January may be cold and dark, but it can also be a time for bold beginnings. Make the most of your month by clearing space in your home, boosting warmth and dreaming up plans for the year ahead. Here are 13 to-dos to give your home a little midwinter TLC.
Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less
Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Organize the board games.
Organize cold-weather accessories.
Tackle These Tasks Over a Weekend
Protect pipes from freezing.
Clear home and wardrobe clutter.
Clean out the kitchen and pantry.
Knock heavy snow from tree branches.
Take down holiday decorations, and store them well.
Give in to the urge to hibernate.
Maintenance and Extras to Budget for This Month
Take steps to prevent ice dams.
Plan big home projects for the year ahead.