Being a homeowner is exciting, but it comes with a lot of work. Owning a home requires you to put in time and money to take care of it, but it can be overwhelming to think about where to start. Here are nine things you can do to take better care of your home.
One of the first things you should do is clear the clutter in your home. Studies have shown that clutter affects people mentally. The clutter of your home can take up valuable space not only in your home, but in your mind as an added stress that you know you will eventually need to deal with. That pressure can be exhausting and coming home to clutter is not restful. Going through your belongings and getting rid of things that don’t make you happy helps free the space in your home and improves your mental health. With a decluttered home, you will have much less stuff to worry about and more space to enjoy.
Perform Your Own Inspections
Another thing you can do is perform your own inspections. Regular maintenance is a sure-fire way to keep your home functioning properly for years to come, but it does take an extra time commitment. But by taking that time to inspect the pipes to see if there is a leak or checking to see if there are pests behind the bookshelves, you can know whether you need to make a plan to either fix the problem or if everything is fine. Just like regular check-ups to the doctor helps you know if you’re staying healthy, regular inspections around your home allow you to fix what needs to be fixed before it becomes a major problem.
Clean Your Kitchen and Bathroom
Two of the dirtiest areas in your house are the kitchen and bathroom. If you don’t have time to clean your entire home regularly, make sure you are at least cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. Because the kitchen and bathroom are high use areas, they contain more germs than other areas in your home. For your family’s health and well-being, it’s important to clean these areas on a regular basis. You don’t have to deep clean every time you clean the kitchen or bathroom, but these areas should not be ignored.
Keep Things Dry
Another thing you need to do is keep your house dry. To keep things dry, perform regular inspections on your roof and your foundation. If the foundation of your home is cracked, then water from your sprinklers can seep into your basement, causing hundreds of dollars in damage. If your roof has a leak, then your attic and the ceiling could eventually collapse from water damage. Doing regular inspections also includes looking for potential leaks on the outside of your home to keep your home dry.
Care for Your Furniture
Your furniture is often one area of your home that gets overlooked, but it is important to care for your furniture to maintain your home. Your furniture can be damaged from daily use. For example, putting hot or cold items on wood can ruin your furniture. Things can spill and stain the couch cushions. You may not be able to prevent all damage to your furniture, but you can clean your furniture regularly and avoid putting hot or cold items on wood without a protective layer (such as hot pads for a hot dish on the kitchen table). Caring for your furniture may seem like a hassle, but it will pay off.
Clean the Refrigerator
Another area that gets neglected is the refrigerator. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning the refrigerator as it can get very messy very quickly, but cleaning the refrigerator on a regular basis will save you stress in the event of a major spill. One perk to cleaning the refrigerator on a regular basis is that you have to remove all your food, helping you to know exactly what food you have to plan for your meals.
Take Care of the Outside
Your home is not just the interior, however. The exterior of your home also needs to be taken care of. This may include everything from cleaning out the gutters, replacing siding on your house, to mowing the grass and weeding the garden. One of the challenges of homeownership is taking care of the exterior of your home as well as the interior, but if you schedule regular maintenance into your daily routine, you can have both the interior and exterior of your home look beautiful.
Maintain HVAC System
Home doesn’t feel like home unless the internal temperature is well-maintained. The HVAC system controls your central heating and air conditioning, and it needs to be taken care of just like the rest of your home. This will help to extend the life of your HVAC system. Before summer starts, check your filters and turn on the air conditioning to make sure the system functions properly. Before winter starts, do the same thing for the heat. Checking your system before the season starts gives you a chance to repair it before you need it.
Make Your Home Feel Like Home
Above all, you need to make your home feel like home. Interior decorating your home adds character to what would otherwise just be a structure. Adding your own style to the kitchen, dining room and bedrooms will make the house feel homey. On the outside of your home, you can plant your favorite flowers, buy a cute welcoming mat or welcome decoration, or even paint the home your dream color to make your house feel like your home. As everyone has their own different tastes about what makes a house a home, it is up to you to decide how to make your house feel homey.
Home ownership requires a lot of responsibility, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But working on a little maintenance regularly adds up and pays off. You will more fully enjoy your home as you take care of it.
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