Here’s a winter cleaning checklist that will make your house sparkle.

Once the holidays are over, it’s natural to feel a little blah. Maybe Santa didn’t get you exactly what you wanted. Maybe nobody liked your fruitcake. Maybe your football team lost.

Maybe you’re suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a very real condition that stems from the change of seasons and lack of sun. But there’s another kind of disorder – one that stems from the disorder of your house. Remember how good you felt when your house looked great right before the holidays? Yeah, let’s do that again. But this time even faster.

This Winter Cleaning Checklist will spiffy up your house – and mood – in no time.

  • System check. Excited to get started? Hold on! Walk away from the mop! Let’s consider the big picture. First, develop a strategy, says this Popular Mechanics’ article 15 Secrets to Cleaning Your Home in Half the Time. Setting up a game plan now will keep you from flitting about the house randomly, which eats up time and tracks dust.
  • From the top. It’s twisted but true: Cleaning moves dust, making new messes. The best way to manage it is to clean from the top down so gravity works with you. So, start with ceiling fans and window blinds and work your way down. Then work from one side of the room to the other. An even better “dusting” method is to do bust out a Shop-Vac® wet dry vacuum, like this SHOP-VAC® 4 GALLON* 4.5 PEAK HP** ALL AROUND EZ® WET / DRY VACUUM. Instead of moving dust around, you’re sucking it up. The dust won’t know what hit ‘em.
  • Give windows the all clear. Do you squeegee? You should, according to the Popular Mechanics’ article. “Place a drop of dish soap in a gallon of water, wipe it generously on the window with a cloth, then squeegee it off.” Simple – and streak free. Another good choice? A glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  • Mop and roll. Guess how many cool mopping tricks you can learn from reading 8 No-Sweat Tricks to Clean Any Type of Floor? Eight. But it feels like so much more! Whether you’re cleaning laminate or hardwood or vinyl or any other floor surface, there’s a perfect mopping solution and method. Our fave trick? Use a steam cleaner to clean high-traffic areas like the kitchen once a week; for less trafficked areas, once a month.
  • Quick access to tools. When you’re cleaning, you don’t want anything to slow you down, so make sure you have all the cleaning tools you need beforehand. And how about this idea? Wear an apron or toolbelt stuffed with vital cleaning supplies. You won’t look cool, but you’ll be efficient.

Now you’re basking in the glory of a clean house. Feels good, right?

You can take off your toolbelt now.