Annual Home Maintenance

Everyone has heard of spring cleaning, but did you know that you can do spring cleaning any time of year? Spring cleaning just means cleaning items and spaces in and around your home that don’t get attention on a weekly or monthly basis.

Outside

Tree trimming is an important part of home maintenance. Overgrown trees can lose limbs in a powerful storm, so it’s safer to keep them cut back. Trimming trees is also a way to keep them healthy and looking nice. The best time to trim trees is when they are not actively growing – from November to March.

Fertilizing grass follows the opposite schedule. To encourage healthy grass growth, fertilize at the beginning of growing season after the last frost.

Whether you have a heated garage or must park on the street, taking care of your car sometimes seems like a full-time job. Although regularly scheduled maintenance and oil changes need to happen whenever your car reaches a certain mileage, it’s nice to make time once a year for a deep clean of the inside and outside of your car. Getting a Waldorf car detailing is like a reset back to almost-new for your vehicle.

Inside

The list of yearly chores that should be performed inside the house is long. Some prefer to break it down and focus on one item a month while others like to create a hell-week of cleaning. To begin with in the kitchen, remove everything from all your cupboards and pantry and wipe down the insides. Do the same with the refrigerator and stove. Pull out large appliances and clean the built-up dust behind them.

Throughout the house, wash all baseboards and walls. Schedule a carpet cleaning. Donate clothes that haven’t been worn in a year and throw away expired medicines. Wash all windows and screens.

Keeping up with annual chores is the key to not getting overwhelmed by them. Create a calendar reminder in your phone and work towards the peace of mind of a well-maintained home.

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