It's January and if you woke up this morning in the Portland area you know that we have about 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground. How can you even think about doing any home maintenance tasks when it's freezing outside and we have snow on the ground? Well, the good thing about the Pacific Northwest is that it usually melts within a few days, especially if it rains. We warm up and cool down quite frequently during the winter months but if you're looking for some home maintenance tasks that are perfect to do in January, here's a good list.

#1. Holiday cleanup.January Home Maintenance

Seeing that it's already 11 January you probably have already put a lot of things away, but if you haven't, now is a great time. Your neighbors are going to start wondering if you're too lazy from Christmas or you're planning ahead for this year's Christmas. Pack up things, get bins and Rubbermaid containers that hold all of your Christmas or holiday decorations and be sure to label things when you put them away.

#2. Protect your pipes.

You probably have already done this but you want to make sure to cover up the outside faucets, wrap pipes to prevent freezing and make sure that all of your hoses of all of the water out of them before wrapping them up. If a pipe bursts, you want to shut off the main water valve to your home and call a plumber right away.

#3. Disinfect everything.

Winter is the perfect time for germs to breed and grow, especially if you're not going outside a lot. Lysol everything in the house from doorknobs and refrigerator handles to your doorbell, smart phones, tablets, keyboards, stair railings, toothbrushes and anything people touch on a regular basis with their hands.

#4. Organize closets, pantries, and drawers.

This is a great thing to do when there's a snow day and you're probably not venturing outside. Get the kids to help by taking on one or two projects a day, clearing out and cleaning drawers, cupboards, cabinets, pantries, closets and more.

#5. Donate.

Now is also a great time to pack up winter close that just don't fit anyone anymore and items that you want to donate so that when the snow does thaw, can turn those into your local thrift store or consignment shops.

Try to stay warm out there as crazy as our winter has been. Now is a good time to tackle some of these inside projects so that they are done come spring.