There’s a reason why the term “spring cleaning” was coined. For whatever reason, things can somehow seem messier and less organized during the winter months. Most households typically wait until spring, (hence the “spring cleaning”) to clean up the aftermath that winter brings, but The Maids prefer not to wait until spring, but to do it now!
Think about it, winter usually means that most of your time is spent indoors – for months on end, as a reprieve from the cold. This typically means you’re about to be stuck inside for month with the dust and dirt that your home has likely collected during the hot and dusty summer days.
Luckily for you we have compiled a checklist of all the things that will help keep your home clean, organized and dust free during the winter months.
Wash and Disinfect Garbage Cans and Wastebaskets
You don’t want to be shut in all winter with these germ breeding baskets. Now is a great time to clean them thoroughly. Take them outside where you can clean the insides with a garden hose, and spray some disinfectant on them for good measure.
For an eco-friendly way to sterilize these wastebaskets, use undiluted hydrogen peroxide or vinegar and mix it with water. Let the garbage cans sit for an hour then pour out the content and scrub the insides thoroughly with a stiff bristle brush to remove any stubborn residue. Rinse it out when you are done.
Clean Out Your Closet
Go through everything in your closet(s) and sort through the clothes. Divide the pile into clothes you’ll keep and clothes you’ll give away. Chances are, if you are holding an item of clothing you haven’t worn in two years, it’s a giveaway. Sort through the ones you are keeping, clean any that needs cleaning, mend any that need mending. While the clothes are out of your closet, do a thorough dusting.
Wash and Disinfect Toilet Brush Holders
Take the holder and the brush outside, and spray wash thoroughly with a garden hose. Put the brush and holder in a bucket of hot water with:
1 part bleach to 6 parts water OR a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.
Let everything sit in this solution for a couple of hours, and then rinse the holder and brush.
Organize Winter Accessories
Winter accessories can end up being in a jumble by the entry way, especially with thick boots, scarves and mismatched gloves. Pair up all the gloves and stack them neatly where they can be accessed easily, and any single paired gloves can be discarded.
Turn Over Furniture and Vacuum the Bottoms
Shift the furniture out of the way so you can vacuum the floor! But another not so often thought of place is the underside of the furniture, which actually accumulate quite a bit of dust. Tilt all upholstered chairs and couches all the way back to expose the bottoms. The dustcovers underneath furniture can catch dust bunnies, so vacuum them off and make sure not to press too hard on the fabric when doing so.
Clean Shoes and Boots
Clean all shoes and boots thoroughly and then spray them with a protectant so that they can last longer in inclement weather, and against any snow, water and salt. If they need any new repairs, send them off to a shoe repair shop. Polish the shoes, and you’ll have them lined up at your entryway, bright and gleaming.
Clean the Tops of Doors, Trims and Artwork
Tables and countertops are not the only household items that have horizontal surfaces. In fact almost everything in your house will have a place where dust is guaranteed to settle (often hidden from the naked eye). Some horizontal edges to clean the dust off of includes:
- Interior doors
- Trims (baseboards and chair rails)
- Artwork and mirros
- Electrical wall plates
- Wall mounted smoke detectors and thermostats
- Upper kitchen cabinets
- Light bulbs and fixtures
- Computer monitors
- Book shelves (and the books themselves)
Create a Better Storage System
If you notice that your pots and pans constantly get into a jumble, no matter what you do, consider the fact that you either have too many or you need to create a better storage system for them. Think about using a hanging rack or a drawer where they can be easily accessible. Any infrequently used pots and pans can be stored away in another room.
Vacuum Behind the Fridge
In order for it to perform at peak condition, your fridge needs to be cleaned periodically. Make sure to clean behind the fridge by cleaning the condenser coils, as well as vacuuming up any dirt and dust that accumulated at the back of the unit. Put down a piece of cardboard under the wheels of the fridge so that it doesn’t scratch your flooring.
File Necessary Papers and Recycle Everything Else
If you are someone that likes to have collections of paper strewn everywhere, take some time to sit down and go through them. File away anything that needs to be filed and recycle everything else that you don’t need.
Winterize Your Entry
The worst bane that comes to taking care of your home in the winter is the slush and dirt that gets trekked in from the outside, and then causes scuff marks in your entryway. Some suggestions to remedy this problem is to winterize your entry way by adding a chair for taking off boots, and having a boot rack for wet footwear. Also put down an outdoor doormat to shake off any snow remnants.
Clean Ceiling Fan Blades
If you have ceiling fan blades, know that they can be dust magnets when not in use. Dust settles on the top surfaces where you can’t see it. Take a microfiber cloth and gently wipe down the blades to get rid of dust.
Change Furnace Filters
Change your filters at least once a month. This will help eliminate any trapped dust circulating in the air.