Now that spring is here, if you’re like a lot of people you’re probably looking around your home and thinking about ways you can make it cleaner, tidier, more streamlined, prettier, modern and well organized, particularly if one of your resolutions for 2019 was to have a less stress-inducing home life.
Now is a great time to really tick off goals when it comes to your home, regardless of whether you usually struggle to make long-lasting changes or not.
Read on for three key steps you can follow to help you maintain and organize your home in the coming months, and enjoy more stress-free home time as a result.
First up, it’s important to tackle decluttering. It might be a groan-inducing job that you don’t feel keen to complete, but it’s necessary to get your home in order.
It’s impossible to keep things tidy if you simply have too much stuff and not enough places to put it. Plus, when your home is cluttered all the time, it makes it very hard to see any issues within the property that need to be attended to (such as leaking pipes, holes in plaster, pest infestations and so on).
When paring back your possessions, look for things which are out of date, broken and unable to be repaired, not relevant to your family’s needs any more, and which you simply don’t use because your tastes have changed. Items can be sold, given away, recycled, repaired or put in the bin, as required.
As you go room by room, look for things you have been holding onto “just in case”. These items are usually found gathering dust and getting old and moldy in garages, at the back of closets, under beds, in your family’s junk drawer, and so on.
Furthermore, take a look at the furniture in your home to see which bigger items you can get rid of. If there are uncomfortable, oversized or outdated pieces it’s time to move them on.
Keep your home more streamlined and each room pared back and you’ll not only save yourself stress but also have less to clean. Each space will look bigger, too, which is an added bonus.
Work Out a Budget and Plan for Work that Needs to be Done
Next, if you have certain renovation jobs you want to get completed around your house this year, it’s a good idea to work out a budget and plan for the work in advance.
Remodel jobs can quickly add up, cost wise and time wise, which in turn will increase stress. Reduce the likelihood of this happening, though, by being as organized as possible and committing to a total budget to work towards.
For instance, if you want to renovate your bathroom, plan out what jobs need to be done, by whom, and in what order.
Research contractors to find the right people for your needs and budget, whether you need to source a trusted Atlanta handyman or an electrician in Los Angeles.
It helps to ask friends and family members for recommendations, too. Plus, always choose people who are properly qualified and experienced for jobs, as well as licensed and insured.
It’s wise to create a maintenance schedule to follow throughout the next 12 months too, so that you don’t accidentally miss a bunch of jobs and then find small problems have turned into big ones as a result.
Some tasks only need to be done once per year, while others will be bi-annual, quarterly, or possibly monthly. Think about things like roof inspections, HVAC maintenance, cleaning gutters, oiling decks and fences, and getting pest inspections done.
Get Your Whole Family Involved
Once you have things in order in your home, it’s easy for mess and disorder to creep in again very quickly.
A good way to combat this, though, is by getting your whole family involved. Get your kids, in particular, taking part in both the organization and decluttering process, so that they understand why and how things need to be kept pared back.
After that, develop routines for everyone to follow. For example, set up a place for everything and teach your children to put their things away at the end of each day.
They might hang their school bags, coats and hats on hooks near the door when they get home from school, and store their bags and shoes on racks nearby. They could also be taught to put their dirty clothes in the hamper each night; unpack their lunch boxes in the kitchen; shelve their books; and pack away their toys into boxes or cupboards in their room.