Challenge Day 1: It's Preview Week

New Year Cleaning Challenge

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 1

Welcome to the New Year Cleaning Challenge! I'm Cynthia Ewer, the real-life person behind this Web site--and together, we're going to bring peace and order to our homes in the coming weeks.

But for now, it's Preview Week: a time of transition and reflection. We'll ring in a New Year--and give thought to goals for the year to come. We'll haul away the holidays, inventory cleaning supplies, and get ready to work, week-by-week, through the house as the year dawns.

It's a fun week--and one of my favorites. Peeping over the scattered holiday decorations and crumbled Christmas cookies, I can see the outline of an exciting new year to come. I love the fresh feel of new calendars!

Will you join me? Welcome to the New Year Cleaning Challenge!

Today's Assignment:
Calendars and Reminders

Review the Challenge calendar

On this kick-off day, make a good start on your whole-house cleaning plan by reviewing the Challenge calendar. The Cleaning Grand Plan sets out a road map to a Spring-clean house, but is it the best path for you?

Apartment dwellers scratch their heads when told to clean out storage in attic or basement. Multi-child families need two weeks, not one, to tackle children's bedrooms. Travel, vacations or holidays pop up to derail the week's assignments.

Here's the word from on high: that's fine! Be ready to alter the Challenge to suit your own individual circumstances. Crafting a custom plan that works for you and your household is the secret to success.

Today, review the Challenge calendar with an eye to your own needs. Be ready to alter, delete, combine or stretch the Cleaning Grand Plan to fit your preferences, your house, and your energy level.

Print the Challenge Calendars:

Cleaning Challenge Calendar 1

Cleaning Challenge Calendar 2

Choose how you'll receive reminders

In the glow of the New Year, it's easy to sign on for self-improvement programs like the Challenge. The hard part? Translating that commitment to day-to-day action.

That's where reminders come in. Each day brings a reminder message to help you stay on track. In these daily messages, we'll talk about the basic components of an organized life, share tips on cutting clutter, and remind you of the week's goals. We'll share ideas, encourage motivation and clue you in on ways to speed cleaning chores and routines.

Will you take the challenge? Follow along on Daily Message Index each day, subscribe to New Year's Cleaning Challenge by email or follow along with our Cleaning Challenge RSS feed.

It's time to come clean ... in 2019!

Follow the New Year Cleaning Challenge:

Cleaning Challenge Calendar 1
Cleaning Challenge Calendar 2