With Singapore moving into phase 3 on 28 December 2020, you will be making plans with a bigger group of friends over the holiday season. And of course, instead of flocking to the crowded malls or an hour wait for your fancy meals, gatherings at the comfort of your own house always top the options.
Before you invite your guests over, we rounded up some of the best tricks for small tasks that will make a big difference to your home. If you are ready to go beyond the usual vacuum-and-mop routine, switch things up and you will see a sparkling clean and brand new looking home!
1. Arrange Your Furniture
A cheap, quick and easy way to give your home a makeover is by moving your furniture and changing your room layout. Shifting a few key pieces, such as your couch, television stand or dining table, is an uncontestable method to refresh the area. Position yourself at a corner of the room and test (imagine) your layout before getting down and dirty to move them! Start by moving big pieces, and the smaller ones will automatically follow suit.
Now that you are moving things around, you will also be able to clean those hard to reach areas, like under your couch. Once you shift an item, do remember to vacuum or clean before dust starts flying around!
2. Add Details
“It’s all in the details” - This cannot be more true when it comes to adding character and personality to a room. More often than not, the details are what tells a story of the owners who live there or a conversation starter. Start by placing throw pillows on your empty couch, photo frames or art pieces on the walls. The options are endless so find options that will match your budget and room.
You can also show off your green fingers by placing a few potted indoor plants around your house. Not only will it add some life to your place, it will also purify and beautify the area!
A magazine that no one touched? Missing remote you found after a year? Start decluttering! Thoroughly wipe down the area and put aside items that you do not use or have simply been left untouched for the longest period of time. Remember to search between tiny in-between spaces - such as under or between the couch, and you can thank us later when you start to find treasures.
Surprisingly (or not), scent is one of the first things people notice about your home. Besides artificial room freshening sprays, there are other smart ways to get your house to smell good. Start by disposing your garbage from the trash bins and ventilate the house by opening all the windows. If that is not enough, put a few drops of essential oil into your air filter to freshen up the place.
5. Wipe Down Bathroom Mirrors And Surface
After you are done washing your face and brushing your teeth the morning before the guest arrives, give your bathroom surface and mirrors a thorough wipe-down. It is the most likely place in the house other than the living area that your guests will need to visit, so make sure that the cleanliness is on point. Ensure that all toothpaste and soap stains are removed, and trash the rubbish lying around.