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5 New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Keep Your Home Cleaner

happy new year resolutions graphicThe New Year is the time to make promises that improve your life: to work out so you are healthier, to get your finance in order, to go into the year with a clean and organized home. If your resolution is the latter, remember that an ounce of prevention can go a long way when trying to win the war. Just a few minutes of cleaning every night (and resolutions to do them every day), can get your home in shape, and cut down on your hours of cleaning.

I will wipe down my counters every day.

Depending on your schedule, wipe down your bathroom countertop after you get ready in the morning and evening or do a general countertop cleaning before you go to bed. For your kitchen, make sure you wipe down your counters at the end of the day, or after every meal.

I will wash my dishes.

cleaning suppliesMake washing and drying your dishes, and wiping out your sinks a daily habit. Not only will you have cleaner dishes, you also won’t have to face the pile of dirty dishes every day and a dirty and stained sink. You also won’t have to—and we’re not saying you do—go into a panic about drop-in guests seeing your dirty dishes.

I will clear the clutter.

This resolution can apply to two different kinds of clutter: the pile of papers, toys, and miscellaneous items that litter your house or the “extra” items you don’t want to store or keep out any more. For the daily items, go through and sort your mail every day. Develop a filing system so your papers are organized and put away. And who could forget about the toys that get left out? If your kids are old enough, make picking up their toys a chore that needs to be done every night, or make a quick run through the house to gather up all the items you don’t want to step on that night.

If your resolution revolves more around de-cluttering extra items (i.e. décor, clothes, etc.), take a few minutes every night to go through a box, or a shelf of items that you want to sort. Put items you don’t want in a box to donate to a thrift store, and make regular runs to get the items out of your home. If you plan to rid your home of these items via a rummage sale, sort your items into organized boxes so you are prepared and ready in the spring.

I will put rugs by all my exterior doors.

What’s better than keeping up with your daily cleanings? Not having to clean at all. There are two benefits for putting down rugs by all your exterior doors: 1) the rugs can catch the water, gravel, and dirt that your family and guests track in so you don’t have to clean; 2) using rugs as a catch-all for debris protects your flooring from stains and scratches.

I will hire a cleaning service.

If you feel like you fit any more into your day, hiring a cleaning service. There’s no shame or blame in asking for help (and you don’t even have to tell people, we won’t) when your calendar is full. You can hire a cleaning service to do certain cleaning tasks around your home (i.e. laundry, bathrooms) or hire a cleaner to give your home a deep clean. To make sure that you are successfully fulfilling this New Year’s resolution, do your homework when choosing a cleaner (we’ve written about it here). Whatever decision you make, don’t let this New Year’s resolution become another resolution that you didn’t keep; contact a cleaner to get your home cleaner now and throughout the New Year.

5 New Year’s Resolutions Successful Facility Managers Make

manufacturing industry workers with big mashines on company floorNo matter when your fiscal year ends, the calendar year is an opportunity to take stock of current operations and look for ways to make the New Year better for your company. As a facility manager, that philosophy is a bit more complex when your responsibilities are so diverse. But the New Year is a time for thinking positive, and making improvements by adopting a strategic New Year’s resolution—or resolutions.

I will allocate time for strategic planning.

When you’re trying to stay on top of daily operations, setting aside time to plan for the future can seem like an unnecessary chore. However, establishing goals (i.e. cost reduction goals, health and safety goals, etc.), and collecting and analyzing data to meet those goals is an essential part of business planning. Once you’ve taken the time to make a plan, clearly assign responsibilities and regularly follow-up with staff to ensure progress is being made.

I will do a full audit.

If your organization is built on the premise of “this is who we’ve always used and this is how we’ve always done it,” it may be time for a change. That doesn’t mean you should clean house abruptly, but it does mean a full review of costs and processes. Your goal is to break down those processes for review, then make them more efficient and cost-effective for the company.  To see continual improvements, schedule partial audits (such as departmental or specific process audits) on a regular basis (i.e. annually, bi-annually, quarterly, etc.)

I will stay on top of preventative maintenance.

Preventative maintenance always seems to be a matter of debate, especially when you are trying to meet shipping schedules and production goals. While it may not always be the most popular choice, a successful facility manager has to make preventative maintenance a priority to keep your machines and facility in excellent condition—and communicate that priority to your department managers. Regular preventative maintenance can extend the life of your equipment, minimize breakdown costs and reduce productivity interruptions.

I will analyze the cost of hiring vs. outsourcing.

As a manager, improving the bottom line of your business is a process that continually evolves. Inevitably, to improve that bottom line, you’ll need to ask yourself key questions: which vendor is most cost-effective? Should we outsource or perform this service in house? Let’s use facility cleaning as an example. What are the costs of hiring employees for your cleaning and maintenance vs. outsourcing? Do you have a need for services outside of the skill sets of your employees (maintenance, construction, etc.)? Is it cost prohibitive to buy supplies for cleaning and maintenance vs. an outside company with the supplies? Do you only need cleaning and maintenance services on a part-time basis? Research and gather information from your local cleaning company when deciding whether to outsource. The results of your evaluation can help you decide whether outsourcing is a better option for your company.

I will keep my business clean for peak efficiency.

There are two parts to this resolution: organization and cleanliness. An organized company can effectively manage their assets, fulfill production schedules promptly, and meet crucial shipping deadlines. There are numerous ways to improve your company’s organizational skills: with new software, procedures, shelving, etc.

As for keeping your business clean, look for ways to improve your building maintenance and cleanliness. Clearly communicate the roles and responsibilities of your staff, such as each department’s role in keeping their workspace clean, how communication is handled with your commercial cleaning service, and the amount of time each department should allow for cleaning. If you have any building maintenance needs, such as maintaining your parking lot or exterior, consider hiring a commercial cleaning service so you can control those costs.