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    Tricks to Keep Your House Clean

    Tricks to Keep Your House Clean

    If you’re anything like me, stating that you don’t like cleaning would be an understatement. With that being said, I sure love that my home looks sparkly clean! Given that my kids are super messy, this is quite a challenge. But no challenge would stop me, so here are my best tips for keeping your house clean at all times (or at least, most of the time)!

     

    It’s all about the routine.

    You can’t keep your house clean if you don’t give it daily attention. Keep that in mind: the bigger the mess, the longer it takes to clean it. If you leave the cleaning to a specific day in the week, you’ll end up with hours of doing chores, and a house that is clean only for a few hours a week. I believe that it’s better to do a little every day, that way it never takes too long, and the result is that your house is always clean. Just spend as little as 20 minutes a day, and it will make the world of difference.

     

    Deal with the little tasks.

    It takes a minute to deal with your mail, make your bed, and put the remote control in its place. But for some reason, we love to procrastinate on these little tasks. And as we do, it makes the house looks like such a chaos. I’m still straggling with this one, but really, I try to remind to myself every time: it won’t disappear if I won’t deal with it. Moreover, if I don’t deal with it now, it’s just going to be harder to deal with it when the whole house is a total mess. So I really make an effort to deal with those things right on time. Even if the house isn’t sparkly clean, when all things are in their place, it still looks way better.

     

    home dynamix, bedroom, bedding, area rug

     

    Don’t neglect the kitchen!

    One thing that really is a game changer for me is the kitchen! On one hand, dealing with dirty dishes and kitchen counter is my least favorite task, but on the other hand, if I wake up in the morning and there’s a big pile of dishes in the sink – it can literally ruin my whole day! It makes me so upset I don’t even want to eat breakfast or drink my coffee! So even if I don’t deal with other tasks, I remind myself that a clean kitchen is not optional, it’s mandatory! So no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, or how big that pile is, I have to deal with it. Or, make someone else deal with it. But it is the minimum I have to do to assure my mornings are pleasant.

     

    Make it fun!

    Sounds weird, right? But I try to distract myself while cleaning, to make it (slightly) more fun. If I’m alone at home when I clean, I like to play my favorite music and sing along with it. You won’t believe how distractive that is! Sometimes, I can even enjoy the chores like that. And when my husband is at home, I like to do some of the chores with him. So he can do the laundry while I fold the clean clothes. Even if it takes more time because we’re talking or paying attention to each other, it makes the cleaning time so much more fun! And for busy families like ours, it’s really an effective way to spend quality time together!

     

    Stay focused!

    One of the biggest problems of cleaning (except for the fact that I hate doing it, of course), is that text messages, IG notifications or phone calls can really distract me. Every time I get saved by the bell, I jump on the opportunity to focus on something else and neglect the task I was doing, right there, in the middle of it. And gee, getting back to it is sometimes harder than starting it! So I found a trick that works for me. I set the timer for, let’s say, 20 minutes. And during these 20 minutes, I focus solely on that specific task. No matter if I receive a text. The text can wait for 20 minutes. Just keep in mind that this trick works only if you set a reasonable amount of time. If you set the timer for an hour, it’s a lot harder to ignore your phone and other distractions.

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    How to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere in Your Home

    How to Create a Welcoming Atmosphere in Your Home

    A welcoming atmosphere is something most people will recognize when they step into a room. There’s something warm, comforting and inviting you can’t really put your finger on, but you know it’s there. How can you create a space you and your guests will love spending time in? It’s hard to define and even harder to show in photos, but here are a few tips to get you inspired.


    First thing first.
    The entryway and first impressions go a long way in making your home feel welcoming and inviting. Starting with your entrance is quick and easy and will make a big difference. Clear the doorway from shoes, toys and your mail, make sure the lighting is good and place a good old outdoor mat.

    Fiesta Welcome Outdoor Mat

    Make room for guests.
    Is your coat closet too crowded? Do you have an umbrella stand when it’s raining outside? Maybe an extra doormat to take off wet or icy shoes? Creating guest space is simple and will make them feel welcome in your home.

    Create intimacy with seating.
    You can make your living room feel more inviting by arranging the seating closer together without too many objects in between. That way guests won’t be too distant from each other, resulting in a comforting and pleasant experience.


    Use appealing textures.
    You can make any space feel more comfortable by incorporating textured items that invite you to touch them, like a fluffy area rug in your living room, smooth wooden furniture, faux fur pillows and other cozy items.

    Carmela area rug Home Dynamix

     

    Play with the lights.
    There are a few types of lighting, the most common are ambient lighting (your general lighting like recessed cans, flush mount etc), task lighting (like a desk lamp) and accent lighting (for up-lighting plants, for example). Use layers of these three types and play with it, until you reach the magic spot that creates the atmosphere you love in your space.

    Something smells good!
    Smell also plays a big role in creating a pleasant environment. Scented candles, fragrance sticks, fresh flowers, or a freshly baked cake, will make your home feel super inviting!

    Use warm colors.
    As colors can affect our mood, warm colors remind us of the sunlight’s warmth, burning fire and relaxing sand. Warm colors can add character and interest to any space, especially if you used neutrals in your color scheme.

    Synergy area rug home dynamix


    Your home should reflect your personality.
    Most importantly, being true to your own personal style will instantly add the character that will set the right atmosphere in your home. So no matter what you do and which designer tips you choose to follow, your home should reflect who you are.