Who would have thought we’re already in the last week of the first month of 2016? Before we say goodbye to the first month of the year, let’s just take some time to make sure we start the year right!

Declutter the “stuff”

You know what we’re talking about – it’s the accumulation of “things” which seem all so important at the time, yet seem to end up in piles on the sideboard, bowls on the counter and in drawers. “Stuff” can be quite draining to live with and can make your home seem messier than it actually live. Take a leaf out of Marie Kondo‘s book and ditch the “stuff” for a happier, streamlined year.

Fix those straggling maintenance jobs

The new artwork needs hanging, the lock on the bathroom door needs rejigging and you really need to patch that dent in the wall in the hallway. January is the perfect time to round up all of those jobs which didn’t get finished before the holidays. Dedicate one weekend to just finishing off all those odd jobs, and you’ll feel better for it.

Write a cleaning schedule

Now that you’ve got rid of the junk and fixed those odd jobs, why not write a cleaning schedule to help you stay on top of everything. The key to keeping your home clean and tidy with minimum input is to spend time each day on one area of the home. Perhaps focus on changing the beds on Monday morning, finishing the laundry Tuesday morning and deep cleaning the bathroom on Wednesday etc. Also, get in to the habit of wiping down surfaces daily (kitchen bench tops, bathroom vanities, dining and coffee tables etc.) and hitting the floors with a vacuum a few times a week. You’ll be amazed at how much easier your weekly house clean becomes, when it’s just a few touch ups here and there (not a full house revamp!).

Give your home a fresh look

So now you’re on top of the regular cleaning, you’ve noticed things are looking a bit tired (no matter how much spray and wipe you use!). Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to make your home feel “newer”. Be sure to use a semi-gloss paint like Taubmans Endure to easily allow you to wipe down any new scuffs in those high traffic areas.

While you’re at it, make sure your home is safe

You’ve been meaning to recoat the deck around the pool in a non-slip product, and those front stairs get a little too slippery in the wet for your liking. January is the perfect time to address those safety issues around the house. Give your family a whole year of skid free surfaces by speaking to a professional about how you can ensure your exterior surfaces are safe, but still look amazing (and not coated in hi-glow stickers!).
If you’re thinking that January is the perfect time to update your home, contact Summit Coatings today and learn how we can realise your paint dreams.