Keep your home clean and organized all year round by dealing with biting tasks.
Here’s an easy way to get to the checklist of your home care: Take it one small block at a time!
Tiny steps add great results. And if you spend some time on home maintenance – two hours a week, one afternoon a month and two days a year – your home will stay in top shape all year round.
Here’s our easy to follow checklist:
Weekly home care
Your weekly home care ritual will be largely determined by the features of your home, but it may include some of the following tasks:
- Floors: Give all your carpets deep dust. Or, if you have hardwood floors, give them a good time with a large dust mop.
- Courtyard: Plan to spend 30 minutes doing one small care task in your yard, such as mowing a tree or bush, painting a mailbox, or blowing leaves and debris from a garden path or sidewalk.
- Refresh your trash. Run through a tray of ice cubes through it, along with some sodium or lemon peel, and voila! It will be clean and fresh again.
- Clean the outside of all appliances and the inside of one appliance a week. For example, if you’re cleaning the fridge this week, launch a cleaning tablet through your dishwasher next week and wipe your dryer the following week.
Monthly home care
These are the projects we all know we do on a regular basis, but often fail. Just pick an afternoon, and go for it!
- Clean the hood and filter. This is one of those areas we often forget about, but if you don’t take care of it regularly, it will develop a nasty layer of grease and dirt over time.
- Clean the oven filter and replace it if necessary. This will help your oven run efficiently, keeping service bills down.
- Polish wooden furniture, dust lamps and wipe ropes.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working and don’t need new batteries. If you have a fire extinguisher, make sure it is fully charged.
- Visually inspect the outside of your home for problems or problems, such as loose shingles, damaged sidewalks, insect nests, or overgrown trees or shrubs. Note to correct the problems!
Annual home care
Plan these tasks so that you make sense. You can make them a seasonal base or just schedule one or two days a year to hit it all.
Here are some bigger tasks to do once a year:
- Clean and organize your garage, basement, or attic. This is a care everyone is afraid to do, but it feels so good after it’s over! In addition you will most likely discover some forgotten treasures to donate to charity or sell online.
- Wash windows and window screens, and let in the sunshine! While this task is often done in the spring, you can do it anytime of the year.
- Take on one major external improvement project a year, and plan a day or two to complete it. For example, you may want to install a fence, redo a large deck, patch an asphalt or concrete driveway, or install raised garden beds.
- Clean drains, check under the eaves, remove trees or shrubs that intrude on your home, and install wire grilles in some holes to remove pests.
- Refresh one room in your home. Choose any room, and give it a mini-makeover. For example, you can repaint it, change curtains, move the furniture and add plants and artifices to give it a whole new look. If you do this with one room a year, after a few years, your whole home will look awful!
By following this checklist, you can have a wonderfully maintained home with a minimal investment of time and energy.