Prepare to let the sunshine in during winter's short days by giving the outsides of your windows a spotless cleaning. All you need to clean windows is soap, water and a cloth or squeegee but many people swear by the window cleaning power of crumpled newspapers. The best days to clean windows are overcast ones — skip window washing on bright sunny days when the sun may cause soap and water streaks.
Don't forget to clean the screens! Screens collect dust and dirt that can be easily removed with the dusting-brush attachment on your vacuum (vacuum from the inside, it'll be easier).