Many households take advantage of the first warm weather, to engage in traditional “spring cleaning,” inside and outside their homes. While this is certainly a worthwhile family activity, there are also activities you can undertake while spending much of your time indoors. In fact, this can be a good time to focus on parts of the house that are often overlooked.
Before getting into specifics, here are a few general points to keep in mind. First, air quality is especially important in winter months. We spend more time indoors and our houses are often sealed shut. Indoor winter air often lacks humidity and can be more prone to carrying dust and flu bugs. The cleaner you keep your house, the better off you’ll be. Also, remember to include all family members in the cleaning process. Especially if you are setting aside a day or several hours, look for projects that fit the size and ability level of each person. Consider splitting family members into teams, or reward kids for contributing to the effort.
Highs & Lows — Use winter time to clean off ceiling fans, trim molding around doors and windows, portraits – paintings and nick nacks, and your baseboard molding. These are all often neglected areas that can be home to lots of dust, dirt and grime. Don’t forget about the empty space above refrigerators and kitchen cabinets as well.
Behind The Scenes — Take a moment to think about the places you never think about. Vacuum and clean behind your fridge, washer and drier, underneath the seating areas of chairs and couches — above and below, scrub your shower & sink heads, and disinfect and clean your trash cans and wastebaskets. All of these areas also contribute to spreading germs and poorer air quality.
Appliance Maintenance — Just as many folks replace air filters and smoke detector batteries every time we move to or from daylight savings time, it’s a good idea to regularly clean the key elements of your appliances. This includes consenser coils on the fridge, the dryer’s lint traps, oven racks and coils, and general cleaning of washers, dishwashers and ovens.
As with many household activities, a little advance planning, organizing and team work can make a big difference in the health and happiness of your home and the people who live there. For more details and cleaning tips, we recommend this HouseLogic article on winter home cleaning tips.