7 Easy Winter Cleaning Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms
Does anyone else feel like winter brings a desire to create cozy and warm spaces within their home? With cooler temps and typically rainy days in our area, being a stay-at-home mom can make staying in our home feel a little stir-crazy. While it’s tempting to escape to libraries, museums, and play spaces, I’m a total homebody and relish the time spent with my kiddos at home.
So, with the winter season here, I’m all about transforming our space into a warm, safe, and inviting haven. From bringing out new decorations to gearing up for the holidays, it’s my way of adding a touch of magic to our home. Sure, it adds a few extra tasks to my already bustling schedule, but the joy it brings is worth it!
As the end of the year approaches, people consider decluttering for the upcoming new year to bring a fresh start to the home. Although cleaning can be a daunting task, adding a year-end cleaning routine could transform your upcoming year. With a few strategic tips, you can make your year-end cleaning routine manageable and even enjoyable. Here are eight winter year-end cleaning tips tailored to the needs of stay at home moms.
1. Create a Cleaning Schedule
Having enough time to get things done is very important for us stay at home moms, so having a cleaning schedule is crucial. Designate specific days or time for different cleaning tasks throughout the winter season. Creating a weekly cleaning routine helps maintain a clean home without feeling overwhelmed. Consider breaking down tasks into manageable sections, like cleaning the bathrooms one day, the kitchen another, a room one day and another room a different day, or even having weekends for deep cleaning.
Here is a sneak peek into my cleaning schedule:
Mondays – livingroom
Tuesdays – bathrooms
Wednesday – bedrooms
Thursday – kitchen + dining room
Friday – playroom + office
2. Declutter and Organize
Winter cleaning provides an excellent opportunity to declutter your living spaces. Stay at home moms often find that clutter adds stress to their already busy lives. Tackle one room at a time, sorting items into keep, donate, or discard piles. Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers to make space for seasonal items and clothing swaps. Involving your kids in decluttering can teach them valuable organization skills as well.
My most valuable tip about decluttering is to start with a small space like a drawer. This can often build momentum to help you tackle other areas of the room more efficiently. Also, have a donation place in mind to make it easier to get things out of your house as needed.
3. Deep Clean High-Traffic Areas
Focus your deep cleaning efforts on the high-traffic areas of your home. The living room and entryway are usually the first spaces guests see, so a thorough cleaning here sets a welcoming tone for the season. Pay attention to carpets, upholstery, and windows, and don’t forget to dust and vacuum regularly.
Create a system for jackets, shoes, and bags to keep them from piling up at entry ways, whether at your front door or near the garage entrance.
4. Prepare for Seasonal Decor
Winter is the season of cozy decorations, from throw blankets, pinecones, candles, to wreaths, christmas trees and more. Before you start decorating, give your decor items a good cleaning. Wipe down decorations that have been in storage, and consider investing in holiday storage solutions to keep your seasonal items organized and protected throughout the year.
I created a list of my favorite holiday decor storage tools. Check it out if you need some inspiration to get your holiday decor organized when putting away this year.
5. Don’t Forget About HVAC and Filters
Keeping up with your HVAC system and its maintenance is essential for the winter. Making sure your HVAC system is efficient in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning all year long will help you prevent issues. Some HVAC maintenance tips are to replace air filters to ensure clean indoor air quality, and consider scheduling professional HVAC maintenance to keep your system running smoothly as you head into colder months. A well-maintained HVAC system can also help reduce energy costs.
We stock up on filters at Costco each year. They’re affordable and come in bulk, so we can change out filters from our stash really easily. We also change our filters every 3-4 months to keep the air quality at its best in our home.
6. Safety and Energy Efficiency Checks
Winter cleaning should also include safety checks as well. Make sure you are testing out your smoke detectors, schedule electrical safety inspections, check out your carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re functioning correctly or if they need to be replaced. Check windows and doors for any drafts and seal them to improve energy efficiency. These small tasks can help make your home a safer place and save you money in the long run.
7. Incorporate the Family
Cleaning an entire household doesn’t have to be just for one person. Get your family involved, especially your kids. Assign age-appropriate tasks to children to teach them responsibility and teamwork. Make cleaning a fun family activity by playing music and setting a reward or treat for when the work is done. This not only lightens your load but also fosters a sense of accomplishment for everyone.
I actually stopped cleaning the majority of our house when no one was around. Cleaning in front of my kids has helped get them on board more easily. They see the house doesn’t spontaneously clean itself and I can encourage them to help out in ways that are age-appropriate for them.
Winter cleaning can be a manageable and even enjoyable task for stay at home moms when approached strategically and ahead of time. By creating a cleaning schedule to include everything from decluttering, deep cleaning, preparing for seasonal decor, and maintenance checklists, you can embrace the winter season with a clean and cozy home. Don’t forget to take breaks, reward yourself, and make your family participate in your cleaning schedule to enjoy a welcoming, comfortable space that you and your family can fully enjoy while you prepare for the new year and new blessings to bring.
Incorporating these winter cleaning tips into your year-end cleaning routine will help you easily navigate the transition into a new season, allowing you to focus on what truly matters—creating wonderful memories with your loved ones. Happy winter cleaning!