I GREW up with my mother who always experiment with the appearance of our house. I remember how bothersome it was to shape up furniture and other stuff just to suit what she likes. But when we were done, the new decoration and design actually gives a lighter mood and better aura.
Now that I am living on my own, I also try to practice a bit of that obsession that my mom has.
There are many tricks that you can do to change the look and feel of the place you live in. And there's no need to exhaust your thirteenth month pay just to make a satisfying revamp. The secret is just to clean!
Here are a few cleaning tips for you to try on:
One step at a time
If you're living alone, and don't have any household help, cleaning may be an intimidating task. It's only a matter of dedication and time management (hahaha you can do it). You can start with arranging your living room space now and schedule a whitewash on your bathroom the next day.
Clean as you go
Once you have mastered the habit to clean your home one day at a time, the next thing to learn is to clean as you go. Like make the bed when you wake up, wash the dishes after using, and return all things to their proper places.
Recycle and donate
If you have more things, you will be forced. You will spend a lot of time dusting, wiping, and moving your bulky things around. Spend less time cleaning by simply getting rid of the things that you no longer need. Recycling and donating regularly will also make your home seem more airy and spacious.
Avoid buying the unnecessary
Even after you have cleaned your home and let go of the unnecessary, your rooms can easily be untidy again. To maintain the spotless new look of your home, you should think twice before bringing more things into your space. Before buying furniture, decor, or anything else, ask yourself if you really need the item or if it will only make your space feel cluttered again.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 18, 2017.
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