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We’ve all been there – finding you have a list as long as your arm of things that you’ve been meaning to do. How long’s it been since you last dusted the ceiling fans, or weeded the garden? Even tasks that need addressing more immediately, like clearing out the fridge, can be easily put off when there are a million distractions.
Here’s a handy list of jobs, both short and long-term, that it’s worth remembering to tackle head-on. We promise – it’ll feel so much better once you’re done!
1) Unclogging the Toilet
If you’ve got little ones, it’s worth impressing this on them, too – make sure they tell you if the toilet is clogged with paper! Especially if you have multiple bathrooms or you’re in a rush, it can be tempting to ‘leave’ the problem, and it’s not always clear how best to proceed.
If in doubt, these tips are a helpful way to approach a blocked toilet. Remember it’s important to tackle the problem directly, as letting paper blockage build up can lead to the toilet overflowing and potentially causing a much worse problem!
2) Cleaning the Oven
It’s nobody’s favorite kitchen task, especially if it’s been a while. An oven can get caked in all kinds of debris, and if it’s allowed to build up, the prospect of scrubbing the oven out is intimidating to say the least.
Getting that first clean done is the hardest part – if you stay on top of it regularly afterwards, it’ll be much easier. Use some heavy-duty oven cleaner and really give it a good scrub out, making sure that you’re not using cleaning materials that will scratch the interior. It’s a good idea to let the oven air thoroughly after cleaning, too.
3) Weed the Garden
The garden is such a wonderful place to relax and get some fresh air, keeping it looking nice is important. Weeds grow enthusiastically in all conditions, and keeping them at bay can feel like a constant battle.
However, nice neat edges are a soothing sight, and as with all things, doing a little regularly is fairly easy once you’ve done the big once-over. Get those gardening gloves on and remember to take the roots up, as well!
4) Clear Out the Fridge
Is that cheese still alright? It’s in a tupperware and the sell-by date was on the original packaging, how do you know? Labelling your fridge products clearly is a pro tip, but in the meantime – if in doubt, throw it out.
Old vegetables that have gone floppy or cartons of food that you opened a week ago and only used half of need to go. When you’re done, you’ll have more fridge space than you realized, and you’ll also have saved your fresh products from potentially dangerous contamination.
5) Dust… Everything
From ceiling fans to skirting boards, dust will build up everywhere. While it’s easy enough to run the vacuum cleaner around the house, dusting requires a keener eye. It’s always the spots that everyone forgets that end up collecting the most dust, so perhaps make a checklist of places you’d normally forget to look.
The bathroom is one to remember, because the condensation that comes from hot water running makes the dust clump and stick. This means that a quick brush isn’t always enough, and you may need to use a wet cloth. Covering your mouth and nose while dusting is also a good idea, to avoid inhalation.
Doing everything regularly and in small doses will keep your home pristine and beautiful. It’s well worth not letting the tasks pile up and the dirt get thicker. Get some protective gloves on and start ticking jobs off today!