Everyone prefers to come home to a house that is neat and tidy. A cluttered house full of rubbish can make you feel very restless. Still, keeping your household tidy often falls by the wayside, because of the hustle and bustle at work or looking after your children. So, we have listed a number of smart tips that can help you keep your house a lot tidier, without much effort.
1. Make sure you have more dustbins
When there are more opportunities to dispose of garbage, there is a much greater chance that you will clean up this mess faster. Make sure you have a container or waste bin in every room of your house where you can throw away your garbage. Old mail is also garbage, so you don’t have to leave it piled up on the table or cupboard. For those who prefer to snack in bed, a small waste bin next to the bedside table is also not a bad idea.
2. Buy a waste basket
Besides garbage, you also have stuff that is not necessarily garbage, but which is often left lying around your house. A good temporary solution to this is a temporary waste basket. The emphasis here is on temporary, because the intention is that you empty the basket every once in a while (read: once a week), and really clean up everything.
3. Use brackets
Collect all the wandering clothes from all corners and crevices in your house and put them on a hook. This will create a neat house. By hanging these on hooks in a smart way – not crisscrossing each other, pontifically in the middle of the living room – no one will be bothered.
The handy thing to do here is to use doors, for example. These are spaces that you wouldn’t otherwise use anyway. This will also cancel out holes and nails in walls or doors, because nowadays there are plenty of hooks that you can use without drilling. In the end, this is also a temporary solution, as the clothes have to go back into the wardrobe (or the washing machine).
4. Try to make as few horizontal spaces if possible
An empty, horizontal surface is very inviting to fill up completely. By using decorative items, you catch two birds with one stone. Your house looks a bit more beautiful because of all those beautiful items, and you have less space left to put clutter away. Maybe this makes it more likely that you’ll put it right, at the right destination.
5. Go paperless!
Fortunately, we live in a digital age these days. This means that you basically have to use a lot less paper. Less paper = less clutter. Try to do as much communication as possible by e-mail, instead of by ‘ old-fashioned’ mail. If you do receive a letter, take a picture of it, so you don’t have to keep the paper yourself. Make sure you keep this photo safe, if needed. Luckily, you have plenty of apps for this, which you can download on your phone.