January 2, 2020

A Big Cleanup for the New Year!

What could be better than getting a fresh start to a new year? After putting away the Christmas decorations, making your list of new year's resolutions and eating the last of the turkey leftovers, the time has come to tackle the big household clean-up before returning to your daily routine.

Appliances that shine

If your stove and dishwasher were used more than usual during the holidays, a good cleaning is definitely in order. For the refrigerator, unplug it and remove all the food. Thoroughly clean the shelves and drawers, as well as the entire interior, including the door's rubber seal. A homemade solution of water and white vinegar or just soapy water will do the trick. If there's ice build-up in your freezer, defrosting it regularly will increase the longevity of your appliance and save on electricity consumption. Throw away any expired food or food that you haven't opened in a long time. Don't forget to plug your fridge back in once you're done!

Pay it forward

Do you have any clothes that you haven't worn in the past year but that are still hanging in your closet? Do you have a small appliance that you've been moving around for the past year, without actually using it? It's time to get rid of these things! There are many donation centres for clothing and objects of all kinds throughout Quebec. Do an online search to find one that's in your neighbourhood. Decluttering is beneficial for your overall health and well-being. To get a fresh start to the year, take out the “trash” and make room for renewal!

Clean out your medicine cabinet

If pill containers, syrup bottles and jars of cream are piling up in your bathroom cabinet, now is the time to clean it out. By removing everything, it will be easier to examine each item, discard those that have expired, and organize those that are still useful. Expired medications should be returned to the pharmacy instead of thrown in the trash or down the toilet. Beauty products also have a limited shelf life, which ranges from three months to a year.

See also :

How to Optimize Kitchen Counter Space

Maintenance: Preparing for Winter

Setting Up a Pantry


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