No matter what time of year it is, your home needs some basic TLC, just like you do. From cleaning gutters to closing hot tubs, here’s what you need to know about how to prepare your home for each season. Go forward with confidence and keep your home in tip-top shape all year round.
We all know about spring cleaning. It’s the time of year to clear out all the dust from winter and prepare to let sunlight and fresh air into your space. Give your floors a good mopping and your windows a good washing. Make sure all windows and doors can open freely—spray a little WD-40 to get any stubborn hinges moving. Launder all your linens and make sure all your light fixtures have working bulbs in them. And ensure you clean the baseboards in every room.
Open your space up to warm weather and fun with friends! Maintain your floors all year long; every time you go outside, you bring something back in. Whether it’s spilled juice or sand from the beach, keep your floors free of debris. If you have a pool or hot tub, open it up for the summer and ensure that the water is clean and balanced. Take advantage of the warm weather and clean out your garage, too. During your next sunny weekend, spread all your junk out on the driveway and make three piles: one to keep, one to donate, and one to chuck in the trash.
Once the days start to get shorter, it’s time to clean up your remaining summer messes. Pay special attention to your backyard during the fall. Rake up fallen leaves and either toss them in a yard waste bag or have them mulched to give your plants some extra nutrients. Take down any tiki torches, gather up any toys strewn about, and clean the grill before you cover it up for the season. And since you’re about to spend much more of your time inside, repeat your spring-cleaning routine. Look out for any budding mold or mildew and get rid of it before the winter.
You’re about to spend a few months indoors. Yard chores will soon be behind you! If you’ve got a pool or hot tub that you opened up a few months ago, balance and chlorinate the water one last time before covering it up. Meanwhile, as the temperature drops outside, spend your indoor time decluttering and reorganizing. The holiday season is a great time to donate unwanted items to your favorite local charity.
When you feel the winds change, bring your home into the new season with these helpful tips. Learn how to prepare your home for each season and get to cleaning! Your living space will thank you.