You may be in the practice of spring cleaning, where you focus on deep cleaning areas of your home every spring. While this is a great time to clean areas of your home that don’t get much attention, why not move it to a little earlier in your year? By focusing on cleaning in the beginning of the year, you start your year off right and have less to do in the springtime.
Make a List of the Tasks You Have Been Avoiding
You can start your cleaning for the new year simply by knowing what needs to be done. Write down all the tasks (cleaning or otherwise) that you have been putting off for a while. Think beyond your routine cleaning tasks and think more about deep cleaning or the chores you tend to put off or ask someone else to do for you. This might include:
- Washing the windows and window frames
- Washing the exterior of your home
- Cleaning out the gutters
- Cleaning the roof
- Removing cobwebs
- Washing the walls and outlets
- Cleaning the attic or basement
- Cleaning behind and underneath furniture
- Reorganizing cabinets or closets
Then make a list of your normal cleaning that is part of your daily or weekly routine.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
You don’t need to stick to the schedule 100% of the time, but the more you can plan and prepare ahead of time, the easier it will be to get your cleaning done. First, start with your regular cleaning tasks like doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms, and washing the floors, and schedule them on the days it makes the most sense for you to do them. Then add in some of the other cleaning tasks you just made a list of. That way, you have a good balance of different cleaning tasks for the new year.
Declutter and Organize
Once you have gone through your home for the first round of cleaning, do some organizing and decluttering. When you were cleaning your home according to the schedule you just made, you likely found some items that you no longer need or have use for. It is not necessarily something you don’t use often, but maybe that used to fit your décor style, and no longer does. Or maybe there are things you just don’t find useful anymore. Now is a great time to start getting rid of these items and decluttering different areas of your home. You could give them to any of the several organizations that collect for the needy.
One Room Every Weekend
Having a hard time keeping up with your cleaning? Commit to cleaning one room of your home every weekend, in addition to the routine cleaning chores you have. This allows you to do some of those tasks that you tend to put off, without feeling overwhelmed.
Once you are able to finish these tasks, you’ll be surprised by how much more prepared you will feel for the new year!
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