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
1. Check for Repairs
There is always something to work on when you own a property. Early spring is a good time to assess what needs to be done and to make a plan. Although this upkeep takes time, it’s way better to do little repairs here and there than it is to have to do major renos later
Here is a list things to check for minor repairs:
- Check walls and floor for dampness in the basement.
- Do you need to give a fresh coat of paint to a shed or a refinish the deck?
- Check for cracks in the foundation.
- Have a look at weather-stripping around doors and windows.
2. Freshen up Your Bedroom
I always put off switching my winter/summer clothes until May, since it can still get chilly here. Take this time to reduce the amount of clothing you have by getting rid of items you no longer wear.
This is a great opportunity to give your closets, dressers and armoires a good wipe down since these are hard to clean when full of clothes.
When is the last time you cleaned your pillows and duvet or comforter? I’m not talking about the covers here. Before you go ahead, check the labels. Most pillows and blankets can be tossed in the wash, but some are dry clean only. If you have an older top loading machine, I suggest you go to a laundromat. If this sound too much, you can also just bring everything to the cleaners and have it done professionally.
3. Magic Carpet
I love hard wood floors because they are easy to maintain. But area rugs and carpets bring style to any interior. Vacuuming them will do the job for most of the year, but once in a while, carpets also need a good deep clean.
Some small area carpets can even be thrown in the washing machine and hung to dry, so take advantage of that if you can.
Renting a carpet cleaning machine is an option or, you know, if you’re my husband, you can take the carpet out and blast it with the pressure washer.
4. Go Play in the Dirt
Do you have a big yard or maybe just a tiny balcony? Regardless, there is always space for some green and now is the time to get dirty.
Get out your tools out, check your lawnmower and clean outdoor furniture and bring outside, so you’re ready for the next lazy sunny day.
Clean flower beds and pots, prune trees and bushes as needed and according to their growth cycle, feed your lawn and finish planning for what you want to plant this year.
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.
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