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5 Resolutions for a cleaner new year

Since the holidays probably got you into the groove of making lists and checking them twice, why not continue that effort with a housecleaning list for a cleaner New Year?

Resolve to create a home cleaning routine that works with your busy schedule. You'll be rewarded with a company-ready home and time to spare.

These 5 house cleaning tips and tricks can help you enjoy a cleaner New Year in 2017.

1. daily tips for a cleaner new year.

Yes, there are a few daily housecleaning tasks that can fit into even the busiest of schedules:

  • Pick up nightly. Resolve to put everything back in its place before you head upstairs to bed. Waking up to a tidy home can do wonders for your psyche in the day ahead!
  • Stay ahead of the mess. Wash dishes or put them in the dishwasher after each meal. After all, who wants to come home to a sinkful of dirty dishes?
  • Think prevention in your everyday activities. Squeegee the shower walls after each use to keep soap scum from building up during the week.
  • Have hang-ups. As in hanging up your towel. Don't bunch it up; hang it in an open fashion to allow it to dry quickly and thoroughly.
  • Leave the shower door open. After showering, open the shower curtain or leave the shower door ajar to allow fresh air in. This will keep mold and mildew from getting a toehold in these moist places.

2. weekly housecleaning tips for a cleaner new year.

  • Vacuum carpets weekly. To suck up all the dirt and dust hidden between the fibers, you'll need to spend about 20 seconds or so going back and forth over each area of a carpet or rug.
  • Resolve to dust the right way. Don't just move dust from one place to another - capture and remove it. Choose your vacuum with an attachment instead of the old school feather duster to suck up the dirt and allergens.
  • Sanitize the toilet. Squeeze a bit of toilet-bowl product around the inside of the bowl and under the rim. Use a long-handled toilet brush to swish it around the bowl, under the rim, and as far into the trap as possible. Let it sit several minutes; flush.
  • Tame soap scum. Soapy buildup makes for unsightly baths. Spray the shower or tub and sink with a tub, tile and sink product. Allow to sit for several minutes and break up the tough stuff; wipe dry with paper towels.
  • Change the bed linens each week. Send bed linens for a spin in the hottest water safe for the fabric, add fabric safe bleach (either colorfast or chlorine).

3. monthly housecleaning tips for a cleaner new year.

Set aside an hour or so on the first (or second, or third, whichever is easiest) Saturday each month to tackle these essential monthly cleaning chores.

  • Disinfect germ collectors. Disinfect trash cans, especially those in the kitchen and bathroom, with a solution of 3/4 cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth or paper towels.
  • Clean and maintain the refrigerator. Accumulated dust and lint can cause reduced cooling performance, which means higher energy bills for you. To clear the coils, remove the toe grille and vacuum with the machine's hose nozzle; or use a long-handled brush. 

4. resolve to actually do essential seasonal cleaning this year.

Spring into cleaning action at the start of each season. You'll find your home looks better and runs smoother when you tackle major tasks seasonally.

5. annual housecleaning tips.

  • Make doormats welcoming. Shake 'em, wash 'em, swat 'em with a broom. Give them the toughest buffing treatment they can take. They're your front line against tracked-in dirt, so keep them fresh enough to function at peak efficiency.
  • Vacuum ducts. Vacuum heating vents and ducts (including toe-kick floor heaters) to keep air circulating freely and to save energy.
  • Wash up. Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards and woodwork. The walls may not look as if they need a bath - after all, dust and soot fall to the floor, right? Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant an annual bath with a sponge and hand dish washing detergent.
  • Seal up. Reseal wood floors to prevent scratches and scrapes from marring the wood. 

It take just a few moments to create a housecleaning schedule that works for you and will give you a cleaner home in the year ahead. And you'll find that when your home sparkles, you shine, too! Here's to a happy, cleaner new year!

Kick off a cleaner New Year with a visit to the Clean Organized Home Store, where you'll find all the cleaning tools and products you need for a cleaner, more organized year ahead!

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.