A new month is here, but the winter weather isn’t going anywhere yet. February can be a cold and snowy month, so let’s make the most of this month with some more indoor projects. Continue to prepare your home for spring by making things fresh and clean. While also taking time to make your indoor spaces feel cozy and comfortable compared to the outdoors.
Clean Entryway Floors
Cold winters, bring with them road salt, ice melt, and melting snow which is all tough on floors. Make sure to keep your entry floor clean to prevent tracking these things through your whole home and adding possible damage. Think about keeping a basket in the entryway with old towels to wipe up messes and keep your socks nice and dry.
Clean Refrigerator Coils
It is important to keep your refrigerator in tiptop shape and save energy. To do this, you should clean the refrigerator condenser coils located in the back or bottom of the appliance. You can use a vacuum to clean the coils. After that, you can use a duster or refrigerator coil brush between the coils and clean the rest of the dust, hair, and dirt still clinging to the coils. Then thoroughly clean the floor and the surrounding area underneath and behind the refrigerator.
Check Bathrooms for Moisture and Mildew
Last month, we had you check your tub and sink drains to make sure everything was draining properly. This month make sure your ventilation is adequate and clean for your bathroom especially with your home being closed up tight for the winter. The buildup of moisture can lead to mildew or harmful mold.
Give the Laundry Room a Redo
Let’s be honest, your laundry room is one of the rooms that get a good work out year-round. A clean, organized, and fun space can make this never-ending task a little bit more efficient.
Start with a good cleaning. Tackle the dust first by cleaning the room top to bottom and checking the corners and behind the washer and dryer thoroughly. It is important to also give a good cleaning to your washer and dryer. You can start by taking a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and run them through your washing machine. This helps to sanitize the machine and eliminate odors. You can scrape any dried-on laundry detergent from ridges in your washer and then wipe down the outside of both machines with a mild soap and cleaning cloth. Give any counters, sinks, and cabinets a good clean as well.
Does the space need any upgrades? Consider making the wall behind your washer stand out with tile or a splash of color. Don’t feel like moving the washer and dryer to paint? Create an unexpected and dramatic design moment by going bold overhead and add a bright paint color to your ceiling instead of the wall. A fun light fixture or chandelier can add character to a room that often is overlooked.
The last thing to do is make sure that everything is organized and has a home once you are ready to put everything back in your laundry. Make sure to take advantage of every square inch of the space. Consider taking cabinet doors away for easier visibility and access to supplies. Look for a place you can install a drying rack or utility rod to hang delicates. Consider a slim cart, baskets, large glass jars, or even an over-the-door organizer to stash supplies and detergents.
Boost Warmth throughout your Home
During the winter months, we all want to stay cozy while also keeping our energy bills at a minimum. Fix drafty doors with door sweeps or door snakes. Add rugs and extra throws throughout your home. For extra savings, shut doors to unused rooms, move furniture away from heating vents and make sure the chimney flue is closed if not in use.
Refresh your Movie-Watching Zone
Winter can be a good time to catch up on movies or binge-watch your favorite shows. So, take some time to make your movie-watching zone as comfy and cozy as possible. Start by vacuuming the floors and upholstery (using a vacuum attachment) and clearing away any extra clutter. Take this opportunity to also wash any blankets or throws you use in the space. Check your space for adequate seating. Consider adding ottomans or cubes to be able to put your feet up. Make sure there are tables or trays available to set drinks and snacks on to prevent easy spilling. Lastly, add plenty of comfortable pillows and throws to amp up the comfy, cozy feel.
Indulge in Weekly Fresh Flowers
With Valentine’s holiday this month, the markets will be filled with fresh flowers at good prices. Treat your home to a bouquet once a week to add a little cheer. We know spring is a little ways off, but that doesn’t mean your dining table can’t look like a garden in bloom. For me, fresh flowers always help to make my day a little better!
Do you have more questions about any of these January Home Maintenance Tips or how they affect the value of your home? Give the Emmily Longenecker Team a call at 717-450-7090, we are always available to answer your questions.