Tuesday, September 15, 2009

book of seasons: January chores

  • Fix leaky faucets and fixtures
  • Inspect the water heater for signs of trouble; drain sediment from the tank until the water runs clear
  • Check the temperature of the hot water heater and if necessary, lower the setting to 120deg.
  • Pour a glass of water into the basement floor drains and infrequently used sink drains to ensure there is sufficient water in the trap to prevent sewer gas from entering the house.
  • Recycle old magazines, flyers and mail order catalogs. Sort the rest
  • Cull piles of photos - separate the good, the bad and the ugly. Share duplicates with friends and family. Set aside the rest for now.
  • Go through CDs, videos, books. Create piles for keepers, loaners, donation and resale.
  • Paw through stacks of games and toys; collect missing pieces and put them in the appropriate boxes. Create stacks to donate, toss, store elsewhere and put in the family room. Donate the ones you can't use.
  • Start an inventory list of model and serial numbers for your TV, stereo, DVD player, etc. for homeowner's insurance.
  • Vacuum and clean floor, walls, bookshelves, entertainment centers, windowsills, miniblinds and ceiling fans.
  • Dry clean or launder drapes, throws and area rugs. If possible switch sides when rehanging drapes to minimize sun damage.
  • Spot-clean sofas, vacuum cushions and sofa base, flip and rotate cushions, dig down the sides for lost coins, etc.
  • Designate a spot for remotes.
  • Designate a spot for library and returnable items. Calendar due dates.
  • Institute a weekly five-minute cleanup with family to keep things moving toward their designated spaces.
  • Take a picture or video of the room to keep with your home inventory list.
  • Begin an exercise program.
  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • Calculate your net worth
  • Re-evaluate budget and savings plan
  • Organize tax receipts
  • Paint interiors
  • Get bids for major repairs and start scheduling
  • Have car's fluid levels checked.

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