New Year’s resolutions typically include fitness goals or the breaking of unhealthy habits. What about the unhealthy habit of dirty living?
January is the perfect time to establish a New Year’s cleaning plan to refresh your home and your spirits. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite New Year cleaning tips and ideas – to inspire your own New Year’s cleaning resolutions and help you achieve each one with ease.
New Year’s Cleaning Tips
Pack it Up
New Year’s clean up starts with taking down the decorations. Make a resolution to remove your Christmas or holiday decorations before the second week of January. For many families, it’s a tradition to keep the Christmas tree and decorations up through January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. Other households opt to remove decorations on January 1, or by the first weekend after January 1. Either way, the timely removal and packing of holiday décor is an essential step before beginning any other deep cleaning projects.
Clean it Out
The best way to clean a storage area is to remove everything from that space first. Doing so lets you determine the best way to use that space based on what you still have to store and to inspect the area for damage from leaks, pests or other issues. The holiday season – when so much of what we store away during the rest of the year is out on display – is the perfect time to assess your storage spaces.
If you see or suspect mold, resolve to have it remediated before putting your belongings back in contact with the contaminated space. Mold can not only damage building materials, but also get into your HVAC system, which could spread mold spores to more rooms. Mold can trigger allergies and asthma or cause other respiratory distress in anyone who lives in or visits your home.
Put it Away
The New Year is the perfect time to organize your storage areas, whether it’s your attic, basement, shed, closet or even a crawl space. As you put away your holiday décor, take time to wrap the items to protect them from damage and switch out your old cardboard boxes for water-resistant totes or airtight, plastic bins. Paperboard and cardboard storage containers are susceptible to mold if stored in any area that’s wet or has a leak, and can also be vulnerable to insects or other pests. Totes and plastic bins are generally sturdier and more pest-proof than cardboard boxes, offering a better level of protection for all your favorite mementos.
Schedule Time for the Big Jobs
We often intend to have all the deep cleaning projects done before the holiday season begins, including cleaning the carpets, floors, furniture, bathrooms and – of course – the kitchen sink. If the holiday season came and went again without these things getting crossed off your list, now is the time.