I’m so excited to share some of my favorite house cleaning tips for the New Year.
If you are anything like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to keep a cleaner house. After the craziness of the holidays, all I want to do is have a nice, clean, fresh home. Here are some of my favorite ways to keep up with house cleaning in the New Year. This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.
1. Have the right products on hand
I basically only use two products throughout my entire house. Pine Sol, and Clorox Bleach. I buy both my Pine Sol and my Clorox Liquid Bleach in big bottles from The Home Depot- their prices cannot be beat. Both the Pine Sol and the Clorox Liquid Bleach are really concentrated, which means a little goes a long way, so each bottle seems to lasts me forever! The Home Depot carries a lot of cleaning products that keep your house clean while keeping the germs away.
I use Pine Sol original multi surface cleaner for all of my hard surfaces- counters, showers, tile floors, and even in the bathrooms!
For most of my cleaning, I get an empty spray bottle and pour in a little Pine Sol, then I fill the rest with water. The directions on the bottle specify how much concentrate you need with how much water. This spray bottle and a microfiber cloth goes with me from room to room and cleans all of my hard surfaces!
For mopping, I fill my bucket with warm water, and pour about 1/4 cup of Pine Sol per gallon of water- make sure to read the directions on the back of the bottle for exact measurments.
Then I use Clorox regular concentrated liquid bleach for my laundry, to disinfect any toys, and to soak in my sink to make it bright white again.
Both of these products are disinfectants. I know when I clean my house with either Pine Sol or Clorox Liquid Bleach, I am not just making my house sparkle and shine, but I’m also getting rid of all the nasty germs that could make my family sick.
2. Get kids involved
I really believe that part of raising good kids is teaching them how to work and pitch in while they are young. I try to involve my kids in my house cleaning routine as much as I can. The little ones love being part of the work, and it helps them to learn how to do things the right way. My older kids aren’t as excited, but they know that helping clean the house is part of their responsibility, so they don’t fight me too much on it. My kids’ favorite thing to help with is mopping- which is good, because I hate mopping! Haha!
I also give my kids little chores I know they can do without much help. They feel so accomplished when they can do something by themselves! My 3 year old loves wiping off doorknobs and light switches. He sprays the doorknobs with the Pine Sol and water solution, and then wipes until his heart is content. It is such a simple thing, but since the Pine Sol is a disinfectant, it helps keep the germs away. Plus, he thinks he’s doing the most important job in the world- and I won’t tell him differently.
3. Keep up on Daily Tasks
The hardest part of keeping a clean house is KEEPING it clean. Nothing is worse than getting behind on laundry or dishes, and then spending an entire day or two catching up, just to repeat the same thing next week.
I have found that when I do some tasks every day, it doesn’t take much time, but it helps keep everything under control so I don’t have one full day of catch-up. Some of the tasks I do daily are: laundry, dishes, wiping the counters, and making beds. And I can usually have almost all of this done before my kids are out the door to school.
I make my bed as soon as I get out of it, and I’m trying to teach my kids to do the same thing. Then I walk in and put a load of laundry in to wash. While my kids are eating breakfast, I unload the dishwasher (or I ask one of them to do it). Then all day long, we just put our dirty dishes into the dishwasher. I start it before I go to bed, and it’s ready to unload again in the morning.
Then, by the time the kids are off to school, I have a load of wash ready to dry and fold. I try to do at least one load of laundry every day. I have 4 kids, so I could probably do 2 loads a day! The important thing is to keep up on it, so it doesn’t pile up and ruin your life! And trust me, too much laundry can ruin your life- haha!
I love using Clorox Liquid Bleach to freshen and brighten my whites. Since it’s so concentrated, I only use a little bit in my laundry- so one bottle seems to last forever. And my whites come out so bright and smelling super fresh. I’ve actually switched most of our sheets and towels to plain white ones, so I can use this bleach on them. I love how clean my linens feel after being bleached!
I also make it a point to try to keep things picked up around my home. I try not to go to bed with a lot of clutter. Sometimes all I can do is pick up the toys and put it in baskets for my kids to put away later, but when the daily tasks and clutter are under control, everything else seems like it isn’t such a big deal.
4. Set up a Cleaning Schedule
Besides daily tasks, I also have a daily cleaning schedule I try to keep up on. Basically I have a different room in the house I focus on each day of the week, so I don’t end up with everything needing to be cleaned on the same day.
You can download my Cleaning Schedule on my blog. But the basics of it is: Monday is the kitchen, Tuesday is the main living space, Wednesday is the bathrooms, Thursday is bedrooms, Friday is my swing day, where I switch off between washing sheets, wiping baseboards, or straightening cabinets. This leaves Saturdays open for me to tackle any fun projects like tiling a shower or building furniture.
When I stay on a schedule, I notice that things don’t feel as overwhelming. I don’t feel like I have to do everything all in one day, and I don’t miss anything- like going 3 months without washing the sheets because I forgot (I would never do that! haha!).
I hope these tips have helped you to feel like you are better prepared to keep up with house cleaning in the new year. Oh, and don’t forget to snatch up my free printable cleaning schedule and checklists.
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