By now, you’ve realized that health and well-being New Year’s resolutions are incredibly difficult to follow. You’ve probably either doubled down on them or adjusted your goals as needed.
You should also consider the space in which you intend to perfect your physical and mental health. Homekeeping — the state of your daily environment — is an often disregarded factor in goal motivation.
Your living conditions can help make or break your consistency in self-care. And if you’re like most people, you need a way to constantly reinvigorate your space. Here are 10 tips to do just that.
We’ll start with one small item that can make a big difference. A handy toothbrush will keep oil spots away, disperse dirt from tiny spots around your sink, and prove useful for rejuvenating old jewelry.
It’s one thing to keep your house clean, it’s another to keep your cleaning products clean. For wooden brooms, shake out debris or glide them along a sturdy edge. Clean your mops by rinsing them in hot water.
Read your vacuum cleaner’s instructions to thoroughly take care of them. Rinse small items like scrubbing brushes after each use and let them dry well before reuse.
How about donating more for the new year? Couple this with periodic streamlining of your home to ensure as little clutter as possible both for looks and to find things more easily.
Decide on a repeating cycle after which you’ll go to each room in your home and remove things that you no longer use, wear or want. Donate them.
An Atlanta consultant named Antoinette Nue advised through HGTV, “Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy.”
In keeping your home’s appearances top-notch, keep only items used daily on counters. Things that are less easy on the eyes, like shoes and remotes, can go in pretty woven baskets and sleek trays.
Things you rarely use, but want to keep, could be put in storage, or you could take up the many offers from Crate It Storage and declutter with our help.
It’s important to remember that some odorless, colorless gases are a real danger everywhere — including our homes. The Breathe The Lung Association reports that 3200 are killed by radon a year.
This gas causes lung cancer. Luckily, you can detect it using an over-the-counter test kit from most hardware stores. Similarly, a carbon monoxide detector should be in homes with furnaces or chimneys.
More preventable measures you can take to avoid harm include dryer lint removal. Be mindful that the lint present in air vents can build to amounts that are highly combustible.
So don’t just clean out the trap behind the door, be sure to clear out the ducts and vent further inside as well. We’re trying to revamp your home for the New Year, not have it catch on fire.
Another understated matter is that of the pH levels of your cleaning supplies. Detergents and dishwashing liquids will typically be alkaline and have a pH between 7 and 14.
Meanwhile, bathroom cleaners are often acidic. A pH level under 7 is best for calcium residue, rust, and other inorganic substances. “Gentle” labeled products are more balanced with a pH of 7.
A daily routine is important to develop cleaning habits and revitalize the beloved space you constantly see. Every day, beds should be made, dirty clothes sorted, toys and clutter put away, and surfaces cleaned.
Most people already do this, but we’ll just give you a refresher. Designate a day for certain tasks that must be done weekly to keep your home looking new.
As an example, day 1 could be assigned to laundry of clothing and linens. Day 2 could be slated for deep cleaning of the kitchen. Day 3 might cover bathrooms — mirrors, walls, toilets… the works.
On day 4, you may take on the whole house by sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming, and dusting furniture. Day 5 might see you sorting bills, filing and clearing paper clutter before you take out the trash.
Too often monthly chores are taken on only a few times a year. You can organize bigger tasks in such a way that they don’t have to be overwhelming and eventually put off.
In the first week, clean the windows, decorative mirrors, ceiling fans, and floorboards. The next week can be for vacuuming furniture, cleaning walls, and clearing out air vents.
The following week may be designated, as needed, to organize kids’ play areas, compartments, and/ or to clean office areas. Use the last week of the month to clean the refrigerator’s interior and exterior.
Even if you’re not conscious about it, your surroundings are crucial to getting stuff done. Isn’t it always better to work out, do yoga, or even just do your morning routine in a refreshed bathroom? We hope these tips helped on your way to having a productive new year!