5 Tips to Tidy Your Home and be Winter Ready
Updated: Dec 16, 2020
We've all heard of 'spring cleaning', but now is the perfect time to take advantage of a colder, slower season, along with the new Tier restrictions which mean you may well be spending lots more time at home.
Give things a good clean, get organised, research the internet for helpful tips for designing your home, and take time to tidy so you can enjoy the winter and holiday season ahead.
Failing to be prepared may lead to a stressful winter, an inability to relax, and a hefty spring clean. Here are five tips to help you get your home ready for the winter.
It sounds obvious, but the fact is that the winter air can be pretty dry, which means dust will gather on all the usual spots: shelves, dressers, mantles, and worktops. You probably dust visible spots regularly, but it's the areas you rarely use that can get incredibly dusty.
Before winter begins, get ahead start by wiping down those hidden nooks and crannies so you can start the year with a clean slate.
Get Things Organised
Don't allow your house to get cluttered and disorganised this winter. It's easy to let jobs pile up. But fight the urge. Declutter your spaces, put things away, and organise your home.
Find innovative ways to store things throughout your house. Pick up some baskets to keep under the coffee table or jars to house things like pens. And don't be afraid to put things away in cupboards and attics.
Keep things tidy this winter. Your home will thank you.
Deep Clean the Kitchen
The kitchen is the one area of every home that falls prey to long term dirt and grime buildup. We spend a lot of time there. The area is prone to crumbs, spills and grease. Winter is a great time to give it a deep clean.
Be sure to pay special attention to the stovetop, sink, worktops, inside the cabinets, behind the fridge, and the freezer's depths: de-grime splashebacks and hood vents. And do not forget to clean your oven.
Take Care of Your HVAC and Filters
Every winter, you need to be sure to replace your air filters if you have them and consider having your air ducts, and vents cleaned. This is always an important task, but it's even more critical in the colder months.
Replacing your air filters helps reduce dust on furniture and floors. Cleaning your ducts and vents also clears away excessive buildup, once again ensuring proper air-flow throughout the home – which you'll desperately need if temperatures drop where you live.
Prepare Your Home for Snow and Salt
If you live somewhere that sees snow during the winter; you know what salt and snow can do to your floors and carpets, especially in heavy traffic areas like entrances and hallways.
Put a basket or bin for wet shoes and boots near doors, along with a towel for extra stormy weather. Invest in a sturdy, waterproof rug for these doorways as well. Your hardwood or carpet will thank you for it. I like to keep a warm throw near the door incase anyone comes in cold with a wet coat, they can immediately take it off and put something around them. Spare slippers are a good idea too.
So, a good dusting, deep clean the kitchen, and prepare your home for any extra damp and muddy feet this winter and you're well on your way to a stress-free holiday season!