep or wipe-down to stay totally clean! Especially with the help of a sealant to protect and harden the floors, you can feel confident that (unlike carpet) your hardwood will reject any dirt and spills, maintaining a shiny and healthy surface after every clean.
Pick the Right Upholstery
Your couches and chairs are another frequently trafficked surface that may be easily worn down or stained despite frequent cleaning. The right upholstery can offer a balance between durability and comfort, especially if you look into fabrics that are resistant to stains and easy to clean off, such as worn leather, vinyl, or fabrics treated with stain repellant. You can buy new upholstery or even reupholster your current furniture. If a complete reupholstery is too much, slipcovers are another great choice to protect your furniture’s fabric and you can easily remove them to clean with your laundry.
After decluttering your home and replacing hard-to-clean surfaces with more resistant materials, your cleaning process will be a fast and easy process that will last for days. Make your life a little easier by making your cleaning a lot more manageable!