Winter Cleaning Tips: How to Keep Your Home Clean and Cosy During the Cold Months

Winter – a season that brings with it mixed emotions, and in some parts of the country (Cape Town), mixed elements of weather. The snuggly yet chique fashion statements that line our cupboards are sometimes outweighed in feeling by the icy mornings that we dread waking up to. However, those same temperatures keep us in our homes more often and give us the opportunity to relish in warm meals, comforting food, and a mountain of blankets. 

Spending more time indoors means having to keep up with cleaning chores more often. Keeping a clean and cosy environment makes the shorter days much more comfortable. If you’re looking to take your winter cleaning schedule to the next level, the SweepSouth team has got you covered. In this post, we’ll give you the best winter cleaning tips and techniques to keep your home clean and cosy during the cold months. Get ready to enjoy your favourite place on earth in a warm and comfortable state, as it should be.

Declutter and Organise

Woman organising shoes in her cupboard.

The first of our cleaning tips you’ll need to get your home winter-ready is to get rid of any clutter buildup from summer and autumn, and then organise everything so that it’s easier to grab what you need for the colder days. Follow the steps below to declutter and organise effectively. 

1. Remove Unnecessary Items

Before winter arrives, take the opportunity to declutter your home. Start by going through each room and identifying items that are no longer needed or used. There are many charities and organisations that would gladly take them off your hands, so donate if possible. If you could use a little extra cash, sell them, and before you know it you’ll be left with more space. This entire process will also help you create a sense of calm and tranquility during the winter months.

2. Organise Storage Spaces

Because winter means spending more time indoors, it’s crucial to have well-organised storage spaces that won’t frustrate you and make you want to leave at the first sight of them. Take time to go through your cupboards, cabinets, and other storage areas, putting winter items (such as warmer clothing) in spots that are easier to reach than everything else. Use storage solutions such as bins, baskets, and shelves to maximise space and make items easily accessible. 

Deep Clean Your Home

Process of deep furniture cleaning, removing dirt from a couch.

Once your home is feeling more organised and less cluttered, the cleaning process will also be a lot easier. Follow the steps below to deep clean your home, making it feel even more comfy and cosy. 

1. Clean Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs will accumulate dirt, dust, and allergens more easily and more often during winter, especially when windows are closed. To combat this, vacuum them regularly, or consider getting help from professionals on a regular basis. Additionally, be sure to spot-clean any stains promptly to maintain their appearance and avoid any damage. You’ll love the feeling of having clean carpets provide a warm underfoot.

2. Dust and Wipe Surfaces

With running heaters and closed windows, dust tends to settle more quickly during the winter months. This makes it important to regularly dust surfaces such as shelves, tables, and electronics using a microfiber cloth or electrostatic duster. Pay attention to frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs and light switches by cleaning them with a disinfectant to prevent the spread of winter germs. Keeping surfaces dust-free and clean helps maintain a hygienic environment, keeping everyone healthier.

3. Clean Windows and Curtains

The buildup of fog during the colder months is a lot more prominent, leaving windows and curtains looking grimy and dull. Having clean windows inside and out will maximise natural light and make your home feel brighter and warmer. Remove and clean your curtains or blinds before winter begins, and if your family is sensitive to allergies, do so again once winter ends. Keeping your windows fresh and clean will create a more inviting atmosphere during the cold and dark winter days.

Focus on Winter-Specific Areas

Wooden bench at the foot of the bed with grey bedding and a cosy blanket.

Certain areas in your home will see more activity and foot traffic during the colder months, plus there’ll also be appliances such as heaters being pulled out of storage. It’s important to pay extra attention to these to keep your home as hygienic as possible. Get these areas ready for winter using the steps below.

1. Pay Attention to Entryways

During winter, entryways tend to accumulate more mud and dirt because of the colder weather making the ground wetter. Place doormats both inside and outside the entrance to trap dirt and moisture. Sweep or vacuum the area as often as possible to keep it clean. One final helpful tip is to use a shoe rack to hold everyone’s shoes upon entry, or possibly only footwear that gets drenched. 

2. Clean Heating Systems

Once winter is in full swing, you’ll most likely have heaters and other heating systems out in full force. To ensure optimal performance and air quality, clean and maintain them regularly. Replace or clean air filters if need be. Dust and debris will accumulate on radiators or vents fairly often, so clean them gently using a soft brush or cloth. Use these tips to keep your home warm and prevent respiratory issues caused by dust and allergens.

3. Refresh Bedding and Upholstery

Cleaning and refreshing your bedding and upholstery is essential to enjoying those late-morning sleep-ins during cold winter mornings. Clean all parts of your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers, to ensure freshness. Consider rotating and fluffing pillows regularly to maintain their shape and support. Another task that should be done regularly is vacuuming upholstered furniture to remove any dust or pet hair that accumulates, as we know your four-legged family members will love spending time cuddling with you. 

Enhance Cosiness and Comfort

Golden retriever dog under plaid on the bed in rustic wooden white Scandinavian-style cabin bedroom.

Besides organising and cleaning, winter is the ideal season to give your home a mini revamp with lovely additions. Use the tips below to create a warm, cosy, and comfortable environment for you and your loved ones.

1. Add Warm Textiles and Decor

  • Place plush throws and blankets in your living room and bedroom, draping them over couches, chairs, or at the foot of the bed to add warmth and visual appeal. 
  • Choose cushions in warm colours and textures and arrange them on couches, armchairs, and beds to provide extra support and make the space feel inviting.
  • Change over to winter bedding with flannel sheets and a thicker duvet or comforter, and add extra layers with a quilt or blanket. 
  • Place soft rugs in key areas of your home, such as the living room or bedroom. Not only will you provide extra warmth for everyone’s feet, but they also help insulate the room.

2. Create a Relaxing Ambience

  • Use soft and warm lighting options such as floor and table lamps, or string lights with soft, diffused lighting to create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.
  • Place scented candles with fragrances like cinnamon, vanilla, or lavender to create a soothing and serene atmosphere. 
  • Install dimmer switches in your main living areas, such as the living room or dining room, to create a cosy and intimate ambiance.
  • Make the most of natural light during the winter by opening curtains and blinds as soon as the sun has risen. Position mirrors strategically to reflect natural light and make your space feel brighter and more spacious.

3. Utilise Winter Accessories

  • Keep a basket filled with extra blankets and place them in common areas like the living room or family room so that they are easily accessible.
  • Bring out your electric blankets to provide instant warmth and cosiness. 
  • Keep your feet warm and toasty by wearing cosy slippers or thermal socks around the house.
  • Create a dedicated area in your kitchen for hot drinks like hot chocolate, coffee, and various teas. 


These winter cleaning tips and techniques will not only ensure your home is clean, but also insulated with as much warmth as possible. Don’t forget to stay on top of your chores, be it cleaning or organising, so that you don’t welcome spring in with a dirty, disorganised home. 
If you don’t have the time to get to your chores, try one of the many SweepSouth cleaning services available on our website or app. You’ll get to choose from a large variety of vetted, experienced SweepStars, all experts at what they do.

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