Homes, alas, are fragile just like people, and from time to time unfortunate events, environmental episodes, the ravages of time, and all kinds of other factors can add up and conspire to bring our beloved homes to ruin. Or, if not to ruin, at least to a state of relative chaos where it seems pretty much impossible to settle down and feel content and satisfied.
If your home is completely upside down and you’re not sure what to do about it, it’s important that you take a step back, take a deep breath and assess the situation. Things might seem bad for the time being, but there are undoubtedly things you can do to turn your personal space back into a paradise, rather than a ruined dream.
Here are some tips for setting things right when your home has gone off track.
Hire professionals to resolve any serious, pressing issues or risks that have developed, as soon as possible
When all is said and done, certain things that can go wrong in a home will just be beyond your personal ability to fix, not only if you’re a DIY guru, but even if you’re a builder by trade.
After all, a plumber isn’t likely to do a great job at managing a roof replacement, and a roofer may struggle to deal with a burst pipe.
Sometimes the issues in your home will be things that are entirely the result of your own day-to-day organisational habits, or the fact that you’ve been too slow in carrying out a DIY job.
At other times, though, you’ll simply need to hire professionals — and instead of procrastinating, you should do this as soon as possible, once you’ve determined it’s necessary.
Go back to basics and come up with an effective cleaning structure
A messy home is, automatically, a chaotic environment, and the kind of place where things can break and deteriorate unseen.
After all, if your floor is covered with dust and debris, it may be months before you notice a patch of mould or a rodent infestation taking over a corner of a room.
Mess is demoralising in its own right, it’s bad to for the overall health of the home, and it’s bad for your own health to. Dust, mould spores, and pet dander can trigger distinctly harmful autoimmune responses.
Go back to basics. Come up with an effective cleaning structure and adhere to it strictly. Vacuum at least once a week, and change your bedding often.
Declutter and clarify what the purpose of each room is
In a cluttered home, things go wrong, out of sight, and out of mind — meanwhile, you’re likely to be so demoralised by the mere presence of the clutter, that you procrastinate dramatically when it comes to tackling any issue.
Make decluttering your home a priority, whether you follow your own gut in doing so, or pick up the Marie Kondo method.
Get rid of things that aren’t particularly useful or emotionally valuable to you. Once you’ve overcome this mental block, you’re likely to find that you feel infinitely more capable of tackling other challenges in the home, literally overnight.