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This month, we’ve teamed up with the home interior and lifestyle blogger Danielle to give the Vileda community an insight into her beautiful interiors and helpful home hacks. Danielle’s stunning Instagram feed, @housetohomeatlast follows her home renovations journey and we’re so excited to have her as our Vileda guest blogger. Read on to find out her simple tips for creating your dream home and the household items she couldn’t live without.
Tips and Tricks for Creating your Dream Home
Creating your dream home is something that takes time and something you don’t want to rush, it needs to be right and fit exactly what you want.
We renovated our own home back in 2017, and although all major jobs are done (kitchen, bathrooms etc) even now I ’m still accessorising and finishing off rooms with pieces that I find along the way.
Don’t try and do too much at one time. It can be easy to get carried away and want to do it all but it can be a stressful time having your home upside down so try to contain the disruption to certain areas at a time. Especially if you have a young family. We only had to move out for one week while we had our renovations going on.
It’s easy to make big changes to a room without needing to go all out. You can also make the room appear bigger with a few tips and choices.
A simple coat of paint to freshen up a room and some new accessories can really make a big difference.
In a bedroom, painting the walls, new duvet, some scatter cushions and bedside lamps can create a whole new look.
In a kitchen, a fresh coat of paint, some new worktop accessories and a declutter. Try to keep your worktop items to a minimum, it may be ‘tidy’ what you have on the tops, but a lot of things can make it appear cluttered. For example, I keep my toaster in the cupboard and only bring it out when I need it. The kettle is obviously on the top alongside some nice canisters for tea, coffee etc and the rest is mainly clear. Try adding a nice vase of fresh flowers onto the hob. I always have a little tray with flowers on my range cooker to brighten it up and add something to what can usually look dull and boring.
Keep your paint colours light. Light colours really open up a room and make it appear bigger. Using furniture with exposed legs, i.e. couch or bed, can also give the illusion of a bigger space rather than things that sit flush to the floor. And the same for other rooms as well, keeping only the essentials out on show. Having too many things around makes rooms cluttered, appear untidy and smaller. Find furniture items that have a lot of storage so you can hide lots of things but still have them to hand when you need them. Footstools with storage inside are a great way to hide magazines, remotes, DVD’s etc when not in use. Using big mirrors also help to give the illusion of a bigger room.
Household items I couldn’t live without:
My vacuum is top of the list. I try to vacuum daily if I can. Clean carpets always make a room look tidy and give a real sense of satisfaction when they’re done. You’d be surprised how much dust still comes out of them daily, so imagine how much builds up when you leave them a few days.
My Vileda Windomatic Power is a brilliant gadget that I absolutely love. Amazing for when I’ve cleaned the shower to suck up all the excess water which will always undo any hard work you’ve done if left to dry on the screen. It makes cleaning windows a breeze and with 2 different suction modes you won’t find any water left behind. It cleans up to 120 windows in one charge so it’s always there to hand when you need it and you don’t have to worry about charging it after every use.
My kettle. I love a nice cup of tea. First thing I do in a morning is make a cuppa and write a list of things that I want to get done that day. This helps keep me motivated and stops me forgetting. You can’t beat a good pen and paper list.
Don’t feel housework has to be a chore, you really don’t need to do that much to keep on top of it. Once you’ve had a real good tidy throughout it’s easy to keep on top by doing a little bit every day. If you don’t have time to do a full house clean then just tackle one room a day to get on top of it.
Keep it fun, I always clean with music on. Whatever you’re into, turn it up and have fun with it.
I have the kids help me out with their room to make it easier as that can always get out of hand and now, we’ve done it for a while it’s just part of the routine for them. At bedtime they both do a 5 minute ‘bedroom blast’ and put away any toys that they’ve had out and just a quick tidy up. Before school I ask them to make their bed. Even if you need to go back in later and tidy yourself or make the bed properly at least they’ve helped, made less work for you and it gets them into a good habit of keeping their rooms tidy.
Each day do a little bit to keep on top.
While the kids eat their breakfast, I’ll load the dishwasher and put away anything from the night before. Then spray and clean the worktops and sink down and give the floors a quick once over with a mop. Only once a week, I will I give it a really good deep clean.
Go upstairs, make the beds, put away any clothes left out.
The bathroom gets a deep clean once a week. Every other day just a quick tidy up of towels, swill the sink to get rid of toothpaste and put some toilet bleach down.
In the sitting room I plump up the couch cushions and tidy anything away that shouldn’t be out.
I’m constantly trying to keep one step ahead of muddy feet coming in and out, so, find having a lightweight, ready-to-use mop, like the Vileda 1-2 Spray Mop makes all the difference for quick cleaning jobs.
Give everywhere a dust and then vacuum throughout. That keeps on top of it and can be done in around half an hour, no time at all.
When the house is tidy, you’re happy and it gives you a sense of satisfaction. Tidy house, tidy mind. I always feel better after a tidy up.
We all have things we wish our house had, bigger kitchen, another bedroom, bigger bathroom but be proud of what you have, make it your own and love your home.
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