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Things I have learnt since owning a home…

August 14, 2016

Never ever put oven pride on the worktop. It will burn it, and you will be surprised about how many people have made this mistake. In fact just be really really careful with it, dont put it on any surface you want to keep nice and do not let it drip on your skin or kitchen cabinets. It’s horrendous stuff.

Keep sets of bedding in one pillowcase. Makes it all super neat and tidy and its 100x easier when you are trying to change the bed instead of scrabbling round in the cupboard trying to find that rogue pillowcase.

Adopt the 20 minute rule. This may not work for everyone, but it sure as hell works for us. When you get home from work (or wherever) spend 20 minutes cleaning. We normally keep it to a room a night, so I will spend 20 mins cleaning the lounge and Rich will do the bedroom or whatever. But what may work for you in spending 20 minutes packing things away, polishing the shelves, putting the hoover around the whole house etc. The kitchen is the only exception to this rule as obviously that needs general daily maintenance.

Keep it as simple as possible. I have tried to have tonnes of knick knacks on shelves, perfectly posed ready for that #shelfie on Instagram, but it just doesn’t work! Having less clutter means it is so much easier to clean and pack things away. I have recently got rid of 6 lots of shelves and purged the whole kitchen ready for the arrival of baby so things are just more convenient. I do still have the shelves in the dining room though as girls got to have some strategically placed knick knacks!

Keep it as simple as possible. Part 2. The same goes for food, we used to plan nice dinners every evening and then force ourselves to make them, but by the time we were done and sat down relaxed the evening was over! Now we keep things super simple with jacket potatoes, poached eggs on toast etc it also costs a lot less and we can get more done! (Or watch more Netflix)

Invest in a decent set of cleaning arsenal. You’ll have no regrets.

Greenery and candles completely transform things. Having a few decent plants and some nice candles completely transform the feel of any room. If a room doesn’t feel homely, add these and see if that helps. Also soft furnishings are game changers.

What are you best household tips?

The comments +

  1. Home Love Queen

    August 14th, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I totally agree with you about trying to keep clutter to a minimum – it makes cleaning the house so much quicker and easier! I love using oven pride to clean my oven but when I got my hubby to do it he managed to get it on his skin (even though I told him to be really careful!) and it really irritated his skin, so definitely best to be really careful when using it x

  2. JaynieShannonx

    August 15th, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I always intend to do a bit of cleaning when home from work… it doesn't seem to happen though…

    Jaynie Shannon * | Beauty and Lifestyle


  3. S, x

    August 18th, 2016 at 8:58 am

    These are such good tips – I really should adopt the 20 minute rule! x
    Sophie Cliff

  4. kerstinix

    August 18th, 2016 at 9:59 am

    That pillowcase trick sounds amazing! I've never thought of that but will definitely try this when I'm back home.

    Love, Kerstin

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