Most of us take pride in our homes and want them to look as good as possible, both to visitors and to ourselves, but keeping them in good condition can take a great deal of time and effort. Long gone are the days when we had the luxury of being able to spend all day keeping house; now, we need a little extra help.
The smaller details
Often, when we think about keeping a home well-maintained, we are thinking of the bigger details in the home: the paintwork or wallpaper, the flooring and the pieces of furniture in each room. But there is more to creating the perfect home than simply choosing a paint color or dining table. The perfect home functions as well as it looks. Families have different needs. For example, couples with young children or babies need to make safety in their home the top priority, which can affect the overall interior design, while families with older members can focus more on style. But there are some household helpers that will be useful to every type of family.
Let us start in the kitchen, for many, the heart of the home. Aside from ensuring the kitchen cabinetry has a natural and practical flow to its layout, you can make use of gadgets that make the preparation of food easier and quicker. A crock-pot, for example, can be a hugely useful tool for families that are always on the go. Simply prepare the meal’s ingredients in the morning – often, this only involves chopping and seasoning – pop them into the crock pot and set the dial to Low, Medium or High. The meal will cook throughout the day, using very little electricity, and the family will come home to a delicious and nutritious meal. On a more practical note, invest in microfiber kitchen cloths that will help to keep your kitchen clean and soak up any spills. You will also be doing your bit for the environment by cutting down on the amount of paper towels you use.
The bathroom is another area that needs to be kept scrupulously clean. The microfiber cloths will come in very handy here too, but tiled walls present a challenge, because in a damp atmosphere, mold can thrive. You could use a toothbrush to clean the grouting between your tiles if you have a few hours to spare, but there are specially designed grout cleaners that tackle at least four tiles at a time, such as those that can be found on As seen on TV. This handy little tool will certainly keep your cleaning time down.
Let us get down to the small household helpers, tools that will be needed at some point in every room in the house. The humble screwdriver, for example. Most of us have at least a few pieces of furniture that we bought and had to put together when we got home, which means that at some point, it is likely a screw or two will come loose. You are going to want that handy screwdriver then to stop your table falling apart. A flashlight, too, has its uses, when your plumbing suddenly springs a leak and you need to find out where it is. Without a flashlight to help you peer into all those dark corners, you could be looking for days.
What about storage and space saving? If you live in a smaller property, or simply have hobbies that require storage and furniture you do not want always on show, thereby spoiling the harmony of your home, then you need some clever furniture and storage solutions. Keep your drawers tidy with dividers that can adjust to the size of whatever drawer you are putting them in, preventing it becoming a junk drawer and enabling you to find what you want quickly. If you use a laptop or bring out your craft products in the living room, then use a fold-up table that can be stored behind or beneath the sofa, or even away in the closet, quickly transforming your room back into the ideal living space you like it to be. Have too many clothes for your closet? Then use hangers that cascade vertically and can hold up to as many as six shirts while taking up the space of around only two hangers. This will make much more room for all your wardrobe items.
Keep your home looking pristine by loading it with time saving gadgets, small tools for emergencies and clever storage solutions that help you maximize on its space.