8 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Cleaning Resolution
Getting on top of cleaning is a common resolution. As we get further into the year, many people will let their new year's resolutions fall by the wayside. In fact, only 36% of resolutions make it past January.
However, if you're determined to keep up your new year’s cleaning, there are some techniques that can help you out.
1. Tidy as you go
It's tempting to put off cleaning tasks for as long as possible and handle them in one big clean. However, it's much more efficient to clean things as you use them. When you wash your hands, give the sink a clean. Or give the hob a wipe each time you use it.
2. Find the right tools
While it might seem cheaper to tackle grime with your bare hands, it can take forever. What's more, there are some effective cleaning products that you might already have around the house. For example, bicarbonate of soda can loosen almost any carpet stain. Researching the best cleaning hacks can make maintaining your resolution much easier.
3. Get everyone involved
New year’s cleaning isn't the job of any one person in the household. If you're finding it hard to keep up, it might be time to delegate. Whether you live with a partner, kids or friends, everyone benefits from a clean environment. Asking them to help out will lighten the load.
4. Make sure everything has a home
Clutter can be one of the biggest barriers to effective cleaning. If there are things physically in your way, moving them can turn a five-minute cleaning task into a full-on excavation. Finding a home for everything you own not only makes it much easier to find it, but makes cleaning chores simpler.
5. Split tasks by frequency
Not everything needs cleaning every day, but some things can't be left too long. If you group tasks by how often they need doing, you can create checklists that make sure nothing gets forgotten. Guest rooms won't need as much attention as bathrooms and kitchens, for example.
6. Create a schedule
Work out when it's easier for you to clean – and make an effort to use this time. Whether that's creating a bedtime routine, cleaning up during TV ad breaks, or getting up an hour earlier at the weekend, resolutions stick better when they're tailored to your routine.
7. Let things go
There's nothing worse than repeatedly cleaning things you have no use for anymore. Save your energy by donating, selling or disposing of unwanted items. This will make room for the things you do want, and also make it easier to clean every nook and cranny of your home.
8. Hire a professional cleaner
Start with a clean slate by treating yourself to an expert cleaner. New year’s cleaning and tidying can feel futile if your carpets don’t match the fresh appearance of your home. The National Carpet Cleaning Association (NCCA) has a directory of accredited carpet cleaners who can revitalise your carpets for the year ahead.
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