Hello, 2017! We can’t believe you’re already here. Or that it’s the time for new resolutions. Every January, we vow to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But what goals do you set for your home? In the spirit of new beginnings, here are 3 resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.
Eliminate the clutter.
This is the easiest and fastest way to improve the look of your home (and make you feel better in the process). Not only will your house feel more streamlined, you’ll be able to find items faster when you’re not digging through junk drawers and overstuffed cabinets.
Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis. This will also make wipe downs easier. Remember, clutter like stacks of newspapers, magazines and cardboard boxes are perfect hiding spots for critters like spiders and roaches.
Take it an extra step further with preventative maintenance. Ward off potential spider, roach and ant invasions with Aunt Fannie’s All Purpose Pest Remedy. Establish a protective barrier by spraying around windows, doors and baseboards. Spray on surfaces under sinks, in cabinet corners and behind appliances. If a pest does happen to make it’s way into your home, you can spray directly on them and stop them in their tracks.
Clear the air.
Install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and poison you. This is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard.
Let in some fresh air. While some climates don’t allow for you to prop your windows open all winter long, airing out your home for even several minutes a day can help detoxify the environment.
For an added purifying boost, decorate with plants. The benefits are twofold. Plants are an attractive and economical way to accessorize any room and they also help filter the air. Pretty much any broad green leaf plant will do. Peace lilies are a favorite choice.
Skip the store-bought air fresheners that are loaded with synthetic chemicals. Instead, try boiling cinnamon, cloves or any other herbs you have a fondness for. The natural aromas will waft through your house, leaving behind a scent that is safe and subtle.
Work out a weekly system.
Some chores need to be completed on a daily basis, such as putting dishes in the dishwasher every night. Put dirty clothes in the hamper. Hang jackets or clean clothes in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.
For weekly cleaning, a methodical plan of attack is best:
- Keep all of your cleaners and supplies together in one convenient, portable carryall that you can move from room to room.
- Clean from high (cabinets) to low (floors) to avoid cleaning lower areas twice.
- Enlist the help of family members. You can get the whole house done in record time when kids can pitch in too. Let them spray, wipe and mop surfaces with kid-safe products like Aunt Fannie’s vinegar-based cleaning vinegars, wipes, floor cleaner and window wash. Our Fannie Pack Bundle can help you safely tackle every room in the house.
If you’ve thought about switching to safer cleaning products, be sure to toss toxic cleaners carefully.
When replacing your cleaning products, don’t just throw the old ones in the trash. If they’re too toxic for your home, they won’t be good for the drain or the landfill either. Many communities hold toxics & electronics recycling days and will take all of these off your hands. Throwing chemicals in the trash or down the drain means they might end up back in your water supply and come back to wreak havoc.