Your home is important to you. That much is evident. The home is the cocoon that keeps you and your family safe and secure. It can be the place where all the worries of daily life can melt away while you relax in the living room or enjoy the atmosphere of a busy kitchen. The last thing you want is for anything to disrupt the happiness that you and your family share when you’re at home together. Here are a few tips for making sure that your home stays safe, secure and running smoothly.
Everything in its right place
As the saying goes “There’s a place for everything, and everything in its place”. One of the easiest ways to make your home feel cluttered, untidy and stressful is not having a dedicated place for everything. Whether it’s the big stuff like paintings or mirrors, or even just loose change and nick nacks. You should make sure that everything has somewhere to live so that it’s easy to find and easy to put away. And no, that doesn’t mean shoving everything in a drawer and ignoring it. We all have a junk drawer, but the last thing you want is for that to apply to every draw in the house!
Get to know your services
Sometimes the worst thing that can happen in the home is losing one of the essential services. Whether it’s your power, your heating or your water, going without for even a day can be an enormous hassle. The best thing to do is to make sure you’re keeping a close eye on all your metres and making sure to get them checked regularly. You should also get to know the people you’ll be calling on for help. If you have a good relationship with your plumber, your electrician and your gas man, you’re much less likely to get ripped off.
Lists, lists, lists
List keeping is one of the best ways to keep things running like clockwork. No one likes to find themselves buried under a pile of forgotten or neglected jobs and problems. By keeping lists of everything that needs doing, from daily tasks to those super important jobs, you can prevent any nasty surprises. I recommend keeping a few different lists as well. One list for daily chores, one for weekly tasks and one for high priority things that you might otherwise want to put off.
You’re the boss
If you’re stuck doing everything by yourself then keeping a house running is going to seem like an impossible task. Well then, it’s lucky that you might well have some built in helpers at your disposal. Treat your home like a business and make sure that everyone is pulling their weight. If you’re dealing with the weekly meals, have your partner get to work on the bathroom. When they’re old enough, the kids can tidy their rooms and even help you out elsewhere around the house. Keeping cushions fluffed is a particular favorite for the little ones. You can turn it into a game. That way, they get to have fun, and you don’t have to deal with every job by yourself.