When you look around a room and decide that it feels untidy or unclean, what is it that gives you that impression? This is more of a feeling you get usually rather than something you actually think about, so what is it that makes you instantly feel ill-at-ease in a room or vice versa?
Well of course it’s not down to any one thing, but rather the overall ‘vibe’ that a room gives off, which is much more than the sum of its parts.
But that ‘vibe’ is made up of lots of much smaller details. And actually it’s sometimes the tiniest details that have the biggest overall impact on how clean your home feels. Read on to discover the tiny changes that make all the difference when it comes to making your home look clean and tidy.
Many estate agents tell their clients that the first thing they should do to help their homes sell is to polish the doorknobs. This is a perfect example of something that we normally don’t give much thought to, but which will make all the difference to the overall vibe of the room. Most of us will look down when we open the door, and whether we see something shiny and clean or grubby and warn will greatly impact on our opinions of that space.
An even more important change to make is to clean your windows. Not only are your windows one of the only things that you see from both inside and outside a room, but they are also important of course because they let light in. If your windows are dirty, then you will make your rooms look dimmer which makes them feel smaller and less clean.
Likewise, you also need to ensure that there is less blocking the window. So take away any net curtains that might be blocking out light, and remove unnecessary decorations from your windowsills too.
A mistake many of us make is to think that we have free reign to stash anything we want to on top of our wardrobe where it will be out of the way. Although it’s out of the way, those things are still visible in our peripheral vision and make a room feel unconsciously more closed in and more cluttered. Trust me on this: try removing the boxes from your wardrobes and then just see how much more ‘open’ the rooms feel. The same goes for shoving things under your bed: don’t do it!
We all know by now what a huge difference carpet cleaning can make to a room, but what about using a rug cleaning company? Make sure you don’t forget to wash these too, particularly if they take up a lot of floor space. It will make the room feel brighter, more colourful and newer.
Likewise you should also consider washing other important upholstery such as your curtains and the covers on your furniture. And no, a vacuum does not do the same thing.
Today’s guest writer, Malcolm Hall, is an avid blogger who writes about topics related to home improvement and renovation online. He works for Sonic Care, a team of carpet cleaning experts based in Toronto. His hobbies include reading and woodworking.