Most of us, when we are designing and decorating our properties, will think about how to make it look good in terms of our own personal style and a few designer-inspired flourishes Most of us do not think much about how easy our homes will be to clean and keep tidy when we redecorating them, but maybe we should.
You see, there are lots of design choices you can make that will make your home easier to clean and tidy, and if you are someone who doesn’t exactly relish doing your chores, making them will make your life easier and your home even more enjoyable.
With that in mind, here are some of the best design choices you can make for a lower maintenance home:
Choose furniture with long legs
If you want to cut the amount of time you spend sweeping and vacuuming dramatically, then choose furniture that is elevated off the ground. By doing so, you will not have to lift up your couches to get rid of the dust bunnies forming underneath, nor will you need to drag your coffee table across the floor to get access to the dirt underneath. You can simply reach underneath with a sweeping brush or stick vacuum cleaner for easy cleaning guaranteed. Even better, invest in a robot vacuum cleaner and you won’t have to do any of the work at all!
Go for wood instead of carpet
While we’re on the subject of sweeping and vacuuming, you will be able to spend far less time cleaning and maintaining the floors in your home if you opt for hardwood, tiles, or even laminate flooring rather than carpet. Not only does carpet hold onto dirt more easily, but it is more likely to stain than hardwood flooring, which can be wiped and mopped quickly to avoid spills turning into stains, but it takes much less effort to clean solid floors daily than it does carpet which will often need to be shampooed as well as vacuumed.
Wooden window shutters
When you are at the stage of deciding which window treatments to use in your home, instead of plumping for curtains or metal and fabric blinds, which can often attract a whole lot of dust, grime, and stains, think about choosing wooden window shutters instead. These are far lower maintenance because, although they can still collect dust, you can easily clean it by wiping your shutters with a damp clean cloth, They will not stain and you will not need to put lots of elbow grease into cleaning them up, which means they are far lower-maintenance, Not only that, but they look very sophisticated too.
Pick eggshell paint
If you live in a busy home filled with kids and pets who are forever touching the walls and making a mess, you can make life easier for yourself by choosing to paint with eggshells and semi-gloss instead of more matte paints. Doing so will minimize any visible smudges and fingerprints, and it should be easier for you to remove things like crayons from the walls too. Basically, when you have a young family and/or pets, then the shinier the paint you use for the walls, the easier it will be to clean them up.
Ditch open shelving
Open shelving may look good and ensure that you can show off your excellent tastes in literature, but they just mean that your shelving and the stuff you are displaying get covered in dust. Shelving units with doors are far better because then you will only need to dust the exterior, and if you really need to show off your books, choose a cabinet with glass doors and you can do just that.
Minimalism isn’t for everyone, but if you are serious about making your home as easy as possible to keep clean and tidy, then you need to consider the fact that the less stuff you have, the less stuff you will need to keep clean and find a place for. Embracing minimalist design and only bringing things into your space that are useful or beautiful can really transform your home and your life, so if you think you could come to love a minimalist home, why not start decluttering today?
As you can see, there are so many things you can do to make your home easier to clean and tidy. By implementing as many of them as you desire, you can definitely cut down on housework and spend more time actually enjoying your home, so what are you waiting for?