I’m going to depart from my usual topic of cleaning for the moment since around spring cleaning time there are a lot of things we have to do that are more about maintenance and upkeep of your home. I’m going to share with you seven high-impact jobs to work into your schedule this spring cleaning season!
Filters & Vents
Your HVAC system is super important since it is basically what stands between you and getting a whole lot of dust and nastiness into your lungs. It’s time to change the filters and vacuum out the vents (and while you’re at it, schedule in filter-changing for the rest of the year—plan on 4 times a year). Use the brush attachment on your vacuum, and get in there on overhead vents and heating registers. This will improve efficiency, reduce noise, and remove that hairy-vent look—which is not a good one.
Check Your Air Conditioner
Remove the cover—please tell me you have a cover on it, because Chad and I forgot to cover ours last year, and what a disaster—and remove any debris, like leaves or clumps of grass that have gotten sucked in. It’s a good idea to turn your A/C on for a moment to see if it’s in good working order. Trust me, you don’t want to wait until the first hot day to figure out that your air conditioning is broken (yup, Chad and I did that too). That equals tons of money to the repairman, who you have to wait for for ages, maybe overnight (we slept in our basement to stay cool). Not a good scene.
Large Appliances Need Some Love
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Go ahead and do the annoying eardrum-piercing tests, or just change all the batteries in one go—then you don’t even have to think about them. It’s a good time to also make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries and examine the pressure gauges on your fire extinguisher. You’ll be all set in the event that you need them.
Store Winter Clothing
As a Canadian who spends half the year buried in layers, I find this one particularly gratifying. I certainly don’t want to look at this stuff if I don’t have to, and having only what you are currently using in your closets and drawers will make everything all airy and boutique-like.
Prep The Outdoors
Now is the time to check your lawnmower to see if it needs gasoline, and make sure your grill is clean and chock-full of propane. Get all your hoses out, pull weeds, and bring out your patio furniture.
Make Sure Welcome Mats Are Welcoming
This minor chore gets major billing in my book because it creates a first impression when guests come over (or when you come home through the front door!). If it looks sad and tired, now is the time to replace it. If it looks like you can get some more good years out of it, then at least clean it: beat out the dirt and vacuum it up.