28 Nov Winter Cleaning Tips
Winter Cleaning Tips
I love a big Spring Clean and enjoy the detailed cleaning and purge of tossing and donating things that have been sitting with no purpose. For me Winter Cleaning is no different and it is like a refresh of my soul as corny as that might sound. I enjoy a clutter free and clean space and sometimes with work and teens it can be a challenging task to find the time and sometimes it has to be in stages even though I prefer the all at once approach. I prefer to do one room at a time and stay in that room until my mission of deep cleaning it is complete. Follow along with my winter cleaning tips or if that isn’t possible call a cleaning service and have them tackle your Winter Cleaning.
Remove the clutter –
Go through one room at a time and donate and toss what you are not using. Clutter invites dust and makes it harder to keep your space clean. My daughter’s rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it in 6 months it’s time to let it go.
Cleaning Closets –
Start from scratch and empty your closets and wipe down shelving. Use clear plastic storage totes so you can see what’s inside. You can use smaller ones and stack them if needed.
Ceiling Fans –
My advice is to start any room from top to bottom and that includes cleaning your ceiling fan. Use a dry cloth if you have a lot of dust build up and wipe. Then use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the blades and then dry. This will prevent the spread of dust when you turn then back on to circulate the warm air.
To keep baseboards clean vacuum weekly with a crevice tool or brush. Depending on your household cleaning your baseboards every couple of months with a mild cleaner and a damp cloth and a dry one to follow will leave them looking their best and in my opinion makes a difference of how a room looks.
Who doesn’t like clean windows? I know I do and a squeegee with a touch of dawn dish soap and water makes them streak free and easy to clean.
I find the easiest way to clean the fridge is in sections and not to pull everything out at once. I’ve seen this done and it makes for a lot more work. I start with the door of the fridge and remove one shelf at a time and if the fridge has a lot of condiments or food items I wash the wall of the fridge and then the shelf in hot soapy water and wipe down the bottles. I replace and go on to the next shelf. If the fridge is empty or it isn’t full then I take all the shelves out on the door and wash. On the interior of the fridge I clean one to two shelves at a time and give the walls a really good clean. Clean behind your fridge if you can safely do so.
I love that my stove has both a self clean and easy clean option. It cuts down on the time I need to spend cleaning my oven. If your oven does not have this feature the simplest method would be to use Easy Off oven cleaner, spray and let it sit overnight.
A good dusting and vacuum makes a big difference and I love my crevice tool. I simply won’t vacuum without it! It’s great for corners, running along under cabinets, cobwebs, cleaning the inside of the sofa and baseboards. Remember when dusting to start from the top to bottom and stay with one wall at a time working your way into the middle of the room.