This winter, when it’s cold, snowing, and you are stuck inside, is the perfect time to get things done that you often put off during the rest of the year. Why wait for warm weather to clean out your unorganized closets and drawers or remove junk from your garage? Below are six things to focus your deep clean on this winter.
Clean Your Oven
Following the holiday party rush, deep cleaning your oven is undoubtedly a good idea. If you are going to do it yourself, first start with the stove top. If it’s electric, simply use an all purpose cleaner/degreaser and a wet rag and wipe everything down. If it’s a gas stove, you will also need to remove the grates and clean them. Soak the grates in hot, soapy water while cleaning the stove top and the cooked-on food will fall right off. For the inside of the oven, start by carefully removing the racks and soaking them the same way you would the grates. Depending on the size, you may want to conduct the rack cleaning in your bathtub. If it’s a self-cleaning oven, spray some oven cleaner inside and set it to the proper setting. Otherwise, you can use a soft brush, even an SOS pad, to remove any cooked-on food. You can also use the brush and pad to clean the racks after they have soaked for a while.
“Sweep” Your Chimney
A dirty chimney is not only less efficient, but also a safety hazard. When it starts getting cold, you should look into having a professional come out to inspect and clean both your chimney and fireplace. Chemicals from the smoke while roasting a fire often build up and subsequently become a fire hazard. The whole process usually only takes a few hours and is definitely worth the investment.
Organize Your Drawers/Closets
Everyone has at least one drawer and closet where they put things that don’t really have a fixed ‘place’; this area usually ends up a cluttered mess. To organize these areas, grab a couple of garbage bags and some boxes, or perhaps even some different size plastic totes. Designate certain boxes and totes for what you want to keep and store, as well as some for stuff you want to toss away that you know you won’t need.
Remove Your Junk
Get the whole family involved in the next project, removing any unused or unwanted items from the house, from outgrown toys and clothes, to books, to bigger items such as furniture or working appliances that have already been replaced. You can hire a professional to haul everything away or, you can donate the items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Clean Your Carpets
Deep cleaning your carpets is something you may not think about until you can visibly notice stains, but dirt builds up on them throughout the year and leaving them looking tatty and discolored. The easiest route is to hire a professional company to clean them or alternatively, you can probably rent a carpet cleaner from your local grocery store. After you have finished, you will definitely notice the difference. If you have animals, it will also help rid your house of unpleasant pet smells.
Get Your Garage in Order
If you have a garage, it is probably the one area of your house where everything is stored. Because of this, it often ends up pretty cluttered and unorganized. This is another time plastic bins and totes come in handy. Designate different areas of the garage for different things and separate anything that isn’t being used so that it can be hauled away or donated.
Whether you get professional help or do it yourself, a winter deep clean will leave your home less cluttered and more organized, not to mention the fact that it will look and smell much fresher. It will also make it so you have less to do during the warm months when you would rather enjoy the weather and spend time outside with family and friends.