The new year is always a time where we think about the coming year. When it comes to make resolutions you likely set goals for your health, finances, and family. You make plans and prioritize for the upcoming months with your new resolutions.
But what about your home?
The new year is the perfect time to strategize and focus on important housekeeping maintenance. You can always start a new tidy home habit or two easily by creating a new cleaning resolution for your household. Take a look at these 7 Cleaning Resolutions You Can Definitely Stick With!
1. Set a Regular Cleaning Routine
Having a regular cleaning routine from your home can not only keep your stress levels down but also keep your home’s condition in good shape. You need to determine if you have the time to clean the house or if there are some things you need to let go and focus on the more important things. If you cannot spare the time to clean your home regularly consider hiring help. There are lots of cleaning companies that offer a variety of different pricing plans that can fit into your budget.
For those who have time and are more of the DIY, start by making a cleaning schedule and sticking to it. Pick a task to do each day of the week, such as one for decluttering, putting away laundry, tidying up rooms and so on. Think about how your family schedule is and create a plan that makes sense then stick to it!
2. Think About the Seasons
When creating a cleaning routine, make sure you think about the seasons. If you are wanting to set a time for spring cleaning, make sure you give yourself enough time. Perhaps you need an entire week or month to clean out your household.
Get your family on board too by letting the kids clean out their closets or reorganizing their items.
Make sure you make a list of what you need to do. Prioritize what tasks are more important by placing them first on the list.
3. Don’t Forget to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies
Your cleaning products require a deep clean now and again.
- Mop heads need to be rinsed after every use in hot water. Store in a ventilated area to dry.
- Brushes used for scrubbing need to be rinsed after each use and dried thoroughly before next use.
- Vacuum cleaners need to have their bags emptied as needed. Wipe down their casings with damp cloths and mild detergent. Replace any filters when needed. Also, refer to your vacuum’s manual for more proper care instructions.
4. Are You Really Going to Keep It?
This year make sure you know what really is in your home. When cleaning out your home remember this: Touch everything you own once and decide to keep it or toss it. Do this while you go through your home in small areas. Decide if you really need these items or if you need to toss it.
5. Stop the Paper Clutter
I am always getting tons of mail in our mailbox not knowing where they come from. One way you can stop the paper clutter this year is using an app called PaperKarma. This app will unsubscribe you from catalogs and other junk mail when you take a picture of it!
6. Get Your Kids Involved
Start getting your kids involved this year by having them help out. For instance, if you want them to help empty the dishwasher consider putting glass items like plates, bowls, and cups on the lower shelves if your kids cannot reach them just yet.
7. Ditch the Duplicates
As much as it is always nice to have duplicates for those “just-incase” moments, those duplicate items might just be taking up more room in your home than you might know. Donate duplicated items that are in still good condition or throw out the old ones out that are no longer good.
8. 5-Minute Tasks to Keep the Clutter Away
There are a lot of tasks around your home that can help keep the mess in your household in check.
- Make your bed every morning.
- Run the dishwasher at night and empty it in the morning.
- Put the laundry away as soon as you’re done folding them.
- Take 5-minutes each night and put items that aren’t where they belong and put them away.
- Go through your mail as soon as you get it and throw away the junk mail immediately.
- Put your items away when you come home, such as your purse and coat.