By Laura Gaskill
1. Keep sidewalks and entryways free of ice and snow (even while you’re away). Ice and snow can make walkways dangerous for visitors. Aim to shovel snow promptly, and sprinkle gravel, straw or wood chips to provide traction. And if you plan to be out of town during a winter storm, hire someone to clear the sidewalk and front steps of your home while you are away. Your neighbors and mail carrier will thank you!
2. Start planning for a spring or summer home sale. If you are considering putting your home on the market this year, it’s a good idea to start the process now. Set a timetable, interview potential real estate agents and make a list of home projects that need to get done to help your home show well.
4. Organize bookshelves. Pull volumes that you didn’t enjoy or are finished with, and sell or donate them, leaving a bit of extra room on each shelf for new titles. And if you get distracted by beloved old books you had forgotten all about, just roll with it. After all, there’s no better place to spend a winter afternoon than in a favorite chair with a good book.
8. Check bathrooms for moisture, mildew and mold. It can be hard to give bathrooms enough ventilation when the house is closed up tight for winter. Unfortunately, that buildup of moisture can lead to mildew or even harmful molds. Give the bathroom a thorough cleaning, paying special attention to grout, the ceiling and any other areas showing signs of excess moisture.