January 24, 2024
As the new year unfolds, resolutions and better habits are top of mind for many. While the usual suspects like exercising and eating healthier are common choices, an area that's often overlooked—but can make a world of difference for your mental health—is maintaining a clean and organized home. But rather than setting cleaning resolutions that are too aspirational and, therefore, unattainable, here are 10 home cleaning goals you'll be able to actually keep.
1. Create a Realistic Cleaning Schedule
Instead of overwhelming yourself with the idea of cleaning the entire house in one go, create a manageable cleaning schedule. Assign specific tasks to different days or dedicate a short time each day to tackle different areas. Consistency is key. Most areas and larger appliances only need to be cleaned every 2-4 weeks, like the toilet and the oven, so you can spread out the cleaning throughout the month.
2. Declutter Regularly
We all have that one junk drawer... Each weekend choose one cluttered area you're going to tackle. If you have a larger area, try just tackling it for 30 minutes at a time so you don't get overwhelmed. A clutter-free space not only looks better but also makes cleaning easier.
3. Invest in Smart Storage Solutions
Optimize your storage space with smart solutions like bins, baskets, and shelves. This will not only help in keeping things organized but also make it easier to find what you need when you need it. Might we suggest our Forever Tins as a great, sustainable option! :)
4. One-In, One-Out Rule
Implement the "one-in, one-out" rule. For every new item you bring into your home, consider letting go of something old. This helps in preventing unnecessary accumulation of stuff. And prevents overruling all the decluttering you've done.
5. Set a Timer for Quick Cleanups
Commit to quick daily cleanups by setting a timer for 10-15 minutes. Use this time to tidy up common areas, put away items, and do a swift surface clean. It's amazing how much can be accomplished in a short time.
6. Prioritize High-Traffic Areas
Identify and prioritize high-traffic areas in your home. These are the spaces that tend to get messier more quickly. By focusing on these areas, you can maintain a cleaner overall environment.
7. Involve the Whole Family
Cleaning shouldn't fall solely on one person. Get the whole family involved by assigning age-appropriate tasks. This not only lightens the load but also instills a sense of responsibility in everyone.
8. Embrace More Sustainable Cleaning Habits
Make the switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. Not only are they better for the environment, but they also promote a healthier living space for you and your family.
9. Rotate Deep Cleaning Tasks
Instead of attempting to deep clean the entire house in one go, rotate deep cleaning tasks throughout the year. Focus on one specific area or task each month, ensuring a thorough and systematic approach. Typically, big areas (like your walls) only need to be tackled once a year anyways.
10. Celebrate Small Wins
Acknowledge and celebrate your cleaning achievements, no matter how small. Completing tasks on your cleaning checklist or sticking to your schedule deserves recognition. This positive reinforcement will keep you motivated throughout the year.
Keeping a clean and organized home doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. By setting realistic and achievable cleaning resolutions, you can create a more comfortable and inviting living space. Remember, consistency is key, and small changes can lead to big improvements over time. Here's to a tidier and more organized home in the coming year!