All homes require maintenance to prolong the longevity of the components within. Sometimes these can be large, daunting tasks but here are a few really simple ones that can be added to your calendar monthly and annually!
- Curtains & Drapes
Curtains and drapes should be dusted monthly and deep cleaned once annually. Most curtains and drapes can be machine washed or dry cleaned. This is an easy way to spruce up your home décor. A simple way to remember to complete this task in the spring when flowers start to bloom.
- House Gutters
Gutters should be cleaned annually in the fall when all leaves from the trees on you property have fallen. Another great option is to invest in gutter guards. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal and extend and the life of your gutters.
- Fireplace & Chimney
After the winter, you’ll want to give your wood-burning fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper for a more thorough cleaning.
Vacuuming carpets should be done at least bi-weekly to minimize dust, dirt, pet dander and any other debris. Deep cleaning, in the form of carpet shampooing, should be done once annually.
- Outdoor Furniture
Spring is the ideal time to clean outdoor furniture. When you bring it out for the season, spot clean and dust right away. This not only keeps your furniture looking nice, but it prevents accumulations of stains and rust.
Make a point to flip your mattress yearly to avoid unbalanced wear and tear. In addition, spot clean necessary and replace mattresses according to your particular mattress’ recommendations.
- Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry
Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get them ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed. It also serves as a great opportunity to create a grocery list of items you’ll want on hand for holiday baking and entertaining.
- Linen Closet
Annually, empty your linen closet and dust. Wash towels and bedding that may have been sitting unused for prolong periods of time. Re-fold and organize the shelves. If you have a particular time of year that is busier for entertaining and having guests, aim to clean your linen closet beforehand.
- Garage, Basement, & Attic
A good cleaning at least once a year can help keep clutter to a minimum and also ensure that you are regularly checking for moisture, pest and insect problems. It can also serve as an opportunity to discard of junk that has accumulated in the way of a garage sale or donating. Doing this in spring allows you to have the summer to sell items or give them to charity.