Now that we’re going to spending a lot more time at home we could take the opportunity to work through our home maintenance lists. Working through it one chunk at a time will not only pass the time and keep our minds busy it will also give us a well-looked after home and some fresh air.
All the little jobs add up to big results, so even dedicating a little bit of time to your home maintenance like two or three hours a week, you will get your home in tip-top condition sooner rather than later.
We are all spending more time at the moment as everyone across the world pulls together, doing DIY and garden work is a great way of passing time if you are well enough to be doing it. You could use some of the time working on some of the tasks that you would normally do each month or year now instead.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you should be doing weekly, monthly and yearly:
Your Weekly Home Maintenance Checklist
Your weekly checklist is somewhat going to be determined by the style and features in your home but will include some of the most common tasks, some of which you might do every day in a part of your routine. Some of these include:
- Vacuum Your Floors – This is something that should be done at least once a week. If you do a deep vacuum all through your home, you will be able to keep on top of it and only need to quickly run the vacuum through when a mess has been made, If you have hardwood floors you might want to makes sure you have something that you can use to check for dust, it has a habit of gathering under furniture.
- Your Yard- Try to spend around thirty minutes doing small tasks in your yard, whether it’s sweeping the floors, removing the weeds or painting your mailbox, all the little tasks ass up and leave you with more time to enjoy it.
- Look After Your Bathroom – You should make sure you are keeping your bathroom clean, but you should also think about including extra little tasks each week such as cleaning the grout, repairing a tile, unblock your drain, etc. If you do this you won’t be left with a big mess to sort out at the end of the month.
- Freshen Your Garbage Disposal – Your garbage disposal can be a huge harbourer of unwanted bacteria and it can become smelly, run a few ice cubes through it with some lemon rinds or baking soda and it will be fresh again in no time.
- Clean The Surfaces Of Your Appliances – You should clean both the outside and inside of your appliances, these get used a lot and therefore a lot of bacteria and germs and sit on them for weeks and only get worst if you don’t clean them. You don’t have to do every single one each week, but try to rotate them. For example if you’ve cleaned your toaster and got rid of the crumbs this week, clean the refrigerator next.
Your Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
These are the tasks that we know we should do on a regular basis, but we often don’t find the time to get to them. Pick an afternoon a month and just get on with it. These include:
- Cleaning Your Oven- Although it’s a messy job, you should try to clean your oven once a month or every two at minimum. It’s one of the areas that often get left until it ‘really’ needs to be done. However, this can make it unmanageable, greasy and dirty.
- Polish Wooden Furniture – Although you’re likely to wipes these surface on a regular basis, giving them a decent polish once a month will help them to last longer and stay in good condition.
- Dust Lights- Your light can gather dust over time so try to go over them every few months.
- Safety Checks- Make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly. If you own a fire extinguisher make sure it’s charged.
- Inspect The Outside Of Your Home- Have look to see if you can identify any issues such as insect nests, overgrown trees or shrubs, damaged sidings, etc.
Your Yearly Home Maintenance
These tasks can be scheduled to suit when you are able to them, although you may have more time at the moment. Here are some of the annual tasks you should look at:
- Look After Your Garage – You should think about clean and organizing your garage, this is something that most people dread, but if you do it each year you should be able to keep on top of it. Once you’ve done it you might want to consider a seamless coating to protect your garage floor to keep it clean and looking good. Get rid of anything that you no longer use, if they’re in good condition donate them if not find the best way to recycle or dispose of them.
- Clean Your Windows And Doors – A great way to let the sunshine in is to have beautifully clean windows, you can do these tasks any time of the year.
- An Improvement Project – There usually something that needs to be done in your yard, whether it’s replacing the pathways or planting fresh flowers, schedule a day or two each year to completing the larger tasks at hand.
- Clean The Guttering – If you want to make sure the drainage of your home is working correctly you need to clean the gutters, check under the eave and keep your eye out for any pest problems.
- Freshen One Room- Pick a room in your home, and give it an uplift with a makeover. You could repaint it, add a feature wall, change the curtains, move the furniture, add plants and change the flooring. It will give it a completely new look. If you do just one room each year, it won’t be long until your whole home is completely finished.
Following these checklists will help to get your home maintained and up to scratch in no time. Do you have any tasks that should be included that you could add to the list? Please share them in the comments below.