During the winter months, you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time at home than in other seasons. That’s okay, because the winter is a great time for hibernation, rest and relaxation. But you’re likely to get a bit stir crazy from time to time, so why not try and make the most of your time indoors? It’s an opportune time to do a little winter cleaning and get your house in order. Winter months are the perfect time to focus on cleaning tasks that only need to be done a few times per year, or you can take advantage of being at home by de-cluttering. If you’re anxious to do something productive while avoiding the outside chill, here is your winter cleaning to-do list.
Ceiling Fans and Chandeliers
How often do you get out a ladder and dust off your high fixtures like ceiling fans and chandeliers? You may not need to do it many times per year, so just take the time to get it done this winter.
Warm Weather Wardrobe
Now that you’re finished wearing your spring and summer clothes for another few months, it’s a great time to go through your warm weather wardrobe and get rid of unnecessary items. Since you just finished wearing them, you can easily toss and donate any pieces you didn’t wear all season. If you didn’t wear it last year, you probably won’t wear it next year, either. If you came across anything ill-fitting or unflattering, donate it. Then, reorganize your closet with all the new space you’ve created.
The winter months are perfect for curling up with a good book. Take the opportunity to go through your book shelves and donate any reading materials you don’t need to keep, like novels you’ll never read again or magazines you’re finished with. Then, dust!
Don’t bother going out in the cold, but at least clean the inside of all the windows in your home. It will help let in the nourishing sunlight that’s so important in the winter.
Go through all your beauty products and get rid of anything you’ve had since last winter. Makeup expires, and it just won’t look very good if it’s too old. Also, toss any half-used bottles of product that you haven’t touched, and donate all the travel-sizes you’ve accumulated and haven’t used.
It’s also a great time to sort through all your important papers, like bills, receipts, and statements. Shred anything you don’t need any more, but just make sure you keep tax documents for seven years. Then, figure out a better organization system and do some filing.
You might be spending a lot of time surfing the Internet this winter, so give some special attention to your computer. Sort through all your files of documents, spreadsheets, downloaded items, and digital photos. Delete the outdated ones you don’t need, and organize the ones you keep. Create themed folders to sort your photos and files and make everything easier to find.