5 ways to bring Morocco to your home
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5 ways to bring Morocco to your home

If luxury and opulence are two words that are appealing to you then why not update your home with a few easy ideas inspired by the streets of Morocco.  Moroccan souks are energetic, lively places that are bursting with vibrant handmade fabrics and intricate lighting and decorations.

Lighting

Playing around with lighting throughout your home is a sure fire way of being able to create a relaxing atmosphere. By incorporating colourful Moroccan lamps to your home, you can decorate your home while brightening up the place. Another way of adding soft lighting is by placing intricate candle holders around the house to help you wind down in the evenings. Using scented candles is a definite plus for turning your house into your home.

Fabrics

If comfort and luxury is what you want in your home then soft furnishing is a good way to start. Why not try stacking mismatch cushions in the living and bedroom or using colourful scarves to decorate the walls?  Experimenting with different textures such as silks throws and velvets can help to add to a luxurious feel. Pouffes are also an easy way of incorporating a Moroccan theme at home and are also a favourite with the kids. If you prefer a more minimalistic approach then having simple décor with a Persian rug could be the way for you.

Mirrors

Adding metallic framed mirrors work well to give an illusion of a bigger and brighter space. Silver and copper frames with engraved patterns help to add to an ethnic vibe. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try mirrored furniture that while further enhance any soft lighting that you’ve incorporated.

Metals

Metals such as copper and silverwork are commonly seen in Moroccan décor and kitchenware. Tea glasses, candles holders and silver plates are an easy way to incorporate this. Charity shops are a good place to hunt for silverware for cheap while bringing something unique to your home.

Colour Schemes

Bright colours are at the forefront of Moroccan themed décor where rich purples, oranges and metallic are used in fabrics for a luxurious effect. For a fresh modern twist for summer, you could use bright and neutral colours while integrating Moroccan references in artwork or furnishing.

Try the trend for yourself and see which Moroccan trends you can bring into your home this springtime.

Image credit: Jon Olav Eikenes: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonolave/

 

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Home design inspiration on Instagram
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Home design inspiration on Instagram

If you’re new to your first home, decorating can be a daunting challenge, especially if you’re looking to make vast changes and truly put your stamp on your new rooms. When faced with such a blank canvas, it can be tough to get inspired and know what you want, however in the modern online world, your never far from incredible design ideas. If you’re searching for a creative muse, but don’t have the hours to spend trawling design showrooms, here are some Instagram accounts that are perfect for design ideas.

 

Domino MagDomino Mag

As one of the most respected interiors magazines on the market, it’s worth following Domino for those quick glimpses of inspiration throughout your day.

Image via Instagram @dominomag

 

Design Sponge

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If you’re more of a DIY designer, then Design Sponge is definitely a must follow and with over 3,000 images to peruse at your leisure, there should be plenty of ideas you can adapt.

Image via Instagram @designsponge

The Every Girl

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Ranked by Forbes as a Top 100 Website for women, it’s no surprise that the abundance of home and interior shots are a great starting point when it comes to design.

Image via Instagram @theeverygirl_

 

Homestead Seattle

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With a following of over 15,000, this is the go-to place if you’re looking for vintage furniture and restoration ideas.

 Image via Instagram @homesteadseattle

Illenia Martini

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From Italy, to New York and back to Europe, the Instagram account of Illenia Martini is the place to head if you’re looking to open your eyes to more continental and Atlantic themes in your décor.

 Image via Instagram @ilemartini

Tappan Collective

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A true hub from some of the brightest up and coming artists around, this is a user you need to follow if you’re looking to put an artistic stamp on your walls.

Image via Instagram @tappancollective 

Orlando Soria

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As creative director at one of America’s renowned design experts Homepolish, this is the place to head if you enjoy clean, minimal design ideas mixed with flashes of greenery.

Image via Instagram @mrorlandosoria

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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel
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Home touches for the ultimate spring feel

We might still be in February, but to the optimistic amongst us, Spring is just around the corner. With the warmer days  hopefully soon arriving on the horizon, despite cold temperatures, the sunshine is just beginning to peek through the clearing clouds. It’s never too early to shake off the misery of winter and implement spring into your home, so with that in mind, here are our top tips for getting an early start on your spring decor.

Kitchen: Cooking with Colour

Many kitchens sport drab matching walls and a spaghetti stained backsplash. A spot of paint can change that. Choose a paint colour like bright orange, yellow or sky blue for one wall or area. A streak of highlight will renew your faith in spring veggies and freshly baked bread. Take your update to the next level by purchasing a coloured mixing bowl, bright spatula, blender or toaster matching the colour of your freshly painted wall. Guests will appreciate your thought to go the extra step in contrasting your stainless steel accessories with a few coloured ones. Your kitchen is going to pop and you can revel in your mastery after just an hour with the paintbrush.

Bathroom: Appropriate accessories

No matter what colour scheme your bathroom is, throwing away the plastic accessories and updating them with rustic things from around the house will make your room a much more inviting space. Update the toilet paper holder with a wicker basket you’ve been using for random bits and bobs. Grab unused containers and fill them with all your cotton essentials. Take an empty vase and fill with freshly cut flowers or some bright artificial ones to provide a real feel of spring. And the ultimate trick for the ladies, a cake stand is the perfect way to show off and keep your makeup organised for a fuss free morning.

Bedroom: Perfect pillows

Decorate with a few spring coloured throw pillows to get your home completely revamped for the summer days. You can recover the old pillows with your own fabric or buy an entire new set. The bed is the staple item in the bedroom, so find your favourite comforter to snuggle up. Really tired of your old room? Cover the headboard with a bright or striped fabric to give off a plush new bedroom aura.

Living Areas: Recover your drab lamps

The simple task of changing a lamp cover will shake off gloomy winter nights and help you to embrace spring. Choosing one piece to change in a room is a quick fix and you’ll see a noticeable difference. Go to your local homeware store to see what colours could brighten up your room. Don’t assume popping pink is your only choice, but a light yellow, bold colour or fun new print could do your home the favour it’s been seeking. Don’t want to buy an entire new lampshade? Choose from hundreds of fabric choices at the craft store. With scissors, adhesive, a trim piece and a bit of patience, you’ll have yourself a statement new decorative item.

Outdoors: Get in the Garden

Plants bring life to a home in every way. The freezing temperatures of January and February have now passed and it’s time to dig up the weeds and leftover foliage of the winter. Spring geraniums, begonias, and pansies are all great summer plants that will continually bloom throughout the warmer months. Don’t have the luxury of a front garden or a home in the countryside? Make room for a few potted plants inside your home on bookshelves and the mantel piece, as will add a feel of spring to your home, even on the rainy summer days.

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Update your home in the January sales
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Update your home in the January sales

Christmas has passed and, as is the case with many homes, money might now be a bit tight. You might be aiming to tighten your belt as a 2015 resolution, however with the boxing day sales now kicking off, it really is the perfect time to pick up a bargain and add a new feel to your home. Here are our highlights to look out for once the sales kick off.

Harveys Toulouse selection

Commencing at 9am on Boxing Day, the Harveys sale can be found both online and in store. If you’ve spent the Christmas period crammed around a dining table that isn’t big enough, and want to pick up a stylish dining range, then look no further than the Toulouse offering at Harveys. Items in this popular selection range in price, with the 25% sale bringing a dining table down to around £500. Pick up a new coffee table for around a similar mark, or if you’re searching for the eye-catching centrepiece to your room, why not push your limits to the tall two door display unit at £699.

DFS Retreat suite range

Again starting at 9am Boxing Day online and in store, DFS have made their name through selling quality sofas at good sale prices. If the wear and tear of Christmas has pushed your current living room suite over the edge and you want to invest in a quality leather sofa, then check out this Retreat three seater. Stylish in a range of leather colours, this sofa is a true bargain at just £599, reduced to half the RRP price from £1,199. Similarly, great deals are available on the whole retreat range, so don’t fret if you’re after a two-seater or even a standalone recliner.

Harveys boat dining range

If you’re looking to update your dining room, but prefer glass to the wooden effect, then the Boat range once again at Harveys is a great option. With a double layer glass top and chrome finish, complete with frosted glass detailing, this really is a perfect focal piece for a dining area. Exuding an element of class, opt for this dining set if your room already has a modern feel. At just £699 for the table and four chair set, you’ll have to move quickly to grab this one on Boxing Day.

Furniture Village Desire sofa

If leather isn’t the style you’re going for in your lounge, then a fabric sofa can often be just as stylish. Furniture Village’s online sale is already running, and this three-seater from the Desire range is a bold and comfortable focal point of any room. We love the striking red colour option, that looks truly inviting when well matched with a couple of decorative cushions, however if you’re wanting a more toned down sofa, the range is also available in black, chocolate and wheat variations. You’ll need £699 for the Desire two-seater, or £799 for the three.

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Real vs Fake: The Christmas tree debate
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Real vs Fake: The Christmas tree debate

It’s that time of year again when tradition faces up against practicality in a debate which gets replayed up and down the country every Christmas. Do you get a real tree this time or an artificial one? The truth is that both are worthy of being the focal point of your seasonal celebrations but to help you make that all-important decision, we’ve put a together a guide outlining the pros and cons of both set-ups so you can avoid any festive fall-out this year.

A Real Tree

Pros

The custom of having indoor trees arrived in the UK in the mid 1800’s and since then they have gone on to become a traditional staple of British homes during the Christmas season. For some, it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a real tree adorned with tinsel and lights and the process of getting one and then realising it might need some modifying to get it into the house has an air of nostalgia about it. This is matched by the fresh pine smell which intoxicates the room, and regardless of what some companies may tell you, this scent cannot be replaced by a festive air freshener or plug in.

For the eco-warriors amongst you, real trees are all natural and so disposing of them is easy and environmentally friendly. You also won’t have any problem having to store it, as you can just take it outside and let it bio-degrade naturally.

Cons

Real Christmas trees are an expensive investment, when compared to its artificial counterpart; especially as you’ll have to pay out year after year. The care and attention they need as well as the mess they leave behind can also be more hassle than it’s worth for some.

An Artificial Tree

Pros

The beauty of having an artificial tree is its convenience and practicality. There’s no need to stress about having to go out and choose a tree and try and force it through the front door, it’s just merely a case of getting it out of the box and assembling it. An artificial tree will also prove to be cheaper in the long term as it’s a one-time purchase and a relatively low cost one at that. They’re also easy to clean up afterwards and you’ll avoid that unenviable pain of standing on loose pine needles with bare feet.

An artificial tree also has the added benefit of always looking pristine and perfect. If you’re preoccupied with having an idealistic looking tree then an artificial one is the way to go as it will never go brown and will most likely fit your living room to size.

Cons

The flip side to all this practicality though is that artificial trees are not friendly to the environment as most of them tend to be made from PVC which is non-biodegradable and can release toxins over time. Perhaps its biggest flaw in this debate though is that it doesn’t hold the same memories of Christmas that the traditionalists yearn for.

Which one you choose is merely a matter of lifestyle and preference, but whether you go for tradition or convenience, it’s not the tree that matters but the people around it.

 

This guest article was provided exclusively to First Home News by Samanta Towns.

Images used under creative commons courtesy of Jean-Marc PAYET.

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Kerr Drummond’s top tips for making your first home your dream home

Kerr Drummond’s top tips for making your first home your dream home

Whilst moving into your first home is a real life milestone, it’s a time which is extremely hectic. Once you’ve got your house bought, and are finally moved in, it’s time to get cracking and stamp your own personal style on the home. If you’re searching for the best ways of making your first home into your dream home, here are some top tips, courtesy of interior designer and TV personality, Kerr Drummond.

Don’t be scared!

For most first time buyers, once the expense of investing in your new home is committed to there won’t be a huge amount of cash left for home improvements, so don’t be scared to do some of the work yourself – modern tools and materials are so well designed that even a complete novice shouldn’t be scared to try a bit of DIY. Tasks such as wallpapering and painting are easier now than they have ever been and if you are unsure use the internet as it is full of information. Take the Solvite “Help & Advice” section for example, which has lots of useful videos and a really handy tool that helps you choose the right product for each individual job.

Don’t be tempted to do loads of work on your new home as soon as you move in.

My most successful designs are achieved when I’m working with a client who has lived in the property for a while first. Having lived in the property for some time you will gain a lot of information such as which rooms benefit from natural light and which don’t – this is especially important when it comes to decorating, choosing colour schemes etc. You will also find out what does and doesn’t work about the existing layout in the kitchen and bathrooms, which will allow you to come up with improved designs for these rooms if necessary.

Trust your taste and don’t give in to trends.

The look I always try to achieve is one that is timeless.

Wallpaper is your friend!

Consider wallpapering as oppose to painting, especially in older properties where the plaster finish on walls is not great – a decent filler, lining and wallpaper will hide these imperfections and won’t cost you nearly as much as re-plastering and then decorating.

Consider which room is most important to you.

For some the kitchen is the heart of the home, for others it’s the living room. Allocate your budget accordingly.

Don’t be scared of adding some personality to your new home.

Too many people obsess over keeping their home neutral (another word for Beige) in case they ever want to sell it…I think we should be more inclined to worry about this once we have actually decided to sell the property – redecorating before a sale is not something we should be scared of. So if flock wallpaper and rich colours are your thing go for it!

Use local specialists.

If you are investing in a new kitchen or bathroom head down to a local independent specialist as oppose to one of the national brands – they will be more inclined to give you what you want as oppose to what they have been told to sell to you by head office. They will also develop a relationship with you, which should serve you well as you climb the property ladder.

Visit design shows to get inspiration.

Magazines are great but being able to see products first hand is really important. Many manufacturers use design shows to showcase new products so you will be up to date on what is on the market – be it kitchens, bathrooms or wall coverings.

Make a scrap book of design ideas and styles that you like, from magazine cuttings. Continuity of theme when home decorating is often a good idea to make the whole house work aesthetically and feel right but many of us don’t know what style it is that we like until we put all our ideas together and see that there is a theme running through it.

Don’t be tempted to buy copy-cat-products just because they’re cheaper.

Whether it’s kitchen appliances or wallpaper paste, in the world of interior design and D.I.Y. you generally get what your pay for so stick to a brand you know and trust.

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Winter additions for your bedroom

Winter additions for your bedroom

The cold has arrived, and it’s time to start looking at the best bedroom additions to make for a warm and cosy bedroom environment this winter. Winter can be a magical and enchanting time of year, but with the cold weather and the night drawing in early, it can also be a little depressing. With the bare and icy landscape outdoors, make your home a place of cosiness and comfort. Creating a warm feel in the bedroom will inspire feelings of happiness and relaxation, so here are some simple additions that you can make to transform your bedroom into the perfect escape from the cold winter weather.

Colour

Not only does this make for a cosier and warmer setting, but by focussing on the colour of your bedroom, you can brighten your room and your mood. There is no denying that colour affects our mood, so with the all-white winter landscape combined with grey skies outdoors, bring in some sunny uplifting colours such as yellows, oranges.  If you don’t want a bold colour, consider autumnal and winter shades such as reds, blues and greens. Once you have the right colour scheme, it will be easier to choose and coordinate your winter additions accordingly.

Candles

With the lack of warmth and darkness of winter, now is the perfect time to add a romantic touch to your bedroom. Candles are a favoured choice by many wanting to inject some low light and fragrance into the air, so experiment with different colours and scents to create your perfect ambience. You can also play around with ways to house your candles, lanterns are a popular choice, but you can also try rustic candle holders, jars, bottles or even a glass pillar to add a personal touch to your bedroom.

Rugs

If your bedroom lacks character, a trendy rug can instantly make your room appear fuller and cosier. Make this a personal choice, whether it be sheepskin, a slumber rug, traditional pattern, wool rug, or tuft; consider what will go with the rest of your interiors and think carefully about the colour; mink, cream, red or grey you can make this your centrepiece. Whether it be bold or natural remember that less is more, you don’t want your room to appear cramped, so chose the size accordingly to suit the size and shape of your room.

Extra pillows and blankets

When keeping a stash of extra blankets and pillows, pay attention to  the colour and texture. Thick and cosy blankets are irresistible in the colder months, what is better than curling up in front of a warm fire with a book? Especially in the bedroom, clutter your bed with textured cushions of differing colours and sizes. Also, add a seasonal knitted, fluffy, teddy or fleece throw to the end of the bed to make your bedroom seem even more inviting, and the overall ambience one of relaxation and comfort.

Lights

Brighten your room with an injection of light and transform a glum mood and a darkened room with fairy lights, lanterns or twinkle lights on the ceiling and furniture. Explore ways to creatively incorporate a star- like shine and a magical, enchanting ambience in your bedroom this winter. Avoid stark, harsh lighting and stick to warm yellow tones to emit a soothing low light and add radiance to your bedroom.

 

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Autumn additions on a budget

Autumn additions on a budget

With the summer now over, and the dark autumn nights drawing in, it’s the perfect time to cosy up in your living room and keep warm. Throughout summer, your home will undoubtedly have taken on an open and airy feel, however as the cold of winter approaches, it’s time to turn up the heating, light the fires and go for comfort, as well as style. If you’re after some great autumn additions for your home, here are our top picks.

Huntingtower Tweed Footstool

Autumn styles are all about getting earthy with your colours. Tweed is always a popular option as the colder months roll in, and whether you’re looking at fashion, or home style, tweed is a great option. If you’re trying to add an element of comfort and cosiness to your living room, this Footstool, available at NotOnTheHighStreet is a great option. Adding extra seating for when you entertain, or easily used as a pouffe, this stylish and smart addition will aid in bringing a closer feel to your home. Adding an element of cosiness is always tough, however by adding this to any unused middle ground in your room, it will help to pull your space together.

Candles

With a lack of warmth and a feeling of darkness, evenings throughout the autumn and winter can bring on a feeling of gloominess. If you’re looking to inject a feeling of warmth and fragrance into the air, candles are a favoured option by many. Play around with colours and scents to turn your place from a dull winter home into one with a truly radiant ambiance. In addition, why not try housing your candles in fun and quirky designs? Lanterns are one popular accessory for the home, and with more creative options than ever, you’ll be able to customise the scent, and look of your home.

Rugs

With colder weather, adding a rug to commonly occupied areas is a smart choice. Areas such as your living room or hallway can sometimes lack character, however to provide a more homely and cosy environment over autumn, incorporating a trendy rug is a great option. When it comes to selecting items, it’s always important to take into account the layout and style of your existing room. A cosy feel throughout autumn and winter is good, however there is a fine line between getting it right, and your room ending up cramped. Make sure your new rug pulls elements of your room together, and isn’t just chosen and thrown down without considering the flow of the space as a whole. Remember, more doesn’t necessarily mean better, especially when it comes to furnishing and accessorising.  

Have you already made a start on your autumn accesorising? We always love to hear your ideas, so make sure you drop us a comment below!

Image credit: CC via Prospect Park Alliance

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Affordable ways to freshen up your bathroom decor
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Affordable ways to freshen up your bathroom decor

When the average person decorates a home, the bathroom rarely gets much attention. Perhaps it’s relegated to room-of-necessity status, and therefore doesn’t warrant much on the design front. Even so, a few intentional flourishes – and not necessarily expensive ones – can work wonders for this room. Here are a few tips on how you can freshen up the bathroom without breaking the bank in the process:

1. Splash a bit of colour on the walls. Bathrooms are notoriously drab when it comes to colour and decoration. It seems most homeowners are content to whitewash the room and settle for the odd decoration in the windowsill or above the sink. Add a bold splash of colour to the mix, and you suddenly have a much livelier space that is considerably warmer and more inviting.

2. Add some artwork to the mix. There is certainly nothing wrong with hanging some artwork in the bathroom. When it comes to creativity, the bathroom often gets overlooked, but that only means that you can really transform the space by embracing your creative flair. This is a chance for you to express your personality. Don’t feel the need to limit yourself to pictures of flowers or country farm landscapes. For more, check out this list of tips on hanging art in the bathroom.

3. Incorporate tiles into the decor. Adding tiles to the countertop or even as a backsplash behind the sink is not going to set you back much – especially if you install them yourself. Well-placed tiles add colour to the space, which needs to tie into the overall colour motif already at work in the bathroom. If you do take a DIY approach to tiling a countertop, make sure that you run a bead of caulk between each tile to keep water from seeping in, fostering mildew and doing damage.

4. Re-glaze old, worn-out fixtures. If you have any vintage or worn-out metal fixtures in the bathroom, have a closer look to see if they could use a new finish. Purchasing new fixtures is downright expensive, but having them professionally re-glazed is going to cost significantly less. It’s a subtle but effective way to inject some new sparkle into a worn-out bathroom.

5. Repurpose vintage furniture. This is a wildly popular way to liven up the decor in any room of the house. In the bathroom, you have to be a bit more creative, as a lot of furniture wouldn’t really fit in this room. One clever approach is to take an old vanity, cut a hole in the top and fit your sink into it. Suddenly, you have a hand basin, a mirror and – depending on the vanity – some extra storage space down below.

6. Make a sink skirt. In many cases, the dirtiest place in the bathroom is underneath the sink. Rust and grime have a habit of building up here. Naturally, you want to keep your bathroom as clean as possible, but there are situations in which – no matter how much cleaning you do under the sink – it still looks a bit frightening. If this situation sounds familiar, tasteful sink skirt may be just the solution. You can fashion one out of a bed sheet without any sewing necessary. Here is a tutorial that shows you how.

7. Refresh your countertops with new accessories. Sometimes, breathing a fresh breath of life into the bathroom is as simple as reorganising the countertops. You may not even have to go shopping. Search the cupboards for attractive mugs, jars and bowls that you can use to arrange some of your toiletries. A ceramic saucer or small plate could even be used as a soap rest. Take this opportunity to remove unsightly items from the countertops as well. For example, a can of shaving cream is probably better off stored in the cabinets rather than displayed out for everyone to see.

8. Add a bouquet of fresh flowers. Fresh flowers can liven up any room – and the bathroom is certainly no exception. If the season is right, try slipping a few wildflowers from the garden into a small vase placed either on the countertop or on a stand by the bathtub. If you are looking for a longer-term option, purchase an orchid from a local garden supply shop and hang it on the wall. Orchids can survive for a long time with minimal care, so there’s no need to change it out.

9. Look for ways to tie everything together. Perhaps the most important decorating tip for any room of the house is to be intentional with your tie-ins. Purchase a bathmat that matches your shower curtains. Likewise, choose an accent colour to showcase ever so often – in the tiles of the backsplash, tied into a painting in the wall and featured again in a vase on the windowsill. Being intentional with colour tie-ins can subtly transform a previously drab room into something truly memorable.

Many thanks to Thomas Smith, a freelance writer for Total Bathroom Enterprises,  for contributing this exclusive article to First Home News

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Five tips to easier cleaning
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Five tips to easier cleaning

It’s no secret – keeping a tidy home can be a nightmare. Even when you live alone there seems no end to the dust and grime. Believe it or not, though, cleaning doesn’t have to be a pull-your-hair-out chore. If you follow these five simple organisational tips, cleaning your home will be a much easier prospect:

1) Use Storage Containers

Start a collection of boxes, baskets and bins to keep your items organized. Every item should have its own place and be easily accessible. By sorting items into these containers, you not only keep them organised, but you can also add aesthetic appeal to your home. There are lots of baskets and bins available in fashionable styles, for example. I use them so much that I’m tempted to get a 3D printer just to create plastic boxes and containers.

2) Keep Shoes by the Door

Set up a shoe station in your foyer. Shoes can easily scatter and become obstacles all around your house. Not to mention, they mercilessly track dirt. Stowing them by the entryway will assist with both organization and overall cleanliness.

3) Insert Drawer Dividers

Have you ever seen those little dividers people use in drawers? Invest in some. Perhaps you already have a divider tray in your silverware drawer? If so, you know how functional they are. Sticking some in other drawers – like the ones in your bathroom with your makeup, nail clippers, brush, perfumes, etc. can be equally beneficial. Plus, when it comes time to wipe down your counters or dresser surfaces, those purchased or DIY drawer dividers (whichever you choose) will make your job easier.

4) Hang Shelves

Hang some mounted shelves. Put some by the door, some in the bathroom and shove a ton in your closet. Put them everywhere! Shelves are great for both décor and organisation, so install them generously. One by the door will be perfect for storing mail and keys. A shelf in the bathroom will help you avoid that nasty slime that grows under products that sit in the shower – and to eliminate clutter on your countertops. Finally, ones in your closet will keep your clothes more organized. When your garments are stored in their proper places, there will be less mess to navigate around on the floor.

5) Keep Your Favorites Accessible

It may be tempting, while on your organising spree, to hide all your stuff in bins or in systemized drawers. However, leave the stuff you use daily (blender, toothbrush, toaster, etc.) out and available. Worktops that are too bare will show dirt, grime or crumbs that may be lingering. Also, when you have to rummage through drawers or cabinets to retrieve things, you cause new mess. You definitely don’t want to create more cleaning for yourself, do you?

When you designate a special place for everything in your home, you make your life much easier. Cleaning an organised space is certainly easier than cleaning a messy one. The overall appearance of your home will be better, too, when everything is tucked away or placed where it belongs. So implement these organizational gems today to enjoy less cleaning in a neater space!

Are you a new home owner wanting to keep your new place as spotless as possible? We want to hear your top tips! Leave your cleaning advice in the comments section below.

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