We all know the new year’s resolutions all too well: go to the gym, eat healthier, travel more, etc. Raise your hand if you have ever dropped the ball on one of those resolutions? Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us.
We have been there. We know how hard goals can be when you don’t see results right away. A new year’s resolution is to create a clean, organized space can help you with all those other goals of traveling more, going to the gym, etc. A clean area puts you in the right mindset.
Having an organized space can give you a brighter, calmer, healthier perspective. In a sense, decluttering that hot mess you call a room can also help you declutter your mind and be more productive with your time.
How can you do it? Create a new year cleaning plan challenge. Since the holidays probably left your home a mess, complete with tissue paper strone on the light fixtures and wrapping paper rolls tripping you up in every room–we are giving you five tips to a more organized, clutter-free, clean home.
Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, this will be 12 days of cleanness. For the next twelve days, pick one area in your home that you will declutter and conquer!
1. Clear the Clutter
One of the easiest ways of feeling better about your home is to clear it of anything that you deem “clutter.” If you have a lot of things in your home that don’t seem to have a place or a purpose, get rid of it. Many places will thrive off of the donations you will bring in.
Starting with highly trafficked areas, go room to room and sort through the things in your home. Divide out what has a purpose in your home, what has sentimental value, and those things that are just there to fill up space.
Having a clean, clutter-free space when you first walk into your home will be relaxing, and it will also help you to notice the untidy areas around the rest of the house. If you have a hard time getting rid of things and find sentimental value in ALL the things, find someone to declutter with you and hold you accountable. Decide what you really need and why.
2. Storage, Storage, Storage
While tempted to go out and buy a lot of storage for your new-found, decluttering hobby, make sure that you are practical with how you spend your money.
Areas like entryways, living rooms, and bathrooms are high traffic, public places and therefore deserve most of your attention when it comes to buying “cute” Pinterest-worthy storage containers. Anything else that doesn’t see the light of day; however, aim for efficient and mass quantity.
In places like your kids’ playroom and the pantry, you will want to buy storage that is not only resilient to wear and tear but is also transparent. You will wish to see through the containers when you are looking for that craft glue that you put away five months ago. Having to go through a million boxes to find something is not fun and therefore the reason why you want everything in your storage to be easily viewed.
3. Projects you have Put on Hold
Now my friends! Now is a perfect time to work on projects around the house that you have put on hold. During this 12-day cleaning plan challenge finish things around the house you have wanted to do but never got around to.
Maybe take some time and go around your home to make sure all of the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working correctly. It will help you feel safer, creating a more tranquil environment.
Whatever it is that you do, it’s an investment in your home. These steps will make it easier to declutter and clean throughout your home.
4. Taking care of your Floors
While you are tending to other parts of the home, remember that your floors need some love, too. Pick a day in this 12-day new year cleaning plan challenge to do carpet odor removal. “But I don’t have any carpet odors?”, some might say. The truth is, if you have carpets or rugs, it is in your best interest to have them cleaned, whether by a professional or not.
Having clean rugs and carpets makes such a difference in a space; not only visually but aromatically as well. Whether you have pets or not, deep cleaning your floors is vital for maintaining a fresh, light as air feel to your home.
5. Take Inventory Of What You Have
It might sound like a royal pain, but when you are cleaning and decluttering an area, you want to take everything that you have out and put it into the open; take a real look at what you have before you start putting stuff in storage.
If you take inventory of what you have as you are cleaning, it helps you decide between the essentials and the non-essentials. If you are going through things one at a time, you might think you NEED all of it. But if you have it all laid out in front of you, you are more likely to see that you have 10 of those oven mitts and don’t need to keep each one.
TLC Helps With Cleaning Maintenance!
Now that you have done the heavy lifting and finished some projects around the house, got your home clutter-free, and did a carpet odor removal, rest assured that some fantastic professionals can help maintain your home clean and polished. Whether you challenged yourself to 12 days of cleaning or 5, once you have your home to the level of clean that you are happy with, routine maintenance is essential.
Serving Fargo, North Dakota and surrounding cities, the TLC Cleaning staff will become some of your favorite people as we help with all your routine cleaning needs. Call us at (704) 412-3298 or email us at [email protected] and our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Happy cleaning!