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Design Magic: 6 Tips to Reduce Your Home Cleaning Time by 50%

Are you tired of spending hours cleaning your home every week? What if I told you there are simple design tricks that can help you cut your cleaning time in half? Yes, it’s possible! By making some smart design choices, you can streamline your cleaning routine and enjoy a sparkling clean home with minimal effort.

Let’s dive into some genius design hacks that will revolutionise cleaning of your home.

1.Choose materials that are scratch resistant and stain proof

Firstly, selecting easy-to-clean materials can make a big difference in your cleaning routine. Opt for stain-resistant fabrics for curtains and upholstery, wipeable surfaces for tables and countertops, and washable rugs that can easily be thrown in the laundry. These choices will not only cut down on cleaning time but also make maintenance a breeze.

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2.Groutless Flooring

Homogeneous tiles are a common sight in HDBs and condos, but they can be an extreme pain to clean. Why? Grout – these small joint crevices trap dirt and stains, and can turn black easily and can be aesthetically unpleasant. Instead, flooring materials that require minimal gaps or joint lines, laminate flooring provide a seamless flow that leave no room for dirt to settle. Plus, all you need to keep it clear is a broom or a damp mop. Another alternative? Cement screed with waterproof, protective sealing that makes it immune to spills.

3.Furniture with doors 

Optimising your storage space is key to reducing clutter and minimising cleaning time. Skip open bookshelves and display cabinets and go for those with covered doors to reduce the amount of dust that collects. Choose furniture that doubles as storage, such as ottomans with hidden compartments or bed frames with built-in drawers. If you have a collection of things to put on display, go for furniture with doors. Loose cables and wires can be a hassle to clean up as well.  By keeping your belongings organised and out of sight, you’ll spend less time dusting and tidying up.

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4. Keep walls plain with paint

If you’re clumsy (or just have kids) – you’ll soon appreciate how useful washable paints are in your life. Accidentally scribbled on your wall? Wipe and go. Unlike wallpapers or other feature wall materials like craft stone, you can liberally slap on a wet, soapy rag and rub those tough stains out in seconds. While white walls certainly look bright and clean the first day you move in, keeping it that way will involve a lot of careful navigation. Make life easier by choosing darker neutrals like greys or rich tones like navy and black to mask stray marks or dirty spots.

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5. If You Can… Avoid The Glass Partition

Glass partitions are a great way to demarcate the wet shower area away from the dry sink. But when droplets splash about while you’re washing up – they can leave tough, ugly water stains on the see-through material! You don’t need that kind of negativity (or hassle in your life); skimp on the cleaning work by skipping out on a glass partition altogether. Worried that water might get all over your bathroom?

Go for a waterproof concrete wall or shower curtain instead.

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6.Lastly…. Declutter

To quote tidying expert Marie Kondo, “The question of what you want to own is actually a question of how you want to live your life”. Therefore, the less you own, the less cleaning up you have to do!  Keep your belongings to a minimum and limit yourself to practical essentials to reduce cleaning and maintenance effort. Be it redesigning your home or choosing to make a few small changes, these tips should help you create a home where you’ll spend less time cleaning and more on hobbies, interests and relaxation!

Learn more about designing your home to reduce cleaning time with us.

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