This weekend we’ll say goodbye to 2016 with parties, a quiet night in with loved ones, or snuggled in our bed snoring soundly because who the heck wants to stay up until midnight anyway?
As we bid farewell to the year that was 2016, it’s time we turn our attention to the year ahead: 2017. The new year is a time for rejuvenation—for a rebirth of sorts—not just for the calendar, but for our own personal growth. It’s a time when promises are made with good intentions, and no matter the result, at least we can say we tried.
With that in mind, we’d like to see if you can add some cleaning resolutions to your list, not only for a neater home, but for sense of accomplishment in knowing that you’re doing everything you can to keep your personal space the best it can be.
1. Double Down on Supplies
Whether you’re in a two-story home, or a one bedroom apartment, now is a good time to bulk up on your cleaning supplies so you have a full set on each floor of the house, or at least some in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. This will keep everything within easy reach for those unexpected messes, shortening the time you spend cleaning.
2. Nightly Check
Before going to bed each night, give your home a nightly check, wandering through each room to pick up anything that’s out of sorts. Toss newspapers in the recycling, put the towels away, load the dishwasher, and do whatever else you need to do to make the following day that much easier. It will cut back on the amount of build-up, giving you more time to tend to other things.
3. A Bin in Every Room
You might already employ this technique, but if not, it’s a good trick to cut back on the amount of trash you pick up during your cleaning routines. Simply keep a small trash bin in each room of the house, and if you’d like, empty them each night during your evening check. If you have kids, make it part of their routine as well, and teach them that candy wrappers go in the bin, not on the floor.
4. Mail Call!
Bills, junk mail, party invites…in this day and age of social media and e-mail, we still get a lot of stuff shoved in our mail box, don’t we? Most of the time we toss it to the side to deal with later, but not this year. This year we’re going to keep it in check and not let it pile up until that pile is teetering back and forth, threatening to topple over. Open it, sort it, toss it. It won’t take long, and it’s another thing you won’t have to worry about when you’re tidying up.
5. Neater Workspace
One of the most disorganized spaces in the home is the computer desk. Papers, junk mail, wrappers, pens that haven’t worked since *NSYNC were together…all that stuff is nothing but clutter, and this year we’d like you to vow to keep it clean by keeping a trash bin nearby, some stackable trays for your paperwork to go into, and if nothing else at least a decorative cup to keep your pens and pencils from rolling onto the floor. You’ll be more productive because as the saying goes: a clear space, means a clear mind.
6. Donate More
We all know what it feels like to give to others, right? Heck, we’re coming off the season where giving is front and center, so we should know. This year, have that feeling all year round by keeping some donation totes handy around the home. Old toys, old clothes, canned goods, it could be anything you don’t want anymore that someone might need…toss it in the donation bin and when it’s full, drop it off at your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or wherever else accepts items for those in need. It’ll cut back on your clutter, and put a smile on the face of someone less fortunate.
7. Ask for Help
Sometimes our messes can get away from us. We work too much, or get depressed and don’t care, but regardless of the reason, never be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s from friends to help you sort things out, or by hiring a cleaning company to come in and do it for you, there’s no shame in admitting that “hey, I’m just too tired to clean.” You might even find that having someone else come into your home and do it for you is the best thing that ever happened to your life. Even if it’s just a one-time thing to get you back on track, it’s okay. We all need a little help sometimes, so just ask!
This year let’s all vow to start 2017 off with a bang. Roll up your sleeves, set some goals, and get ready to rumble your way through any obstacle that comes your way. 2016 was bad for a lot of reasons, but remember: it’s just a number. Your year is what you make of it, so let’s make it the best it can be.
From our home to yours, have a happy and healthy new year everybody!