37% of homeowners state that they feel more relaxed when they’re on top of the household cleaning. Meanwhile, 22% of women say it’s a personal accomplishment to deep clean the house. Therefore, with Christmas a distant memory and January well and truly here, it’s time to sort through the mountain of new kid’s toys cluttering up your sitting room, get the feather duster out and have a thorough clean and tidy up.
Storage boxes are your friend
Before you get the polish, vacuum and sanitizer out, you need to clean up any mess in your home and get organized. Your kids are bound to have got lots of new toys for Christmas, so have a major sort out of their old ones and donate to charities and children’s hospices. When it comes to tidying away the new toys, as well as any other household bits and bobs, make sure you maximize the storage already in your home. It’s also a wise idea to invest in some new storage boxes for various rooms in your home too as they’ll keep everything neat, tidy and in a dedicated space.
Indulge in a deep clean
Traditionally, spring is the time for a deep clean of your home. However, the start of the year can also be a great opportunity as it’s time to start afresh and create new habits. If it’s been some time since your last deep clean, or if there are still remnants of tree needles and glitter left over from Christmas scattered throughout your home, then you may wish to enlist the help of a professional cleaning service, such as a maid. 47% of Americans state that they’re prepared to use a professional cleaning service to help get their home spick and span. You may even decide that he or she does such a great job that you’ll keep them on on a permanent basis. In this case, consider offering your cleaner additional protection in your home in the form of insurance.
Clean little & often
Thankfully, following a deep clean, you only need to clean little and often to stay on top of your household’s cleanliness and maintenance. This will no doubt come as a huge sigh of relief to the 40% of people who say they don’t have time to undertake big cleans. Microwaves, bed linen, and the bath or shower should be cleaned on a weekly basis. Whereas, you should aim to tidy toys, general mess and clutter away daily, in addition to washing and drying the dishes, and wiping the kitchen and bathroom counters.
Get the kids involved
The United States Department of Labor reports that the average woman spends 29% of her day cleaning the inside of her house, 17% doing laundry, and 13% cleaning up the kitchen. Therefore, a great rule to introduce into your household is ‘if you create the mess, you clean it up’. Not only will this help you around the house, but it will give your kids a sense of responsibility too.
The start of the new year is the ideal time to undertake a deep clean. Therefore, get all those new gifts, toys, and knick-knacks packed away so that you can create a hygienic and tidy home in 2019!
For more deep clean inspiration, watch Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix! You can also grab her books on Amazon.