New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions
When looking at the coming year it can be easy to set big resolutions for your home. While those can be great, it can be more beneficial to set manageable and attainable goals. These will help you to achieve a clean you can be proud of consistently. It’s also important to keep in mind that if you don’t achieve every goal, that doesn’t mean you have failed. Keep trying and you can change your approach to cleaning in the new year!
Here are a few questions to consider as you set cleaning goals for the new year:
Which Cleaning Tasks Can You Simplify?
When looking at goals for the new year, consider the time each task takes. Time is the biggest enemy of a clean home. So often it’s more about the hectic busyness of life than a lack of desire to keep things in order. One of the best things to do for your cleaning goals is to find ways to make your cleaning time work better for you. Here are a few ways to get more out of the time you invest:
- Use tools that are meant to make a job quicker/easier - The 5-minute clean walls bundle is a great example of this type of tool. Cleaning walls and baseboards is important for controlling germs and smells in the home. Use the clean walls tool to conquer this job quickly and save some time.
- Skip the scrubbing! - Oftentimes, scrubbing down tubs and showers can be a time-consuming and thankless job. Using a quality hard water stain cleaner can help you skip the scrubbing and get a clean you can be proud of.
- Share the work - The new year is a great time to delegate tasks to the other members of your home. Remove some of the stress of cleaning by sharing the work with other members of the household. This might mean assigning your least favorite chore to someone else or having a routine for which jobs belong to which people.
What is Contributing to Bigger Messes?
When looking at cleaning goals for the coming year, take an inventory of your current tasks. Sometimes it can help to spend some time looking at where you are already investing a great deal of time. This might mean taking inventory of the daily habits that lead to more mess and limit your cleaning. Spending a bit of time looking at this can help you to set goals to help combat it. Here are a few areas to consider.
- Where are your clutter zones? - When looking at areas to change, it can help to look at areas that naturally collect clutter. This could include mail coming in, clothes being dumped into a certain area, or drinks/food being left in places when not thrown away. Once you know your clutter areas, it can help to set up a place/system for those items to belong instead of becoming clutter and inevitably a mess.
- What is your “let it slide” task? - Every house has a task that gets put off until later. It might be sweeping, mopping, dishes, or laundry. A good goal to start with might be to commit to not letting that task slide for a certain period of time. This can help to avoid larger messes later.
- Are you tracking messes in? - One of the biggest culprits of messes in a home can be shoes. They track in germs and dirt that can make floors messy. Set up a shoe station at the door to avoid tracking messes throughout the home. This could be a bucket or a shoe rack to avoid shoes tracking dirt and germs through the home. Add some kid-safe all-purpose cleaner to the area to clean shoes when putting them away..
Which Tasks Will Have the Biggest Impact?
When deciding where to invest your time in the coming year it can quickly get overwhelming. It can help to start by investing time into the areas that will have the largest impact. For each house that will look different. The goal is to take inventory and see which areas cause the most mess in your home. Here are a few areas to consider:
- Laundry - Laundry is one area most people struggle to keep up with. While it can be tempting to have a day each week to conquer laundry, it may be helpful to use eco-friendly laundry packs and do a load each day instead. Getting through a load from start to finish each day can make a big impact on the laundry needs your home has.
- Kitchen - The kitchen is often an area where messes can build up. Between washing dishes, keeping counters clean, and mopping the floors it can feel like an overwhelming job. Have a nightly task such as an empty sink challenge where you make sure all dishes are completed each night and the counter gets wiped down. Setting small goals can make for a large change over time.
- Floors - Floors are a large area in the home that can have a massive impact. Use a quality floor cleaning product to remove dirt, germs, and give the home a fresh smell. Consistently cleaning the floors in your home can have a large impact on the quality of the overall cleanliness of your home.
Quick note on cleaning goals:
Cleaning will always be part of your life. When setting goals, be kind to yourself. You don’t have to conquer every mess at once. Set realistic goals that are attainable in your current season of life. If you miss a day or don’t live up to your goals one time, you have not failed. Set a smaller goal and work to achieve that and then work your way up. You can establish new cleaning habits in the new year and set yourself up for success!