A Cleaner Home: How to Keep Your Resolution

It’s never a bad time to make a decision to get your home in order, but there’s something especially promising about the start of a new year. We imagine ourselves in our best light: going to sleep with an empty sink instead of kicking toys across the floor on the way to the bedroom. The point is, there is potential for a new year and a new ~home keeping~ you.

Having a clean house isn’t just about peace of mind, but also about safekeeping your health and the health of your family. A clean, sanitized space can help stave off infections and viruses, plus it gives your mind the clarity to focus on the things that matter to you most. So think of it this way: you’re not cleaning out of obligation. You’re cleaning for a reason.

Having a healthy, organized space is attainable (we promise!) you just need a boost to get started. That’s where we come in! We’ve come up with some housecleaning resolutions that should absolutely make the list in 2021.

Clear Out The Clutter.

The New Year comes with bags and boxes of new stuff from holiday gift-giving. Before you start cramming your closets full with new clothes, dumping electronics into drawers, and stuffing toy boxes with new stuffies and gadgets, take a good look at what’s already taking up space and get rid of what you don’t wear or use. The goodwill doesn’t have to end with December. Second-hand and thrift stores still accept clothes and many shelters accept used, wiped electronics. Throw out any toys that are broken or missing essential pieces.

Pay Attention to Details.

We understand dishes need to be washed daily and vacuuming done every week, but there are housecleaning tasks that we don’t attend to nearly as often as we should. We dust end tables, but overlook closet shelves; we clean the showers, but neglect to launder the curtains. Take a look at each room in your house and do a mental inventory about areas that are seldom (or never) touched. Dust above doorways, wipe inside drawers and under the sink and sanitize all of your house cleaning supplies, Wash the bristles of brooms and brushes with hot soapy water and clean your vacuum’s hoses and filters.

Inspect Your Indoor Air Quality.

Check the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and test to be sure they’re working properly. Test your home for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year, according to the S. Environmental Protection Agency. Testing kits can be purchased through your state’s radon program. Replace furnace filters and clean the inside of vents and ducts, especially around the dryer. Lastly, make sure your home’s outside vents haven’t been covered by debris or shingles.

Little Habits Create Big Changes.

Tidiness doesn’t come naturally to all. If you’re Type B and not a “neat freak”, maintaining a clean space takes some practice. Think about the messes and clutter mines that bother you: maybe it’s the sink full of dishes left overnight or the bath toys littering the floor. Whatever the issue (or issues) are, make a list, and stick to working on it for 15 minutes a day. Research says it takes 21 days to make a habit. Stick to your housecleaning plan for all of January and you’ll be surprised how natural it becomes.

Call The Maids.

These days, everyone has a lot on their plate. Asking for help is normal and needed. The Maids housecleaning services give your home the healthy boost it needs. We utilize a 22-Step Healthy Touch system that ensures no dirt, dust, or cobweb is left behind. Our trained professionals use a HEPA filtration vacuum system that captures up to 99 percent of bacteria, pollen, allergens, pet dander, and other pollutants. You’ll breathe easier after every house cleaning.

The Maids offers many different cleaning services. Check them out then call us for a free estimate. You’re on your way to your healthiest and happiest year yet!

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