Survive Winter With 4 Cool Cleaning Hacks

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When winter hits, we retreat indoors to escape the cold. It’s a natural seasonal impulse.

But all of that extra ‘inside time’ invariably means extra ‘inside mess’. Though it can be tempting to put off dealing with your winter detritus until the official ‘Spring Clean’ – don’t.

These four winter cleaning tips will help you keep your cool so that, when spring arrives, you can get out there and enjoy it.

1. Slip Into Something More Comfortable

A ‘Shoes Off’ policy is the best way to avoid traipsing wintery debris through your home. If you find it hard to stick to the no shoes rule, there are some simple and effective measures you can take to make it work.

Firstly, put two doormats equip at every entrance to the home – a rough mat outside for scraping off mud and an absorbent mat inside to catch the moisture.

Try setting up a shoe rack or cabinet near the entrance. If your shoes and boots have a home to go to, you will be more inclined to take them off when you come inside.

When the chill of winter sets in, nobody wants to walk around with bare feet - so leave a basket of slippers or heavy socks by the door. A collection of clean, cosy slippers is the perfect incentive to take off your wet boots and make yourself comfortable.

2. Restore Order

In the cooler months, we all like to snuggle up inside with a warm cup of tea and a good book or movie. But don’t let hibernation become procrastination.

Winter is a great time to do an inventory of what you have, what you need, and what you can do without.

Before you choose your next winter read, sort through your book collection and cull some of the books that have become dust collectors. If you have been hanging on to books that you are just not compelled to read – get rid of them.

Are your kitchen cupboards stuffed with random ingredients that seemed like a good idea in the supermarket but never quite made it into your saucepan? It might be time to reclaim the kitchen.

Go through your spices and ditch those that are expired or almost empty. Once you sort through the various cans and boxes that have taken over the pantry, give your unwanted items to a food bank. If you don’t want to eat it, somebody else will.

3. Deep Clean The Oven, Naturally

Cleaning the oven is one of those time consuming tasks that many of us dodge until the grime becomes so visible that we just can’t ignore it.

With all the extra baking and roasting that winter brings, the oven tends to get dirtier quicker – and harder to ignore.

The market is saturated with ‘turbo-charged’ cleaning products that cut through oven grease like lightning – but many of those so-called miracle products are toxic. If you use your oven a lot in winter, like me, you may not want those harsh chemicals anywhere near your food.

The coolest solution for keeping the oven clean in winter is good old baking soda. It’s so simple and natural. I just spray the interior with water; coat it with a thick layer of baking soda; leave for a few hours; and voilà … when you wipe off the baking soda paste, it takes all the nasty grime with it.

4. Go Paperless

While you are couped up in the house, use the time wisely. If you are swamped with clutter on your counters, desk and fridge door, the solution is simple: go paperless.

You might not automatically think of your computer as a cleaning device – but it is. With a little ingenuity, you can use it to declutter the house.

There’s no reason to cramp your space with a constant influx of paper and mail. Thanks to digital technology, paperwork is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Contact your insurance company, bank, utility providers, and anyone else who is still sending you snail mail – and tell them to stop. Ask them to start sending all of those bills, bank statements and letters via email instead.

Make sure that you are systematic with your new filing system. Create folders on your computer where you can start to store your ‘paperwork’ from now on. I used to stick my unpaid bills to the fridge door with a magnet - now I just pop them in a folder on my desktop.

Start transitioning to digital now, and by the time spring rolls around, paper clutter will be a distant memory.

Author Bio:

Katie is a blogger, digital marketing specialist and community manager for Airtasker, a community based marketplace. People post and receive offers from Airtasker for house cleaning in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities of Australia. Katie is a great cook and also enjoys interior design, especially DIY. Living next to the beach, she's always there (on weekends) swimming, catching up with friends or volunteering as a lifesaver.

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