Home Care

Keep Your Home From Looking Cluttered Without Cleaning

Making smart design choices can go a long way!

Photography: @wellendorfs and @directdepot via Instagram (Main Photo)

You sweep the floors, you wipe down every countertop, and fold the laundry everyday, but for some reason, your home still feels messy—have you ever been in this sticky situation? Believe it or not, there are instances wherein, the problem doesn't lie in our cleaning habits but in the design of our space. To help you out, we've listed down a few ideas that can bring order to chaos: 

1. Choose materials that are easy to clean.

Hardwood floors and laminated tiles may look good, but in the long run, they can be a pain to maintain. For an option that is built to last a lifetime, consider stained concrete with a protective sealer. It takes minutes to mop it clean and it is quite resistant to different spills.

2. Pick furniture of the same scale.  

To make the home look more streamlined, stick to similar sizes when it comes to furniture as varied shapes can make a space look too busy. For example, chairs of the same height create a continuous line that directs your attention to a single focal point instead of diverting it to different spots. 

3. Keep the floor free of anything except for furniture.

While maximizing your floor space for storage is a practical approach for compact homes, sometimes it can also make the look more chaotic than it actually is. Keep it free from toys, magazines, or newspapers for a more open and airy feel.

4. Don’t use too many different colors.

There’s nothing wrong with painting your home with the colors of the rainbow, however, using too many colors can create a sense of disorder. Try choosing two or three of your favorite shades and work with that palette—doing so will add character to the room without overdoing it. 

5. Keep your counters free from knickknacks.

Unless you have a few catchalls neatly lined up by your sink, it’s time to organize all your toiletries and products inside drawers or bins under the sink. This keeps your counters tidy while still having easy access to things you use on a daily basis. 

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