The new year is now a few weeks old so we wanted to check in to see how you’re doing with your resolutions. Remember that one where you swore you’d keep your home neat, tidy, and clean? Are you staying on top of the daily messes and keeping things sparkling? Don’t worry if you’ve slipped up a bit. We’re here to help you get back on track with a few suggestions and tools that will help you stay organized and clutter free.
Before you get started with cleaning, you’ve really got to tackle decluttering your home. You can’t start vacuuming if you can’t even see the floor! One of our favorite rules is “A place for everything and everything in its place.” It’s time to get serious about where things live in your home. Put things back after using them or they will just add to the clutter.
Finished reading that stack of magazines? Dump them into the recycling bin. Did you and your family take your coats off once you came inside? Have everyone make a habit of hanging things up as soon as you walk in the door. If your home is seriously out of control, make it a goal to declutter one room at a time. You’ll love the finished result so much that it will give you the energy and desire to take care of all the other rooms when you have the time.
One area that people always overlook when decluttering is under the kitchen sink (or wherever you store your cleaning products). Guess what? It’s time to streamline the number of cleaning products you rely on. This will make your life so much easier when you engage in the weekly cleaning sessions to keep your home tidy. Go ahead and wipe away the cobwebs to reach all those forgotten cleaning supplies—if any of them look like they haven’t been touched in ages, it’s time to get rid of them. You shouldn’t be overwhelmed by stacks of cleaning supplies, but just keep the minimum that you need to get the job done.
So what are those essential cleaning tools for the upcoming year? When you reduce down to the minimum number of things to use to clean your home, you’re going to feel lighter by not lugging around unnecessary tools. Here is our list of essential cleaning tools:
- A good scraper. Having a heavy-duty scraper is surprisingly helpful. The one that we sell is made of tough, durable polystyrene so it won’t scratch surfaces. This apron tool kit has our scraper plus a razor blade holder and a professional “toothbrush” great for getting into tight spots around faucets and in tile grout.
- Speaking of aprons, you do have a cleaning apron, right? This is a huge help for being efficient when you’re cleaning your home. We cannot recommend this item enough. Once you get an apron, you’ll wonder how you ever cleaned without one!
- Red Juice is an absolute must. This eco-friendly all-purpose cleaner is tough on grime while being non-toxic. Your stash of cleaning supplies is not complete without a bottle of this on hand.
- A high quality feather duster. This 18-inch ostrich-down feather duster is our favorite, with long luxurious feathers and a short handle that makes it easy for you to slip the duster into your apron or back pocket while cleaning. When dusting, be sure to stop at the end of each shelf and tap the duster on your ankle so the dust falls to the floor where it can be vacuumed up.
- Not sure how to deal with that mess of cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink? Get a caddy to organize it all. Our tray saves time by keeping supplies free from chaos between cleanings. Just grab the cleaning tray and you’ve got everything you need for any room in the house at your disposal.
We hope this helps you get organized for the upcoming year and streamline your cleaning supplies. Keep up the good work!