Happy New Year from all of us at Perfection Cleaning! With 2015 at our finger tips we thought this would be a great time to set some cleaning and organizational goals for the New Year! Do you want to be more organized this year? Great, so do we! But, we do not want to spend the entirety of the year doing so.
Setting Goals are like appointments for your own well being, like a doctor or dentist appointment. You do not want to forget, or reschedule. You do want to write it down, and even comment on how you are going to achieve these goals. Ironically, the best way to be successful is to be organized. This could mean your home office, filing and prepping all your paperwork for the 2014 tax season approaching, you email inbox or ridding your desk of dreaded clutter! (You all know how we feel about clutter). We have created a list for you, the top 5 tasks to help you start the year off organized.
Your Kitchen - Many of us spend a seemingly long amount of time each day in the kitchen. Between prepping and eating meals, doing dishes, making coffee, and staring into the fridge deciding what to make the family for dinner. I would guess that if you do majority of the cooking in your home, you spend up to two hours of your day in the kitchen. Imagine, if your kitchen was perfectly clean and organized... you could save yourself some time AND feel calm and comfortable enjoying this space in your home. Spend 30 minutes this evening looking into your cupboards and drawers, now take out EVERYTHING you didn't use in 2014 and put it in a box at your front door to donate. Peer into your pantry, has anything expired? Is there junk food from the holidays you don't need? Throw it away, and give the shelves a quick wipe. Finally, what is under the kitchen sink? Get rid of the abundance of plastic grocery bags and ensure your cleaning product inventory is stocked.
Everyday Storage - Let's forget all about organizing under the stairs and deep cleaning the carpets for a moment. A great place to regain some order is your everyday clutter solutions. Do you have a place for your bills, keys, purses and kids backpacks, magazines & books? All of these things are used daily, and if they do not have a place, it can create clutter and unwanted mess. Assess your front entrance, find some great storage solutions and voila! Less stress, less mess. Read How to Build and Entry Bench with Cubbies and Hooks
Clothing - Purging your clothes is an excellent way to start the new year off with reduced clutter. Don't skip this ritual this January!! Have you had a good hard look in your closet and drawers lately? How many articles of your clothes do you ACTUALLY wear? Move through one category at a time: drawers, then your clothes hanging, finally shoes and accessories. Pull out anything that’s stained and throw it in the trash. Next, take out anything you don’t wear regularly and put into a garbage bag. Put the bag by the front door to drop off at your local donation centre. If you're really feeling ambitious and you have kids, do the same for their closets. You'll be amazed at how much space you will find.
Make-Up and Toiletries - Out with the old, in with the new. Just like the New Year, we need to rid ourselves of the expired foundation and decide which 5 of the 15 lotion bottles we really need in our life. Prioritize what make-up you want/need, and discard the colours and shades you haven't used in the last 6 months. This may also be a great time to clean, or purchase new make-up brushes. Did someone say shopping? Here is a great article on organizing your toiletries from a 'mother-daughter duo'.
Day Planner / Calendar - Usually at the beginning of the year, you have an idea of events and upcoming important dates for 2015. Weddings, dance recitals, hockey tournaments, family vacations and of course, work deadlines. If you are still old school with your planning (Calendar and Day planner) we strongly recommend writing all the known dates in both locations ASAP. If it's on the calendar, it's a plan! Your family will also appreciate knowing what is happening in the days, weeks and months ahead. If you prefer to use the calendar in your phone, now is a good time to sit down and input these dates. By using all three, you will be mega organized... we like that!
If you have kids, this calendar is an absolute LIFESAVER!! You can buy it at Walmart or Staples
If you need any help with kickstarting your 2015 with a clean, organized home, contact us today!!