Summer is here! While most of us would like to laze in the sun and just relax, there are still projects at home that need tending to. Here is a quick list of tips to keep your home, yard and hardscaping in shape for the warm months ahead – without too much effort.
Freshen the kitchen – each time you empty the trash spray your trash cans with an anti-bacterial solution. Keep a dryer sheet at the bottom of each can. It will absorb odors and spills.
In the garden – if you haven’t added mulch yet, now’s the time to do it. Put a one to two-inch layer of mulch on vegetable and flower gardens after plants have emerged in the spring to help conserve moisture.
Organize toys – sift through the beach toys, yard toys and recreational equipment, making sure everything is in good shape. If not, fix, replace or toss. And if you’re not using something, donate it now so other families can enjoy all summer long.
Inspect the roof – on a dry day, check your roof for missing shingles and damaged flashing. Inspect seals around vents, skylights and chimney for leaks. Repair as necessary. Look in your chimney to ensure that no critters have taken up residence.
Clean the shower – to remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower and faucet heads, soak them in vinegar. If the head isn’t removable fill a plastic bag with vinegar and position it over the faucet, taping the bag shut to let it soak.
Don’t forget the dryer vent – just as in winter, it’s time to move your dryer away from the wall and vacuum behind it. Remove the tube that attaches to the machine and clear out the lint. Finally, use a shop vac to clean the outside vent, too.
Repair railings and stairs – all steps, porches and banisters should be inspected at least once a year. Repair any place that shows signs of wear, loose nails or cracked boards.
Defrost the freezer – most freezers need a good defrosting and clean-out twice a year. Remove everything and store in a cooler. Throw away food older than six months. Defrost the freezer and use a gentle cleaning solution to wipe down the walls and door.
If you tackle one of these projects every few days, you’ll get this list done in no time and still be able to relax and enjoy the sun.