When people go through a home remodel, they’re usually busy with budgets and picking out furnishings. But a big factor needs to be how these choices will impact the time you spend cleaning your home – the construction, the layout, the furnishings, surfaces, finishes, everything. So, here are a few ideas on how to save time with an easy to clean home.
Nothing gets filthier faster than the floors in your home. Nothing. Spills, stains, the outdoors getting trudged indoors, dogs rolling about, babies tossing their food every which way – the floor is always a mess.
Of course, the big question is: what should you lay down with this in mind? Well, one top choice would be stained concrete topped with a protective sealer. Not only will you get that gorgeous industrial look, you will have minimal seams to worry about as you run a broom and mop over the top, quickly cleaning any spills or mess in general that may have happened.
If, however, you’re not a fan of concrete, you can always look at laminate flooring, vinyl tiles or hardwood flooring for that matter because they’re all pretty easy to clean.
Built-in Vacuum System
Nowhere demands more sweeping up than the kitchen. It’s a twice a day (at least) everyday job. It could be dirt being carried in from the back door, a cloud of flour erupting like Mount Vesuvius as you bake another cake, crumbs flying everywhere as you try and empty the toaster tray, bits of food not quite going in the bin when you scrape the plates . . . or a million other things.
The problem is, getting onto hands and knees with a dustpan and brush to sweep up the last tidbits of grime is so tedious. That’s where a central vacuum system with sweep inlets comes in. It will make all your sweeping and vacuuming efforts ten times quicker.
The Right Surfaces Save Time
When it comes to cleaning surfaces, not all materials are born equal. Not by a long shot. I mean, most of them are relatively easy to clean these days, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, but even a matter of minutes can make a world of difference.
It’s little things like trying to clean between tiles or the cracks in wood flooring, that sort of stuff. That’s why I would always recommend marble. Always. If you want to have a full breakdown of the reasons, you can get more at worldstonegroup.com but, to keep it snappy, marble is classy, sophisticated and as smooth as glass, meaning it is so-so easy to wipe clean.
So if you’re having a discussion about what materials to add to your kitchen or bathroom, end it right now with the word: marble.
Storage Is Everything
I can’t stress this enough: you need to sit down with a huge pad of paper and brainstorm your storage options as meticulously as possible. You need to find a way to make the most of every single nook and cranny your home has to offer.
You need to make sure nowhere is wasted space. But not just that. You also need to plan your storage so that you can clean up in a hurry.
To do this, the first rule is, always put storage near the place your items are actually used. If you love pulling out blankets each evening and snuggling up on the sofa, then have some window seat storage to make it so simple.
If you have kids who tend to get every single toy out when they play, make your window seat into a toy hiding hole instead of having to trek across the house to put them back in their boxes
The other trick to master is the art of prioritization. You want to know what your most used items are and then store them within easy reach. You don’t want to drag a dining room chair into the living room everytime you use such and such from the top of that cabinet.
Save Time With Your Fabrics
Okay, when you pick furnishings or furniture, make sure you look for materials that are durable, stain-resistant and super easy to clean. With that in mind, leather (or faux-leather) is your best option.
That said, they are making some amazing plush vinyl furnishings these days. Of course, if you need to have some soft textures and fabrics in your life, you should look at covering them in stain repellent spray to save yourself a major battle, or get slip-covers for your most used pieces so that you can make your job as easy as taking them off and shoving them in the washing machine.
What would you add to this list?