Cleaning Routines To Add To Your New Year’s Resolutions

  • Cleaning Routines To Add To Your New Years Resolutions

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start thinking about new year’s resolutions already. But for many of us, the start of the new year is a great time to create new habits that will actually stick. Our homes are more important to us than ever before, and adding a new resolution to the list can help us enjoy our space more than ever. 

Decluttering Resolutions That Will Actually Last

Decluttering is the number one new year’s resolution for many of us. Especially if we work from home some of the time, it can feel almost inevitable that work and life clutter will pile up in our workspaces, and battling it can feel like a constant struggle. A few simple tips can help you to get a jump on clutter early.

As with many aspects of life, the first step to fighting clutter is understanding it. Knowing where — and why — clutter accumulates allows us to create a plan to manage it. Does mail pile up near the front door or on the coffee table? Are printed documents taking over your workspace? Are home deliveries of essentials creating waste that piles up? Are your out-of-season clothing items stretching your closet’s limited capacity? Once you understand your clutter, you can create organizational strategies to help you deal with it as it happens.

If your home workspace is becoming overwhelmed by piles of documents and printed reference materials, a home filing cabinet or bookshelf is an essential tool. Filing documents as soon as you’re done using them can ensure that piles of paper don’t take over your desk, and can help ensure that you’re not printing the same manual or reference guide multiple times because you can’t find it. Creating labeled binders of frequently used documents is an easy and satisfying way to make sure that you’re always able to find what you need. As for documents you’ll use less frequently, a drawer or bookshelf magazine holder can keep your documents organized and off your desk. 

Similarly, consider storing your out-of-season clothing in durable storage bags. These reusable bags, designed to be tucked away under a bed or on a shelf, can hold seasonal items that can be swapped out as the mercury drops or rises. These bags protect items from dust and allergens, and are also a great option for storing guest bedding or extra towels. Cleaning your clothes before storing them and adding mothballs and desiccant gel packets to your storage options can ensure that your clothing stays pristine until the weather changes.

Create A Daily, Weekly, And Monthly Schedule, And Set Yourself Up For Success With The Right Tools

It’s all too easy to put off a cleaning task, especially as our busy lives take up more and more of our time. Creating a regular schedule and sticking to it on a day-to-day basis can help. Think about which tasks, like loading the dishwasher, sorting and organizing the day’s mail, and putting dirty clothes in the hamper, need to be done on a daily basis. Then consider what tasks, like dusting, vacuuming, and laundry, are best handled on a weekly basis. Finally, make room for the bigger jobs that need to be done on a monthly basis, such as deep cleaning the bathroom or wiping down all the kitchen cabinets and appliances, and schedule them accordingly. If Saturday afternoons are your favorite time to tackle a cleaning task, rotate through your list of big jobs and assign yourself one per Saturday. This can keep you from feeling overwhelmed, or like you need to spend your whole weekend deep cleaning your home, which may put you off the task for a while. 

Sticking to a regular cleaning schedule can be a challenge, particularly if every cleaning job starts with a hunt for the essentials. Are your cleaning gloves and spray bottle of vinegar under the kitchen sink, or did you leave them in the laundry room? Is your microfiber duster in your bedroom closet, or the hallway one? By the time you find all of the tools you need to tackle a cleaning job, you may be tired of the whole project. Creating an “everything in its place” system can seem like overkill, but the truth is, many of us spend more time searching our homes for the items we need than we spend on actual cleaning tasks. 

A portable carryall and toolbelt or builder’s apron are great tools that can help make the cleaning process easier. Use the carryall for bulkier items, like spray bottles, microfiber cloths, or melamine sponges. The apron or toolbelt can hold smaller tools like brushes, a microfiber cloth, a small duster, or a small trash bag tucked into a strap. Ensuring that you always have access to the tools you’ll need for any job makes it easier to get started, and getting started is half the battle when it comes to building new habits.

Ready To Tackle Winter Cleaning? We’re Here to Help

Here at Sweeping Dimensions, one of our primary goals is to make cleaning less stressful for you — and more healthy and sustainable for our environment. 

We also believe in passing along our green cleaning knowledge, whenever we can. We love to talk all things cleaning and organizing, including the strategies that can make taking care of your home a more sustainable and enjoyable practice. The more people we can bring together in our mission for a healthier world, the better off our planet will be! 

So, if you ever have a question about comparing cleaning products, starting a new composting practice, or making a sustainable swap in your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch — we’re always happy to talk shop and try to make a difference, however we can. 

At SDCS, we’re sincerely passionate about these issues, dedicated to finding real solutions, and always eager to keep the conversation going.

Curious about what steps you can take to have a positive impact on the environment, in your kitchen or beyond? Want to talk about the best ways to set up an environmentally friendly cleaning for your Chicago home? Contact us today for your free service estimate!

2021-12-15T11:15:45+00:00 December 15th, 2021|Residential Cleaning|