New Year Cleaning Challenge Index

It's a New Year and you're looking for a fresh start? Take the New Year Cleaning Challenge, and welcome Spring to a clean and organized home.

Catch up to daily messages here, at the Cleaning Challenge Home. With printable checklists and reminder messages, you'll stay on-track as you deep-clean, toss clutter, and organize each room or area of the home.

Ready? Let's work together to live clean and serene in the New Year!

Today's Challenge: Keep Clutter From Coming Back

routines to cut clutter

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 97

Getting a grip on clutter is only the first step. How do you keep it from coming back?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've considered cleaning routines that work to keep dirt at bay. Clutter, too, needs to be addressed with habits and routines designed to prevent it from gaining a foothold in an organized home.

Today in the Cleaning Challenge, try these ideas to stop clutter at the door, and keep it from coming back:   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Minimum Maintenance

minimum maintenance for an organized home

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 96

In yesterday's Cleaning Challenge, we took a look at household routines: those things we do daily, weekly, monthly and seasonally to keep the household clean and organized.

As with so many things in life, your mileage may vary! Household needs and composition mean that every home has a different set of routines. A two-career couple with an empty nest will have far different routines than, say, a family with pre-school children.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Clean House Routines

Clean house like a pro

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 95

Over the last weeks, the Cleaning Challenge we've moved from room to room through the house, cutting clutter, organizing and deep-cleaning. Now, how will we keep it that way?

Professional cleaners know that regular cleaning routines are the secret to an always-clean home. What's the state of your cleaning routines?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Spruce Up Household Routines

routines for a clean house

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 94

Reaching the end of the Cleaning Challenge, it's natural to want to keep all the cleanliness and order ... all the time.

How to achieve this goal? In a word: routines.

Routines for morning, evening and weekly cleaning keep up with the mess so that it doesn't slide backward into chaos. What's the state of your household routines?   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Celebrate Your Success

no such thing as behind

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 93

Get-organized plans, like the Cleaning Challenge, can be great motivators, but for many folks, they create a problem: the idea of being "behind".

It's common to jump into the Challenge with red-hot energies, only to find yourself flagging when "real life" intervenes. Yet the plan rolls on without you, leaving you deflated. That feeling of being "behind" can sap your enthusiasm and blind you to the very real progress you've made.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Finish-Up Week

cleaning challenge

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 92

You've made your lists, and checked them twice ... but life still got in the way?

Welcome to Finish-Up Week at the New Year Cleaning Challenge! This final week is designed to meet the needs of reality: a scheduled chance to follow up on the good intentions that motivated you to get with the Challenge.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Front Porch Week Wrap-Up

wrap up front porch week

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 91

This week, our focus has been on the front porch: the place where home meets world.

Today, wrap up any remaining items to bring a fresh feeling to the front porch--bringing our Cleaning Challenge to an end for this year.

Say what? There are still items on your to-do list?

Not to worry. Tomorrow, we'll start a final "finish up" week, designed to provide time to complete those last few items.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: Be Ready For Guests

welcome guests to your organized home

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 90

When the doorbell rings, will you be ready?

This week in the Cleaning Challenge, we've freshened the front porch ... and now, it's time to prepare to welcome visitors and friends.

Lay out a cheery welcome mat. Add extra coat hangers to a nearby coat closet, and find a space to hold guests' umbrellas or overshoes.   Read More >>

Cleaning Challenge: What's Your Number?

check house numbers for visibility

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 89

Focusing on the front porch this week in the Cleaning Challenge, it's time to ask, "What's your number?" Can your house number be seen clearly from the roadway ... day and night?

Safety experts tell us that a clear, visible house number is vital to first responders--and it's just plain convenient for everyday visitors, too.   Read More >>

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