Lorrie Parajeckas' Blog
Cleaning your home can always seem like an ever daunting task, but it truly doesn’t have to be. If you spend the time to keep up with your home in small chunks and keep your cleaning routine organized, cleaning can be a breeze. Take a peek at the tips laid out below to discover how to make cleaning an easy task around your home.
Keep All The Tools You Need In One Place
It’s a good idea to keep everything that you’ll need to clean your home within one place. Use a bucket or caddy to help you tote your essentials around the house. This way, it will be easier to bring your cleaning supplies with you from room to room. You could even keep a cleaning tote on each level of your home for an even smoother cleaning process.
Skip The Small Stuff
If you take out time during every cleaning to dust small collections and care for them, you’re wasting your time. Small knick-knacks and other hidden details of the home can stand to be dusted about once a month.
Have A Storage System
It’s much easier to clean your house if you have a storage system. Having an organizational system in place means that everything has a place. Be sure you have shelving, cubbies, racks, and everything else you’ll need to help your family put everything away as they use it. Keeping things neat and organized is half the battle when it comes to keeping your home clean.
Use Your Vacuum Wisely
You have a vacuum to make cleaning easier, so use it! Get an extension cord to make every area of the house easy to reach. Although a broom or dust mop can sometimes be helpful in the cleaning process, a vacuum makes it much easier to get every piece of dirt and dust up off of the floors.
Have A Plan
Beginning to clean your home without any rhyme or reason can be a recipe for disaster. If you only have time to do one room on one day, keep your cleaning schedule short but consistent. This way, the entire house will get done, but you won’t be overwhelmed. Focusing on one room at a time can help you to make your home shine.
Use The Cleaning Supplies That Will Be A Help To You
There are many more things you can use in your home than conventional cleaning supplies. Use whatever works for you. Everything from vinegar to toothbrushes is fair game to use for your cleaning supplies.
You recently purchased a home, and as a new homeowner, you’re itching to get moved into your new kitchen so you can get settled and start entertaining. Wait! Before you get caught up organizing your pots and pans, do a little preventative care. If you want a kitchen you can entertain in hassle-free, take the time to do these things.
Whether you purchased new construction or an adorable 1920s bungalow, you need to deep clean. Either hire a reputable company, or take on the task yourself, but do it. Clean all the cabinets high and low, doors, knobs, any framing, behind and under all appliances that may have come with the house.
Next to tackle the sink hardware. Clean the faucet, remove calcium build up and run drain cleaner to preventatively tackle any clogs hidden just under the surface.
If your home came with an oven and dishwasher, use the self-clean settings they have and clean them yourself after. Starting with a fresh, clean slate will ensure your kitchen stays in good shape with just a little ongoing maintenance.
Test and Clean Your Hardware
Check that all cabinet doorknobs and drawer pulls are properly attached. Make sure that all your drawer tracks align and slide in and out well. Ensure that all hinges are tight and squared.
Check your countertop and backsplash for any cracks or holes that could be the perfect escape route for any ants or roaches that may try to find a way into your home in the future. Seal up any gaps you find with caulking or grout. Then, treat the whole kitchen with preventative pest control. You can find industrial-grade solutions online that are very affordable and will last you through the lifetime of your house. Once you treat the kitchen space, you’ll want to let it stand for at least a few hours before you wipe down the counters again and start putting away your belongings.
Preparing your kitchen for daily use and entertaining is important and is not an area you want to neglect during your move in. With these steps you’ll be ready to get things organized just the way you like and get to entertaining.
- Inspect roof for any damage that could have occurred from the harsh Winter weather.
- Look for any other Winter related damage around the parameters of your house.
- Scrape, sand, prime and/or paint any spots around the home that need it.
- Clear out lawn and garden beds from any debris to make way for new growth.
- Plan out your Spring and Summer planting, gardening and landscaping projects.
- Sort through winter clothes before storing them for the season. Donate any items your children may have outgrown and repair anything that needs mending.
- Clean your home top to bottom by wiping down ceilings, walls and baseboards.
- Vacuum and wipe down window panes and sills.
- Consider holding a yard sale to get rid of any extra clutter that may have gathered over the year.
- Deep clean the carpets in your home.
- Clean out the inside of your fridge and vacuum the coils on the back.
- Test all smoke detectors.
- Have your air conditioner serviced before the hot weather hits.
- Pressure wash your house and garage siding as well as your driveway.
- Spray insecticides and bug repellants.
- Inspect fire extinguishers and purchase some if you do not already own any.
- Flip and rotate mattresses and couch cushions.
- Regularly prune trees and shrubs.
- Drain and/or flush your water heater.
- Clean all patio furniture before storing it for the winter.
- Touch up any paint that may be peeling and worn from the Summer heat.
- Check seals on windows and doors as well as caulking. Make sure your home is well-sealed to prevent any energy leaks over the Winter months.
- Clean out the gutters along your home.
- If your home has chimneys have them professionally inspected and cleaned.
- Schedule a furnace inspection before the cold weather hits.
- Take the time to clean and organize your kitchen to prepare for holiday cooking.
- Test and replace batteries in fire alarms.
- Rake up leaves to prevent debris buildup.
- Install storm windows to prepare for colder weather.
- Clean and organize your attic and/or basement.
- Sort through your family's’ Summer clothes before storing them for the season. Donate any your children have outgrown and repair any that need mending.
- Change your furnace’s filters throughout the season as needed.
- Check the grout around your home and repair as needed
- Program your thermostat for maximum energy savings.
- Schedule a termite inspection.
- Clean out the vents to your dryer.
- Before packing holiday decorations up for the year ensure they are clean, organized and in working order.
The thought of trying to declutter your home could stress you out. If you put off the act of organizing, however, you could end up even more stressed out. Clutter in the home is proven to be a cause of stress. Not being able to find what you need can cause you to feel that you’re living in chaos. There’s a few tips that you can take into consideration to help you declutter, destress, and get organized for good!
When Planning Storage Solutions, Measure First
If you shop for containers and other storage organization tools first, you’ll never know what will fit properly. Taking the time to measure things out and get the right size containers can help you to avoid creating more clutter for yourself. Measuring spaces helps you to come up with a plan for what your vision is for that space.
Declutter For Less
You don’t need to go into a huge debt to declutter your home. You can shop at the local dollar store to find containers, hooks, and bins to help you stay organized. Organization doesn’t need a lot of fancy tools.
For Kids, More Is Better
When it comes to finding containers and bins for a child’s room, more is definitely better. Having many separate compartments really helps the kids to stay organized and find what they’re looking for when they want it.
A Junk Drawer Is Actually A Good Thing
You can actually keep that junk drawer or bin that you have in the house. A junk drawer is a great place for collecting items. Just learn to keep it organized. If you have a bin, make sure that you clean it out from time to time so that tons of things don’t end up building up there in a pile. If you have a junk drawer, try to compartmentalize it with categories and separators for a “lost and found” or “things that need to be put away.”
Every Door Is An Opportunity
In your home, think of each and every door, cabinet door, or closet door as an opportunity to create more storage. You can hang things on the backs of these doors including spice racks, shoe racks, hooks for coats, and so much more. Don’t miss out on a simple yet very effective space saver.
In each room, there’s places where the same activity is done over and over again. Creating zones helps to reduce clutter and increase organization. In the kitchen, for example, you probably have a dedicated prep space along with a clean up station. In bedrooms, there’s a place where you get dressed, throw your dirty clothes, and get ready for the day. Have everything that you’ll need in each “station” or “zone” so that you can stay on top of being tidy.