How to Keep Your Home Fresh (Even When You're Never There!)

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Whether it’s a sales pitch that takes you across the country or a night out with friends that keeps you out until dawn, one thing is for sure: you probably don’t spend much time at home these days. And, while it’s certainly nice to be busy, a non-stop schedule means that some tasks go unchecked on your to-do list. It’s easy to let your home maintenance make its way onto this list of forgotten tasks, especially when you’re not spending much time there in the first place. We propose, however, that you make a point to keep your home fresh. That way, your fleeting moments spent sleeping, eating or lounging will be done in a state of bliss. Ready? Here are five ways to do it. 

1. Take a Deep Breath
If you’re not home much to open windows, then the air circulating in your space might start to smell a bit stale. A no-fuss way to ensure that that doesn’t happen the next time you unlock the front door? 

Pick up a reed diffuser, which is possibly the easiest way to give your space a new scent. You can find one at a candle shop, big-box store and even bath-centric shops that sell products designed for relaxation. Sniff until you find a scent you like and, once you’re home, place the reeds into the scented oil. Then, let nature do the rest: the reeds will soak up and waft the scent you’ve chosen to gently fragrance the room, whether you’re there or not. 

2. Choose Low-Maintenance Plants 
House plants do wonders for a room: they not only purify the air, but they also make it appear lived-in and fresh. Of course, if you’re not home often, you might think that a beautiful array of homey plants simply isn’t in the cards for you. With careful selection, though, you can make your green-thumb dreams a reality, as there are several easy going varieties of plants that only require, say, a steady temperature and occasional access to sunlight. Some examples include the snake plant, which can survive for weeks without any water or care on your end. 

3. Empty Your Real-Life Inbox
You can easily delete and respond to emails, thanks to your phone, computer and every other electronic device you carry around with you. Unfortunately, it’s not as simply to stay on top of the mail you receive in your actual mailbox, especially if you aren’t home all of the time. The best way to do so, then, is with the help of an organizer that you can place on your desk or entryway table so that you can easily sort and see what’s important and what can wait until the next time you’re home. Take it one step further by adding bill dates in your calendar (real-life or digital), and by seeing if you can receive bill alerts online so that you never miss them, no matter where you are. 

4. Go Easy on the Decor
We don’t mean that you should leave your home or apartment empty since you’re never around. Instead, we suggest that you choose a simple, lived-in look that changes with the seasons or with your tastes. For example, you could outfit a bare wall with a chalkboard vinyl that clings to the surface. Then, let your creativity dictate what will beautify your space. Perhaps it's an inspirational quote, doodle or note from a loved one who stopped by to visit — no matter what, you’ll love walking in to see something so “you” on the wall. 

5. Check Out the Bathroom
One of the most dreaded spots to clean is the bathroom, but, let’s face it: there’s nothing quite like coming home to a clean one. If you’re heading out of town for a bit, set aside an hour to deep clean everything. Otherwise, spend a few minutes each morning tidying up after yourself when it’s time to head out the door. Simply stretching the shower curtain back into place and straightening towels on the rack will make everything seem ordered and ready to go when you get home, and that’s a great feeling. 

6. Keep Your Home Safe From Unexpected Weather
Life is unpredictable, and so is the weather. Unfortunately, when you are away from your home, you are not as able to stay prepared for unexpected circumstances related to the weather such as thunderstorms, blizzards, or even hurricanes. Depending on where you live, making sure your home is prepared to withstand even the most ugly natural disasters by looking into storm ready garage doors, sturdy shutters, heavy duty windows, or even door mats that won't go flailing into the unknown when wind hits can be super beneficial while on-the-go. It can also save you a ton of money in the long run, even if you are just going away for two days on a business trip.

Life’s not slowing down right now, and neither are you. No worries, though: your home will always be waiting for you when you need to crash or catch up on your favorite Netflix series. And, now, it’s going to be waiting with open, fresher-than-ever arms.

How do you keep your home looking great even during seasons of work travel and vacationing? Leave your tips in the comments below or tweet at @HeyWorkingGirl