After the hectic rush of the holiday season, January brings an opportunity for a fresh start. But there's no need to make an overly ambitious resolution in order to achieve a new beginning in the new year! Simply streamlining your stuff, clearing the clutter and knocking out a few neglected chores will set you on a clear course for a more organized, less stressful 2018. To that end, Jiffy Steamer has two big tips for achieving a simple organization strategy in your home.
Downsize and ditch the disarray
Most of us accumulate tons of unnecessary stuff over the course of a year without ever realizing it. And when you don't make a point of periodically identifying and removing this stuff, it really builds up. This excess clutter can make a home feel messy and claustrophobic. The solution? If you don't use it, ditch it! If there are items around your house that you didn't use last year, odds are you won't this year either.
Go through your closets, cabinets and drawers. Clear counters of items you don't use day-to-day. Get rid of anything that's broken or that you can't remember having used recently. Let go of old clothing. Sure, those worn-in sweatshirts may be comfy, but you don't need ten. A closet deep-clean is also a good time to freshen up the clothing you're keeping. Jiffy's clothing steamers gently de-wrinkle and refresh your favorite clothes, extending their lifespan.
Once you've accomplished this, think twice about anything that you bring into your home for the rest of the year. For every item that comes in, consider if something else should go out. Making a point of following this rule will help your home remain clutter-free.
Come up with a consistent cleaning system
Keeping a home clean is a lot of work. Life doesn't always allow for constant tidying, and when the chores start to build up, so can your stress levels. By coming up with a list of priority tasks and a system for knocking them out, you can keep the mess under control. You can even chart the chores out on a calendar and assign them to family members to divide and conquer the work!
Daily: Resolve to accomplish a few small tasks every day. For example, putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher and dirty clothes in the hamper. Avoid simply tossing coats, bags or papers on counters and put them in their proper place. You'll be surprised by the difference these simple changes will make!
Weekly: Pick three to five chores that are a priority for you. For example, weekly hard surface cleaning will keep your countertops, sinks and floors from gathering grime. You can also vacuum carpets and straighten up each room in the house. Jiffy's steam solutions cut down the time it takes to clean your kitchen and bathrooms, as well as freshen carpets and upholstery. Spending just a few hours a week knocking out necessary tasks keeps your chore list from becoming daunting over time.
Monthly: Determine the few big chores that you'd like to take care of once a month, such as changing sheets, washing windows, steaming drapes, etc. Whatever makes your home feel rejuvenated! Check out these ten ways to deep clean your home to make sure you're not forgetting anything important.
Try out these simple solutions and see if they help streamline your 2018! Staying organized is a continuous process, but the benefits far outweigh the extra effort. And with a little help from a Jiffy steamer, you'll have a harmonized home in no time