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5 Easy Cleaning Must-Dos to Kickstart January

Start the year on a bright and positive note with these tips

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The New Year is like a clean slate that’s ready for big plans and promises. However, due to unrealistic goals, tight deadlines, and lack of planning, we often end up with unfinished businesses and projects. For the home alone, we have hundreds of projects in mind – working on a paint job, buying new furniture, and even investing in a home makeover. Keep in mind that you don’t need to do everything in one go! Taking baby steps and planning even the tiniest of details can make a lot of difference.

To help you on your way, you might want to start accomplishing tasks like decluttering and organizing. While you can do these chores on a daily basis, it’s still important to schedule a day for checking each area at home to see if there are items that need to be repaired or discarded. Interior designer Kimi Manuel shares these tips:

Do you have a reading corner in the living area? If your coffee table holds a number of reads, check the magazines and books that you have.

“Keep only those that you refer to often or have your favorite photo references. Maybe siblings or friends will find more benefit in the rest of your stash,” Kimi suggests.

After all the parties and gatherings, we’re sure that there are leftovers and extra fruits on the dining table. It’s best to keep these in the fridge and that you store them properly to avoid spoilage.

Organize the area by removing unnecessary items. “Store away anything [that’s] not in its proper place such as carton boxes, a pile of unopened envelopes, brochures, and grocery items,” the designer adds.

The kitchen is the center of all the cooking action so it can be the messiest part of the house. “Purge the cabinets of hardly used items – especially damaged ones such as plastic containers, tumblers, and plastic pitchers,” Kimi shares.

See if there are expired ingredients and use the right containers when storing food items.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

We often store our collections and pieces we hold close to our hearts in the bedroom. Kimi suggests that we find a place in the bedroom – a blank wall or an unused space – that we can personalize and decorate with our collected prints and photos. Check the remaining items and see if there are pieces that can be donated.

Photo by Marc Jao.

Dedicate some time for your bathroom, too! Do you have hotel soaps and tiny bottles from your trips? Turn them into instant décor by placing them inside clear glass containers. The jars can then be placed on the countertop.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

If you have a balcony, you can turn it into a storage station and mini garden. Remove the clutter and invest in vertical storage units where you can keep your essentials. For those who want to start a pocket garden, you can consider container or vertical gardening.

What are your New Year must-dos? We'd love to know about it! Leave us a comment or send us a message on Facebook!

Photo from Decor Facil.

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