January is a time for new beginnings, which means it’s prime time for homeowners to pack up the holiday decor, take care of winter weather maintenance and organize indoor spaces weighed down with clutter.
Holiday storage. It’s time to put Santa, his elves and the lights away until next year. But before you pack up, take the time to toss or donate anything you no longer want.
Change water filters. January is a great time to change the water filters throughout your home. If you haven’t done so already, put a reminder on your smartphone to do this at the same time every year.
Prevent ice dams. In snowy regions, beware of ice dams that occur when snow and ice melt and refreeze on roofs and in gutters. To prevent dams from forming, make sure you have adequate insulation in the attic. Inspect the underside of roof decking and seal seams and other openings. The attic temperature should be close to the outside temperatures.
Snow removal. Whether you use a snow blower or a shovel, keep your sidewalks and drives clear. To improve traction and melt ice, use calcium chloride pellets instead of rock salt.
Organize and declutter. Go closet by closet, and room by room. Sell or donate to charity any belongings you no longer use or love. Digitize family photos and home videos. Do not spend money on organizational tools and containers until you have completely purged.
Tax season prep. Begin to gather the receipts and records needed to prepare your taxes. Make an appointment with your tax accountant.