Sing me some graces, there is such a thing as over-cleaning! Here are ten chores around the home that you really only need to do annually, minus special circumstances. Let's dive in!
1. Curtains & Drapes
Unfortunately, we don't mean the dusting part. You'll want to dust at least once a month, but when it actually comes time to getting them cleaned, you only really need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.
2. House Gutters
Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal, generally about once per year. You'll want to do this in the autumn when all of the leaves from the trees have already fallen.
3. Fireplace & Chimney
After the winter, you'll want to give your fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper.
We wish we meant vacuuming, but that's pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households. In this case, we mean a deep clean. The best time to get this taken care of is right after summer.
5. Outdoor Furniture
The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes up happen while you're using them, you want to clean the spots right away, so you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.
Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it.
7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry
Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get them ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed.
8. Linen Closet
Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves.
9. Garage, Basement, & Attic
No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. It can also feel good to get rid of junk that tends to accumulate in these hidden spaces.
If you're in the market to sell your home, you can always give me a call, and I'll refer over some preferred vendors that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks.
Author:Lauren Rockwell Phone: 214-717-1636 Dated: January 14th 2019 Views: 906 About Lauren: Hi, I am Lauren and I am a real estate agent with Rogers Healy and Associates. I grew up in the DFW ...
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Besides a few brief stints in Denver, Colorado, Kendal Cook has spent her life in the Lone Star State and loves it. Born in Houston, Kendal then attended The University of Texas in Austin, before finally landing home in Dallas. Working at the Dallas Business Journal and then moving on to work for home builders, helped hone her love for real estate.
“It’s not a job to me, it’s a career and a passion that I love. Helping people find the right home and seeing them so happy, starting the next phase of their life is what brings me happiness!”
Kendal has been in East Dallas for over 12 years now and lives in Lakewood with her 8 year old son who attends a local private school. She is very active in her so n’s school and activities.
“Being a mom is the most important thing in my life. Working with a smaller, family focused company like Rogers Healy and Associates, allows me to combine my two loves. Being a full time mom and a full time realtor while helping people change their lives! It is a true joy to wake up everyday and know that I get to help people and still have time for my son’s soccer games.”
Whether you are looking to buy sell or lease in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, Kendal Cook is excited to work for you!