Cleaning a house from top to bottom can be a great way for people to ensure that they are living in a fresh environment. However, many people do not have the time or energy to scrub their house from attic to basement every week. Even if that is the case, it does not mean that your house has to look, smell, or feel dirty. Freshening up your home can be done using simple and easy techniques.
1. Reorganize and Reduce Clutter
If an area is tidy, people are generally less likely to notice if it is dusty or needs to be swept. Walk into each room of your house and try to imagine what a visitor would be likely to notice. Messy shelves, cluttered tables, or a pile of laundry in the corner can be distracting and make a room look disheveled.
2. Dispel Unpleasant Odors
One of the first things people notice when they enter a house is the smell. Whether your home smells like last night’s dinner or a bed of roses, it likely has some sort of aroma. Light candles or use a wax warmer to infuse the house with your favorite fragrance. If the weather is nice enough, open the windows and turn on fans to circulate the air and freshen the rooms. Some things are prone to giving off unpleasant smells, like a sink full of dishes, dirty laundry, litterboxes, or pet beds. Close those spots regularly to reduce stinky odors.
3. Add Light
Dingy rooms tend to look smaller and more crowded than they are. Embrace natural light in the home as much as possible to make rooms look and feel open. Wash the windows, blinds, and curtains for a bright and appealing look. When the room is dark, turn on the lamps and evaluate the lighting situation. Wipe down the bulbs to increase the shine and add lighting sources as necessary to increase the room’s attractiveness.
4. Clean Strategically
If you are preparing your house for company and time is short, then close off any areas of the house that won’t be seen. Think about where guests are going to spend most of their time. Take care of the largest and most obvious messes first. For example, if guests will be eating, then clearing the space around and underneath the dining room table can give people a comfortable dining experience. Clean the table or change out the tablecloth for an instant boost. Wipe down the bathroom and hang clean towels and wipe off the kitchen counters or close the kitchen area to guests if possible.
5. Incorporate Plants
A bit of greenery can elevate a space in a big way. With a bit of creativity, you can incorporate plants into your home. Hanging plants can feature attractive ferns or ivy that drapes gracefully over the side, while seasonal flowers can make an excellent centerpiece for a table. If you don’t want to buy expensive flowers, you can purchase plants from the clearance section and create your own potted plants or grow them from seeds. You could also use plants from your garden outside and find interesting stones, branches, or other natural objects to use in your lovely and unique displays.
There are many ways to make your home look great when time is tight. By focusing on the areas that matter the most and cleaning strategically, you can create a fresh and appealing atmosphere in your home.