When May hits, it’s usually a sure sign that summer is just around the corner. Green things are finally poking out of the ground and anticipation for warmer weather and lazy days is mounting.
Get ready to relax and enjoy this season.
May Housekeeping Checklist
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 to have to do major renos later
Here is a list of 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 sounds like too much work, you can also just bring everything to the cleaners and have it done professionally.
3. Degunk your kitchen
All of your appliances work hard for you every day.
Maintain them by cleaning them thoroughly, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Descale your coffee maker and kettle with vinegar or special product made for that purpose.
Empty the toaster of all the bread bits and wipe.
Steam clean your microwave with half lemon in water at full blast for 1 minute (or more); makes it easy to remove the stuck on food and makes it smell fresh.
You can use the other half lemon in your garbage disposal, if you have one, for a quick refresh.
4. Magic Carpet
I love hardwood 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.
There are also small cleaning appliances on the market that can do the job and also serve for spot treatments on upholstery in your house or car. We have one like this (not sponsored) and it does the job.
5. 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, check your lawnmower, clean outdoor furniture and bring it 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.
BONUS – Self Care
- Celebrate ALL moms and maternal figures: birth moms, adoptive moms, fur moms, grandmothers, aunties, teachers, sisters, friends!
- Plan something fun for May Long Weekend
- Plan your summer vacations and other warm-weather outings for the upcoming months
- Get your summer gear out: bicycle, lawn games, etc.
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 Housekeeping Checklist.
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