We all want to come home to an inviting and welcoming home but, sometimes, life gets in the way and our general upkeep can fall by the wayside from time to time. It doesn’t mean that we are lazy, it means that we are human and even the best of us require a little helping hand every now and then.
That is exactly why we have put together five key tips to keep your home looking radiant, even on those days when all you want to do is fall onto your bed when you get home from work. From old wives tales to tips that simply make life a little easier for yourself, we are sure that you will find our advice helpful.
The most common reason for a build-up of clutter in the home is a lack of storage space. With no shelves, drawers or cupboards, where on earth are all of your possessions going to go? Favourite include the kitchen side, dining table and, unfortunately, the floor.
Fight this by investing in a set of drawers and cupboard so as everything that you need has a place to live. Anything that can go should be binned immediately – when space is at a premium, it doesn’t need to be taken up by something undeserving of it.
Many properties, particularly new builds, suffer from damp. The most common issues include wet rot, dry rot and, especially, condensation. These can be as a result of a number of issues that include, but not limited to:
- A leak in the plumbing
- Poor ventilation
- No central heating system
- Damp clothes being left to dry inside
- A fault in the damp proof course (DPC) in exterior walls
- High moisture content in timber
There are a number of actions that can be taken to deal with the symptoms of damp, such a dehumidifiers, although more serious cases of damp may require to the structure of the building to complete eradicate the problem. This can include basement tanking, drilling through walls or spray treatments, in the case of woodworm.
Fed up of cleaning stains off the furniture? Have a pet that is forever getting hairs all into the fabric after jumping up? If so, then investing in a cheap throw to go over the sofa and chairs will make your life so much easier.
As soon as one it dirty, pull it off and throw it in the wash and replace with a clean one. By doing this, you can also mix up the colour scheme in your home by changing what colour throws you have on at any one time – convenient and flexible.
Vinegar to Clean Windows
White vinegar can be used to clean a multitude of home appliances, putting in a little extra elbow grease so as you don’t have to. One of our favourite parts of the home to utilise white vinegar is while cleaning windows, as the solution doesn’t leave streaks.
For best results, use four tablespoons of vinegar per gallon of water. You don’t want to use too much otherwise your home will smell like vinegar, and that’s not good for anyone!
Finally, no home is complete without a garden and it is here; weather permitting, that you like to retreat to with a glass of something nice. If you much prefer to enjoy your garden as opposed to making it, then look to only include easy maintaining features.
A garden patio requires little more than the odd brush and occasional weeding, while an even surface of grass will be easy to cut during the summer months. Why not cheat and plant fake flowers around your garden? You might know they’re fake, but who else is going to know?