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Now that all the gifts have been opened, the food has been devoured, and good times have been had, there is only one more holiday that remains to be celebrated – the turning of the calendar to New Year’s Day. No doubt we all are looking forward to leaving 2020 behind and enjoying a fresh start on January 1st, when we can greet the new year with a newfound sense of optimism. 

Before we watch the ball drop though, there are a few things you can do to get yourself, your family, and your home ready for new beginnings. Here are 4 New Year’s Resolution tips you can use to keep your home clean in 2021.

1. Use Your Holiday Downtime to Declutter

This is a simple place to start. The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is often a quieter one. Most of the celebrating has happened, and folks are taking some time to themselves to relax, decompress, and set their sights on the future. Take advantage of this moment by decluttering the spaces around you. Start easy: maybe by cleaning up discarded holiday packaging or gift wrappings. Once you’ve got that momentum, use it to push through some of the bigger projects you may have been putting off all year, like cleaning out a hall closet, wiping down the kitchen, or tidying up an upstairs bathroom. We all have rooms in our home that need attention. Now is the time to revisit them.

2. Tidy Up Those Decorations

While many folks enjoy leaving holiday decorations up until the end of December and beyond, the post-Christmas break is a great time to tidy up those seasonal ornaments and find a better way to store them away until next year. If you usually stash your holiday décor out of sight (and out of mind) when not in use, like in a closet or basement, consider packing them in storage bins or boxes. This will not only keep them free of dust and dirt, but will also ensure you have more space to enjoy your home in the New Year. The same goes for garlands, wreaths, and larger items.

3. Make Tidying Up A Family Routine

Tidying up after the holidays doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it can be the start of a great habit. Go beyond the basics and have everyone at home pick a room and start cleaning up. For kids, that can mean starting small, like putting toys back where they belong after playing with them, or making the bed in the morning. For adults, get in the habit of regularly dusting common surfaces or washing dishes immediately after a meal rather than letting them sit until later. Getting into these habits now will help give your New Year’s resolutions a boost at home.

4. Give Your Home A Deep Clean with SteraMist®

These are all great ways to get started, but we’ve only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to keeping your home clean. It’s important to remember that true cleanliness goes much deeper. While we are all looking forward to a fresh start in the New Year, we must still remain vigilant about the reality of living with COVID-19 and other germs that could find their way into our homes. 

If you have been following your Winter 2020 Checklist, you know that staying safe this season means following recommended precautions from health officials. On Boxing Day, Ontario entered a new lockdown period, scheduled to last until January 9 in northern Ontario, and January 28 for residents of southern Ontario, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This means that everyone across the province will begin their 2021 by spending a lot more time at home.

This is exactly why you shouldn’t settle for merely tidying up this season, but protecting your home, yourself, and your loved ones with a deep clean with SteraMist®.

SteraMist® was originally developed by the US Military in the early 2000s to protect against anthrax, and has since been proven to safeguard against other dangerous germs and pathogens – including COVID-19. By having your home professionally cleaned with SteraMist®, you can rest assured that your downtime this holiday season is spent in a space that is sterile, safe, and secure for you and your family.

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