Spring is not the only time to do a little “spring cleaning.” In fact, there are several reasons why devoting time towards cleaning in the winter months is a good idea. First of all, there are some areas in your home that will see an increase in use during the winter, so it is a good idea to take care of them now.
In addition, you’ll be likely to spend a lot more time indoors during the winter: with indoor air being an estimated 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, cleaning will do a lot for your health. In addition, tackling areas of the house during the winter months will minimize a lot of your spring cleaning tasks. Doing this yourself instead of hiring a professional is also a great way to save some extra money.
- Clean Windows.
It has been estimated that dirty windows reduce daylight by 20%. It is important to receive as much vitamin D as possible in the winter months, especially for those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Achieve this by cleaning windows both inside and out, using a toxic-free solution of ¼ vinegar, ½ teaspoon of dish detergent and 2 cups of water.
- Vacuum Dryer Vent.
This will prevent lint build-up, which can be a fire hazard to you and your family.
- Wash & Disinfect Garbage Cans and Toilet Brush Cleaners.
These house a multitude of bacteria; given your time spent indoors, it is best to tackle them many times during the winter months.
- Clean and Organize Your Pantry.
With all of the holiday cooking and baking, winter is a good time to organize your pantry. Clean it by wiping down the walls. Organize items using storage containers and labels, making access to items as easy as possible. Throw away any expired items.
- Clean Your Kettle.
Your kettle will likely be used more in the winter months. Remove mineral deposits by boiling equal parts of vinegar and water inside the kettle; remove it from the heat and then allow it to sit for several hours. Wash the outside of the kettle with a scrubber sponge.
- Protect Your China.
After the holidays have ended and there is no longer a need to use your china, it is a good idea to protect it from scratching by inserting paper plates or coffee filters between the dishes.
- Vacuum and Rotate Mattresses.
This should be done on a quarterly basis to ensure even wear of your mattresses.
- Wax Wooden Furniture.
This is a task that should be done seasonally to ensure that your wooden furniture stays looking its best, protecting it from dust and moisture.
- Don’t Forget to Clean Your HVAC System.
Ensuring that your HVAC system is in good condition is especially important during the winter months. Clear any debris in the system and replace air filters. Also check for any damage.
- Clean & Protect Boots.
It is wise to clean your boots and apply a spray protectant for the winter months ahead.
You will likely find a lot of excess junk during your winter cleaning. Allow your home to become much more spacious by contacting our team at Junk It!. We will remove all of it, quickly and efficiently.Written March 16, 2016 by