5 Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Fresh

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woman on couch with dog scented candles and plants

If your home is clean you don’t just see it, you smell it.

Your home should be your sanctuary where you can leave your worries outside the door, relax, breathe and carpe diem. Home should not be reduced into a dwelling place where you eat and sleep. It should be your own little oasis. But how can you do that if you don’t only see grime and dust, you also smell it in the air? Worse, with your busy schedule, you can’t find the time to do general cleaning. Don't fret. Here are 5 simple tips to keep your home fresh…and smell clean.

5 Simple Tips to Keep Your Home Fresh

Simple Tip #1 to Keep Your Home Fresh: Dispose
Keep the things you NEED and eliminate the things that are just gathering dust. To make it easy and fast, get 3 boxes, label them Throw, Give and Keep.

The lesser the stuff you have the easier to clean and organize. Minimalist kind of home also makes it easy to move around, and it’s not too heavy to the eyes.

When you see so much clutter, it signals your mind that there is chaos so you can’t get that fresh, relaxing feeling.

Dispose your unnecessary stuff to keep your house looking neat and so you can give more space for your house to breathe so to speak.

Follow the Marie Kondo process of disposing clutter. If it doesn't spark joy, let it go.

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Simple Tip #2 to Keep Your Home Fresh: Go green
Get an indoor plant for your home. Plants are not only nice and refreshing to look at with their colors (even if they’re just plain green), they also help keep the air clean and fresh by producing your much needed oxygen.

When choosing a potted plant, consider these things:

  • Size. Will it be too large for your space?
  • Will it thrive indoors?
  • Maintenance. How often do you need to water it? How much time in the sun needed?
  • Aesthetics. Will it go with your interior? 

Most people opt for bonsai because they're smaller so they don’t take up much space plus they’re cute to look at. Some people also have a liking for succulents.

Others still opt to create their own vertical garden planting their favorite herbs. This is both creative and sustainable

This is a very practical way of not just decorating, but also of keeping your house green and healthy while creating a fresher atmosphere. Not to mention fresh herbs for cooking make the food taste better.

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Simple Tip #3 to Keep Your Home Fresh: CAYGO
Clean as you go. This is especially helpful for people with busy schedules who cannot find the time or dedicate a day for cleaning. 

Instead of piling up chores and putting off what is needed tomorrow (which always gets postponed anyway), why not develop a system where you don’t pile up to-dos in the first place?

Clean the dishes and kitchenware right after cooking and eating. That way, there’s always a clean plate waiting for you during meal time.

Wipe water spills on the floor. Clean the bathroom after using it.

Most importantly, take out the garbage on a regular basis. The smell of the garbage when left for a couple of days or more can make the house smell really filthy and could attract insects and pests which is a whole new set of problems.

Keep your home smelling fresh by emptying your trash bins regularly.

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Simple Tip #4 to Keep Your Home Fresh: Add some scents
Depending on your mood, scented candles and potpourris can give your home a nice sweet smell of nature.

If you had a long day, whiff some lavender to calm you. 
Wild orange, Cedarwood and Frankincense can give you that warm Autumn-like feeling. 
Fir or pine scent if you want to be reminded of Christmas even when it's August.

It’s your home. You create your own kind of world however you like. 

The bottom line is that it gives you that fresh aroma that transports you into a realm of your own.

A simple life hack: simmer water and add lemon slices and herbs (preferably mint) and inhale the smell of freshness. 

Follow this hack and it will keep your home literally smelling fresh. You’re welcome.

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Simple Tip #5 to Keep Your Home Fresh: Clean the air
Keep the ventilation going. Take away the unpleasant smell of dust and dirt by cleaning your windows, air vents, fans or AC unit. Most importantly, get an air purifier that can do its job.

Factors like pet hair, pollen, dust, smoke odors, and home construction particles could hang in the air and pollute it. Air purifiers cycle the air in the room and remove these contaminants so you can breathe cleaner, fresher air in the process.

This is extremely helpful to people who are not only sensitive to smell but also those who suffer from environmental allergies.

Families with new-born babies especially opt for a high quality air purifier because they are more sensitive and susceptible to air-borne diseases.

woman spraying air freshener

If your home is clean you don’t just see it, you smell it. It doesn’t end in a spotless exterior. It is important that even those which is not visible to the eyes like the air are also clean and fresh.

How do you keep your home fresh? Share your tips in the comment below!

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  1. I need to get better at disposing and recylcing. I am someone who wants to keep everything by nature and it can be hard to combat that sometimes. I also love scented candles to keep the air smelling nice :)