Tips and Tricks for Maintaining Your Family Home This Year

  • Stop cleaning one room at a time.
  • Start using storage boxes.
  • Create good habits, maintain your plumbing, create designated play areas.

If you’ve been looking for simple home maintenance methods to make your life easier for you and your family, then you came to the right place. Although it usually sounds simple, maintaining a home’s beautiful décor – especially when there’re kids and pets around- can be frustrating. However, many people have managed to do it with very little effort, and there’s no reason why you too shouldn’t. There are many tips and tricks you can implement to have a clean, healthy and organized family home this year, and top ones include the following:

You can pick a single task, such as mopping, dusting or vacuuming, and implementing the task in every room in your home, until you’re done.

Stop cleaning one room at a time

Many people find it more sensible and time-saving to only clean the kitchen, the bedrooms and other spots in the house that seem dirty. Unfortunately, this approach often creates a never-ending cleaning cycle that involves doing the same thing over and over again. To be efficient, you need to try and mop or dust the whole house at once every time. You can pick a single task, such as mopping, dusting or vacuuming, and implementing the task in every room in your home, until you’re done. That way, you won’t need to clean another room tomorrow or the day after that, or find yourself procrastinating cleaning tasks.

Maintain your plumbing

Maintaining your family home involves maintaining the areas you cannot see, such as the pipes, septic tanks and underground drains. This makes sure your plumbing continues to work properly, so that you avoid foul smells, backups, contaminated water, mold, costly repair services and so on. Over time, pipes become rusted and clogged, and fixtures, like tanks, become dirty. Failing to check and maintain such parts of your plumbing system can make your life and that of your family members unbearable. One of the biggest consequences of poor plumbing maintenance is poor air quality, as ongoing leaks can result in humidity and mold that often lower the air quality inside a home. Similarly, many homeowners have had to grapple with squishy, smelly lawns, pests, and backups by delaying residential septic tank cleaning services. You can avoid such issues and more, increase the lifespan of your plumbing and save massively by scheduling plumbing maintenance services regularly.

You can have a small box for the tiniest items, such as plush toys, lego pieces, small instruments and so forth, and large boxes for your large mementos, clothes and tools that you don’t use frequently.

Create one or two designated play areas

If you have kids, then you may find it difficult to keep your home clean and organized because of the mess and accidents children tend to create or experience while playing. Instead of limiting their play time, you should turn a safe zone in your home into a play area. The place should be free of vulnerable or fragile appliances and valuables. You cannot limit the amount of mistakes your kids can make, but you can control the mess they create by creating a “safe” designated play area for them to maintain your home’s organization and cleanliness. Just remember to teach them how to tidy up their play area(s) after every play session, so that they develop the habit of keeping the house clean and organized.

Start using storage boxes

Next, you need to start using boxes or trays to keep your things organized. Such storage spaces are important because they make sure all the elusive items in your home have “homes.” You can have a small box for the tiniest items, such as plush toys, lego pieces, small instruments and so forth, and large boxes for your large mementos, clothes and tools that you don’t use frequently.

Create a habit of cleaning your countertops after cooking

Kitchen countertops are a favorite spot for insects, such as cockroaches, which can trigger allergies and asthma in some people. Such surfaces also tend to be a common hiding spot for a bacterium called Campylobacter, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), causes diarrhea and other health issues. To prevent health problems and keep your home clean and fresh, you should wash and sanitize your countertops every time you finish cooking. Let everyone in your home understand the importance of doing so, and have them participate in implementing the measure.

Conclusion

It should not be difficult for you to maintain your family home this year. To get started, start cleaning the whole house instead of one room at a time, use storage boxes, create a habit of cleaning your countertops after cooking, maintain your plumbing and create designated play areas.

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Rayanne Morriss

Rayanne Morriss is currently working towards her BA from Oregon State University. She loves to write, read, travel, and paint. She enjoys finding new coffee shops with friends and expanding her cooking skills with her husband.

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