Your home deserves just as much of a fresh start as you do in the New Year. Since January is the month of renewal, you have the next 12 months to shape up your housekeeping habits and transform your ordinary home into a calm, clean, and clutter-free retreat. The payoff will be huge. All it takes is trying out a few—or all—of these 10 life-changing habits.
Say Goodbye to the Junk Drawer
Somehow the messiest drawer in the house tends to be the storage place for some of your most frequently used items, such as a pair of scissors or an extra USB cord. Do a lot for your sanity by imposing a little order here. It may be easier than you thought to organize the junk drawer. In fact, you may just get rid of it altogether.
Organize Your Entryway
Make mornings a little easier on yourself by neatly arranging the next day’s necessities (jackets, keys, scarves, and more) in your entryway so you can grab them on your way out. Just think of all the time you’ll save by not having to frantically search for anything.
Make Your Bed Every Morning
Your bed is the center of the room and sets the tone for the rest of the space. With that in mind, it’s easy to cheat your way to a cleaner room in just five minutes by making your bed every morning.
Spray Down for a Fresher Shower
If soap scum and mildew make you weary, you can fight mold growth by spraying the shower with a powerful cleanser each day.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality
In homes with central heating and cooling, indoor air circulates through the HVAC system. It passes through the air filter which gradually accumulates dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates that compromise its effectiveness. You can improve your indoor air quality by replacing or cleaning the filter on a regular basis.
Brew with a Fresh Pot
Do yourself (and your guests) a favor by flushing your coffeemaker once a month. Just fill the water chamber with a half water and half white vinegar, brew halfway, let sit for an hour, and then complete the brew cycle. Follow up with multiple cycles of clean water before you serve up any cups of joe.
Shrink Your Trash and Recycle More
Recycling can be a huge help in eliminating clutter. Everything from junk mail and old newspapers to empty aerosol cans and milk cartons can be sorted out of your trash and recycled. If your neighborhood has curbside recycling, start by checking out the guidelines to know which items can be collected.
Tackle One Room Each Day
Instead of letting hours and hours of cleaning build up for your weekend, switch up your routine by splitting up the jobs throughout the week. Try to clean one area every day. Each chunk of chores will take only about 30 minutes so you can save your weekends for some much-needed rest and relaxation in your spotless home.
Keep the Bathroom Livable
Don’t skip out on the most important deep-clean: the toilet. A weekly cleaning means you’ll never have to see your toilet in a gross and grungy state again.
Become a Clean Eater
This doesn’t refer to what you’re actually eating, but instead it means goodbye to take-out containers and questionable condiments in your refrigerator. This year, take control of your fridge with weekly cleanings. Pick one day of the week to toss uneaten leftovers and wipe up sticky spills. Hold yourself accountable by setting a weekly reminder on your phone.