A Clean Start for the New Year!
2013 is here! It’s common at the beginning of a new year to reflect on changes we would like to make. What are your New Year’s plans? Do you have changes in mind? Goals to work towards?
Would you like to see your goals become your reality? Here are some tried and true tactics for making and sticking to new year’s resolutions.
It’s common to set a long and daunting list of noble but vague goals. “Get in shape”, “keep the house clean”, “eat healthy”, “quit smoking”, these are all great but they are not specific. To succeed with goal setting, experts tell us to be much more granular and to choose one or two areas to work on at a time.
Perhaps your own list included many of the above resolutions. Let’s focus on just one area of improvement for now. “Keep the house clean” is a great goal! What specifically are the trouble areas in your home? Is it clutter? Cooking messes? Laundry piling up?
Rather than the wide-focused catch all statement of “keep the house clean”, narrow it down to the area of laundry. Start out by making sure your laundry area is organized. Whether your home has a large side by side front loading washer and dryer set (for rent) or an apartment-sized stackable washer and dryer for space considerations, you will need to make sure that your washer and dryer is clean and in good working order. Make it a goal to understand the various settings on your washing machine, and learn which settings work best for the various loads of laundry you regularly have. Choose a laundry detergent that is designed to work properly with your washer. For instance, some front loading washers require specialized detergent.
Also consider what other cleaning supplies will make your laundry chores easiest. Dryer sheets, pre-wash sprays, and whitening and brightening agents are all available in the laundry aisle. Make sure you have a couple laundry baskets too. These are inexpensive and it’s helpful to have a couple on hand. They can be stacked when not in use.
Now, choose a schedule that works for you. Do you prefer to do all the laundry on one day a week? Or is it best to have a load going every other day or so? One way to stay on top of the amount of laundry building up is to get the entire family to commit to getting their dirty clothes into the hampers, and don’t let hampers get overly full. Once they reach a load’s worth, get that load going.
It’s also well worth the savings in work to quickly remove clothes from the clothes dryer and get the hanging items on hangers and the foldables folded up. Stack and separate by the person they belong to and get the family committed to regularly grabbing their clean clothes and getting them put away.
Make laundry organization your goal. Set some rules and plans in place, then stick to them. Within just a couple of months, you may realize that your washer and dryer area is neat, functional, and doing the job it’s meant to, and your laundry woes have been left behind with the old year.