I think unless you live on the coasts of Canada, this time of year is pretty grey and brown. No wonder all the Northern part of this planet wants to get out, refresh EVERYTHING and spring clean.
I’ve been busy updating a few decor things around here and I have the intense desire to tackle our pantry, but in the meantime, here is my April Housekeeping Checklist to keep you on task with managing your space.
April Housekeeping Checklist
Lots of people still get colds and the flu at this time of year. Actually, I have a cold right now (facepalm!). Fight back by disinfecting handles, door knobs, light switches, remotes, phones, keyboards and mouse or any other items in high traffic areas or that you touch every day.
For electronics, make sure you use the proper tools and cleaners so you don’t damage your screens (google it – but basically use a flat-weave microfiber cloth, and equal parts water + rubbing alcohol).
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 though. Water filters help a lot with that, but they do need to be replaced regularly.
Put the stove on self-clean (if you’re so lucky) or clean your stove and get the exhaust filters soaking in a mixture of boiling hot 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 stove is done self-cleaning, let cool and wipe down any residue with a yet 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
I never knew how much dirt a dog could bring in a house. With the melting snow and grime outside, Miss Penny, AKA Dirt Bag, has been adding a layer I could so away with, but you know … it goes with the territory.
Spring, also means extra shedding for most dogs.
A few things to add to your routine: wipe down (somewhat daily) the furniture where your pet hangs out (if they are allowed). Maybe put down an extra layer of protection (blanket, towel, etc.) that you can through in the wash and check out Melissa Maker’s video at Clean My Space to get tips and tricks on getting rid of pet hair.
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 eavestroughs. So, go on and clean your gutters and get your rain barrel ready if you have one.
Spruce your entrance: wipe down the mailbox, take down your Christmas decoration (Wait … What? Don’t give me that look of surprise, I know some of you still have that stuff up) and make start pulling the dead plants from last summer.
Also, if you have a mat just outside your door, you might want to give that a clean too.
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.
Also, check if you need new wipers. Got to see through all that April rain.
BONUS – Self Care
- Spend an afternoon (or 5) at the greenhouse to get some plant inspiration
- Open the windows on a sunny day and just spell the fresh air
- Replace your toothbrush
- Get a fresh haircut
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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