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january house cleaning checklist




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.

Or else, we tend to save it all for spring cleaning, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either

I’ve found the best plan is to break down annual and seasonal tasks by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis. 

Nothing gets too backed up, and things eventually get done. I’ve also found that concentrating on one room or area each month is more rewarding because you can see the results.

Here’s the schedule that works best for me that you can try yourself this month: the January house cleaning checklist.




1.  Let there be dark!

In other words, Virginia, it’s time to take down the Christmas lights over the garage.

2.  Clear the clutter:

These garage storage solutions can help organize and store lights, decorations, and more until next December.

3.  Out with the old, in with the new:

Now's the time to begin cleaning 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...

The party's over... so clean your holiday linens and put them away till next year. Ditto for those festive reindeer plates.

Box them all up carefully, placing 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 and flu season, after all).

7.  Happy houseplants:

Clean, healthy house plants add a breath of fresh air to a room. Dusty houseplants contribute a more funereal tone.

Clean them and they will clean your air. Simply wipe the leaves with an electrostatically charged microfiber cloth. It works like magic.

8.  Yours are fake?

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.  January house cleaning checklist: 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: the CD player, the remotes, the HDTV, wipe down your video camera. Read the directions (finally) for your digital camera.

Try storing all warranties and manuals in one file, so you’ll know where they are in the new year ahead. Happy New Year!








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