New Year, New You: Resolutions for Keeping a Tidier Home

It’s that time of year again when everyone is making resolutions for the New Year. If one of your resolutions is to keep your house clean all year long, we’ve got some great suggestions to help you keep a tidy home for 2023.

 

1. Declutter

To kick off your tidier home resolution, pick the most lived-in area of your home to declutter first.

 

It might be your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. Wherever it is you spend the most time, get to work gathering all items in that space and asking, “Do I love this item?” AND “Do I use this item regularly?”  If the answer is no, consider trashing or donating the item.

 

2. Wipe up spills and messes right away 

It's almost always easier to remove spills or stains if you address them right away. Wiping down counters, sweeping or vacuuming floors, and addressing spills on fabric while they’re still fresh is the best way to keep messes from getting out of control.

 

For Sunbrella fabrics, blot (don't rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. Spray on a cleaning solution of mild soap and water. Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow the fabric to air dry.

 

For detailed instructions on cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, check out our How to Clean page.

 

3. Give every item a home

As you declutter and clean your living spaces, make it a priority for every item to have a proper (and permanent) home. Maximize your storage areas with closet systems or storage containers. Open storage areas can be closed in with window curtains for easy access to items while keeping your home looking tidy.  

 

4. Choose items and materials that are easy to clean

When choosing items, both large and small, for you home, keep in mind if they are easily cleanable. Carry this thought process through all your purchasing decisions, ranging from replacing your flooring to adding a small throw pillow to your living room. If you choose high performance items that are built to last, you will spend less time cleaning and less money on replacing items.

 

Sunbrella performance fabrics are easily cleanable with stain and water resistance to keep your fabrics looking like new for years to come. 

 

Photo Credit: Laurey Glenn/Southern Living. Stylist: Kendra Surface

5. Remember, small changes make a big difference

Small habit changes can make a huge difference when keeping a tidy home. When cooking, clean as you go so you don’t have a mess to tackle once dinner is ready. Make it a habit to tidy up a room before you leave it, especially at night before bed. Small changes will add up quickly to make keeping a tidy home a resolution you’ll keep all year long!

 

Reset your Space for 2023

Remember, you don’t have to do everything all at once. Tackling different rooms in your home one at a time can make decluttering, cleaning, and tidying a much more manageable resolution! Get inspired with Project Spotlights and Design Ideas that you can incorporate into your (tidier) home this year. 


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