We would all like to be more organized and have a more Zen and orderly home, but the daily obligations, activities, and other stresses of modern life take over and often prevent us from getting there. However, we must not give up and consider it a losing battle.
Here are 5 little strategies that take only a few minutes at a time, but make a big difference in the home.
Cleaning the fridge door
Removing (almost) everything you hang on the fridge works wonders: it’s one of the best ways to give a kitchen a neater look. Those who don’t want to have a completely “naked” fridge can at least do a good housekeeping and a periodic rotation (say once a month).
There’s often too much paper, photos, and other odds and ends on the fridge, which adds to space. There are easy ways to move some items around.
- Restaurant menus can be collected in a folder, kept in a drawer.
- School paperwork related to activities, invitations, etc. can be hung on a pinboard elsewhere in the house (in the office, near the entrance, in the “homework corner”, or even inside the door of a pantry/closet).
- Children’s drawings or crafts can be limited to one at a time (or one per child). The rest can be kept in a file per child and then transferred elsewhere (in a scrapbook representing a year, in a memory box, in a frame, etc.).
- The same goes for photos: you can choose to keep only one on the fridge at a time, and rotate the photos.
Linger on the walls
We don’t often take the time to examine the walls we live in, but they are the basis of our decor! So we can walk from room to room and quickly remove fingerprints, pencil marks, and stains with a damp cloth and a mild cleaner (it’s nice to think about electrical switches, too!). You can also identify areas where walls need repair (because of small holes made by old hooks or other marks) or a small touch-up of paint. We then take a few hours on the weekend to fix everything at once.
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Changing burnt bulbs
We all have bulbs that don’t work anymore and that we neglected to change for all sorts of reasons… But these do nothing to improve our comfort while giving a neglected aspect to our interior. If possible, we change them for LED bulbs, which are more expensive to buy but save energy and may never need to be changed again!
Rejuvenate the entrance
We try to look at our entrance with new eyes, is this one welcoming? Could we improve this corner a little bit? After all, this is the first impression people have of our place.
We can add (or even clean it up, because we tend to neglect it!) an entrance mat, change the door numbers or the lock for a more modern or attractive model, add a plant or another decorative element, sometimes, it’s just a matter of dusting this “room”!
No need to keep the same frames hanging on the wall all the time! It’s simple and inexpensive to get new ones, to add a little color and dynamism, or to balance a decor! By rotating a few times a year, you will start to appreciate what you hang on the walls again. Some pictures, paintings, and illustrations are more suitable for certain seasons, so we can take advantage of this to change a little, as we do in a certain way for other decorative elements (we decorate for the Holidays, for Halloween). Almost any picture becomes interesting when framed.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff.