9 HOME CHORES TO DO ANNUALLY

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9 HOME CHORES TO DO ANNUALLY

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 annually, minus special circumstances.  Let's dive in!

1.  CURTAINS & DRAPES

Unfortunately, we don't mean the dusting part.  You will 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 instruction on their tages 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 will 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 will 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.

4.  CARPETS

I wish I meant vacuuming, but that's pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households.  In this case, I 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 happen while you are using them, you want to clean the spots right away, so you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.

6.  MATTRESS

Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a 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 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 are in the market to sell your home, you can always call me and I will share my preferred vendors that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks.

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