January Project: 'How to' Cleaning Checklist

Sometimes half of the struggle of maintenance around the home is figuring out what projects to tackle in the winter. Below, you'll find a list of indoor cleaning projects. Consider it a checklist of suggestions, and reading this list may trigger other project ideas. At the very least, here's a good start:


  • Clean the attic and basement. Give away or throw away unwanted items or clothing.

  • Wash Windows and repair screens. 
  • Shampoo carpets and rugs.  
  • Vacuum dusty drapes and window treatments; send dirtier drapes to the cleaner.

  • Defrost the freezer and take a duster to the refrigerator coils.

  • Clean out the office and throw away any old files.

  • Steam clean upholstery.

  • Wash windowsills, doors and walls.

  • Clean your ceiling fans. If necessary, wipe them down with a cleaning solution.

  • Scrub the oven.

  • Clean out the refrigerator and wipe it clean.

  • Dust the entire house, but pay close attention to the ceilings, corners and under furniture.

  • Inspect the kitchen exhaust fan. Remove grease and grime if there's buildup.

Check out February for a follow-up checklist on indoor maintenance projects. It'll help you clear your schedule in the spring so you can focus your attention on outdoor projects. 

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