Seasonal Cleaning: Pre-Winter Cleaning Checklist Room By Room

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So what should you be cleaning before the winter officially arrives? Use our pre-winter cleaning checklist as your guide to making your home clean and healthy.

As we all know, spring isn’t the only season you need to deep clean your home. It’s important to clean and declutter your home every season, especially during the winter where the Christmas decorations are up, and the house is full of guests. It’s best to make your home clean and presentable when the holiday arrives.

There are a few ways to start your pre-winter cleaning, like dusting the windows and surfaces, defrosting the freezer, organizing the pantry, and cleaning the bedrooms, in case your guests decide to stay for the night. Our pre-winter cleaning checklist will help you tackle all the important cleaning tasks you need to get done.

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Pre-Winter Cleaning Checklist Room By Room


  • Arrange the coats
  • Clean the door
  • Clean the doormat
  • Organize the shoes
  • Winterize the entryway by placing a boot scraper

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Pre-Winter Cleaning Checklist

Living Room

  • Clean and vacuum curtains
  • Clean and vacuum rugs/carpets
  • Disinfect remotes
  • Vacuum and mop under furniture
  • Vacuum furniture (sofa, ottoman, armchair)
  • Wash throw pillows and blankets
  • Wash windows

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  • Clean fridge
  • Clean kitchen rugs
  • Clean oven
  • Defrost freezer
  • Disinfect garbage can
  • Wash curtains/blinds
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe backsplash
  • Wipe down microwave

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  • Change out toothbrushes
  • Clean and disinfect garbage cans
  • Clean and vacuum curtains
  • Clean the showerhead
  • Clean windows
  • Disinfect toothbrush holders
  • Replace curtain liner, if needed
  • Wash bathmats
  • Wash shower curtains

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  • Change out bedding
  • Clean and vacuum rugs or carpets
  • Clean windows
  • Vacuum and mop behind dressers, nightstands, and under the bed
  • Vacuum or wash curtains
  • Wash extra blankets
  • Wash pillows and blankets

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Laundry Room

  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean lint trap
  • Deep clean washing machine

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  • Clean garbage cans
  • Clean mats
  • Organize items in the garage
  • Sweep out

Outdoor Area

  • Clean gutters
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean outside windows
  • Clean patio furniture, pack away if needed
  • Pressure wash patio area
  • Shake out mats
  • Sweep porches
  • Wipe down the grill, pack away if needed

Overall House Cleaning

  • Change furnace filters
  • Clean air vents
  • Clean fireplace
  • Replace air filters
  • Replace light bulbs, if needed
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries

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