I know it’s cliche, but January makes me want to have a cleaner house. And by “cleaner,” I mean scrub like a madwoman and throw all the clutter away. It makes sense if you think about it: after taking down all my Christmas decor I was forced to face the reality of dust-encrusted baseboards and grimy window panes. I know I can’t be the only one, right?
January, then, has become my month of deep cleaning. It’s really the perfect month for it, too, because there’s not a whole lot going on in January (besides my birthday, but I’m on the downhill side of my 30’s so now it’s just depressing). My goal for the next month or so is to get down and dirty and really clean all those areas of my house that I tend to ignore the other 11 months of the year.
Who’s with me? Here’s my plan:
Deep cleaning and purging crap from an entire house is pretty daunting, especially a house inhabited by two messy toddlers. That’s why I’ve broken down my deep cleaning/purging plan into four weeks. I find that if I focus on one section of a house each week, and do one or two things on my list each day, the whole thing seems far more manageable and less stressful.
Of course, I didn’t list in my plan any of the “normal” weekly cleaning activities that I should be doing consistently (like vacuuming and mopping and dusting surfaces, etc.) so if you haven’t done those things in a while you might want to add those in there too. If you stick to this plan, you’ll be surprised at how quick and easy it is to get your house cleaner than it’s been in, well, at least a year.
I hope my 4-week plan is helpful and if you want to print out a copy, you can download it from my “For Subscribers Only” page by signing up below.
Stick it on your fridge or wherever you’ll see it regularly and check off all the items you get done along the way. Soon you’ll have a sparkly clean house!
What are some key areas of your home that you like to get clean and organized in January?