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May To-Do List

May To-Do List

April showers bring May flowers, along with rain, mud and a few other responsibilities that need to be taken care of as you prepare for summer. Here are some ideas to best prepare for the warmer (in our case the hottest) months of the year to better enjoy your summer!

Touch Up Interior Paint: After a year’s worth of wear and tear on your walls, pull out the left-over paint from your walls and find those little nicks that seem to have magically appeared on your walls via a chair hitting it. Makes sure to also look at those baseboards and the front door as well!

Restain/Repaint Porch: In many parts of the country, the weather is beginning to warm up and flowers are starting to peek through as the snow melts away. That means that it is time to get your porch repainted or stained. You know you will be using this area frequently in the upcoming months so why not give it a little touch up? On a side note, by resealing the wood with paint or stain, it will elongate the life of your porch or deck.

Check Safety Devices: Take a few minutes and check your security system, CO2 and smoke detectors. Replace the batteries if it has been a while. It is reported that every 10 years, you should replace your smoke and CO2 detectors just as a safety precaution.

Clean Nooks and Crannies: Oh, this is a major struggle. Remember that horrible smelling candle you shoved to the very back of a gift closet? Or what about the thoughtfully-picked-out,-but-doesn’t-fit-you-properly outfit you shoved in the back corner of your closet? Well, it is time to drag that out and make the choice to keep it or give it away. Take some time to go through and clean the areas that you shove things and you will feel so much better.

Outdoor Kitchen: If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, then you know you will be using it a lot in the upcoming months! Clean off that layer of dust that has accumulated and fluff up the cushions. If you are wanting to do a little shopping for your outdoor kitchen, go ahead and look into fun outdoor tableware that matches your seat cushions.

Outdoor Fire Hazard: If you have a few fallen limbs around the yard or maybe the bushes are a little high next to the fire pit, it may be time to trim the foliage and pick up any debris that has accumulated over the winter/spring. In the words of Smokey the Bear, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” (Even if they are in your own backyard.)

Check Irrigation System: As summer comes into view, it is best to take a look at your sprinkler system to make sure it is up to par and works as efficiently as possible. You do not want to start watering your lawn only to realize one of the sprinkler heads is missing because your lawn mower got to it first. Go ahead and look at it to make sure it is ready for the heat!

Increase Curb Appeal: Summer is right around the corner, and it is time to plant all those beautiful flowers you bought and pick up all those dead leaves that fell late in the winter. Just take a few minutes to spruce up your yard and the front of your home! Maybe even touch up the paint or stain on your front door or shutters.

Clean Out Shed/Garage: Choose which one you will clean out; if you happen to have both, why not try and tackle both? The weather is starting to get nice, so open up the doors, drag everything out and start going through stuff. Make a throw and a giveaway pile and try to make the giveaway pile the larger of the two. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure so take the extra step of dropping your stuff off at Goodwill or if it is large furniture, Catholic Charities or another local charity will come and take it away for free.

Enjoy your Home: Take some time for yourself and with friends and family to enjoy what you have done. Invite them over to have dinner out on the patio before it becomes too warm or lock in with a nice movie night. Just take a little time to breathe and soak everything in.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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