The house is always such a cluttered mess after Thanksgiving – Christmas decorations have taken over, gifts are hidden in every nook and cranny, and there simply isn’t enough time to keep up with everything. Every January, I get into serious “trash it” and “replace it” mode. And it feels so freaking good. My husband hates it because (I believe) he is somewhat of a hoarder, but that’s why most of the cleaning takes place while he’s gone 😉 Kacey from The Drifter Collective has given us some simple tasks for a cleaner home in 2018 to help get you organized and motivated. Time to check one of those New Year’s resolutions off your list!
Simple Tasks for a Cleaner Home in 2018
6 Simple Tasks for a Cleaner Home in 2018
Having a clean house doesn’t mean you have to transform your weekends into a three day long scrubbing and dusting event. If you’re like most people, you’d probably readily admit that cleaning isn’t exactly on your list of favorite activities, either. But a room full of clutter and junk is beginning to stress you out, so what is a girl to do?
The only thing worse than having a messy house is the stress that follows the accumulating sense of disorganization. Ignoring the issue will only seem to feed the mess at hand. Strap on your gloves and get your vacuum ready — it’s time to make your house into a cleaner area for 2018.
Don’t wait for springtime to roll around before you decide to get started cleaning. With these six simple steps you can perform daily without hassle, you can give your home the polished look it deserves today!
- Declutter and DonateThat dress you wore to meet your in-laws for the first time hasn’t seen the sunlight since you tossed it back into the corner of your closet that frightful night. Let’s face it — you didn’t really like it anyway. And you likely will never wear it ever again. So why not donate it and make room for fashion accessories you want to take with you into 2018 instead?
Decluttering your life not only helps keep you organized, but research studies show that tidying up your possessions can have a positive impact on your overall health, too. A clutter-free environment makes performing your daily tasks more accessible, which means you won’t have to scour through piles up junk to find just what you need.
2. Keep the Floor a Space for Furniture Only
It’s easy to sweep what you don’t need under the rug — out of sight out of mind as they say. You may even be guilty of placing unused objects under your bed, too. But once your floor begins to look like a massive shelving unit, it’s time for a change.
Your floor is a space for walking — not an obstacle course full of treacherous navigation. While it may be tempting to use the empty spaces of your flooring for storage, it’s important to remember to confine your floor’s use to solely housing furniture instead. Having an open floor is one of the most effective and simple ways to make your home look bigger, too.
3. Clean Out Your Junk Drawers
We all have that one shelf in our drawers dedicated to the piles of junk that don’t seem to belong anywhere else. Your other shelves are probably already packed to the brim with valuable materials, so why not make more space by eliminating unwanted goods instead?
Carefully remove every object from drawers you don’t seem to use. Throw away any broken or unusable pieces and set aside the goods that can help you perform your daily tasks. Chances are you’ll finally find that key to your safety box you’ll now be able to put into use.
4. Tackle Those Furniture Stains
If you spilled a glass of red wine on the sofa back in 2002 and the stain somehow made its way into the new year in 2018, it’s time for it to go — for good this time.
Stop hiding imperfections in your sofa and coaches with blankets and seat covers. This year, vow to remove the stains entirely instead. Be sure to research the source of your stains and use the appropriate solution to rid your upholstery of unwanted spots that undermine the polished look of your home.
5. Make the Bed
You may be thinking to yourself, “what’s the point of making the bed if it’s just going to get messy again with every use?” While that may be true, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through an entanglement of knotted and uncomfortable blankets every night in the process.
Making your bed each morning provides your home with a tidy and polished look. It just so happens to be the starting point that can give you the motivation to complete other cleaning tasks throughout the day, too. Making your bed gives you a sense of pride and allows you to start off your day with a sense of accomplishment. When you look at your neatly arranged comforter and sheets, you may just be motivated to tidy up the living room and bathroom as well.
6. Dust and Scrub
It may seem like we saved the worse for last, but dusting and scrubbing dirty surfaces is one of the most important steps for maintaining a spotless and immaculate home. You may have picked all of your old clothes off of the floor, but what good will your efforts be when you transfer them to a dusty and dirty shelf that undermines the cleaning process?
Break out the broom and whip out your duster — it’s time to scrub the surface of that top shelf you’ve been avoiding since you first moved into your house. Removing dust and dirt is essential to keeping the air ventilation in your home pure. After you finish cleaning your rooms, you’ll be able to take a deep breathe knowing your lungs won’t fill with allergens and dander, either.
Having an organized home just seems to make your everyday tasks a little less painful. Simple steps such as cleaning out that overpacked junk drawer and making your bed every morning can transform your house from a messy disaster to a welcoming abode.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!