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How To Create A Low-Maintenance Home

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How much of your time did you spend during the housework today? Many of us spend longer than we should and that is because of the way we have designed our homes. They are often high-maintenance rather than low-maintenance, and that is why our chores can sometimes seem never-ending. 

So, with this in mind, let’s consider some of the changes you might want to make. These are the changes that will reduce the time you spend cleaning up and that will give you more time to relax each day.

#1: Choose furniture that is easy to clean

If you have children or pets in your home, you will understand the damage they can do to your furniture. We are especially thinking of your sofa and chairs, as some materials are harder to clean than others. From drink spills to the problem of pet hair, you might regret the money you spent if your furnishings are not conducive to such annoyances. 

For this reason, you might want to replace some pieces of your furniture when you have the budget to do so. Microfiber, leather, and vinyl are the easiest sofa materials to clean, so consider these options the next time you’re furniture shopping. For your armchairs, you might also want to consider cane furniture. Being both hard-wearing and super-easy to clean, you won’t go wrong if you consider this type of furniture for your home. Click the following link on where to buy cane furniture.

#2: Consider a change of flooring

If you have carpets in your home, you will understand the problems of drink spills and pet hair. Muddy footprints and food stains are two other issues that you might contend with if you have carpeting throughout your home. Of course, you can get around this problem with a few rules. You might tell your family to leave their shoes at the door, for example. And you can encourage them to eat food at the dinner table rather than in the living room. 

Still, if you are ever planning a home renovation, it’s worth considering the flooring choices that are open to you. Hardwood, polished concrete, and vinyl are all sensible choices as you will find it much easier to mop up stains and remove pet hair with these flooring options. If you still prefer carpet, you might want to consider carpet tiles. This way, if one tile suffers a stain that refuses to budge, you can simply replace that tile with another one. 

#3: Choose the right kitchen finishes

Pet hair won’t be a huge problem for your kitchen finishes but food stains will. If you’re somebody who cooks a great deal, you will have to endure the occasional food spill when you’re whipping up a storm in the kitchen. Then there are drink spills to consider, especially if your children help themselves to the juice in your refrigerator. 

So, if you are planning to revamp your kitchen at any point, consider changing your kitchen countertops, especially if they are prone to stubborn stains. Laminate, marble, and granite countertops can all be problematic in this regard, especially if they haven’t been coated with a protective sealant. One low-maintenance option is quartz, as this can stand up to both stains and scratches. Glazed ceramic tile countertops are another option, as these are made with a natural sealant that makes them stain-resistant. 

#4: Create more storage in your home

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Clutter is a problem for most of us and the issue usually comes from a lack of storage. Stubbed toes become a regular occurrence when it comes to such things as children’s toys scattered across the floor. To cut down on clutter and your daily chores, the obvious thing to do is make more storage space. When you have storage to hand, you won’t have to spend a long time transferring objects from one room to the other. So, when it comes to your children’s toys, you could store them in your living room rather than transport them back to their bedroom when they have finished playing. 

There are all kinds of ways to create more storage. You could buy furniture that contains storage compartments. You could add shelves and hooks to certain rooms, and you could buy wheeled storage trolleys, which are especially ideal for the toys your children play with. Check out these storage ideas for some inspiration and implement as many as you can into your home. 

#5: Create a pet cleaning station

You won’t need a pet station for your goldfish! And if you have a gerbil at home, you won’t need to worry about your furry friend providing he is confined to his cage! But if you have a cat or a dog, you might want to consider the option. As they are probably responsible for much of the mess in your home, from muddy footprints to clumps of hair, you will make your life easier with a pet station. 

A pet station is best positioned at your pet’s entry points, such as the back kitchen door. With something in place, you will have the opportunity to give your pets a thorough clean before they run rampant around your home. You can also use this space to groom them as this will prevent the spread of pet hair. There’s no need to opt for a full-on renovation, as per these dog wash station ideas. All you really need is a place where you can lay down a few towels, with a bucket of water and a few pet cleaning products handy. 

#6: Consider metal roofing

Do you have problems with your roofing? If you are forever mopping up water leaks and managing the problem of damp, you might. For these reasons, you might want to consider metal roofing. 

Forget images of corrugated tin as metal roofing has come a long way in recent years. It is available in a range of colours and styles and is more durable than many types of tiled roofs. They can withstand a lot of rain and wind damage so are perfect if the weather is particularly wild where you live. They often come with a long warranty too, so in the unlikely event problems do occur, your financial needs will be covered.

So, there we have it; some useful ideas for a low-maintenance home. Consider making changes when your budget allows, as the investments you make should be worth it. 

 

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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