Secrets to a Clean Home
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage
Now that Christmas is nearly upon us, many of us might be excited about the upcoming festivities. However, there will always be a few who are dreading the upcoming season, where guests need to be entertained, the food needs to be cooked and most of all, houses need to be cleaned.
For some, the thought of preparing the house for welcoming guests can be nightmare fuel in itself. You might even call it the true nightmare before Christmas. You might also feel a bit envious of that friend we all have who seems to always have a picture-perfect, pristine home any time of the year and needs no special spring (or Christmas) cleaning needed.
You might even have wondered what may be the secret behind having such a neat and clean home. To be frank there are quite a few. But you don’t have to be in the dark anymore.
It’s nurtured, not by nature
You might be tempted to think people with perfectly clean homes are simply clean people by nature. However, the truth is that cleanliness is a skill, and it’s nurtured rather than something that we inherently have in our nature.
Breaking past the mindset that it’s something that cannot be changed is the first secret to having a clean home.
Once that is done, all that’s needed is to develop a culture of cleanliness in life, and make a number of small choices in how we deal with cleaning up.
Truth is, you might already have a clean home. If that’s the case, all you need is to make your living space more aesthetically pleasing.
The best thing you can do for that is to ensure that the straight lines in your home are clean and uninterrupted. Does your coffee table have magazines littering the tabletop? Does your kitchen countertop have appliances taking up space?
Although it may not seem important, knowing how to appropriately place furniture and appliances to create broad, clear flat surfaces in your living environment can go a long way to create the clean, minimalistic look that will bring your home that feeling of cleanliness. Using proper lighting can also be helpful for this. White lights such as LEDs and Halogen bulbs create a feeling of sterility. Mixed with warm lighting that is more yellowish in colour, you can create a lighting effect that is clean, cosy, and comfortable.
Clean as you go
‘CLAYGO’ might sound like a fancy abbreviation you might hear in a corporate training session, but the principle is quite simple. Clean up your own mess.
The principle applies wherever you are, and especially at home, in your personal living space.
While it might be difficult to make the bed immediately after you get up, put the cushions in your couch back in place after watching a movie, or even putting back the pots and pans after cooking and washing is done for the day, but this simple habit is enough to make a massive impact in making your home is ‘guest-ready’ any time of the day.
Make a routine and make it fun
Like many good things, creating a culture of cleanliness in your life and your family isn’t easy, and it will take a little time to get the ball rolling. But once it does become a routine part of your life, life gets a lot easier.
But cleaning up doesn’t need to be unpleasant. Consider implementing a reward system to treat yourself if you meet your daily cleaning goals as extra motivation. If the job of cleaning itself is what’s unpleasant to you, try multitasking by listening to an audiobook or your favourite podcast while you perform your daily chores. Be creative and find a solution that works for you and gets the job done.
We’ve only scratched the surface when it comes to ways you can improve on keeping your home ‘guest-ready’ throughout the year. As the year comes to an end, why not make it an early new year’s resolution as well.