Clutter is anything that doesn’t belong in space – whether because it belongs elsewhere in your home, or it doesn’t belong in your home any longer. ~Chrissy Halton
Whether you realize it or not, we have this tendency to keep things in our possession no matter how long or old it is. We just want to have it for as long as we want, since it is our belongings. For some people, getting rid of their things might be a challenge since there is a sentimental value on it, or merely because they grew fond of it. Did you know that this stuff add clutter to your home?
Regardless of the property you’re in—may it be in a house and lot for sale in Laguna or a condo unit anywhere in the Philippines, decluttering is a must if you want to have a clean and healthy environment at home. If you’re one of those people who is having a hard time getting rid of his/her stuff, then these tips below will help you with that matter.
How to declutter your home
Don’t hang on the past
There are just things that remind us of our memories from the past – of what and who we are before. If that particular thing holds a bad memory, then you better get rid of it. This is not the time for you to hang on the past, you have to move on by getting rid of the things that reflect who you are before.
Getting rid of the things that remind of your past is not that hard as you think it is. You just have to make sure that you get rid of that particular thing together with those bad memories that you have with that thing. Well, you will eventually realize that getting rid of it is much better than keeping it in your home.
Don’t get too wrapped up in the future either
Sometimes, we are tempted to buy things for our home even if we don’t need it at all yet. Yes, this might be an inspiration for dreaming of a home where you can have that particular furniture, but if you think that that doesn’t suit your home just yet, then don’t buy it ahead of time. It will only add up to the things in your home.
Limit your emotional attachment to physical things, especially if they’re large things.
One of the main reasons why you can easily get rid of your stuff at home is that you have some emotional attachment to it. Even if those particular things don’t hold any value to you at all, you still want to keep things at home. And if you can’t easily get rid of it, then. As a result, more and more things are placed at home.
However, if you know how to control yourself by limiting your emotional attachment to each of your belongings, then getting rid of it would be much easier for you to do. Yes, there might be things that hold sentimental value for you. But to those things that are not that useful to you or for your home, then you better get rid of it now.
If you are a kind of person who just loves to keep souvenirs even if it’s not that useful to you, then you may want to take some alternatives without taking or bringing things at home. Well, you can take some photographs or pictures with the events that happened in your life. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you should store some things at home for you to keep those memories forever. You can store it on pictures.
When you do such, you don’t just keep your memories in life; you will also have much bigger space at home. Moreover, this is also one of the many ways you can organize your things in an easier way. Well, you don’t have to worry about too many furniture or things in your home. Just have some fun and take some pictures of your life experience.
There will always be a great feeling in sharing with our roommates, agree? Moreover, there is also fun when you share something. But since we heard a lot of rumours or stories about having a messy, inconsiderate, and weird roommate, we tend to be hesitant about having and sharing some things with them. It doesn’t matter if you are sharing a room in a townhouse in Quezon City Philippines, you definitely don’t want to share a thing when you have such roommate. Right?
However, if you are one of those people who have shared a room with his/her friends, then there are actually a lot of things or essentials at home that you can share with them. And if you are wondering what things that you can share with them, then you might as well refer to these things below.
Food and beverage
Whether you realize it or not, it is more fun eating when you have someone to eat with you. Agree? How much more if you tend to share your food with your roommates? Your roommates do not just save money for the food, they will also feel that you care enough for them since you are thoughtful enough of giving them food. Of course, that does not also mean that they don’t have enough money to buy their own food. But there will also be a great feeling when it comes to sharing foods with your roommates.
Gas, not the car
It is actually common for most officemates to share a room. So, when it comes to going to and from to work, it is just normal for the both of you to go together, right? Well, that unless there are urgent matters where you can’t go together. However, if one has a car, you can talk about sharing the gas, but not the car, of course. Remember, the gas is still one of your expenses. That is why you also have to decide on how are you going to divide the expenses for the gas.
Appliances and furniture
You definitely don’t want to have a home full of furniture where there are no spaces available left, right? That is why, whatever appliances or furniture you have at home, it is just a norm for you to share it with your roommates. If you have a comfortable couch in the living room, might as well share it with your roommate. With that, you will not have too many appliances and furniture at home.
Kitchen appliances and dinnerware
Just like sharing the appliances and furniture at home, kitchen appliances and dinnerware are also one of the many things you can share with your roommates. Of course, you definitely don’t want to have a lot of microwaves or a coffee maker just for the both of you. Right? Moreover, you are not just wasting your money buying another one, you are also making the space of your home smaller since you have a lot of things for you to put. And I’m sure you don’t want that, right?
Entertainment and media systems
If you don’t want to spend too much on your electricity bills, then you better share with your roommate some entertainment and media systems. Of course, you have to make sure that you have to know who gets to control the remote, or who gets to decide what to watch. With that, both of you will have an agreement on what you should do when it comes to watching or doing some entertainment stuff.
If you are planning to subscribe to a Netflix, then you might as well share it with your roommate. Of course, who don’t want to share when you got to watch movies as long as you want, and as many as you want, right? That is why you also have to make sure to talk about it if you want to subscribe something for you not to use something only for your own.
As we all know, being clean and organize at home is a must. Who would not like it, right? However, being clean at home doesn’t just apply to your on the outside appearance of your home may it be a house and lot in Cavite, Laguna or anywhere in the Philippines.
Whatever you do, don’t forget that there is also etiquette for bathroom use. Obviously, if you don’t know how to take good care of your bathroom, it will definitely reflect the overall factor of your lifestyle at home.
How much more when you host a party at home? And whether you like it or not, there will always be guests that will use your bathroom. Of course, if you don’t want to be embarrassed or letting your guest feel ashamed, you don’t just clean and organize the venue but also your bathroom. Generally, having the right etiquette for bathroom use is not that hard as you think it is. Just think about what and what not to do when it comes to using the bathroom.
However, if you are a first timer in hosting a party at home, below are some tips for you to follow on how you can achieve a satisfying bathroom use. And mind you, when you have a good bathroom to use, your guests will definitely impress on how good you are in taking good care of it.
Have lots of toilet paper back up
When it comes to parties, you should expect that there are guests who wish to use the bathroom. However, letting your guests call out a request for more toilet paper might not be a good experience for them. It is not just embarrassing on their side, but it is going to be a reflection of your personality, on how prepared are you when it comes to emergencies like this. And mind you, guests who request for toilet papers is not going to be a good experience for both sides.
Have citrus spray or matches handy
For any kind of emergencies like having an upset stomach, you cannot avoid using the bathroom. Of course, you need to let your waste go out. But if you don’t want to ruin your party by having a smelly odor in your bathroom, then you better prepare a citrus spray, this will lessen the odor and the embarrassment felt by your guests.
Hide anything you don’t want them to see
This is one of the most common and obvious things you should never forget. If you have anything in particular that you don’t want them to see, then you better hide it in a safe place. Well perhaps, it’s your napkins, and other stuff women usually use on their body parts. Of course, it is a private thing that you should not display in the bathroom that’s open for guests.
Provide a trash can
For an apparent reason, the trash can is an important thing for bathroom use. And mind you, a bathroom will never be complete if there is no place where they can put their trash such as toilet papers and another kind of trashes. That is why, if you don’t want to make your bathroom dirty or messy, then you better provide a trash can for it.
Clean and especially “boy clean” your bathroom
It is inevitable that guests may sometimes do some messy stuff in the bathroom. Of course, it is also your duty on how you are going to make it and keep it clean. Perhaps, you can provide a signage indicating to clean after their mess, or you can clean the bathroom from time to time. With that, you can make sure that the bathroom is always ready for the next user.
Make sure there’s a plunger in there somewhere
Aside from the trash can that is an important thing to have, you should also not forget about the plunger. Because without it, this might be worse than running out and extra toilet paper. You should complete all the bathroom necessities for you not to have any worries at all. Moreover, if you don’t have any problems with the bathroom use, then you will continue to enjoy the party. Of course, make your guests feel comfortable when in use of your bathroom use.
After you purchase a townhouse, do you know what things you should do next? I bet, there are only a few who knows the rights and responsibilities of a townhouse owner. Agree? Of course, it doesn’t matter if you live in a townhouse Manila or any other townhouses, you still have the need to know your rights and responsibilities as a townhouse owner.
Sad to say, not all townhouse owners see the good side of knowing their rights. Perhaps, all they think about is living a good and satisfying lifestyle without thinking any other things. Well, knowing your rights and responsibilities is not your “any other things”.
If you are one of those owners who don’t have any idea at all of his/her rights and responsibilities, then below are some things you should know as a townhouse owner.
Every townhouse owner has the right to:
Enjoy all basic community services and facilities
If you think that you are only going to live your life in that particular townhouse, then you better think again. You can also enjoy the amenities, and/or facilities your townhouse has, provided that he/she pays the required fees and other relevant charges.
Avail of and enjoy all common areas and facilities
If you are planning to host a holiday party yet you don’t have any available space at home; you can request to your landlord or property management for a function room where you can hold the party. Of course, it is also your rights when you are one of those townhouse owners.
Inspect association books and records during office house
As one of the townhouse owners, it is also your right to know if there are some anomalies regarding the annual reports of your townhouse association. If you think that the financial statements didn’t match with the current situation or finances, then it is your right to question and inspect association records during office house.
Participate, vote and be eligible for any elective or appointive position
It is also one of your rights. If you think that your particular neighbor deserves to be elected as the president of your association, then you also have the right to vote for him or her. You have the voice of the matter. Of course, it is also your duty to make sure that that particular owner knows what and what not to do when it comes to handling his or her association members.
Enjoy all other rights stated in the association bylaws.
If you think that your rights are only limited to the things stated above, then you better think again. There are still actually a lot of rights you can have when you are a townhouse owner. And you should embrace the fact that you are lucky to be one of the owners who enjoy their rights.
It is every townhouse owner’s responsibility to:
Pay membership fees, dues and special assessments
Again, you are not worthy to be called a townhouse owner if you don’t know who to pay all your bills and other payments. Paying your fees, dues, and other special assessments is a must for you to follow and do. That is also for you not to be kicked out as one of the townhouse owners.
Attend meeting of the Association
If you don’t want to be left behind the progress of the townhouse owner’s association, then you better attend meetings. It is in the meetings where you will know what will be the next plan for the community, and it is also your chance to voice out if you have any other concerns with regards to the surroundings that you have.
Support and participate in projects and activities of the Association
Unless you are sick, it is also your responsibility as a townhouse owner to support and participate whatever activities your association have. Of course, if there are projects that need to be implemented in your community, you also have to support it. That is also for you to help your community grow.