Sometimes, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives and forget to take care of ourselves or the places that we call home. Simple tasks get pushed to the back burner because we are too busy with our day-to-day activities. The start of a brand new year is the ideal time to freshen things up a bit. One of the easiest ways to do this is to complete small maintenance tasks around your home. Below, we’ve outlined a few tips on simple home maintenance tasks to refresh your home in the New Year.
1. Change air filters
One of the easiest ways to make your home feel cleaner and fresher in 2017 is to make sure you are changing the air filters throughout the year. This is a very simple task, but it is often forgotten about. Simply unscrew the metal grate where your air filters are located, remove the dirty filter, and replace it with a clean new filter.
2.Replace smoke detector batteries and carbon monoxide detector batteries
For your safety, it’s important to make sure that all alarm systems are functioning correctly in your home. Locate all of the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your house, open the battery compartment, and replace with new batteries. Hopefully, you will not be in a situation where you need these alarms but it is better to err on the side of caution
3. Clean your garbage disposal
The garbage disposal in your sink works hard to crush up and wash away the many different food items that you put down the drain. Doing a deep clean of the disposal once a year can help eliminate odors and keep your system running smoothly. Simply pour one cup of ice cubes and one cup of salt down the drain, run the water, and turn on the disposal.
4. Weatherproof your windows
Keep your windows in tip-top shape all season long by weatherproofing them and giving them a good deep clean. You may not even realize that your view to the world outside is being filtered by a layer of built-up grime on your windows. First, completely remove the window screens and use a cleaning product like Windex to wipe down both the inside and outside of the glass as well as all windowsills. Your windows will be sparkling and more sunshine will be able to make its way inside your home this spring.
5. Clear dead plants and shrubs from around your home’s foundation to avoid damage to the structure
Adding greenery to your front lawn may improve the appearance of your home, but if you don’t properly maintain the shrubs and plants then you risk harming the structure of the house. Each season, take time to clear away any plants that didn’t last through the winter and trim back any living plants so that they do not cause damage. By completing these simple household maintenance tasks, you’ll feel accomplished and refreshed for Spring. It feels fantastic to embrace warmer weather on the right foot and hopefully, completing these tasks will help you keep your home healthy throughout the year ahead