As any homeowner will know, keeping a clean home can sometimes feel like a bit of a military task. When you are trying to juggle all the different things life throws at you – your career, your social life and caring for your children – you may find that housework falls lower and lower on your list of priorities. There does come the point, however, when enough is enough, and you may have had enough of living in an unkempt or messy property.
But could your home design itself be part of the reason why the place looks so… well, dirty? You might not even realize it, but you could be doing yourself a disservice with the way your home is designed. If it’s a honey-trap for dirt and grime it will inevitably be a lot more difficult to clean. You may feel as though you are constantly fighting an uphill battle to keep it looking fresh. The best thing to do here is to go right back to basics, and to create a home that makes cleaning easy for you. Here are some ways in which you can do so, room by room.
The kitchen is obviously the one room in the house that is at constant risk of getting messy, thanks to it being the food preparation area. It can often be quite astonishing how dirty this room can get from cooking just one meal – but thankfully, there are things you can do to make your kitchen clean-able in just a few minutes. For example, always choose a solid backsplash material such as granite, rather than anything with grout lines. Opt for an integrated sink so you can wipe any mess or dirty water straight in there, and if you have pets, consider built-in food bowls so they don’t spread mess all over the floor.
The bathroom comes second in the list of rooms that it is hard to keep clean within the home. Bathrooms can easily become grimy and water-stained. Thanks to their nearly constant humidity and all those people going in and out of them. In order to minimize the amount of time you spend scrubbing your tiles, simply say no to grout and go for something solid instead. It can also be worth opting for a shower enclosure that is specifically designed as ‘easy clean’. Wall mounted faucets also ensure that any dirty water plunges straight into the sink, rather than dripping down the deck and gathering in a dirty pool at the base.
The living room
Your living room is where much of your upholstery sits. Keeping your furnishings clean with kids around can be a bit of a nightmare, as any parent will know. Go for a leather sofa rather than a fabric one. It is much easier to wipe down, if and when spillages occur. Custom made Slipcovers can be made at All About Interiors and are also a great option for protecting your furniture.