We all want to live in a home that’s clean, neat, tidy and inviting. Somewhere where we can feel relaxed, cozy and comfortable but somewhere we also feel good about showing off to guests. And if we can have all this without spending hour after hour of our increasingly limited free time cleaning and tidying… So much the better! Let’s face it, we all have things we’d rather spend our time doing than wiping, scrubbing, soaking and polishing in the pursuit of a clean and tidy home. What’s more, we don’t want to spend our down time in a state of perpetual anxiety, wondering what might happen if your guest should knock their glass of red wine over.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of stunningly beautiful, yet highly practical solutions to make your home as low maintenance as possible…
Is hardwood flooring an investment? Sure. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Hardwood is hard wearing, lasts forever and looks gorgeous with hardly any upkeep required. It’s rich, lustrous colors won’t fade or change over time and rarely will it ever require more than a quick sweep or a fleeting wipe to restore to “just-installed” perfection. It is available in a range of styles to suit any taste, it improves the air quality in your home and can even increase the value of your property. Whether you choose solid or engineered hardwood you can enjoy a host of aesthetic and convenience benefits for years to come.
Who needs chairs when you can have bean bags? –
Are you a slave to your sofa? Are you forever fishing crumbs out of the little crevices between cushions. Do you dread pulling the cushions off your sofa because you’re terrified of what you might find underneath? You know what would be an ideal remedy to all your sofa woes? Beanbags! They’re available in a range of sizes from huge bean bag chairs to smaller kid-sized alternatives and require way less maintenance. Best of all, if you spill something on them you can just throw the cover in the washing machine. No fuss, no muss!
Virtually indestructible plants –
We all know the health and aesthetic benefits of houseplants. They add a dash of color to your living room, they oxygenate the space, they fill your room with a feeling of calm and tranquility and they’re just so darned pretty. They may be a little detail… But the little details really matter!
The trouble is that many of us are wary of keeping houseplants. We worry that we won’t be able to keep them healthy and lustrous for long. We may even remember the ghosts of houseplants past that still haunt us… Gone before their time.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of practically zero-maintenance houseplants which can make any living space gorgeous. Consider;
- Rubber plants
- Rabbit’s ear
- Sansevieria (snake plant)
Window blinds can bathe your room in sunlight when you need it while also giving you complete privacy in seconds when you need it, too. But the trouble is that many window blinds sit in front of the recess in which your window frame sits. This causes it to gather more dust… And cleaning out the dust between the slats of your blinds is a time consuming pain in the patootie. Consider in-window blinds where possible. These sit within the recess meaning that they gather less dust.
Do you have any tips for a low maintenance living room? Please share them win the comments below!