Think it’s crazy to start spring cleaning in the dead of winter? Not if you’re smart. There’s no better way to prepare your home ready for warmer weather and free more time for springtime activities.
Need some motivation to get off the couch and get started? Sweep your way through these nine reasons to learn why winter is the ideal time to roll up your sleeves and get a head start on deep cleaning.
1. You Have Time to Declutter
Unless you live in a balmy climate, you’ll probably spend a lot of days trapped inside by ice, snow or freezing temperatures.
“Take advantage of your homey time and get ahead of decluttering,” recommends Harriet Jones, a cleaning supervisor with Go Cleaners London.
2. You Can Use the Workout
Just because you can’t go for long walks and a blizzard closed your gym doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout in anyway.
“You’ll burn calories and tone muscle with all the movements you make while spring cleaning,” says Yocheved Golani, a life coach and editor at e-counseling.com. “Remember to stretch your back, arms, and legs to prevent cramps and muscle strains.”
3. You’ll Have More Time to Enjoy Spring
Who wants to be inside scrubbing the kitchen while flowers are blooming and baseballs are flying? Tackling cleaning tasks early frees time for outdoor activities when the weather breaks.
“You’ll feel special for having cleaned up your environment before everyone else,” says Golani.
4. You’ll Fare Better When Allergy Season Hits
Now is the time to dust, vacuum and launder all those dust mites away to prevent getting hit with a double dose of springtime allergens. While you’re at it, don’t forget mildew and mold.
“Be on the lookout for signs of hidden mold,” says Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, president of ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba. “Mold thrives in dark, damp spaces during the winter, so look for it in unlikely places.”
5. You’ve Got Time to Stare at the Ceilings
So why not get to work cleaning them instead?
“Get yourself an extendable duster and get to work on those ceiling moldings and ceiling fans,” suggests Kathy Turley, director of marketing for Home Clean Heroes.
6. Your Home Will Be Ready for Spring Holiday Gatherings
“By spring cleaning early, you’re ready for Easter or Passover dinners and company,” says professional organizer Eileen Roth. “Even if you don’t have company, cleaning the dining room and china cabinet before the holiday will make you feel good and remind you of what serving pieces you own if you rarely use them.”
7. There’s No Better Time to Organize Closets
To stay organized, you must maximize every inch of closet space, says Jennifer Williams, president of Saint Louis Closet Co.Take advantage of being stuck indoors by decluttering your closet.
“Let go of articles of clothing that no longer fit,” says Williams. “If you haven’t worn something in two years, then give it to someone who will wear it.”
8. Get a Jump on Outdoor Pruning
If you want to extend spring cleaning to your home’s exterior, winter can be a great time to trim and prune trees and shrubs, says Lisa Tadewalt, founder of Urban Forest Pro. Pruning trees in winter can prevent damage from heavy snow and ice. Most shrubs and trees are dormant in winter, which means they’re less likely to attract insect infestations from fresh cuts.
9. You’ll Avoid Burnout
By breaking cleaning tasks into smaller sections and tackling one at a time, you’re more likely to finish before getting burned out, says Mary Cherry, owner of Evie’s Cleaning Company.
“When it’s time to do your spring cleaning, the surfaces will need only a quick wipe or dusting, instead of heavy scrubbing,” says Cherry.
10. Minimize Cold and Flu Germs
Disinfecting door knobs, kitchen countertops and cabinet pulls gets rid of germs that can lead to a cold. Throw open the windows once a week to air the place out, too.
11. Beat the Winter Blues
Binge-watching Netflix under a blanket in the winter is cozy, but you’ll probably feel better if you spend at least some time decluttering, organizing and cleaning. That’s because exercise boosts feel-good endorphins to help improve mood and stave off the winter blues.
12. You Can Put Your Kids to Work
When schools close for a snow day, enlist your kids to help you clean before they escape to go sledding. Easy tasks include dusting or deciding which toys to take to the thrift store or give away.
13. Holiday Gifts are Fresh on Your Mind
Did you receive holiday gifts to replace older appliances or gadgets you can donate? If so, winter is the perfect time to declutter and donated unwanted items.