A clean home is a happy home. In fact, maintaining a simplified, uncluttered, and clean home is a form of self-care for everyone who lives in it. However, cleaning your house while your children are still growing, and trying to keep a properly organized house when you have a hectic schedule at work and you barely get your weekends off can be extremely draining both mentally and physically. This is why it is important to think about cleaning when you initially design and decorate your interior. When you first start designing the interior of your house, it is easy to get caught up in the aesthetic appeal of the design and forget about the maintenance aspect that comes after.
When the cleaning is difficult, it is natural to keep putting it off until it gets completely out of hand. With these design tips, you will be able to design a beautiful home interior that is easy to clean and maintain, with minimal effort.
Quality Over Quantity
Having fewer things in your home not only gives you a visual calm and creates a beautiful minimalistic aesthetic that is so popular these days but also makes it quite easy to clean! Do the Marie Kondo and remove all the things that do not bring joy to you. You can either donate or sell them. Starting over from a cleaner canvas, always follow the “quality over quantity” rule when you buy things, especially furniture and kitchen equipment. Just because something is trendy and everybody has it does not mean that you should have it too! Clutter makes cleaning is a nightmare, and you do not want that.
Easy to Clean Furniture and Upholstery
Leather upholstery is a good choice for your furniture since it is easy to wipe off, especially if you have children. Try to stay away from white or ivory leather since even if it can be relatively easy to clean, things like red Kool-Aid, red wine, and yellow mustard can stain the leather. A better choice would be charcoal grey, black, taupe, brandy, or chocolate colours. If you don’t like the leather look, you can always have slipcovers made for your furniture. And if they’re made from machine-washable fabric, cleaning will be a cinch.
The floor in your home gets dirty the fastest. The ideal choice for easy cleaning would be stained concrete with a protective sealer. Minimal seams and a nonporous seal make it a snap to sweep or mop and pretty much impervious to anything that may spill. Other great flooring options are laminate or luxury vinyl tile in a wood-look plank. Hardwood floors are easy to sweep and mop too. A good dust mop and sponge mop are all you need for all of the above, but with the hardwood, you can’t put off cleaning up any splash or splatter. If you must have wall-to-wall carpet, try limiting that to bedrooms, where you will tend to go barefoot.
More Storage Spaces
When it comes to storage, more is always more! Make use of every nook and cranny. Put storage near the place where the items to be stored are actually used. Locate your most often used storage where it is easy to reach. Although cabinets or closets that run all the way to the ceiling do make use of space, if you have to drag a step stool out to put things away, it will slow you down. Save those high cabinets for items rarely used. If you are not a minimalist in nature, more storage space is a great way to keep all your precious belongings, while keeping your home visible minimal and easy to clean at all times.