As a homeowner, you likely take pride in caring for your home. From pristine gardens to finely decorated spaces, a lot of time, effort, and love goes into creating a beautiful peaceful place to live.
Even once you’ve designed, decorated, and landscaped your home, maintenance and regular upkeep are needed to keep it looking its best.
Whether you’ve been a homeowner for years or recently bought your first home, you’ve probably realized how easy it is to forget or not even know about some of the tasks you need to complete regularly to maintain your home.
Everything adds up, so when you overlook seemingly small tasks, over time it will show.
How can you keep track of all of the chores and maintenance tasks you need to get done?
Make a list of tasks you need to do, or break it up into several lists of what you need to do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly.
If you review these lists regularly, you’ll be able to stay on top of everything you need to do.
Once you make your lists, make sure you haven’t overlooked anything. You might not have thought of everything, especially if you’re new to owning a home.
Here are some tasks that are at times overlooked but that you shouldn’t forget about.
1. Pressure washing
Pressure washing is one of those tasks that are easy to overlook, but make a huge difference in the appearance of your home when you keep up with them.
You might not have even realized that some areas of your house and yard need pressure washing, but you’ll be sure to check after reading this.
You can use a pressure washer to efficiently clean decks, patios, driveways, garages, sidewalks, brick, siding, fences, and so much more.
Your yard and house exterior will look like new after a thorough pressure wash. You can rent a pressure washer and do the work yourself, or hire someone to do it for you.
2. Dusting hard-to-reach spaces
It’s completely understandable that there are some spaces in your house that don’t get dusted regularly.
Who wants to get a ladder out every week to get on top of the cabinets or in that weird nook high up in the landing?
But it’s still a good idea to schedule a time to get to these areas every once in a while.
Also, you might find that having the right tools makes it easier to get this done.
Extension poles and dusters designed for dusting fans, blinds, and other difficult areas can make the job quick and easy.
3. Cleaning underneath furniture
When was the last time you moved your furniture to vacuum, sweep, or mop?
You probably don’t move the couch or the bed around every time you clean the floors, but every once in a while, it’s a good idea to clean under the furniture.
You’ll find that dust and grime accumulate below the furniture, and you might even find a lost pen or a few coins while you’re at it.
Add this task to your list so that you don’t forget to thoroughly clean your floors from time to time.
4. Cleaning baseboards
Many people forget about cleaning their baseboards, but it’s important to do so regularly.
Baseboards accumulate plenty of dust and scuffs without you noticing, and since most baseboards are white, the dirt quickly becomes noticeable.
Take a sponge or a damp rag and clean the baseboards thoroughly if they’re looking worse for wear.
5. Cleaning your mattress
It’s important to sanitize your mattress regularly, but it’s easy to forget. You can use baking soda to get rid of odors and germs that accumulate in your mattress.
You can even get it steam cleaned by a professional. When you clean your mattress, you can also flip it and turn it.
Many mattresses can be flipped and if you flip your mattress every six months or so, it will wear out more evenly.
6. Washing curtains, throw pillows, and decorative blankets
You probably don’t think about washing these when doing your regular laundry, but you do need to wash them from time to time.
Dust and lint can build up on the surface and they can get stained and dirty so washing them is a good idea.
Some pillows, curtains, and blankets can’t just be thrown in the washer. You might have to hand wash or spot-clean some items.
But you should definitely include washing these items on your list of chores.
Owning a home has a lot of benefits, but it’s necessary to keep up with chores and maintenance if you want to keep your home looking its best.
Be sure to make a list of regular tasks to complete so that you don’t overlook anything. If you follow these tips, your house will always feel like a home.