The last third of winter can be an anxious time for homeowners who take pride in the appearance of their home. Snow is partially melting and mud is everywhere. You’re left to deal with the salt stains winter snow and ice have left behind, wondering if it would be worth it to take care of certain problems now, or wait until you’re absolutely certain that the worst of winter has passed.

Just because we’re in the dead of winter, doesn’t mean there aren’t items you can take care of inside to ensure your home stays in top operating condition for the remainder of the season. To ease the wait for spring, here’s a list of the little things you shouldn’t wait to take care of:

  • Sinks, shower & tub - repair grout 
  • Curtains - clean & vacuum
  • Window blinds - dust
  • Ceiling fans & light fixtures - clean
  • HVAC - vacuum & dust
  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Doors - tighten and lube bi-fold
  • Electrical - test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords.
  • Basement - deep clean & inspect
  • Deep clean your appliances: 
    • Refrigerator: Remove food and wipe down all surfaces with a mixture of warm water and vinegar. This is a great time to throw out old leftovers and check the expiration dates of condiments. The freezer can also get a quick clean. Use a vacuum to suck up small objects like coffee grounds. Empty ice bins and add a fresh box of baking soda to remove odors.
    • Dishwasher: Use plain vinegar on a dry cloth and wipe the edges of the machine that tend to stay dirty. Remove the filter and clean it to remove stuck on food. Sprinkle the inside with baking soda until you’re ready for your next load.
    • Washing machine: Clean rubber gaskets and seals with plain vinegar on a cloth. Do a clothes-free cycle with hot water, vinegar and baking soda. Leave washing machine door open for it to dry completely. Check connection points behind the machine to ensure the hoses are in good shape.

Spring is on the horizon, but until then, keep your home well protected through the rest of the winter season. How many of these chores have you already taken care of?