It’s easy to get overwhelmed with house chores – especially when you have a million other things to think about. From getting the kids ready to school to making sure you’re at work on-time, it’s easy to let clutter pile up. The problem is that the gradually increased clutter can make your home less enjoyable to live in – not to mention frustrating when you need to find anything!
If you’ve reached tipping point and are ready to declutter, here’s a quick 7-day guide to doing just that.
After you’ve finished the week of decluttering, your home will feel MUCH more enjoyable to spend time in. Instead of wondering where everything is, most items should now have a designated place too.
If this article helps you, please let me know in the comments!
“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
- Wendell Berry
I hate it.
But I can’t complain – because I’m the type of person to let mess get worse…and worse…and worse…until eventually I snap and spend all weekend cleaning.
(Then I repeat the process.)
Or at least that’s what I USED to do. Nowadays I like to think of myself as a more organised person, so I try to keep my home clutter free. This isn’t just because I prefer the way a clutter-free home looks, but also because I believe simplicity helps you to have a clear mind. It also reduces stress and just generally makes a home more enjoyable to live in.
It might sound strange, but there’s a real art to decluttering properly. You obviously don’t want to throw away something you’re going to use in the future, but you can make a case for anything being useful at some point. To help you out, here are a few things I’ve learned about properly decluttering:
And as a final tip, make sure everyone in the house is onboard with your decluttering program. There’s nothing more annoying than going on a cleaning spree, only to realise that the house is still a mess because your house-mates or partner haven’t bothered to do their bit!
Have you decluttered recently? Do you have any tips to add to this list? I’m all ears 🙂
Like most people, I HATE noise. I like my home to be a quiet haven of contemplation (kind of).
So one thing I really hate is a loud vacuum. In fact, when I buy a new vacuum, the first thing I check is its decibel rating. Anything higher than 85dB and its a definite no-no.
This has caused endless arguments with my partner, who assumes that the louder a motor the better the suction…
I was intrigued though – what makes one vacuum louder than another. And does a vacuum being quiet mean it’ll be less powerful? Here’s what I found.
There are guidelines for how loud a vacuum should be in order to maintain comfortable noise levels, and it turns out that the recommended level is just 70dB.
This surprised me, as most vacuums are considerably noisier than this. Dysons, for example, are known to be as loud as 90dB when used in high-power mode! And from looking at other brands, I would say that the average is around 80-85dB, which is a LOT louder.
But this recommendation is real, at least in the US, as it helps to reduce noise pollution. So why are so many vacuums so noisy in comparison?
My opinion is that most are just plain lazy. They know that most people won’t even consider the noise of a vacuum before they buy, so they cut corners and produce inefficient models.
Come on vacuum manufacturers – get your act together!
This is obvious, so I’ll be more specific.
Most vacuums have a high speed fan, which creates a suction force at the centre and expulsion of air at the edges. There are variations on how different brands build their vacuums, but this is the basic idea.
For cyclonic vacuums, such as Dysons, the dust is remove from air by centrifugal force. This requires that air is pushed rapidly, which creates additional noise. It’s my suspicion that this is why Dysons are ALWAYS so loud – they are all cyclonic.
Of course, the motor also plays a big role in how loud a vacuum is – but it’s not uncommon to find that shifting between low and high power modes doesn’t change the noise output (although it usually does).
It’s a common misconception that a louder vacuum must have more suction. It seems to make sense, right?
But it’s not true. A vacuum can be built to be highly efficient, quiet and STILL have incredible suction. And a model so loud it bursts your ear drums can be poorly designed and have terrible suction.
The bad news is that the quiet models are hard to find. I’ve found this list of the best silent vacuums though, and there looks to be some great models on there. You can also try searching Amazon, although there doesn’t seem to be a way to filter by noise level.
(If you’re listening, Amazon, please add this feature!)
Now, you might be wondering whether it really matters if your vacuum is loud…
For most people, it’s true that it doesn’t really matter how noisy your vacuum is. You probably only turn it on for an hour or so each week, so it’s not the end of the world if it’s overly noisy.
But there are some people who REALLY need quieter appliances. I’m talking about people living in flats (you don’t want to annoy your neighbours), people who work anti-social hours so can only clean at night, people with children who wake easily, or people with a crazy dog (like me) who wants to kill anything that makes more than 70dB noise.
If any of these sounds like you, I would seriously recommend looking at the noise level of your next vacuum. It’s such a relief when you can switch on a model and still have a conversation over the noise, compared to the ear blast you get from Dysons.
There’s nothing better than sitting down with a relaxing cup of tea in-front of Bake Off – at least for the average Brit!
Considering how much time we spend drinking tea though, most of us put very little thought into the kettle we buy. Most of us just pick the first one we see at Tesco, or the one that has the highest number of reviews on Amazon.
While it’s true that most kettles “do the job,” at least when it comes to heating up water, there’s a great variety of features available on high-end kettles. And it goes without saying you need to pay a bit more if you want a stylish retro kettle!
So with that said, here’s a list of things to look for when buying a kettle:
If you want my opinion, I LOVE stove top whistling kettles. There’s nothing more satisfying than the anticipation of the whistle building in strength so you know your teas nearly ready. Check out this video to see what I mean:
Stove tops definitely aren’t for everyone, but if you’re into retro styling then they are a great choice for a kitchen.
There is NOTHING worse than mould in a home.
And I really mean that.
I would rather have mice in the kitchen than mould, because mice are easier to get rid of. Mould, once it sets in, is incredibly difficult to remove. The spores seep into the wall, especially if its damp, so it’ll come back again and again until you sort the underlying problem.
And I haven’t even mentioned the health problems associated with mould. Ugh.
That’s why I think it’s important everyone knows what mould needs to thrive, so you can starve it before it takes hold of your walls.
What mould loves:
Now, this is all good to know…
But if you already have mould, it’s not much help. Just removing the damp isn’t usually enough to get rid of it.
So here’s an overview of how to get rid of mould and damp:
Hopefully that helps you if you have a mould problem. It’s one of the things I hate the most in the home, but unfortunately I have some personal experience with it!
I’m not an expert though, so you may also want to check out the following video: