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Design Your Way to an Easy-To-Clean Home

Brooke Cleaver     March 29, 2024

Spring is in the air, and with that comes a slew of annual festivities and rituals, the most dreaded of them being spring cleaning. While the act of breaking down one’s home and scrubbing it from head to toe might sound relaxing to some, it can create a point of tremendous stress for others. If you’re struggling with staying motivated this season, join us as we explore some innovative and seamless home upgrades that can help break down some of that dreaded housework.

1 | Investigate Integrated Storage Solutions

One of the largest reasons for an untidy home is clutter. We’re all guilty of it. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be all too easy to amass hordes of clutter. Perhaps you have a growing collection of shoes piled by your home’s entryway or a mountain of bills that continuously cycle across your counter? If you feel like your home is constantly being overrun by clutter, it might be because these miscellaneous items don’t have a home of their own.

If that’s the case, it might be time to invest in some integrated storage solutions. Built-in benches, cubbies, lockers, and cabinets allow you the opportunity to build a space for your belongings while respecting your own sense of style and routine. By investing in these storage solutions, you not only reclaim control over your space but also create an environment that fosters peace and tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


cozy_mudroomPhoto: Courtesy of Lafayette Interior Fashions

2| Avoid Open Shelving

Clean lines. Open space. Personality on display. When it comes to the topic of open shelving, there’s a lot to love. When perfectly styled and expertly organized, open shelves can bring a sense of depth and beauty to a home that is second to none. But with that beauty comes a world of responsibility and pain – especially in the cleaning department. Open shelves, while stunning, are traps for dirt, dust, and grime, which don’t stop at just the shelves themselves. No. They also extend to whatever may be sitting atop those shelves.

As such, if you’re looking for easier ways to clean and maintain your home, open shelves may not be the best option. Instead, you may want to opt for flat cabinets or cupboards that extend all the way to the ceiling.


With that said, if you’re a fan of the transparent look and feel of open shelves, you might be able to compromise with clear or glass-plated cabinets. Options such as these spare you from the painstaking task of dusting while maintaining your sense of style and personality.


Shelves_Uliana_KopanytsiaPhoto: Courtesy of Uliana Kopanytsia

3| Carefully Consider Your Floors

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then your home’s floor may be the window to your future cleaning efforts. Flooring is one of the most crucial design elements in a home. As such, there’s a lot to consider. Beyond the agonizing decision of style and finish, you also have to consider the location, foot traffic, and maintenance of your prospective flooring – and how those elements may influence your eventual cleaning endeavors.

Carpet, while soft and luxurious, is prone to trapping dust and dirt. As such, it should only be reserved for intimate parts of the house that receive little to no foot traffic, like bedrooms and offices. Similarly, hardwood, while warm and beautiful, is prone to moisture, scratches, and dents and should be avoided in active areas of the home, like kitchens and mudrooms. Luxury vinyl, stone, tile, and concrete offer the most benefits when it comes to securing an easy-to-clean oasis. These durable options offer the most benefits without stifling your creative vision.

4 | Opt for Easy-to-Clean Window Treatments

Window treatments provide more than just privacy and light control. They can also be an excellent tool for adding pops of color and dimension to a room. That said, if you’ve ever owned custom window treatments, you know that they can have strict cleaning requirements, with some demanding the assistance of a trained professional, like a dry cleaner. Fortunately, there are a few options that have been designed with that in mind. Follow along to learn about some creative and innovative solutions for easy cleaning.

Genesis® Roller Shades

Timeless, modern, and sleek. Roller shades are quickly becoming one of the most beloved options amongst homeowners, and for good reason. Their timeless design and contemporary appeal integrate well with a number of design schemes – making them a versatile tool against a sea of ever-changing trends. The added benefit? They’re easy to clean. Most roller shades can be easily maintained with the help of a feather duster, hand vacuum, and microfiber cloth. All you have to do is gently run your duster or vacuum over your shade until all the dust is collected. For deeply embedded stains, simply spot clean with a moist cloth.

genesis_springPhoto: Courtesy of Lafayette Interior Fashions

Allure® Transitional Shades

Similar to roller shades, transitional shades offer the same modern appeal in an easy-to-clean package. What separates transitional shades from their contemporaries is their unique design. An imaginative blend of modern shades and horizontal blinds, Allure® Transitional Shades offer complete privacy and light control. To clean, simply adjust the shade so that all vanes are present and dust lightly with a feather or vacuum. Tackle stains or deeply embedded dirt with the help of a damp microfiber cloth.

allure_spring_kitchenPhoto: Courtesy of Lafayette Interior Fashions

Final Thoughts

Spring is a time of rebirth and transformation—and what better way to participate in said transformation than by making thoughtful changes that will aid you throughout the rest of the year?

We want to hear from you! Join the conversation on our social media to share your own creative cleaning hacks and home design tips. Who knows, your innovative solutions could inspire others to create their own easy-to-clean oasis!


Lafayette Interior Fashions is a family-owned, to-the-trade manufacturer of blinds, shades, shutters, draperies, and other custom-crafted interior fashion products. To learn more about our products, Find a local dealer near you.

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