Clearing out the junk in your house, tidying up what needs to be kept and doing a big clean can often seem overwhelming. There are too many books and far too many clothes. You can see piles of mail, mildew in the bathroom and smeared bedroom mirrors. There is dust where you always forget to dust, magazines you haven’t thrown away and crockery you should throw away. There are weeds you need to uproot, a patio wanting a good wash and windows that have seen better days. The list goes on… It’s not that you don’t care about your house, but it feels like there is never enough time. How about if I told you there are three easy steps to getting a magazine-worthy house?
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A beautiful house is fresh and clean. It makes you happier, lighter and less stressed. You’ll sleep better, cook easier, lounge comfortably and want to entertain more. And best of all your visitors will wonder how you did it. Is it achievable? Absolutely. Will it take time? Definitely. But once done, it’s so much easier to maintain.
There are three segments to tackle when creating a beautiful, clean house. First, get rid of all the junk and find a place for everything you want to keep. Second, do a deep clean. Third, add plush finishing touches that will make your apartment magazine-worthy.
1) Purging the Junk
This is often the hardest. Be strong, be an adult and throw, throw, throw and donate. The clearing up craze of 2016 is the Marie Kondo method. She educates us only to keep things that spark joy. Of course, there are things you have to keep out of necessity (saucepans, toilet roll, screwdrivers…) but you get the picture. Throw those grey knickers that were once white. Chuck old Christmas cards from friends. Bin the mismatched socks. Give away clothes you haven’t worn in a year. Old toys you don’t need? Donate to your local vet or animal shelter. Food past its sell-by-date; straight in the bin. Cables with no home? Wave goodbye. Say adios to anything that doesn’t bring you joy when you hold it. I guarantee in a few days time you won’t even remember it was there. Find a place for everything you’ve kept and always put everything back in its place.
2) Deep Clean for a Decadent Look
Let’s be honest. If you have enough time to watch TV, you have enough time to clean! Yes, we’re busy with children, careers, friends, etc… but devoting one weekend every three months to a deep clean is worth the effort. Tackle the front of your house. The exterior is the first impression people get of you. Thetoolboss.com have a fine write up on the ar383 here. It’s a water pressure washer that deep cleans decks, sidewalks and patios, and it saves a million hours of scrubbing. It’s roughly 30 times more powerful than a regular garden hose so it’s going to do the job with ease. Next, de-weed, prune flowers and clean the outside windows. Inside, dust everywhere. Remember the rule; high to low. Here, a long extendable duster becomes your best friend. Don’t forget picture frames. Pull out all furniture for the biggest vacuum of your life. Use heat distilled white vinegar, newspaper and muscle on mirrors and shower screens. Polish kitchen cabinets, deep clean all appliances and turn the bedroom mattress if you can. Scrub all your floors. Bonus, you are burning calories!
3) Plush that House Up
Now it’s time for the finishing touches. Use different textures to add dimension. Bring in leaves, greenery and fresh flowers. Add unusual hues. You can read my post on adding colour to your home right here. Buy a beautiful vase and a stand-out floor lamp. Have a stack of fresh, white towels in the bathroom and splash out on one plush kitchen accessory that you can leave on display. Le Creuset has some beautiful pots. Invest in one outstanding piece of art. Scent your home with a welcoming fragrance and make it a serene place to live. You spend a lot of time here, and it’s worth looking after.