Ultimate New Year Checklist for Your Home | Decluttering, Maintenance, Cleaning, etc.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to reevaluate all aspects of your life — from your eating habits and fitness goals to your budget and screen time. January 1 is a fresh start built into the calendar — a chance to introduce habits and rituals that serve us and remove the ones that don’t.
It’s also the perfect time to refresh our living spaces, by tackling some projects around the house to make it feel renewed and restored. Plus, there’s something about a clean and organized space that allows us to succeed and thrive in all areas — physically, emotionally and mentally, as our environment is so closely tied to our wellbeing.
So take a weekend to refresh your home by completing a few (or all!) of these tasks related to decluttering, maintenance, and cleaning. Once you’re done, you’ll feel so much lighter as you enter the new year!
Remove all items from your pantry and fridge and throw out expired or unused foods
Go through paperwork — digitize/organize important documents and recycle/shred papers you don’t need
Go through closets and drawers and find clothes to donate
Store and organize holiday decor for next year
Toss expired makeup and skincare products
Recycle worn out and stained towels, washcloths, sheets and other linens
Go through kids’ toys and donate any unused/outgrown toys
Go through junk drawers/baskets/trays — toss any junk and organize needed items
Take all kitchen items out of drawers and cabinets and get rid of unused items and organize them by category
Reevaluate the layout of your living space and remove and rearrange furniture if needed
Go through book collection and donate any books you won’t read again
Consolidate and discard all almost-empty shower products
Do minor repairs you’ve been meaning to do, such as filling nail holes, repairing leaky faucets, touching up trim, etc.
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by holding down test button
Check for drafts around doors and windows and fill any holes with caulk or weather stripping
Drain hot water heater
Look for signs of termites, such as mud tubes, stuck windows or doors, damage under paint or wallpaper, and termite droppings or discarded wings
Look for signs of water damage, such as dark or wet spots, sounds of running water, a moldy or mildewy smell, rusting, warping, etc.
Check fire extinguisher to make sure it works and isn’t expired
Replace air filter if needed
Make plans to cut down on energy consumption by reducing the indoor temperature, turning off lights, switching to energy-efficient appliances, using less water, or investing in solar
Plan ahead for outdoor maintenance tasks you’ll do later in the year, including cleaning gutters, inspecting your roof, cleaning out the garage, repairing the deck, etc.
Schedule future maintenance appointments, like a HVAC inspection at the start of spring
Clean out dryer vent duct to remove lint buildup
Vacuum refrigerator coils to clear out dirt and dust
Clean bathroom exhaust fan with a vacuum
Clean dishwasher filter
Clean garbage disposal
Clear out sink and bathroom drains
Dust off ceiling fan blades with a pillowcase to collect dust
Wipe down blinds with dry microfiber cloth
Vacuum upholstery and spot clean if necessary
Remove any cobwebs in corners and near ceiling
Wipe down walls with damp washcloth
Wipe down baseboards and crown molding
Shampoo carpet and rugs
Wash throw pillows and blankets
Wash window and shower curtains
Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned by a chimney sweep
Clean neglected areas, like under heavy furniture, on top of cabinets and shelves, behind the washer and dryer, etc.
Good as New!
What tasks are on your to-do list as you prepare for the new year? Let us know in the comments below!