Maintaining a home takes time, whether you live in a mansion or a tiny apartment.
Instead of trying to do too much at once, keep up with our Monthly Maintenance Checklist and take care of your home effortlessly.
Home Maintenance Checklist Series
Lots of people still get colds and the flu at this time of year. Fight back by disinfecting handles, door knobs, light switches, TV remotes, phones, keyboards and mouse or any other items in high traffic areas or that you touch every day.
Drinking tap water should be a given (in most places), if only to reduce all those plastic bottles (reducing is better than recycling). That doesn’t mean you like the taste of your tap water. Water filters help a lot with that, but they do need to be replaced regularly.
Put the oven on self-clean (if you’re so lucky) or clean your oven and get the exhaust fan filters soaking in a mixture of boiling water and a degreaser like dish soap or OxyClean for about 10-30 minutes. You might need to scrub a little depending on how dirty the filters are.
Once the oven is done self-cleaning, let it cool and wipe down any residue with a wet cloth.
Take 10 minutes to do a quick wipe down in your pantry. This will help reduce the dust (yep it goes there too).
3. Pet Hair
This is a new one for us, thanks to Miss Penny.
I invite you to check Melissa Maker’s video at Clean My Space to get tips and tricks on that subject.
4. Get ready for the outdoors
It’s not quite time to garden or sit in the backyard here in Edmonton, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for summer. Give your BBQ a good scrub and check its tank.
The snow is almost all melted and with that, clusters of old leaves might be clogging your eaves troughs. So, go on and clean your gutters and get your rain barrel ready if you have one.
Spruce up your entrance. I love to have a wreath on the front door all your long, I find them inviting. Depending on the season, I rotate between different ones I have.
Also, if you have a mat just outside your door, you might want to give that a clean too.
5. Cleaning tools
Want your vacuum to suck all the dust and crumbs in one pass? Make sure you empty it regularly, change or clean the filter.
If you live in Canada, there is a good chance you have winter tires on your car. It’s even mandatory in some places. To keep those tires in good condition for several years, have them switched over to all-weather or summer tires in the spring. It’s usually a good time to get your oil changed as well.
I also need new wipers. Got to see through all that April rain.
Plan your spring cleaning tasks over the course of the month. It will feel less overwhelming. I will have a whole series on that subject this month, so make sure you come back to check it out.
These are just ideas, you should increase or diminish the frequency for each task, according to your household habits. Also, please make sure you always check your user manuals for instructions before you tackle any electronics or appliances.
Check the Rest of the Monthly Maintenance Checklist.
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