Keeping your home clean does not have to be such a difficult task. Stay organized in 2023 using the home care hacks that we have listed in this guide.
There’s nothing like starting the year with a well-organized, newly-cleaned home. With the holidays all wrapped up, decorations should be packed away, and common living and entertainment areas spruced up. But that’s easier said than done. Decluttering and cleaning can feel overwhelming—especially if you don’t know where to begin.
We’ve prepared a list of easy home care hacks to help kickstart your cleaning activities and keep things organized year-round. From making a cleaning checklist to finding creative storage solutions, this guide will help simplify the process.
1. Create a Designated Area for Items
Clutter can be frustrating. 28% of people say that clutter is the most stressful sort of household mess. What’s worse is you probably won’t notice until it’s taken over every counter space, shelf, and cabinet.
To stop clutter creep for good, start by creating a “home” for your bits and pieces. A designated space for items like keys, charging devices, crafting materials, spare toiletries, and other objects makes it easier to stay organized and find what you need—when you need it.
2. Create a Schedule and a Cleaning Checklist
The best-organized people tend to have a game plan. They keep a note of cleaning tasks and specify when each should be completed to stay on top of household chores.
You can follow their lead by creating a cleaning checklist and schedule. Start by listing tasks per room, then break them down according to frequency. Here’s an example that you can use for your bathroom:
- Tidy up counter spaces and shelves
- Wipe down surfaces and fixtures
- Disinfect the toilet and sink
- Scrub the tub and shower
- Replace towels
- Descale the showerhead
- Polish mirrors and glass fixtures
- Wash the shower curtain
- Dust off window ledges and light fixtures
Aside from scheduling chores you can do yourself, make a calendar for tasks that are best left to a professional home cleaning service. These include steam-cleaning upholstery, cleaning the air-conditioner, and sweeping the chimney.
3. Use Vertical Space to Store Items
Running out of cabinets and floor area to store your stuff? Maybe it’s time to utilize your vertical spaces to stay organized.
Upgrading your TV console into an entertainment center can give you more space for old photo albums and CDs. Further, to free up side tables and nightstands, consider ditching table lamps in favor of wall sconces. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are another great option for stashing linen in the laundry room or books in your home office.
These solutions aside, what about some more creative options? For instance, use wall-mounted bars in the kitchen to hang cookware or pegboards to store garage tools.
Self-Help Tip: Home organization services providers often use modular storage containers to make the most out of vertical areas. You can tailor them to fit your space, according to your storage requirements. This type of storage solution is also relatively quick and easy to install.
4. Use Storage Containers
Don’t settle for shoe boxes to store your items. Instead, check out decorative storage bins, sturdy containers, or DIY shelving to tuck things away neatly. With a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to stay organized for longer.
That said, do remember to categorize items before you start buying storage solutions. For example, wedding mementos and holiday decorations could be placed in large bins for long-term storage. Conversely, frequently used items such as toys may be better placed in a decorative basket in the living room.
Depending on your budget, you could also invest in specialized storage for important items that require additional care. These might include acid-free boxes for photographs or dedicated wineglass containers.
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5. A Lazy Susan in the Kitchen for Better Storage and Organization
Lazy Susans are rotating circular trays, often used to make food easily accessible to diners on all sides of a table. While they’ve been standard fare in Chinese restaurants since the 1960s, these tools are no longer just for serving food.
These days, Lazy Susans come in different sizes to help you stay organized in the kitchen. They’re excellent for making the most out of deep shelves and corners on kitchen counters and low-level cabinets. Small, tiered Lazy Susans can be a good option for your favorite spices and condiments. Meanwhile, their larger counterparts are ideal for stacking food storage containers or organizing linen and towels.
6. Natural Light Can Help the Living Room Feel More Open and Airy
One of the simplest ways to liven up your living space is with natural lighting. For instance, try replacing dark-colored drapes with sheer curtains. As not all houses have big windows, another idea is to maximize light—and create the illusion of more space—using carefully positioned mirrors and reflective décor made out of metals and glass. In addition to its aesthetics, natural lighting has also been known to improve mood, productivity, and sleep.
7. Use a Closet System in the Bedroom to Organize Your Clothes
Start by pulling everything out of your closet and sorting by type—sweaters, jeans, t-shirts, button-down shirts, accessories—while decluttering items you no longer use along the way. From there, map out where best to place them. For example, arrange items based on their length (shortest to longest) or group them from most-used to least-used.
Further, what about using different-sized containers to organize items like belts, hats, bags, and accessories to stay organized? Consider having boxes or a designated corner for out-of-season clothes and formal wear.
8. Use a Shower Caddy for Bathroom Essentials
Shower caddies are a staple in many bathrooms. However, before you buy one, first consider these factors:
- Number and size of products. Do you have multiple small items? Or just a shampoo, conditioner, and body wash—but all in extra-large sizes? Your caddy should be big and sturdy enough to accommodate these items.
- Available shower space. If you have a small shower area, perhaps opt for corner caddies or hang one over the showerhead. That said, if you have enough floor space, a freestanding caddy might be just what you need.
- Shower caddy attachment. Those living in rental properties should choose caddies that can be attached using suction cups or adhesives to avoid drilling through walls. However, if you’re looking for something permanent, caddies that can be attached using screws might be preferable.
Hire a Professional to Maintain Cleanliness and Organization
It doesn’t have to be a hassle to stay organized—especially with cleaning and tidying hacks to tackle decluttering.
However, while these tips simplify the home organization process, the post-entertainment or post-holiday mess might still be too big a task to handle on your own. Instead of rolling up your sleeves and grabbing some disinfectant, you might consider hiring a cleaning service professional to help you out.
Call Emmy’s platform is a great place to start. We have an extensive network of professionals who can provide on-demand help for household tasks—ranging from chores to childcare. For more information, chat with us at Call Emmy.