January 1st will be here before we know it, and a great idea to jumpstart all things organization and wellness is to do a New Year’s clean purge. Here at kb in bloom, we want to help elevate your New Year’s resolutions as successfully as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to a thorough New Year’s clean purge!
This guide will provide a list of the areas to focus on during a New Year’s clean purge, as well as tips for getting started and staying motivated throughout the process. Now is the perfect time to plan for decluttering and organizing the areas mentioned on this list.
2022 is going to be your year, bloomer!
1. Your email inbox
The best way to do this is to search for a company, subject line, or sender and delete all contents in your inbox. You can also set up email filters to help further manage your inbox. What better time to unsubscribe from all emails over Black Friday and the holiday season?
A good idea to get rid of those emails in one sweep is by using Chrome extensions:
2. Your garbage bin
We overlook so much stuff in our households, including the inside of our trash bins. Take this time to empty your trash bins and clean them before placing a new trash bag inside.
This is one of the easiest ways to start deep cleaning your home, and there may be a good chance that it’ll also reduce some of the smell you might be experiencing.
3. Your at home office desk
Your work area needs some TLC. Sometimes we leave unwanted items like mail, old sticky notes, and trash in our office that failed to make it to the trash bin. So make it a point to get your workspace together on New Year’s day and maintain motivation by listening to a playlist or turning on your favorite podcast.
Here are some self-love playlists to check out:
4. Your shower head
When aiming for a fresh start for the new year, grabbing some cleaning supplies to address the forgotten areas around your home is vital. Unfortunately, your shower head is one of many neglected spots that can collect a surprising amount of mold and grime.
Make sure to reach all parts of your shower head when giving it a good scrub. And do it as part of your bi-monthly routine to avoid waiting until next year to do it again.
5. Your wallet
Continuing with the theme of maintaining your household items in good condition, let us remember your wallet. You put any and everything in there, including receipts of items you have no plans to return, business cards, coins, and more.
One good way to clean up your wallet is to eliminate excess and keep items you need or want. Also, if you see receipts from the past year, it’s safe to say that most of them should also be thrown away.
6. Your underwear drawer
Have you been looking at junk drawers lately? Your delicate underwear drawer is certainly not immune to being a jumbled mess. One good way to organize your undies is by separating them based on types and colors or using a drawer divider (I recommend this one). I always have a good time sorting my drawer because it helps me weed out old clothes mixed in with my undergarments.
7. The bedroom linens
During this time of year, we buy new linens and forget or stop using the old ones we used. But on New Year’s day, I will need you to go through your linen closets because you’ll more than likely need to get rid of anything you no longer use or don’t need, like old sheets and blankets. Old linens can be donated to help others in need, so it’s a great way to do some early spring cleaning.
Organizations to donate your linens to:
- Local shelters or women’s organizations in your community
- Salvation Army
8. Air vents
These definitely have expiration dates or at least have some dust buildup, especially if you have pets or kids. Every house is slightly different when it comes to the places where the air vents go, but changing these out regularly will take your clean house to new heights.
Talk about starting from a clean slate. Your vent is one of the most essential parts of your home to keep the air clean.
9. Your medicine cabinet
I always have a great time cleaning out the medicine cabinet because of how often medicine bottles fall out every time I open the medicine cabinet.
Whether your medicines are expiring or the bottles have just collected dust over time, it’s important to go through them and get rid of anything you no longer use or need. Tidying up your medicine cabinet is an excellent opportunity to take inventory of what’s left in the cabinet and restock if necessary.
10. Repotting indoor plants
I’m a plant mom to several plants, but sometimes life can get away from me, and by the time I check in with them again, they’ve outgrown their pot already. So if indoor plants are part of your new year’s resolutions, report them regularly, especially if they’re growing quickly or need more sunlight.
11. Your toilet brush and plunger
I won’t say good luck loosely because, without getting too explicit, there are many reasons why cleaning this is imperative. Starting with the toilet brush, spray some cleaning product, give it a good scrub and let it dry after each use.
And for the plunger, gather all the gunk and bacteria and give it a good scrub. Now, what products you use to get rid of the bacteria is up to you, but I love CleanSmart because it has no harsh fumes or odors and disinfects 99% of bacteria.
12. Underneath your kitchen sink
The first step is to purge the items you no longer use or need. While getting rid of those old mops, kitchen items, and other cleaning supplies, ensure that you keep any essentials you always need on hand in an emergency.
Once you’ve filtered out the unusable items, it’s time for organization! Use bins or shelves to ensure everything has a place in your new, clean kitchen.