Winter has just begun, and that means cool weather and being cooped up in the house. If you live in the cooler parts of the country, you may be looking for things to do indoors.
Start your spring cleaning early.
Not only will it help your home feel welcoming and inviting, but it can also help you fight off germs and illnesses that arise in the cold months.
You can also work on those in-home projects that you’ll want done before the ground warms up and you need to focus on outdoor tasks like mowing the lawn and cleaning out your garage.
Here are some spring-cleaning activities you can start now.
1. Paint an Accent Wall
If you’ve been needing to add some color or interest to a room in your home, now is the time to do it. Move furniture away from the wall, tape the edges, and put down some plastic to protect your flooring.
You can easily do this project over a weekend. Use fans to help it dry quickly and crack your windows to vent the room. Choose a color you love or that you think will look great with your current décor.
You could go all out and change up everything; but focus on the wall first.
2. Disinfect Your Home
It’s cold and flu season and that means we are exposed to more germs than at any other part of the year. While things like eating healthy and sleeping well at night go a long way toward helping you avoid sickness, you’ll also want to disinfect your home.
You can start by cleaning surfaces with a good disinfectant spray. Next, think about all the things your hands touch. You’ll want to clean doorknobs, handles, and even your kids’ toys.
Some things may need more cleaning than others. Another aspect of disinfecting your home is to clean your pillows and bedding. You can run your pillows through the dryer to kill off any germs.
Wash comforters, sheets, and spray mattresses down with a gentle disinfectant.
3. Clean Baseboards
You’d be amazed at the dirt and grime that your baseboards collect. If you’re wracking your brain trying to remember the last time you cleaned them, then it’s time to give them a good cleaning.
Soap and water can get the gross film off them. Then follow-up with a quick disinfectant wipe down. This is the perfect job for those long winter days, especially if you get snowed in.
Work on getting the worst rooms done first so you can feel more accomplished as you get the work done.
4. Dust Hard-to-Reach Spaces
Do you have weird nooks and crannies in your home? These hard-to-reach spaces gather dust, germs, spiders, and more. Borrow a ladder and use the coming months as an excuse to get them clean.
This pre-spring cleaning will help contribute to a more sanitary home. Additionally, for those with allergies and other lung conditions, cleaning off the dust and dirt will improve air quality and make it easier to breathe.
5. Clean Your HVAC
Cleaning out your HVAC will remove dust, dirt, and any trapped insects from your system. This important task improves the air, reduces allergens, and disinfects in places you can’t reach alone.
6. Wipe Down Blinds
You don’t just want to do a quick dusting of your blinds. These window coverings are known to collect dust, oil, grease, and other air particles. Use a disinfectant cleaner to ensure your blinds not only look clean but that they are clean as well.
Cooking in your home releases small particles of oil and food onto your blinds and can even breed germs. By cleaning off the greasy residue you’ll have a more sanitary home than you did before.
When you start your spring cleaning in the winter, you’ll get all those indoor tasks done before it warms up and you need to start working on cleaning windows, power washing your home, and repairing decks and gutters.
These simple tasks are perfect to get you home clean and as germ free as possible.