Most people wait until the spring to begin deep cleaning their home. However, for those of you who want to get your home back to comfy cozy after all of the holiday craziness, it’s important to focus on a clean home first thing in the new year. By taking time to clean your home now, you can make sure that you are starting the year off on the right foot. Here’s how to create space and make your home sparkle and shine like new.

Wipe down baseboards

Sounds like a random place to start, but it’s probably something you’ve been overlooking since, well, forever. The baseboards are an easy place for dust to hide and can reduce the air quality in the home, which can lead to allergies for you and your family. That is just one reason why it is essential for you to wipe down the baseboards with a wet towel to ensure that you wipe up all of the dirt and prevent it from circulating back into the air. You also could use some general cleaning liquid or dusting supplies if you really want to leave your baseboards sparkling clean.

Purge what you can

To free up space in your home and make it easier to feel at ease, you’ll need to purge the home of items that haven’t been used in the last year. From old jeans to children’s toys, you can round up the items to ensure that they’re sold or donated to remove clutter that has accumulated throughout the year, according to payless.com.

If you purge the garage or attic, opt for using a company like The Green Dumpster LLC in LA County to have a place to toss the items before they’re transported to a local junkyard.

Reorganize and hang

Create more space by reorganizing cabinets and closets. Instead of relying 100% on shelves, think hooks so you can use all of your available space. For example, use a hanging rack for pans to make them easy to access and have them all in one place. Pans that are used periodically can be stored in another room or in the back of the cabinets.

Hunt down expired products

From foods to beauty products, take the time to check the labels and get rid of anything that’s expired. You might be surprised by what you’ll find. Toss out expired salad dressing, chips, vitamins, and medications to clean out various rooms of the home and avoid using products that may not be safe to use or consume.

Give your home a fresh start this year. When you get the little things in order, like your kitchen organization, it frees you up to focus on the big stuff.

This guest post is written by Kara Masterson, a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.