Home Maintenance Checklist for the New Year

Home Maintenance Checklist for the New Year

Home Maintenance Checklist for February 2020, Part I

It may be a little early to start your spring cleaning projects, but that’s not to say you can’t start crossing some home maintenance items off your checklist. For this blog post, we wanted to talk about some of the projects that you can start tackling now.

Clean out your medicine cabinets

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinets (or medicine drawers), now is the time to do it. Expired medications, and prescription pain medication that you’re no longer using, should be disposed of properly.  The Food and Drug Administration says the best way to dispose of old, unused or expired medications is to drop them off at a drug take back site. If a site isn’t readily available, there are some medications that can be flushed. Medicines that are on the “non-flush lists” should be disposed of by mixing the medicines with an unappealing substance, such used coffee grounds or cat litter, placing the mixture into a sealed plastic bag, and disposing of it in your trash bin. When you throw out old, empty prescription bottles, be sure to remove all of your personal information.

De-clutter your fridge, freezer and pantry

February is an ideal time to clean out your food storage spaces. In addition helping make sure you finally dispose of your year-end holiday leftovers, the second month of the year is an ideal time to check the expiry dates on your condiments. Once your refrigerator and freezer have been cleared out, take some time to go through your pantry. You may be amazed to find out how many half-used boxes of pancake mix, cereals and cookies are stale or expired.

Don’t forget your spice cabinet

Dried herbs and spices don’t keep forever. That old bottle of oregano you’ve been holding onto- the one you bought in 2015? It’s not going to add much flavor to your marinara sauce. (Fun fact: there’s also a chance that old herbs and spices could be harboring mold or bacteria.)

If you can’t remember how long you’ve had a particular spice, this is a good indicator that you should toss and replace it.

Next up: The junk drawer

It’s amazing how much stuff winds up in your junk drawer, and if you’re like most people, you’ll probably realize that the things you need (compared to the things that should have gone into the trash months ago), are few and far between.

Do you have other pre-spring-cleaning items you like to get out of the way in February? Be sure to tell us in the comments.