Tips for a Tidy Home
Your hassle-free home at The Collective is a breath of fresh air—let’s keep it that way with these tips on how to keep it tidy and organized. Not only will regular cleaning and organizing lower stress levels and encourage better quality sleep—several studies have confirmed this—a tidier home can offer a more welcoming environment for guests (especially grandkids) and save you time.
Let’s Get Cleaning
First things first, tidiness starts with cleanliness. Here are a few easy-to-overlook areas that impact overall cleanliness in a big way:
- Glass Dividers: Keep your shower’s modern glass divider sparkling—store a rubber squeegee in the shower and give that glass a quick wipe after every use. This option comes with a suction cup so your squeegee won’t clutter your space.
- Baseboards: Dust accumulates on baseboards quicker than you can say “baseboards,” and that contributes greatly to an untidy look. Luckily, innovative tools like this can help you keep your baseboards looking brand new with minimal effort. Insider tip: Wiping a dab of fabric softener onto clean baseboards helps repel dust.
- High-Touch Points: Occasionally, give your door handles and light switches a quick wipe with an antibacterial wipe.
Tidy On the Go
An easy way to ensure clutter doesn’t get the best of you is to nip it in the bud. Simple daily habits like making your bed, clearing your nightstand each morning or folding away the blanket you used for movie night on the couch before bed can make a world of difference in how chaotic your space feels.
Every time you leave an area of your home, take a quick scan of the room behind you. Anything that doesn’t belong there—say, for example, a cup or your reading glasses—needs to come with you.
That junk mail’s ultimate destination is the trash, so why put off the inevitable? Make it a point to discard junk mail immediately. Your surfaces will thank you!
And that leads us neatly to our next point: Schedule a recurring, but limited, amount of time for bigger tasks. For example, something as easy as dedicating 30 minutes on the first Saturday of every month to filing away important documents or taking stock of the pantry can ensure that things don’t add up and overwhelm you. And over time, these habits become second nature! It’s a simple trick, but it works wonders—try it out and see for yourself.
A Place for Everything
This one may seem intuitive, but you’d be surprised what a massive difference it makes. Everything, and we mean everything, needs its own spot to be put away.
That’s why your new home at The Collective is so great—the spacious floor plans at neighborhoods such as Vida and Dawn come with built-in storage and organization options, from walk-in pantries and closets to abundant kitchen cabinetry, linen closets and laundry room shelving. Just check out Plan 3 at Dawn—you’ve got options throughout the home!
The best part? There’s a host of clever, functional storage accessories to ensure you’re using the built-in storage spaces at home as efficiently as possible. From chic woven baskets to storage benches, the options are endless—and endlessly stylish!
There’s no simple way to say this: The easiest way to keep your home clutter free is to declutter—regularly. There’s no one way to achieve this. Instead, it’s important to find what works for you. For example, try not to own more than one of something. Or if you don’t use it, lose it. Either way, it’s important to purge your home of what doesn’t serve you—it truly is the simplest way to keep your home looking fresh and inviting.
You’ve got the advice—perhaps you’re looking for a place to call your own at The Collective? Reach out and we’d be happy to assist you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with what’s happening at this dynamic, 55 and better community.