Are you one of those people that love coming home to a freshly cleaned house, but magically find a way to make a mess the first 5 seconds after you arrive? This struggle is real people, let me tell you! Either we have energetic kids, pets, or a crazy schedule that doesn’t leave us much clear headspace. So many of us struggle with keeping our place organized. Even if we hire professional cleaning services, the days in between can sometimes feel like a bit of a struggle. But keep calm, because we have some tips that if you can make them into habits, you’ll find yourself smiling every time you turn your head and look at any spot in your house! The idea is not to add extra steps to your routine, rather than making your space and your daily actions more efficient in the household. And seriously, anything is possible with a little bit of practice! So let’s dig into these 5 simple habits.
1. Hangers, drawers, and boxes
In shorter words, storage. If you haven’t filled your home already with fabric boxes, baskets, coat racks, and drawers, this is the first step you need to take. Certain objects are harder to store at plain sight or can make a space look too crowded.
Think about pet toys like frisbees, leashes, grooming objects and any other pet-related thing you can think of that may need to be handy when walking out the door. For this try looking for fabric boxes that can easily be stored under a bench or under a console.
Make sure you have enough room for coats, bags, and backpacks to be hanged, with everything having a special place you can assure it won’t end up thrown in the couch.
Tip for kids: keep the hangers at their level so they can hang their belongings and create a habit of their own.
And last but not least, drawers. This is the best way to keep keys, spare change, pens, all those awkward-looking everyday objects that we absolutely can’t live without, but can make a whole room look messy in an instant.
2. Fabric fresheners
There are so many store-bought options, or if you prefer a more natural approach there are plenty of DIY blends that will do the trick. Keep a simple spray bottle on your nightstand. We recommend a calming soothing fragrance that induces relaxation, like chamomile or lavender but do you and go for your favorite one. Every morning while you make your bed, mist your sheets, pillows, and curtains, you can also apply this fabric freshener to your couch, coats, and even your towels. Honestly, you can go crazy with this one, so enjoy!
3. Baking soda
You can never have enough baking soda at home. It’s the best way to eliminate all odors, you can even eliminate a hard-to-kill musty smell if you’re patient enough. If you have any leftover containers with lids, like from candles or mild spice containers, go ahead and poke a few holes in the top, fill 3/4 with baking soda and hide these around your house. Keep one in your fridge (you can probably just leave the box for this one), on a shelf in your studio behind some books, where you keep your shoes if you have a nice container lying around you can leave it in plain sight in your living room table or a shelf as decoration. Check your containers once every 2 weeks or so, they will last you between a month and 6 months depending on humidity. You know your home best, so look for those places that might need extra help in between your cleaning service.
4. Dry herbal blends Or Oil diffusers
Ok, so you have the baking soda taking care of any unpleasant odor that could be building up, why not go an extra step and add your favorite scent to your home. We recommend keeping it simple and natural, like dried lavender or dry herbal blends. You can add these to glass bowls and will decorate at the same time as they give a pleasant smell to your space. These sacks will last between one or two months, they will slowly lose their scent.
As a second alternative, or when you want a punch of relaxation, defentantly get yourself a diffuser for those unwinding yoga evenings, or even after dinner to slow down the rhythm of the mind and body. Just keep an eye open if you have pets, that the essential oil you are using is pet friendly.
5. Dishwasher routine
This is probably the hardest one on the list, even though it may sound easy and obvious. Getting into the habit of emptying your dishwasher first thing in the morning, let’s say, while you make your coffee, and fill it out throughout the day so you wash everything at night is a simple and organized way to avoid the random glass left in the coffee table or a pile of soaking dishes after dinner. While practicing to master this simple yet challenging habit, make sure that everyone around is encouraged to pitch in.
As a tip for children, treats and rewards every time they put their dishes away is a great way to build a habit. You can even try that on yourself if you’re too distracted to carry this task out every time. So there you go, it’s a shortlist that requires little effort but will make a huge difference in your everyday life. If you’d like to share any other simple habits you do around your home, leave a comment below.