How to Get Your Home Ready for the New Year
Cleaning, organizing, remodeling… Oh my! Getting your home spic, span, and clutter-free for the new year doesn’t have to strictly involve cleaning. Of course, cleaning is an important aspect of new year’s preparation, but it’s not the only thing that can help you feel more confident and comfortable in your home.
Our exceptional cleaning experts at Merry Maids® can help you clean your house before the new year. However, we also have a few tips, tricks, and tasks to complete at the end of this year to get 2023 started off the right way.
3 Things to Do Before the New Year
1. Make Cosmetic Changes
Are you tired of the same old look of your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom? You’re probably ready for a change, and we can help with that! We recommend adding pops of color (if that’s what you’re into) or pairing down for a more minimal look. Whatever your design style is, you can make various simple changes that make a huge impact for the new year.
Revamp Room Colors
Choosing paint colors might seem extremely simple, but there’s a strategy to it. You’ll want a color that matches your style. Next, you’ll need to pick up a sample of your selections to see how they look on the walls. Many people skip this step, but it’s extremely important to see how colors look in morning, afternoon, and evening light.
Change Out Hardware
Your kitchen and bathroom don’t need a lengthy renovation to function better for you or add visual appeal to your home. Simply changing out hardware can transform the space for the better. Handles and pulls on kitchen cabinets can elevate your space and set the mood you want. We suggest European bar pulls, center finger pulls, geometric pulls, or cylindrical knobs for an enhanced look for the new year.
If you’re looking to replace more than just your cabinet hardware, contact our sister brand Furniture Medic. You can get cabinets refaced, refinished, touched up, and more.
Even something as easy as rearranging the furniture in various rooms in your home can give it the visual interest you’ve been looking for. Plus, you won’t have to shell out any money to revitalize your space. Before you start moving furniture, get a plan in place.
We suggest you do the following:
- Measure walls and ensure your furniture will fit appropriately
- Maintain adequate walkways for easy movement
- Utilize a layout app to help you make adjustments before moving anything
- Make the largest piece of furniture the focal point of the room
- Move decorative elements last
2. Focus On Cleaning
Once your room is just as you want, it’s time to plan your new year cleaning routine. Try one of our cleaning checklists to develop a clear strategy for tackling some of your home’s dirtiest and unorganized spaces.
Windows are a component of your home that probably don’t get much TLC. We’re not passing judgment in the least. The fact is that window washing only needs to be completed once a year at least. We recommend a window cleaning schedule of every six months to ensure the glass panes are cleaned properly, and the seals are intact for better insulation.
Clean Behind Appliances
We’re all guilty of letting crumbs and other food particles fall between or behind appliances and counters. What’s worse is that these areas barely see the light of day once everything is in place. A new year cleaning routine wouldn’t be complete without cleaning behind appliances and bulky electronics like your entertainment system. This is one of those cleaning tasks we suggest you resolve this year and make a part of your annual cleaning regimen.
Tackle Elevated Areas
When was the last time you cleaned the crown molding around your ceiling, the ceiling fan blades, or the tops of your upper kitchen cabinets? The end of the year is the time to start making those cleaning duties a part of your yearly cleaning routine. Dust and dirt collect in those areas all year and could negatively impact your air quality and make it difficult for your loved ones to breathe easier. Instead of using a conventional duster, get a dry microfiber cloth to attract dust and keep from leaving residue behind.
3. Winterize Your Home
Now that we’ve talked about the interior of your home in length, let’s focus on the exterior and some of the systems that ensure your home functions efficiently. Winterizing your home as the temperature drops will help maintain vital elements that make your home comfortable and inhabitable.
Perform HVAC Maintenance
We can’t stress enough how important it is to have your heating and cooling system serviced annually. Neglecting this essential task could lead to various malfunctions during winter. Can you imagine being at home, enjoying New Year’s Eve with loved ones, only for your heater to stop working? You don’t want to be caught in a situation that could compromise the health and safety of your family.
Flush Your Irrigation System
With winter moving in, your grass is going dormant. This means you won’t need to water your grass, so your irrigation system won’t get much use. For this reason, you should evacuate water in pipes before they freeze and damage your irrigation system. Follow this tutorial to properly drain your system for the season.
Check Your Air Quality
Indoor pollutants can run amuck in your home if they go unchecked. Airborne contaminants could be why you have a cough or sniffles that just won’t go away. Various aspects impact indoor air quality (IAQ), including ventilation, humidity, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dust, etc. IAQ should be checked every five years or as needed to ensure your home is a safe and healthy environment for everyone, especially in the new year.
Want a Clean House Before New Year’s? Merry Maids® is Here!
You can do a variety of things to get your home New Year’s ready; however, you shouldn’t have to do it alone. Merry Maids is available to help you with new year preparations because—let’s face it—you have enough to do before the holidays. We’re equipped with state-of-the-art tools and over six decades of cleaning know-how. You can always count on our home cleaning specialists to take care of you and your home.
Find the nearest location and request your free cleaning estimate today!