Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Are you one of those people who has their spring cleaning done before Easter? Do you already have a home maintenance checklist and spring cleaning checklist, both laminated and in a binder decorated with washi tape and raffia? You probably have one of those “drop in ready” homes that is perfect all the time, always ready for the POTUS or Martha to stop by.
If that doesn’t describe you, read on. If you are like me, just getting the regular housework basics done is quite an achievement. It usually only happens when we know someone might be coming over, and then it’s a mad scramble to get everything thrown in closets and swept under the rug, and what’s left gets thrown in my bedroom and the door barricaded.
I don’t really like living this way, but at the same time, I am a stay at home mom and don’t want to spend all of my time cleaning instead of loving on my adorable bubby butt (my little nick-name for him). But I do wish it were more organized, ya know? So when I need scissors or a hammer for example, I know where to find them. If everything had a place, life would be wonderful… ahh…. hmmm… Oh, sorry, I went off into dreamland there. We have a fairly small house built-in 1987, so no walk-in closets or big play rooms here. Which is one of the reasons everything is always out. Only about half of it can be put away at any given time.
Anyhow, if you have a home, it is kind of like a pet or a child. You need to take care of it. So while it is easy to be blind to the little (or big) problems, it really is important for you to give it a checkup once in a while. Lots of things can go wrong. Expensive things. REALLY expensive things. Anything you can do now to prevent that dip in to your emergency spending fund you’ve been tucking away is good, right? Hence the home maintenance checklist. I’ve included the spring version below.
The checklist is pretty thorough and may take a day to a week to complete. It covers things I really like to stay on top of and recommend such as cosmetic home care. If I were to imagine being back in the market to buy a home and I saw the one I am in now…… I might reconsider purchasing. Before my husband and I bought our home, we wanted to find all the faults so we knew what we were getting into. We looked high and low for every little fault. We didn’t find much wrong with the house, since it had just been remodeled. But within a month of moving in, our A/C stopped putting out cold air (in the middle of July) and because it was so hot, our wood floors got air pockets from the wood expanding…. ugh, it was so frustrating!
So I mentioned some cosmetic home care; this covers all the outdoor and indoor tasks that really don’t get done all the time but need have to be done once in a while. If you don’t keep up with these things, you’ll be the one in the neighborhood with that house or that yard. While I’m not saying you have to play the game of keeping up with the Joneses, however, you don’t want people to think your house is abandoned either.
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Some of these tasks really have to get done first thing in the spring, but others can be done over time. You don’t have to take a week off from work to do it all at once. But you never hear of a summer cleaning checklist, do you? So it’s all rolled into one big list for spring, but it’s okay if you don’t finish it until the end of summer. Just in time for the fall checklist which I will add a link to. The big thing is that these tasks are on your “to-do” list.
I’ve seen lots of home maintenance checklists and spring cleaning checklists floating around, but I really wanted my own. So I broke out the old pen and pad and wrote down all the things to get done from top to bottom. It got bigger and bigger as I thought about more and more to add. Then I figured if I prettied it up a bit I could share it with all of you!
The first page and a half of the actual list covers mostly maintenance things and other outdoor tasks. The right hand side of the second page gets into the deep cleaning part, and things that are unique to specific rooms. The last page has the more generic deep cleaning tasks to be done in each room. I didn’t include many of the tasks that you should be doing on a regular basis. This last page can be duplicated for as many rooms as you need.
Enjoy! Let me know if you like it (or hate it). Or share your tales of cleaning woes. Or better yet, if you are one of those obsessively clean ones who stuck with this post to the end, share your secrets to a perfect house!
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