Whether you work outside of the home or not, your house should provide you with a sense of relief when you finally settle in for your free time. Unfortunately, our busy schedules can keep us from taking the time to make our homes what we need them to be. As the busiest cleaning service in Fort Collins, we spend a lot of time in different types of houses and talk to a wide variety of people with varying needs and situations. Our years of experience with people and their homes has given us an inside look at what it takes to turn a stressful house into an oasis of comfort. If you feel like being at home is just as exhausting as your busy day, read on for some very realistic tips and suggestions based on the clients we help every single day.
De-clutter your surfaces and your mind
For busy people clutter always seems to be an issue. You’re running from one task to another, this meeting to that game and somewhere along the way you’ve gathered stacks and stacks of bills, magazines you didn’t order, school work, so many kids’ art projects, and countless other items that just pile up with no real place to go. They’re basically just towers of irritation that you can see from every spot in the house, reminding you of debt, appointments, doctor visits, 45 birthday parties you don’t even want to go to, and other non-relaxing issues.
Even if you don’t have a system in place to organize your paper clutter, find a place to safely stash them out of sight until you do.
Let the light in
Open curtains or blinds first thing in the morning and keep window panes clean.
If you’ve got a lot of windows, make use of them and let natural light lift your spirits by not only brightening your surroundings but giving you healthful doses of the happiness vitamin, Vitamin D.
Our bodies and minds are designed to function best with light and dark cycles. Ignoring our natural rhythms causes, you guessed it, extra stress.
If you don’t have enough windows to let the sun in, look for lightbulbs that are designed to mimic sunlight.
Clear the air
We recently wrote about tips and tricks for an allergen-resistant home. If part of your stress comes from the fact that your allergies make you miserable indoors and out, read that post here.
Even if you don’t suffer from severe allergies, it’s important to keep your home as pollutant-free as possible so you can truly relax and breathe a sigh of relief every time you enter your castle.
For instance, did you know mold problems can cause not only serious physical ailments but mental health symptoms, too? Keep your bathrooms and kitchens clean so you’ll be able to spot any issues right away.
Our happiest clients are the ones who worry less about what magazines say they should have on their walls and more about surrounding themselves with things that make them happy.
Perhaps you want to see family photos everywhere you turn. Or maybe minimalism is more your thing. Do you feel happiest when you’re surrounded by neon dinosaurs in renaissance clothing? You do you, friend. Think about what you really like to see on a regular basis and decorate accordingly. You’re going to see your home more than anyone else. Your opinion matters more than anyone else’s.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you’re reading this, you likely already feel stressed about the state of your home in one way or another. It can be overwhelming when you first start to get things under control and it can be tempting to just ignore the problem instead. Reach out to friends or family for help. You can make a party out of it and bribe them with food, music, and beer. It will be a huge relief to get your house in order in one go so you can keep up with it from that point on. You’ll be starting with a clean slate and manageable tasks.
If you’re uncomfortable having friends or family help clean or even see the mess you’re troubled by, you’re not alone. Our clients in similar situations find that they’re more comfortable with professionals coming in and tackling the tasks because they know we’ve certainly seen worse out there. Besides, if everyone had a perfectly spotless home, we’d be bored.
Feel free to give us a call and ask us any questions you have. You’ll feel better having taken the first step! Plus we really want to hear about those renassaince dinosaur paintings. Come on. Someone in Fort Collins has to be into that…
Come back soon for more tips!