So you have a gorgeous new Bill Roberts custom home—fantastic news! Now is the time to make a plan for how to maintain the home and keep it as clean as it was on move-in day.
Home maintenance can be easy if you break it down and map it out to accomplish tasks incrementally. A realistic, manageable goal of dedicating 10–15 minutes per day to various tasks can save you from devoting your sacred weekend time.
Here is a handy schedule to ensure it all gets done in the most efficient manner with the least amount of effort:
Subdue dirty dishes – No one’s ever said, “I wish I hadn’t done the dishes last night.” Seeing a stack of dirty dishes when you grab your morning cup of joe is never a fun way to start the day. Try to be a person who embraces the task. You’ll thank yourself each morning.
Wipe countertops – There’s something particularly rewarding about clean countertops. It imparts a sense of completion and extends an invitation to return. A soft cloth and mild cleaner such as dish soap is sufficient. Be aware of acceptable sprays—and those not recommended—to spritz on your countertops. Surfaces such as granite and quartz require special care.
Spot sweep – Debris can scratch and scuff pristine floors. Protect your beautiful hardwood surfaces in just a few minutes each day. Store a broom or lightweight vacuum in an easily accessible place and keep dust and dirt at bay, particularly in heavy traffic areas.
Bathroom – It’s true; chores in this area of the home are not among the favorite, but they are necessary. Tasks such as tackling the porcelain throne and scrubbing the shower do offer a unique satisfaction when completed, so the only advice here is to just roll up your sleeves, slip on your gloves, and get it done. Keeping up with bathroom cleaning becomes invariably quicker and easier over time.
Microwave – From splatters to sparkling, skip the elbow grease and use 2 cups of vinegar water instead. Five minutes on high and the walls of your microwave practically clean themselves. This inexpensive, easy method will save you time and money.
Whole-house vacuum – Whether you hit the whole house in one shot or assign each day a different room, a thorough vacuuming of all floors will prolong the life of wood, tile, and carpet.
Appliance exteriors – Wipe down the fridge, dishwasher, and stove. Doing so once a week keeps the task quick and manageable.
Refresh the washing machine – Throw in an affresh tablet, set the cycle to high and hot, and let the washer take care of itself.
Descale the dishwasher – Easy peasy: vinegar and baking soda do the trick to keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape.
Dust light fixtures & blinds – Shake it up with these ingenious tricks and tools.
Scour the oven – Every 3–6 months, give your oven some love on the self-cleaning setting.
Top off your schedule with these once-a-year tasks:
Need a physical checklist to stay on track? There are plenty to choose from online, or better yet, you can create your own personalized list specifically for your home and schedule. After all, your custom home is special, so your checklist should be too. Simple, strategic steps to maintaining your home will help keep it fresh and beautiful for years to come.
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