Keep Your Home Clean in 2022 with These Cleaning Tips

During the holiday season, we’re vigilant about keeping our homes clean so that it’s ready for any get-togethers. Now that we’re in 2022, it may be a good time to pick up new cleaning habits. Plus, if you’re going to be selling your home in Queens, New York to move to a golfing community (real estate agents say a lot of the new residents in these communities are between 30 to 40 years old), you’ll always be ready for showings.

Whatever the case is, these five cleaning tips can help you maintain that holiday sparkle all year long so that you’re ready for the next holiday season!

1. Create a prioritized cleaning list

The simplest way to improve your cleaning habits is to create a prioritized list of things that need to be cleaned. We recommend prioritizing high-traffic areas of the home (the kitchen and bathrooms) first and then focus on areas that aren’t used as often. Of course, if you have children or pets, you may want to tackle those areas first.

Tip: As you write down the chores, write down how often the chore should be done. For example, washing the windows can be done bi-weekly and vacuuming the living room can be done every other day (or whatever you’d like).

2. Create a chore chart

You have a cleaning list, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself (unless you’re a Type A person and no one can clean the house the way you like), this is your chance to delegate tasks to other members of the household. If you have young children, you can give them simple tasks like picking their toys or picking up the laundry.

3. Have designated spots for things

It can be hard to keep a house clean if there aren’t any designated spots for items. By assigning items a “home,” it’s easier to see what’s out of place and needs to be put away. When you’re looking for a spot for things, take note of the items that you have a hard time finding a place for. That is the perfect chance to go through your belongings and get rid of the items that you don’t need or want anymore.

4. Have children go through old and unused toys

Kids have a way of accumulating a lot of new stuff and forget to play with the old stuff. Even if you’ve gone through their toys prior to the holidays, make it a point to sort through their toys every couple of months. You can also do this with clothes, shoes, and books.

5. Include outdoor tasks on the chore chart

Keeping the house clean is important, but so is maintaining your curb appeal! On the task list, include things like mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and so on. You could go one step further and make a seasonal section for outdoor chores if you like to be extra organized.

Manage your expectations

Wouldn’t it be nice that when we deep clean our homes, it would stay that way longer than just a few days? Despite all the efforts of trying to keep a house clean, it’s going to get dirty again much quicker than you’d like. Even if you have a detailed chore chart and timeline of when things need to get done, life happens.

You can’t be too hard on yourself because the dishes didn’t get put away last night or the laundry is piling up. Once you give yourself some slack, you’ll breathe a lot easier when you get a call for a show or want to host a spur of the moment party!