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How to Follow Through on
Your New Year Cleaning Resolution

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January 5, 2022

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It’s a long-running tradition that at each new year, we make resolutions. Though we always have good intentions, we don’t always stick to what we planned. It’s never a bad time to make a decision to get your home in order, but there’s something especially promising about making a house cleaning resolution at 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. All the throw pillows in place on your couch, the coffee table clutter-free, and a clean floor to slide your slippers on. And ahh, the smell of a freshly cleaned home.

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 keep infections and viruses at bay, plus it gives your mind the clarity to focus on the things that matter to you most.

Think of it this way: you’re not cleaning out of obligation. And you’re not even cleaning because of a resolution. You’re cleaning for a reason.

So, make that resolution. New year, new home. But this time, do it because it keeps you and your family safer. Here are a few tips to help you keep your new year cleaning resolution.

Get rid of the clutter.

Before you start cramming your closets and bedrooms with all of the new things you may have accumulated over the holidays, go through what you already have. You don’t have to go completely minimalist, but think about all the items in your home. What hasn’t been used in the last six months? What simply collects dust? Are there toys your children no longer play with, or clothes they no longer wear? All of those extra things that pile up in your home eventually have to be cleaned.

Pro-tip: The goodwill doesn’t have to end in December. Second-hand stores and thrift stores still accept clothes, toys, and other necessities and many shelters even accept used, wiped electronics. Determine whether you really use or need all that you have, and then pay it forward.

Tackle the little things.

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the extra clutter, you have a blank canvas for your new year cleaning resolution. Just like any big goal, you’re more likely to be successful if you work at it, little by little, day by day. So pick a couple of small things that might make a big impact. If you judge your home’s cleanliness by an empty sink, dishes could be a daily goal. If you judge cleanliness by the smell of your home, cleaning fabrics and emptying trash bins might be where you start instead.

Pro-tip: Choose one goal at a time, and keep adding to your progress. When you start with too many goals at once, it’s much harder to stick to your plan.

Assess what you may have neglected.

We know dishes should ideally be washed daily and vacuuming done every week, but there are household tasks we don’t attend to nearly as often as we should, whether intentionally or unintentionally. We dust end tables, but overlook closet shelves; we wash bedding but neglect 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 clean under furniture.

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to 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.

Make a checklist.

You can start with a weekly list to ensure you can tackle each as you have time. Or if you prefer more detail, make a list for each day of the week (or 5 out of 7 days if you want to take the weekend off). Your list can be as vague or as in-depth as you would like; but make sure it works for you. Either way you do it, there is something so satisfying about checking the box after you’ve finished a task that you’ve been putting off.

Pro-tip: At the start of your new year cleaning resolution, it helps if you lay out everything that needs done each month. Then you can break each of those down into weekly and eventually, daily tasks. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Make it a habit.

Here is where the hard part comes in. You have to stick to it. Dedicate 15-20 minutes every day that you said you would clean. The time of day doesn’t matter, as long as you stick to what works for you. Do this for each task you want to add to your routine, one after another. Eventually, the current task will be part of your routine, and you’ll be ready to tackle what’s next.

Pro-tip: Studies show it takes roughly 21 days to make a habit. Stick with one task at a time for three weeks before you try to add something new.

Having a healthy, organized space is attainable, we promise! You just need a boost to get started. And if you’re having trouble, that’s where we come in! We know you have a lot on your plate. Asking for help is normal and necessary. The Maids will 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.

We offer 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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