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7 Home Organization Tips for a Clutter-Free New Year

woman organizing home For many of us, the New Year comes with an itch. It’s an opportunity to take an “in with the new, out with the old” approach to cleaning your home (especially since you can’t go outside!). As you put your holiday gifts away and feel the itch to reorganize and de-clutter, use these tips for a clutter-free, organized home for the whole New Year.

Clean out cramped spaces.

It’s never too late to start sifting through areas of your home that have become packed with items or dysfunctional because there is just too much stuff. Identify problem areas in your home and a time when you can deal with clean-up duties.

Get rid of those duplicates.

As you start to go through your home, keep an eye out for items that you have more than one of. Don’t keep back-ups of items that you know you won’t use, such as kitchen implements (how many spatulas do you need?) or clothing (we promise, you don’t need 20+ Packer shirts).

Sort through the piles.

Be efficient with your organizing. As you pull items out of a closet, attic, or basement, designate a use for the items and put them piles. Find a common use for your items, such as sports items, craft supplies, or collectibles, and put them in a pile so you can put them in a box or another organizational container.

Make a charity run.

Don’t feel like you need to keep all the piles in your home. Make piles for items that you want to give away to family members or another local charity. If you do take the items to a local charity shop, keep an itemized list of items for your taxes.

Revamp your organization.

If your closet has become a chaotic mess, don’t just put items back into the closet. Instead, invest in shelving or boxes that can organize the space. In mudrooms, invest in shelves, bins, and hooks that can help you easily organize your cold and warm weather gear.

Be creative.

Don’t be afraid to think out-of-the-box about your boxes. Shoe organizers can be a great way to sort out gloves and mittens. Over-the-door hanging racks can be a godsend when you’re trying to sort through all your bathroom and hair products.

Deep clean the space after it’s clean.

Before you organize your space, add the space to your cleaning to-do list. If you don’t have time, hire a professional cleaner to clean out your basement or attic and tackle all the other items on your deep cleaning checklist.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s clear to spring has come to Wisconsin. The temperatures are rising, snow is thawing and the spring mud is threatening our homes. That’s right: threatening. While Wisconsinites love spring, trying to keep your home clean and tackle spring cleaning among the mud is a challenge for even the most fastidious homeowner. What’s even more of a challenge is trying to stay organized in your spring cleaning efforts (and to keep your family on task).

Take a deep breath. Don’t worry. We’ve come up with a spring cleaning checklist suitable for most Wisconsin homeowners so you can check off your finished spring cleaning tasks:

  • Cleaning your appliances (including the dishwasher, fridge, washer or stove).
  • Removing spider webs.
  • Window cleaning.
  • Dusting ceiling fans and washing light fixture coverings.
  • Blind and curtain cleaning.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Grout cleaning.
  • Carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Power washing your house.
  • Vent cleaning.
  • Washing comforters and quilts.
  • Fireplace stone/tile and mantle clean up.
  • Cleaning sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.

If you are a fastidious homeowner who doesn’t have time to clean up that spring mud, and get all the other essential spring cleaning tasks done, contact a professional cleaner who can give your home a deep spring clean. Enjoy your finished checklist of spring cleaning tasks, and then head outside with your fellow Wisconsinites to enjoy the warm spring temperatures.

Get a Jump on Home Spring Cleaning

No matter what the ground hog predicted, spring fever is in the air.  Wisconsin residents are ready for the warm spring temperatures, even though winter is in full force. While we can’t bring you spring, we can bring you spring cleaning tasks you can tackle even in the middle of our cold Wisconsin winter—spring cleaning tasks that are sure to bring hope for spring:

  1. Winter is an ideal time to sort, organize and clear out unwanted clutter. A few minutes of organizing and cleaning a day, or a few hours on one day, can keep your home neat, tidy and free of clutter.
  2. Remove cob webs. It’s amazing how even if you don’t see a spider, webs seem to magically appear throughout your home. Take a good broom to those pesky cob webs, and a towel to clean the walls around the web if needed.
  3. Clean tile grout. For tile in your bathroom or kitchen, give your tile a good washing and your grout a good scrubbing. Tile can be wiped down with a soft, non-abrasive cloth; grout should be cleaned with a brush specially produced for the project. Use water for mild dirt, or a vinegar-water mixture to lift the stains.
  4. Wash the inside of your windows. No one wants to be outside in the biting winds getting frostbite from our cold Wisconsin winter. Go after the problem from the inside; use a soft non-abrasive cloth for wiping the glass. Use a second rag to wipe down the window frame (do this before cleaning the glass).
  5. Blind and curtain cleaning. As long as you’re cleaning the window, you might as well clean the blinds and curtains too, right? Use a long narrow duster for plastic blinds, or spray and wipe down with a cloth. Throw washable curtains in the wash machine to give them a much-needed clean.

If you don’t have time for spring cleaning now or even in the spring, hire a professional cleaner to give your home a deep clean. We can’t give you spring, but we can give you a spring cleaning that makes you feel like it’s spring—even with a foot of snow outside.

When to Throw in the Towel (on cleaning, that is!)

shutterstock_82187521Something’s got to give. When you’re traveling for work, ferrying the kids to school and afterschool activities or working extra hours to keep up with a demanding job, something’s got to give. Usually the casualty of a busy life is our home—specifically, the cleanliness of our home.

That’s when it’s invaluable to step back and evaluate your priorities and time. It’s time to hire a cleaning service. Why?

  • An organized and clean house is an easier house to function in. Even if it’s just psychological, most families can function better in a clean house. Part of that is the fact that it’s easier to find what you need (such as that shirt for your kid’s concert) and stay organized when you don’t have to wade through the piles of dust and stuff. Not worrying about cleaning your house also frees you up to worry about more important things, like taking care of your kids or managing your demanding schedule.
  • Allows you the time to devote to your top priorities. Whether your priorities have names, or are hobbies, you don’t want to spend all your spare time cleaning your home. Hiring a cleaning service gives you the freedom to spend you off-time off. If you travel for work, having outside cleaning help means a clean home, and someone to check in on your home (to make sure the pipes haven’t burst!), when you are away.
  • A cleaning service gives you more time to work—and make money. This is your classic profit versus cost evaluation. Will you make money cleaning or working on your next project?
  • You don’t have to stress about entertaining—specifically about preparing for company. Entertaining should be a pleasant experience, not an “I-didn’t-clean-my-house-and-I’m-stressed-about-what-they’ll-think” kind of event where you are paranoid about every speck of dust that you didn’t have time to clean.

Hiring a cleaning service does not have to mean that you give up cleaning your house. We have a friend who hired a cleaning service to only clean her bathrooms. Likewise, if you need a cleaning service only before you entertain, schedule as such. Or if you only want a certain room clean, give your cleaning service specific instruction. They work for you when you need it, giving you freedom and time so nothing’s got to give.