Cleaning Resolutions to Starting the New Year right in 2017.
When the ball finally drops, whether you are asleep on the couch or singing Auld Lang Sayne, champagne flute in hand, most of us have made some resolutions. In the past you’ve resolved to eat well, love well, dress well, work well, and play well. Our homes, though, tend to be neglected until spring cleaning rolls around. If your house hasn’t ever benefited from your New Year’s stamina, here are eight resolutions that will make your home a happier and healthier place to live.
1. Treat your trash bins like you’re the janitor.
Cleaning professionals slip extra bags at the bottom of each trash bin, so that you can pull the old trash and put in the new liner without a time-wasting extra trip to the supply closet. Not only will this save you time at home, but it will also eliminate those frustrating moments when you realize there’s no liner in the trash can.
2. Create a cleaning caddy.
While you are stealing tricks from people who know how to clean, why not create a cleaning caddy? Like the cleaning cart housecleaners and janitors use, it will keep all the essentials handy. You’ll be ready to clean right away. No more digging through cupboards or closets for your favorite squeegee – cleaning starts right when you’re ready.
3. Wash dishes as you cook.
Cooking is filled with small moments of unused time – five minutes to preheat the oven, ten for water to boil, eight while you wait for the soup to simmer. Use the minutes wisely by washing some of the dishes that were dirtied during dinner prep. That way after dinner your task is much less daunting.
4. Choose one small thing that’s been really bothering you and fix it.
Maybe you have one window that won’t close properly, a leaky faucet, or a light that’s hard to reach with a burned out bulb. Whatever it is that’s been bothering you, take an hour of time and fix the problem. You’ll feel like a champion. Even better, it won’t take an entire Saturday.
5. Clean out one cupboard or drawer a week.
Instead of resolving to tackle a huge project, take small steps every day to make your home a little more organized. Slow and steady progress on decluttering and organizing improves the entire function of your home. You can also sort the stuff in one drawer in the time that it takes to listen to a single podcast.
6. Do one load of laundry from start to finish every day.
The problem with laundry is how quickly it piles up. The more there is to do, the greater the psychological barrier to beginning. Instead of pledging to get all the laundry done immediately, start small by doing one load every day. Wash dry and put away one load, and it will keep the larger project much more manageable. Once you’ve begun you may even find you’re inspired to keep going.
7. Make your bed every morning.
Some of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. This year, give your bed a mini-makeover. Invest in new sheets, a quality mattress topper, and fresh pillows. Then, when you get up in the morning make your bed. Each night you’ll come back to bed that is inviting as possible, and a bedroom that is clean and relaxing.
8. Improve your indoor air quality.
It’s still only January, which means we have several long winter months left to spend indoors. Make sure that the air you’re breathing is free of dust-mites, mold, bacteria and viruses. Purchasing an indoor air filter to remove pollutants or some easy-care houseplants is a great start. You can also schedule an HVAC cleaning with Modernistic to take comprehensive measures to improve indoor air quality. Use our easy online scheduling tool to contact us today.
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