We’ve all heard of spring cleaning. However, studies have shown that Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors during the winter; why shouldn’t you take the time to do winter cleaning since you’re stuck indoors anyways? (You’ll have more time to go outside when the spring weather comes!)
Change the furnace filter
A dirty furnace compromises the efficiency of your furnace, so make sure you change your filter every 1-2 months. If you have smoke or have a lot of pets, you may need to change your furnace more often. Changing your furnace filter also has another benefit: an efficient-running furnace uses less energy too.
Clean out the fridge (and on top of it and behind and…)
Get your fridge in the same efficient order as your furnace. Vacuum behind the fridge, and clean out any rotting contents. Remove everything from your refrigerator so you can get all drawers and shelves clean. Use a wash cloth or sponge and soapy water to wipe every part of your fridge clean, then focus your efforts on the top of the refrigerator.
Organize the basement
Start by sorting your basement clutter into piles of “office supplies,” “outgrown clothes,” and any other piles with a commonality, along with a pile of “don’t need anymore.” Donate or give away items that don’t fit, don’t get used, or won’t get used any time soon. If you donate to a charitable organization, keep a record of the items you donate for a possible tax deduction.
Prevent another basement mess by investing in a new storage system, such as a series of drawers or shelves or an armoire where you can keep things. If you don’t have time to take on the task, hire a cleaning service to take on the project and clean your basement space so you’re clear of that stuff forever. Leave clear instructions on what you want done with the stuff, or how you want it organized.
Clean the inside of your windows
No one wants to be outside in the biting winds getting frostbite from our cold Wisconsin winter. Go after the window cleaning problem from the inside; use a rag to wipe down the window frame, and a second soft non-abrasive cloth for wiping the glass.
Dust your fans
Ceiling fans can get ridiculously full of dust, making winter the ideal time to wipe the dust off the blades and top of fan. Remove your light globes and wash them in warm, soapy water.
Clean the floors
Clean the grout in your tile floors. Have your carpets professionally cleaned to get the allergens out while you’re trapped inside. Mop your tile and vinyl floors. Since you’re stuck inside, you might as well give those floors a deep clean while you have the time. If you don’t have the time, hire a cleaning service to clean your floors and give your home the deep clean it deserves. A quality home cleaner can get your house ready for spring—and give you the time to head outside when the temps start to rise.