The cold weather may be keeping you inside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get things done. Make your time inside productive, and start an annual tradition of winter cleaning. Your home will become even more of a refuge from the wintry conditions outside.

Decluttering Potential

person carrying stack of sweatersDecluttering shouldn’t be a once-a-year activity. You probably have different clothes, interior decor, and exterior decorations for warm and cold weather. If you don’t do some cleaning in the winter, you’re bound to end up with a growing pile of unused, nonfunctional items. 

Throw away mostly melted candles, and donate any ill-fitting or unwanted clothes. For year-round items like keys, shoes, and laundry, organization is key.

Healthy Home Habits

Winter is a good time to get rid of all the dust and dirt that has built up in your home. Summer pollens have likely settled on both the interior and exterior of your home, and you don’t want to live with that all season. 

Inside the house, change the filter since your furnace is working overtime to collect all the extra dirt in the air from when your windows were open on pleasant days. It’s also a good idea to clean and vacuum any horizontal surfaces

Winter storms can wreak havoc on your home’s exterior too—after you clean the gutters, protect them from the cold weather to come.

Your kitchen is the source of your sustenance, so pay special attention to this particular room. Since you’ve likely had guests at your house in recent months for the holidays, now is a great time to deep clean your kitchen. You’ll have a healthy home where you can make healthy choices.

Weather Preparation

man shoveling sidewalk in front of houseUnless you live in the southernmost parts of the country, this could be the year that a freak snowstorm hits your town. Put together an emergency weather stash with stuff you’ll need in the event of extreme weather. 

In addition to nonperishable food items, water, and a backup power source, add pieces specific to winter-related emergencies, like rock salt for icy walkways, a shovel for removing snow, and extra clothing and blankets. If temperatures put your pipes at risk for bursting, be sure to open the faucets.

Spring shouldn’t be the only season for organizing your home. Winter cleaning will help you keep your home clean, decluttered, healthy, and prepared for any winter weather emergencies that may occur.