A ‘bachelor pad’ is the term used for a living space owned by a bachelor (single man). They are stereotyped as being messy, with stale food in the refrigerator, dirty dishes in the sink, empty bottles lying around and clothes strewn about the floor. A man’s cave is generally thought to be devoid of sensibilities but the reality is that they have their own space and what they put inside is an expression of who they really are. Some men are sticklers for cleanliness.
To set up your bachelor pad the right way, pull up your socks and get organized. First and foremost, remove the clutter; change your pad from chaos to home. It will speed up your cleaning and help you get organized. Hire a daily help to do your household chores or get a weekly/monthly cleaning service. Nowadays, such services are just a phone call away. Call them and they will come to spruce up your apartment.
If you are doing it yourself, first draw a mental picture about the placement of your furniture and personalized things. Keep the furniture to the minimum; maximize its usage. If your room is small, use a sofa cum bed which serves dual purpose and gives ample space to move around. A working desk in the corner can act as your work station. If you are a freelancer or a student, a good solid desk with a number of drawers would be a really good idea.
The mantra for an organized home is- “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Organization is a process, not a product and needs your continuous involvement. Make a habit of doing spring cleaning. Devote an entire day of the week for de-cluttering and throwing away the rubbish. You might as well maintain a diary to mark your weekly/monthly sessions for a particular chore.
Make place for everything, even if it is a small item. See that your bathroom is fitted with shelf units so all your toiletries stay on these shelves. Get a closet that has proper tie racks, drawers and shelf extenders so that you can put your stuff accordingly. Don’t dump everything under the bed. Keep your kitchen clean. Make a regular habit of checking the refrigerator for stale foods and cleaning it once in a while.
Use upholstery and covers of a dark shade which would not show stains and marks easily. Make it a cardinal rule to not leave stale food, empty bottles, etc. A little effort, motivation and knock on your grey cells will help you get organized and would change your bachelor pad into a clean castle.
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