Wednesday, 13 November 2013

A Tidy Home Creates A Tidy Mind

A person’s house can have a huge effect on them, often affecting their thoughts and mood. By keeping you home tidy and organized, you’ll reap the mental benefits.

Tidying an entire house can seem daunting, but we have some advice that’s so useful that you’ll want to pull on some gloves and attack the trash straight away. So whether it’s by clearing out the stacks of old newspapers in the garage or by saving valuable space in your home with a haier washer dryer combo prepare to gain some headspace by making some much needed space in your home.

To help keep a tidy house, two words should immediately spring to mind: storage space. There’s so much unused space in the average house that could be utilized, such as under the bed. Wall space is ripe real estate for shelving and cubbies, giving you more storage and a place to display things. A simple coat rack or mudroom bench immediately gives a home a space to organize shoes, coats and hats. Think about the needs for each room in your house and how to adapt the space for storage. For example, in the living room you can purchase footstools that have space for books and magazines inside, and your home office’s desk could have space for an array of cubbies on it, fitting your computer within a wealth of space for paperwork, stationary and other essentials.

Decluttering is a fantastic way to give your home that feeling of space, and though it can be painful to part with some things, the benefits are well worth it. Take things one room at a time and have a few boxes handy: one for things to throw away, one for things to be donated and one for things to keep. Try and be honest with yourself, but if that doesn’t work try to keep the image of a pristine, tidy house in your mind to keep you motivated. If everyone in the family gets stuck in then the process will fly by quicker than you think [as well as promoting a tidy lifestyle to your children]. Turn this into a seasonal habit and you’ll have yourself an organized house all year round.

Now that everything is in its place, it’s time to clean up. Dust has a larger impact to the look of your home than you might think, so try to give surfaces a good dusting about once a month and don’t forget easily missed areas like ceiling fan blades and light switches. Vacuuming comes next; don’t be afraid to be thorough. Bread bins, cutlery draws, fireplaces, lampshades and closets can and should be cleaned. The machine should be dragged everywhere, even garages and fireplaces. Don’t forget mattresses and curtains while you attack dirt in your house, as these are dust hop spots. Finish off everything with mopping and a wiping down of kitchen surfaces and that house of yours will be gleaming.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

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