The Northeast is set to get pummeled by yet another winter storm. It seems like winter will never be over. Most of us are thinking about Spring, and doing outside activities. But did you know that you can do some Spring cleaning activities on a snow day? I know that it is hard to think about Spring cleaning where there is a foot of snow on the ground, but if you are stuck inside, why not make the most of it.
- Organize your linen closet. Look through your towels for ripped towels, and set them to the side in your garage(they work great to dry your car after washing). Do the same with your sheets, and make sure you have complete sets for each bed in your house. When finished, make a list of things that need to be replaced. The next time you are able, purchase the needed items and restock your closet.
- Update your spice rack. Take a few moments to check for expired spices. Do you have some that you’ve never opened? Check your cookbooks to see if you really need them. If you don’t, then toss them in the garbage. Take a moment to see if you need some updated ones for the summer season, especially if you do a lot of grilling. Add those to your shopping list for the next time you go.
- Review your first aid kit. In the past I blogged the importance of having a fully stocked first aid kit in your house. Now is a great time to check expiration dates, or see if anything needs to be replenished. I check mine 4 times a year, and after every vacation trip. It has been a life-saver several times.
- Check your stock of batteries and flashlights. You should have one flashlight for every member of your household. Have twice the number of batteries available for each flashlight(for example, we have 4 people in our family. Each flashlight requires 2 “D” batteries. Which means I have a minimum of 16 “D” batteries at any given time.) I also keep a stock of 4 9-volt batteries(for our fire detectors), a 16-pack of “AA” batteries. Do you know how tragic it is not to have batteries for Wii remotes? And then I have an 8 pack of “AAA” batteries for remotes.
- Create a cleaning caddy for your everyday cleaning tasks. Purchase a storage caddy with a handle, something like the Casabella Caddy from Amazon. They no longer make the blue one like I have, but this clear one works just as well. It is sturdy and very easy to clean. For my caddy, I keep the following items:
- A bottle of glass cleaner
- Roll of paper towels
- Furniture polish
- Dust rags
- A bottle of Febreze
- A container of carpet sprinkles
- Bathroom spray
While snow is not a fun thing to deal with, you can be like me and whine all the time. Or, you can make the most of it by doing some preparation for Spring. Most of these tasks will take less than 30 minutes to do, and will save you tons of time in the end.