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.