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Blog: Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning
One Minute Cleaning for Good 'Home Maintenance'

Are things getting a little out-of-hand in the garage or the basement? With everything that there is to do at this time of year, it is hard to find the time for BIG projects, but a one-minute project, is easy to do.
We all know how much we want to have fun to enjoy the holidays, friends and family at this time of the year. By keeping up with the small things, it will take less time to do the 'big' projects, because half of your work will already be finished.
Try these little one minute projects to keep your home, garage and out side equipment looking good and running smoothly.
Check the salt in the water conditioner
Check or replace the furnace filters
Sweep the floors
Clean cobwebs
Spray air freshener
Wipe doorknobs and switch plates
Sweep the floor and cobwebs
Check for leaks around the doors
Clean the light bulbs
Wipe off the doorknobs and light switches
Pick up the tools from the workbench
Make a list of needed supplies
Look for leaks around the garage door
Outside the House
Check for loose caulking around windows and doors
Wash storm door windows
Sweep the walkways and steps
Check the gutters for leaks or loose pieces

Clean out the clutter and garbage
Check the oil
Check the anti-freeze
Wash the windows
Add a car freshener
Wipe the seats
Check the tires
Check the water in the radiator

Fill the birdfeeder
Check the smoke and carbon dioxide batteries
Drain water from the water heater to get rid of sediment
Make sure that pipes to the outside aren't frozen

Taking care of the small things for your home, can reduce the amount of time that you spend on normal home maintenance projects, giving you more time to do the things that you enjoy doing the most. Make a list as you go through your home, garage and outdoor areas of things that need your attention for when you have more time. This way you won't forget anything, will be able to get the items that you need for the job and always be in control of your surroundings and cleaning.
Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer, that helps you to get organized and stay that way, using checklists and guides to help you accomplish your goals. Get her free pamphlets and her new book, '101 Home Hints' at Organizing Your Life THE EASY WAY.

posted on: 12/7/2007 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Take The Stress Out Of Housecleaning

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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