9.29.2020

Big Household Chores You Only Need To Do Once A Year

 


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We all know that living in homes brings with it the responsibility of chores. And try as we might, there's no getting away from them. Every day we have to put in at least some effort to keep things looking respectable. Otherwise, our homes will turn into bombsites, deteriorate, and make us feel stressed. 


But when it comes to household work, could you be doing too much? Might there be some chores you're doing every month that you could get away with doing once per year or maybe less? 


Let's take a look. 


Filing Your Cabinets


Filing is one of those things that all of us need to do at some point. Whether it's tax returns, business portfolios, or letters from your solicitor, having some way to keep all your possessions organized is essential. 


The great thing about this task, though, is that you only usually need to do it once per year. As you go through the months, papers start building up. You can place them in your current year's folder, ready for sorting in the new year when you make your new file. 


You can also investigate the possibility of uploading all your documents to the cloud. The more stuff you can store immaterially, the less you'll have to worry about physical filing cabinets and putting things away. 


Tidying The Attic


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Tidying the attic can seem like a big chore hanging over you at the weekend. But remember, the actual state of your loft only changes very slowly through time. Yes, there will be periods when you wind up using it more often than you usually would, but there are few and far between. Most of the time, your possessions just sit up there, out of sight and out of mind. 


There are only three real citations when you need to tackle mess up there: 


  1. When you're thinking about moving

  2. When you want to install an extension

  3. When you're unable to find the things you need and have to organize the space better


Aside from these, there are no real justifications for worrying about it. For that reason, you can pretty much leave it alone for most of the year, only spending an afternoon now and then sorting things out and remembering what's up there. 


Cleaning Your Mattress


Mattress technology has come a long way in recent years. We're now at the point where the average mattress now only needs a deep clean once every year or so, thanks to the inclusion of natural, antibacterial agents. Modern manufacturers impregnate their products with substances that prevent odor-producing microbes from thriving, stopping your bedding from smelling if you accidentally hit the sack without showering. 


Upholstery Cleaning


Cleaning your upholstery is something you'll want to do about once a year to keep it looking its best and prevent fading. Please note, though, that carpets and sofas are not the same. While you might be able to get away with cleaning the arms on your couch once per year, carpet cleaning is something you'll need to do more often. 


The reason for this comes down to the way that dirt interacts with the fibers in the carpet. Over time, it becomes ingrained, and when it does, regular vacuuming can't remove it. As people step on the carpet with their feet, they create friction between the rug and the dirt, causing individual fibers to fray. 


Carpet cleaning gets around this by removing the majority of dirt particles, leaving floors looking spotless. 


Outdoor Furniture Cleaning


Most outdoor furniture today is exceptionally robust and made of highly weather-resistant materials. Eventually, though, grime will accumulate, and you'll need to get your sponge out to deal with the issue. Don't worry, though; it's usually a quick fix. Just rub the material down with a bit of soap and water and then leave to dry in the heat. Try adding a bit of liquid dishwashing or detergent to your mix if you're struggling to remove grime and blemishes. 


Cleaning Out The Chimney


People can become a bit obsessed with their chimneys and flues because of the risk of fire. They regularly hire chimney sweeps to come over and ensure that their fireplaces can burn efficiently. 


However, the truth is that it takes a very long time for combustible substances for creosote to build up and create a genuine risk for you and your family. Thus, sweeping the chimney is usually something you need to do every twelve months or so. More often than that is a bit of a waste, unless you happen to burn wood or coal every day. 





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