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How to Clean Your Home in Preparation for Winter



With winter weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to clean your home. Prepare your home for the winter by deep cleaning and decluttering it. You will find it much more enjoyable to spend time at home when it’s pristine. Another pro is that decorating your home for the winter holidays will be as easy as it can be once you reorganize it. Once you start to clean your home in preparation for winter, follow our advice to get the best results possible.


Create a plan


Before you start preparing your home for winter, create a plan for what to do first. Some tasks will require a bit more planning ahead, such as having the chimney cleaned. It’s best to start by decluttering your home, if necessary. When cleaning your home, start with the big projects first, such as cleaning the furniture and the carpets. Work your way to the smaller tasks, such as cleaning the oven in the kitchen and dusting Christmas decorations.


Clean and prepare your furniture before winter


During the winter, there is a chance of your furniture suffering damage without you even realizing it. Rearrange the wooden furniture in your home so that it isn’t near the heat source. Move on to dusting the furniture completely so that it looks its best. If you plan on moving into your new home during winter, make sure it’s clean before you pack the furniture for the move. When you clean items before packing them, you ensure that none of the dust and dirt is being transported into your new home along with it. Once you’re done cleaning your wooden furniture, it’s time to polish it. This will not just make your wooden furniture look good, but it will also last you for a much longer period of time.


Wash your windows and the outside of your home


Washing the windows is one of the most important things you can do when cleaning your home before winter. Washing the windows can be a time-consuming and unpleasant task, especially in cold weather. Having clean windows can help your home become brighter during the winter months. As winter is the season with the least natural light, this is definitely something you should do. Before the first snow falls, clean the outside of your home. Firstly, remove any clutter you might have lying around so that it isn’t a tripping hazard during the cold and snowy weather. Store everything you can inside so that it doesn’t get damaged. Pressure-wash your walkway and driveway so that it’s at its best. Ask professionals to help you clean your roof and gutters before winter.

Wash your windows when you clean your home in preparation for winter


Take out and clean seasonal items


When you clean your home in preparation for winter, it’s best to take decorations out of storage now, too. It’s easy for dust to get in the air and fall all over your furniture when you’re taking decorations out of storage. Before you start unpacking the boxes, clean the dust off them with microfiber cloths first. When unpacking items out of storage boxes, check whether they need to be cleaned. You can store out-of-season clothing and other items to make more room in your home. A smaller number of things will make your home feel spacious and airy.


Clean the chimney and the ventilation system


There is no better way to spend a winter day than reading a good book in front of a warm fireplace. In order to safely and efficiently heat your home, you can have your chimney professionally cleaned before winter. With less risk of your chimney catching on fire, you can use your fireplace safely and stress-free. Another way to prepare your home for winter is to clean your ventilation system. Doing this will very much help your home stay fresh and airy during the cold winter months. You will minimize the amount of time needed to air out your home. Therefore, you won’t have to keep windows open as much, and your home will stay warm for longer without air that’s difficult to breathe.


Deep clean the kitchen when you clean your home in preparation for winter


Winter season will soon arrive, and that means your kitchen will be used even more for cooking and baking. This winter, you can try out new recipes using seasonal ingredients in a sparkling clean, and decluttered kitchen. When you start tackling your kitchen, declutter and organize the kitchen inventory first. This will make it easy for you to find everything you need to prepare food.



Ensure you clean everything in the kitchen thoroughly


If you have a pantry, check for any spoiled food when reorganizing it. Create a list with expiration dates for foods that don’t last long so you can prevent them from spoiling and creating bad odors. If you have any fine china or seasonal kitchenware you’d like to use this winter, reorganize your kitchen cabinets so you can reach them first. All this will make cooking in your kitchen much easier and more enjoyable.


Take care of textiles and carpets


As you’ll be spending more time indoors, you want your home to be as clean as it can be. One of the best ways to achieve this is to deep-clean your carpets and linens, such as drapes. Before winter begins, you can send your carpets to be deep-cleaned professionally. Even with regular vacuuming, carpets can accumulate a lot of dust and grime. The air in your home will feel fresher once you clean the drapes, too. Another thing to clean before winter is the blankets and pillowcases in your living room. You are probably going to spend a lot of time relaxing and warming up with winter blankets, so giving them a wash before winter will make them nicer to use.


To sum up


Having to clean your home in preparation for winter may seem tiring at first, but it will definitely pay off. You’ll be able to enjoy the winter in a pristine, decluttered home. Decorating your home will be easy and fun when your home is nice and clean. All in all, deep cleaning your home is something you will be grateful for doing once you see the final results.


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