When the Swedish furniture store IKEA announced that they would hire ten ‘neat technicians’ to clean up the mess and organize homes throughout Australia, Megan Dryden knew she was perfect for the role.
The Canadian-born, Sydney-based woman, 28, was one of the thousands of people who had applied, and one of the few people chosen for the valued challenge.
Speaking to FEMAIL after attending the boot camp of IKEA’s ‘neat technician’, Megan shared her top tips for homeowners in Australia – and why you should clean up the house only one day a week.
Megan Dryden (photo) is one of the ten neat technicians that IKEA has chosen to clean up the mess and organize homes throughout Australia – she shared her secrets
What are Megan’s tips for the House decently?
- Set a daily or weekly routine and ritual
- Put away all the dishes and grab a lunch before you go to bed
- Place items at their designated location
- When restructuring the room, take the time to think about how you use the room and what activities are taking place in the area
- Get the best out of every meter in your house
- Invest in furniture pieces with built-in storage
Asked about her own cleanup regime, Megan explained that there are certain tasks and tricks that she and her husband perform every day to maintain an organized household.
In the evening before they go to bed, they ensure that all dishes are stored, lunch is ready and everything is ready for the next day.
“It’s a very simple and great way to get the day off to a good start and start fresh,” Megan told Daily Mail Australia.
But although this may sound organized, Megan also said that she only spends one day completely cleaning and cleaning up every week.
“We use Sunday to clean up the house, instead of organizing small parts of every room every day,” Megan said.
“No house is perfect – it really isn’t a magazine cover, so there will always be times when the house is messy.”
Megan (photo) said that there are certain tasks she performs to maintain an organized home, including storing the dishes before bedtime and betting them every Sunday.
What are Megan’s tips for the pantry decently?
- Only buy items that you will actually eat or use
- Check the expiration dates of current items
- Categorize sections for easy access and to determine what you can remove – cans, flour, candy, snacks, etc.
- Label everything – easy for both children and adults
- Maximize space by purchasing storage containers
- Buy stacking bins to place at the bottom of the pantry for large items
When it comes to her other secrets, Megan said that one of the best ways to get organized is to throw away excess things and make sure that everything has a specific home.
“Owning fewer items makes everything a lot easier to clean up quickly, especially when the company pops up unexpectedly or if you regularly have family dinners,” she said.
“I always try to encourage customers to move items to a specific area so that they can be found easily.”
To maximize the space in the house, she also suggested buying specific types of IKEA furniture that include storage in the function, such as a chaise longue that goes upstairs to place items inside.
“It’s important to get the best out of every meter in your house,” she said.
If you have a busy lifestyle and have little time to tidy up the house on a specific day, Megan recommends that you own fewer items and make sure that everything has a specific place in the house
A specific neat boot camp for technicians was held to teach technicians why storage is the main frustration that people face and how IKEA can help solve storage or space issues
“With the help of the clean technicians, we want people to enjoy their space and get excited about coming home to relax and unwind for the day,” said interior designer for IKEA Australia Christine Gough:
Christine Gough, interior designer for IKEA Australia, said the temporary technician roles are part of the “Tidy by IKEA” campaign.
This is intended to relieve home stress so that Australians can enjoy their spaces and live better everyday lives.
Every state in IKEA stores has a specific, neat bootcamp training for successful candidates to understand why storage is the main frustration for people.
The boot camp also focused on how selected IKEA products can be adapted to the four main areas of the house: the bedroom, bathroom, utility room and children’s room to help organize.
“The KVISTBRO table, for example, functions as a coffee table and as storage furniture, because you can keep plaids and cushions indoors,” Christine told FEMAIL.
‘Mobile storage is also important to keep the house tidy and tidy, because it offers a place to store your things and you can move from room to room, so you can’t leave your things lying around.
‘The NISSAFORS trolley is a great versatile option for storing kitchen utensils, office accessories for study and work or for bathroom items.
“With the help of the clean technicians, we want people to enjoy their space and get excited about coming home to relax and unwind for the day,” Christine concluded.
“Having an organized and tidy space contributes to a general feeling of positive well-being.”
What are some of the best tips that IKEA passes on to the ‘neat technicians’?
1. Stack it up: Condens all your things that you store in one pile to judge how much you work with.
2. Categorize: Decide what you are going to hang, fold or put away.
3. Seal it: Reduce the size of your winter coats or thick quilts with vacuum-sealed pockets.
1. Organize the zone: Consider the placement of items based on how often you need to open them.
2. Label it: Stay up to date with what’s true by labeling your storage containers.
1. Maximize the space: Get the most out of the depth of drawers and shelves by working with a combination of open and closed containers.
BEDROOM FOR CHILDREN
1. Work together: Share the task to tidy up the room with your little one. This will help to create ownership and responsibility for their space and possessions.
2. Take their height into account: Once you have found a new home for their belongings, don’t forget to place these neat solutions at a child-friendly height so that they too can keep it organized.