New Year. Fresh Start.
The year 2020 has arrived! We’re all hyped up on new beginnings and new ideas for the upcoming year. At times it can be a little overwhelming as we think about our resolutions and what we want to accomplish during this time. To help kick off the new year, here’s some tips on how to freshen up your home with a clean start.
1) Go Through the Clutter
Clutter is defined as a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass. The first step to a cleaning up any mess is to clear out the unnecessary “stuff”. This means that pile of magazines that you’ll read “one of these days”. Or that collection of décor that you have been meaning to put on display in your home, but never completed the idea or look you really wanted. These things make a home feel dirty, no matter how much you clean it.
There are several methods to help clear out the clutter in your home. You can go room to room cleaning out the mess. Or focus on going through each category in your home, like going through all your clothes or books or papers. Find the method that works best for you. If you get overwhelmed, switch methods. Focus on finding a proper place for everything that you decide to keep.
2) Deep Clean
As you’re going through the clutter wipe down the surfaces underneath the clutter. Cleaning is a great start for any fresh start. Get rid of the junk. Get rid of the dirt. Clean out those dust bunnies. Start with going through your refrigerator and freezer. Throw out expired or frost-bitten food. These items can create a sour smell within the refrigerator and cause bacteria to grow. Once you have removed all the expired foods, wipe down the shelves with food-safe cleaners. Allow the shelves to fully dry before replacing the food back on the shelves.
Next step is to go through your cabinets. Clean off the countertops from the clutter of kitchen appliances, and food that doesn’t fit in the cabinets. Sort through the mismatched dishes and Tupperware containers. Get rid of the odd ball pieces. This will allow you to clear up some space in those cabinets and allow you to store those small kitchen appliances off the counter.
How about the soft surfaces? How do those items get cleaned? Start out by washing items like the curtains and throw blankets. If possible, remove the covers on the throw pillows and wash those too. Some items you may need to take to dry cleaner to clean them. As for the upholstery items like your sofas, rugs, and carpets. It is recommended to hire a professional cleaner to clean those items. If not properly cleaned, mildew can develop and cause health issues.
3) Hire a contractor or interior designer to help with the larger updates.
After you’ve cleaned out the clutter you may realize your home needs a bit of a face lift. You may notice that your walls may need a fresh coat of paint. That area rug in your living room may be beginning to look a little worn from the dogs and kids rough housing on a nightly basis. Designing a space with a cohesive look can be difficult on your own. Leave the expertise in that task to our in-house interior designer. She can assist you with selecting just the right color of paint for those walls. She can assist you with selecting that perfect area rug for your living room. On the larger scale of things, she can even assist you with designing that custom shower for your master suite you’ve always dreamed about. Call us today to set up a meeting to help make your home shine in the year 2020!