Mid Winter Home Upkeep
The holidays are well behind us in the rearview mirror. In this mid-winter lull, not quite spring but as it gets lighter out each day this season, our eyes see imperfections around the house that need tending to. Don’t wait for spring-cleaning to tackle some simple upkeep items that can be done now.
- Clean out your closets and donate what you don’t wear any longer.
- Re-stock pantry shelves
- Sharpen knives
- De-clutter kitchen drawers (Tupperware containers without lids, random gadgets with no more use, chipped dishes, etc.)
- Toss out old and expired items in both the kitchen and bathroom. (Cosmetics usually have an expiration date on the bottom of the product)
- Launder or dry-clean pillows and throws to add freshness to each room.
- Dust bookshelves and box up any that have lost interest to give to a good home.
- Wash indoor windows to let the little bit of winter sunlight in.
Examine Your Property:
- Check for dampness in-doors and out. Groundwater and rain can seep into your home in unsuspecting places.
- With the below-freezing temps throughout New Jersey, check all external pipes for any that may have bursted during one of the thaws.
- Take a tour around the perimeter of the house after any windstorm to make sure there aren’t any downed limbs leaning across the power lines or on the roof.
- Examine the exterior of your home for any damage to your siding, gutters and trim that this stormy winter may have caused.
- Change your furnace filter. Filters typically last about three months, and with the cold temps, you have most likely gotten most of its use out of your current filter.