16 Household Chores You Need to Do Every Spring

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Chores List

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As the weather begins to turn warm, we all have the urge to shed heavy winter clothes, refresh our surroundings, and get out of doors. After all that harsh weather and time spent indoors, there are plenty of chores that need to be done every spring so that our summers can be a bit more carefree.

Following a spring cleaning list of chores, both indoors and outdoors, will help you avoid missing an important task and stay organized. Taking care of problems while they are small will ultimately save money and time.

Start Indoors, and Work Your Way Outdoors

Even before the weather is warm enough to take care of outdoor chores, you can get a head start on indoor spring cleaning. While there are always areas that need to be cleaned daily or weekly, some tasks only require seasonal cleaning or check-ups.

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    Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

    Change smoke alarm batteries

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    Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors takes only a few minutes but is one chore that can mean the difference in life and death. Even a small kitchen or laundry room fire can cause much more damage than you can ever imagine and cost thousands of dollars to repair.

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    Change Interior HVAC Air Filters

    Air Filters
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    If you haven't been changing the filters in your heating and air conditioning system regularly, do it now. Clean filters reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and improve the quality of the air you are breathing.

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    Move Furniture and Clean Those Hard-to-Reach Spots

    Clean Under Furniture

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    We're all guilty of cleaning only the most visible dirt and skipping the hard-to-reach spots, like floors under furniture or the ceiling fan. Maybe you've even forgotten that these things can get dirty. Trust us, they are dirty and it's time to get them clean.

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    Check or Replace Washing Machine Water Hoses

    Check Washing Machine Hoses

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    Washing machine hoses, especially rubber hoses, are a ticking time bomb that will one day rupture. And because the hoses are connected to a high-pressure water outlet when they rupture, there will be flooding that can ruin floors, walls, and cause hundreds of dollars in damage.

    This is the time to check hoses for minor leaks that can become big ones and better still, replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses.

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    Clean Clothes Dryer Vents

    How to Clean Dryer Vents

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    Even if you have emptied your clothes dryer lint filter after every load, there is still a great deal of lint that has entered the dryer ducts. Hopefully, most of it has passed on through and exited the outdoor vent. But if the outdoor vent is blocked by shrubbery, winter snow, or lint that is damp with humidity, it's time to give everything a good cleaning.

    If you are still using a flexible dryer hose that looks like aluminum foil, replace it today with a rigid metal vent pipe. Only you can help prevent house fires caused by dryer lint.

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    Drain Sediment From Water Heater Tank

    How to Drain a Water Heater

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    Unless you have a tankless water heater, sediment can collect in the bottom of a water heater causing mechanical problems and even leaks. Every six months, an established water heater should have a partial draining. It's a simple process as long as you follow all the steps. Remember, electricity and water don't always mix well!

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    Empty Closets and Store Winter Clothes

    Store Winter Clothes During Spring Cleaning

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    As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. Now is the perfect time to empty each clothes closet, give it a good cleaning, and sort winter clothes. We're sure you'll find things that you haven't worn in years and maybe don't even remember owning! These items should be sold, donated, or discarded. Clothes that you want to store until next year should be laundered or dry cleaned and stored away properly.

    While the closet is empty, give it a good cleaning to ensure that no harmful pests that can ruin clothes are lurking.

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    Do Some Pest Control

    Spring Cleaning Pest Control

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    After long months of cold weather, everyone is ready to get outside, including the insects, rodents, and other pests that have been snug inside. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, pest control is essential to keeping a clean home inside and outside.

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    Wash Interior Windows and Clean Window Treatments

    Wash Windows for Spring Cleaning

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    Even if the weather is still iffy, you can get a head start by washing the inside of your windows and glass doors. Of course, some like to tackle window washing inside and outside at the same time to check for streaks. It really doesn't matter as long as you do it!

    While you are cleaning the inside of the windows, don't overlook window treatments. Some curtains can be tossed in the washer but most drapery requires dry cleaning. Take the time to dust and clean blinds and shades and wipe down window sills.

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    Clean Gutters and Downspouts

    Spring Cleaning Home Gutters

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    Now that you've gotten started indoors, it's time to move outdoors to tackle spring cleaning chores. As a guideline, it's best to start at the top of the house and work your way down. No need to wash exterior windows before you clean the gutters, your efforts will be spoiled.

    Leaving gutters and downspouts packed with leaves and pine straw not only looks messy, but it can also cause leaks, moisture and mildew problems, and rotting wood. Spring is the perfect time to get gutters sparkling clean.

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    Check the Roof

    Roof Inspection Every Spring

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    Winter winds, rains, and snow can cause problems with any roof. If you are handy, do a complete roof inspection to look for loose shingles, cracks, or broken seals around pipes. If ladders and heights are not your thing, hire a professional.

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    Conduct an Outdoor Walk Around Inspection

    Spring Cleaning Outdoor Inspection

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    Grab a pencil and paper or your electronic device to make a list of spring cleaning chores necessary to bring the outside of your house back to its best. Here are a few things to check for repairs:

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    Prepare Lawnmower and Garden Tools for Spring

    Prepare Lawn Mower for Spring and Summer

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    Now that you've seen what needs to be done in the yard and garden, is your equipment ready to go? This is the perfect time to give the lawnmower a good cleaning, tune-up, and sharpen blades. Take a look at other yard equipment to make sure everything is in top shape.

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    Clean Your Patio and Sidewalks

    How to Clean a Concrete Patio

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    You'll be spending lots of time on that patio and this is the perfect time to get it into shape for summer. With just a few cleaning tools and a bit of elbow grease, you can get rid of winter mud and mildew.

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    Refresh Outdoor Furniture and Umbrellas

    Outdoor Furniture

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    If your outdoor furniture cushions are looking a little rough, give them a good cleaning. Pick a sunny, breezy day so they will dry as quickly as possible. You can even refresh an outdoor umbrella so that it will last for another season.

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    Clean and Organize the Garage and Other Storage Areas

    Spring Cleaning in the Garage and Storage Areas

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    No one knows how it happens, but suddenly the garage is filled with junk and you can't find anything! While the weather is mild, empty everything out of storage areas. Give the space a good cleaning and then carefully determine what really needs to go back inside. Sell, donate, recycle or toss what you don't need.

    While you're cleaning in the garage, take a moment to check on your garage door to make sure it is opening smoothly and is well-maintained.