It’s hard to believe 2020 is already here! The start of a new year always brings new ambitions and goals, in hopes that these things will get accomplished or become healthy habits for the future. While we’re typically focused on resolutions for ourselves, why not commit to a few that are extensions of ourselves — resolutions for our apartment.
You probably spend the majority of your time at home following work. Does the new year have you thinking about new projects to take on or ways to make your time spent at home more enjoyable? Below are a few great apartment resolutions to make for 2020.
Create a Cleaning Routine
Apartments are smaller spaces than houses, so it is much easier to get them dirty and a lot less easy to conceal messes. That’s why you should follow a cleaning routine to keep your apartment in top shape. It’s easy to fall out of habit with your cleaning routine — that is, if you’ve ever created one before. For many, cleaning ends up happening when things start to look dirty… which isn’t a routine at all. 2020 could be the year you figure out how to keep your apartment clean without it becoming a daunting and time-consuming process. In order to do this, you’ll need to set some daily rules, such as:
- All dirty dishes get loaded into the dishwasher by the end of the day
- All dirty clothes are put into a hamper while others are hung up or put away where they belong
- And any other applicable daily tasks
When it comes to keeping dirt at bay, schedule a time to clean your apartment once a week. Some tips for a cleaner apartment include keeping all of your cleaning products in one place, as well as in a caddy so they’re easily transported from room to room. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should only focus on one cleaning task at a time. Schedule a day one week to clean the bathroom, a day the next week to dust, and so on.
Ditch the Clutter
Most of us start the new year with an accumulation of stuff. And more stuff than we had before. While the cliche saying goes “out with the old and in with the new,” we sometimes forget about the first part. It’s time-consuming to sort, and parting with that old tee shirt we never wear anymore can be harder than anticipated. With that being said, a clutter-free apartment makes room for the new and provides a much more relaxing atmosphere.
Invest in some storage solutions that will reduce the amount of clutter that is on your tables and counters as well as on the ground. Many storage solutions are multi-function and can work as decor as well as storage. Some people like to DIY storage solutions to save money, but there are some retailers who sell lower-cost storage furniture and other solutions that are suitable for an apartment dweller’s budget.