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December 26, in England anyway, is known as Boxing Day. Traditionally, it was the day "the staff" got to enjoy the holiday, after serving the fancy people all day on Christmas. In my home, I am the hired help and do most -okay ALL- the holiday preparation. From decorating to gifts to cards to photo calendars to meal planning and cooking -the holiday is up to me. So by the time December 26 rolls around, I am done, if not nursing a cold. So I enjoy the relaxing on the sofa.
This year, I got a different kind of bug: the cleaning bug. And I put it to good use. My husband made SEVEN trips to the dump with his truck filled with various broken toys and the random junk that accumulates in a house of five. And it's already paying off since we are stuck in the house with a WCPSS snow day.
My mother sent me an article by Lindsey M. Roberts for The Washington Post. It has lots of helpful information about home projects to do throughout the year so you never get seven truck loads in to the de-clutter. At the risk of sounding like Martha Stewart or a household engineer from the 50s, I have highlighted it below. Or you can click here to read the whole article. Either way, maintaining anything -whether its a clean home or a healthy lifestyle-is easier and more effective than a surge purge. Happy Home!
January: Declutter each room and try to remove 3 bags of stuff
February: Dust baseboards and vents. Lifehack: Give each kid a Bounce dryer sheet and get them to do it.
March: Rotate mattresses
April: Power wash outdoor furniture
May: Clean light fixtures
June: Clean ducts and vents. Take on the cleaning the windows too. My grandfather always used newspaper as rags -no lint residue streaks but you may have to buy one in order to crumple it up.
July: Deep clean appliances: fridge and freezer. Washer, Dryer and dishwasher too! Run empty cycles with vinegar.
August: Touch up paint inside and out OR have the chimney cleaned
September: Trim branches and clean gutters
October: Service call the HVAC
November: Dust ceilings, corners and fans
December: Assess holiday decorations before putting them away.
Melanie Jones is a real estate broker in Raleigh and the greater Triangle area who is known for her tenacity and passion. The key to her success hinges on one thing: people. Melanie starts every trans....
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