A new year is filled with resolutions and promises that may or may not be kept. But with the big holiday season behind you, it’s the perfect time to get a head start on a cleaner home.

Since there are 12 months in a year, here are 12 cleaning tips that you can incorporate into your cleaning habits. This is the year to work smarter, not harder.

Never Run Out of Cleaning Supplies

It’s frustrating to run out of cleaning supplies and have to stop and make a trip to the store before you can do laundry or mop the floor.

Involve Everyone in Laundry Duties

If you are overwhelmed by piles of laundry, it’s time to streamline your laundry routine and involve everyone in the task. If a child can read care tags and use a computer, they can do laundry. Even preschoolers can sort laundry by color and bring it from their hamper to the laundry room.

Start by instituting the one-touch rules: if you decide not to wear an item, return it immediately to the original location. If you wear something and think it could be worn again, designate a spot in your closet for that item. If you wear something and it needs to go in the hamper, put it there immediately.

Use Cleaning Products the Right Way

To work smarter, not harder, take the time to read labels on cleaning products so you are using them in the correct strength to do the job. Apply the cleaning product and allow it to work for five or 10 minutes before you start scrubbing. The task will be so much easier.