January House Cleaning Checklist: 10 things to include in your home cleaning and preventative maintenance program this month.
Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
The best plan is to break annual and seasonal tasks down by month and attack them with a monthly house cleaning checklist.
Nothing gets too backed up and things eventually get done. All without a major life overhaul.
Here's the January cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.
1. January house cleaning checklist: Let there be dark!
2. Clear the clutter.
Very, very carefully, wrap and put away every ornament and every light and Christmas decoration.
Very, very carefully put them in boxes and label them so you can find them more easily next year.
3. Out with the old, in with the new.
Clean out your closets to make room for Santa's bounty. Share what you don't need anymore with the less fortunate.
4. The party's over...
So clean your holiday linens and put them away till next year. Ditto for those festive reindeer plates.
Box them carefully with cardboard between the dishes so Blitzen doesn't wind up with a chipped antler.
5. Soft stuff.
Scoop up all the decorative pillows, the afghans, the throws, etc., and launder them or send them to the cleaners.
6. Hard stuff.
Sanitize hard surfaces such as counters, telephones, laptop computers, etc. (It's the cold season, after all).
7. Happy houseplants.
Clean, healthy houseplants add a breath of fresh air to a room. Dustyhouseplants contribute a more funereal tone.
Clean them and they will clean your air. Simply wipe the leaves with an electrostatically charged cloth. It works like magic.
8. Yours are fake?
No problem. Blow dry silk flowers clean, or else pop them in a plastic bag with a little salt and shake vigorously.
9. More spicy info.
Clean your pantry. Toss foods your kids will never eat, foods that have long since expired; spices that have lost their oomph.
10. And on a cold, icky day when you've nothing else to do...
Clean all the electronics. Clean the DVD player, the remotes, the HDTVs. Wipe clean the well-used video camera. Then read the directions (finally) for your digital camera.
Try storing all warranties and manuals in one file so you'll know where they are when you need them.
Your January house cleaning checklist is complete.
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