Spring Cleaning Can Be Healing
While there is now a light at the end of the tunnel, there are several more weeks before our new normal will begin following the demise of the pandemic – with restaurants and stores calling our names.
Before you embark on your next adventure, take the time to make sure your homefront is in great condition so you’ll be glad each time you return. Here are some simple yet essential things to do while you spend your last days social distancing.
Change the batteries in your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
A 5-minute chore that can save lives and thousands in repairs.
Change The Filters in Your Heating/Air Conditioning Systems
Early Spring pollen, shedding animals, and increased dust and dirt from more frequent sojourns outside have likely taken hold in your filters. Keep your air quality at peak levels by doing this 2-minute chore.
Move The Heavy Furniture and Clean Behind & Under It
Let’s face it, we don’t often clean as thoroughly around heavy pieces of furniture. A cursory “sweep” around them seems to be enough most times. Now is the time to recruit those college-age kids who are out for the summer to help you move that King-sized bed, and even your refrigerator, so you can vacuum out the accumulated dirt and dust.
Indoor Water Hose Upgrade
If you haven’t already, take the time to invest in stainless steel hoses for your washing machine, icemaker, and any other hoses connected to high-pressure water outlets. There is no such thing as a little bit of water when it comes to home damage. Give yourself some peace of mind and invest in some of these this Spring.
Clean Your Clothes Dryer Vent
We’ve posted about this a few times already because it is such a simple chore that can save a life and thousands in fire damages. We’ve outlined how to do it here. It should take no more than 15 to 20 minutes to do.
Drain Your Hot Water Heater
Sediment builds up in your water heater and can significantly decrease the appliance’s efficiency. Simply turn off the power and water supply, attach a water hose to the drain valve and run it out a door or window to drain into your yard. Open the drain valve and empty the tank. Close the valve, refill the tank, then turn the power back on.
Take Care of Your Pests
Insects, mice, and even snakes are starting up for the year, so now is an excellent time to make sure you have no access gaps in your cabinets or at windows and doors. Hire an exterminator or get a spray from your hardware store and lay down a protective barrier both inside and out. It is also a good incentive for you to clean out some of those kitchen cabinets.
Your Windows Need Attention
Cleaning the insides of your windows is eye-opening. You don’t realize how heat and dust can cause build-up on your panes until you go to wash them in the Spring. The same goes for your window treatments. Shutters, blinds, and curtains all gather a layer of dirt and grime over the winter. Clean them all and you’ll have an even greater appreciation for the coming summer sun.
Dust High and Low
Ceilings and baseboards gather a lot of dust over time. Grab your feather duster (one with an extension pole is great for high corners and ceiling fans) and get rid of those microscopic spiderwebs once and for all. Baseboards may need a little extra love with a sponge and soap. Dogs shaking off water, boots, and shoes with outside dirt, and humidity that causes fine particles to fall and settle on low surfaces – well, you get the point.
None of these chores need to be done in one day. Break up the window cleaning by a room a day. Drain your water heater and clean your dryer hose on a Saturday morning and spend the rest of the day in your garden or on the golf course. Owning a home should be a joy, and maintaining and protecting it simple and quick. So put on your favorite music and dance your way through these tasks. The result? A clean and safe home gives you peace-of-mind at the end of each day.