- Wedding: July 2017 - State Park
So a lot of this should be common sense and is stuff you should have been doing or noticed in apartments. The cleaning won’t be any different from anywhere else you’ve been, spring or otherwise. I probably purge and organize 3 times a year, deep cleaning happens probably every 6 weeks or so. (Pull the furniture out and actually vacuum behind everything, polish the floor, etc).
Wash the windows when they’re dirty. Now that’s once or twice a year. I’ve lived on dusty roads where I was doing it once a month. Take the blinds down and wash them when you wash the windows.
Change any filters according to their schedule. HVAC, hood vent charcoal if you have that, brita, everything. Change smoke detector batteries twice a year and check functionality regularly (obsessively, if you’re me).
Clean gutters and make sure they’re functioning well. Stay on top of the dryer hose unless you want your house to burn down.
I mow the grass about once a week and weed wack every other. I weed the front hedges about every other week and trim them as I notice they need it. The back gardens I do at my leisure.
Powerwash if you have vinyl siding every couple years. If you have wood siding dont even think about a power washer while you look at it.
Touch up with paint and stain as necessary.
Winterize lawn mowers. (YouTube it, don’t pay someone.)
Cut water to outside faucets for winter unless you have a particular kind of faucet or it doesn’t drop below freezing.
Change the direction of ceiling fans seasonally.
Clean and maintain as you go. If something seems off, fix it. The problem will only get bigger.
Protip: if your sink is stainless steel scour it with Bar Keepers Friend once a week. If it’s old you’ll get it looking brand new after a few weeks, if it’s new you’ll keep it looking that way.
Second protip: Even if it’s well below freezing, at least once a month in winter open all the windows and put the fans on for 15-30 minutes. Get tons of fresh air in the house. Your sanity will thank me.