6 Ways to Keep Your Home Exterior Tidy

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Check your roof

You don’t have to go up immediately; you could always grab your binoculars and check the roof while in a safe place. If there are parts that should be replaced, you should tend to them without delay. Of course, only if you can handle the replacement, if not, do call a handyman instead.

Keep your driveway and deck clean

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The best way to clean them is by using a pressure washer! Of course, mind the safety precautions. Make sure they’re free from dirt and dust. When washing the deck, don’t forget to move the pressure washer spray continuously because if you rest in a spot for a long time, it could damage the surface. After pressure washing, apply a waterproof sealer on the driveway and a wood preservative on your deck to help hinder water damage as well as discoloration.

Fix your garden beds

Add a new layer of mulch to your garden beds to make them look clean and pleasing to the eyes. You could also gently rake the surface if the mulch layer is still around 3 inches deep. Raking can remove the compacted look your beds have.

Get rid of hanging branches and faded flowers

If your trees have branches that need to be cut, then, by all means, trim them! I’m extra kind today, so I’ll share with you my favorite gas pole saw. Moving on, you should also keep your garden clean by getting rid of the flowers that are no longer blooming.

Dejunk your gutters

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Don’t forget to clear those dirty gutters too! You might need an old chisel to scrape off the old caulk out if there are cracks at the seams. To prevent water from proceeding behind the gutters and rotting the boards, you also need a new bead silicon sealing.

Maintain the gate or fences

Don’t forget your front liners! Your gate or fences could’ve been screaming for a new paint color or repairs without you hearing them! Clean them and make sure they’re still keeping the house safe. If necessary, give them an upgrade.

4 Habits to Live By for a Clutter-Free Home and Life

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Decluttering sounds simple enough, until you take on a chaotic mess of things that have somehow accumulated over time. And as clutter continues to build up, you set yourself up for more time-consuming and potentially tedious organizing work. If you want to keep your life, home, and work space organized, you may find that tackling mess every day is much easier in the long run. Here are some helpful habits to live by if you want a clutter-free, or at the very least clutter-less, home and life.

Do it every day

The more clutter and mess you have to deal with, the more tedious organizing may get. For this reason, it helps to make it a daily habit to organize the things around you before they start building up. You do not have to spend a long time doing it either. Five to ten minutes of decluttering every day can help keep your home, workspace, and life more organized.

Put things back where they belong

Sometimes clutter builds up as you delay putting back things to their proper places. Keep papers on your desk in folders or file trays. Label for reuse papers that are still useful. Recycle or throw away the rest that you no longer need. Return books or magazines on their designated shelf or rack. Make it a goal to immediately put things back from where you picked them once you are done with them.

Go for less

Decluttering is easier if you have designated boxes or containers for the things that you need to organize. But before you start shopping for storage bins, you might want to consider making an inventory of items you already have that you can use for the same purpose. Buying more only add to the number of things you own and have to find a space for. Living with less stuff minimizes the amount of things you have to clean and organize regularly.

Schedule a purge

Schedule a major purge at home and at work at least once a year. Consider it as the big clean up — a time when you can get rid of things for good. You can choose to donate, sell, recycle, or throw away things that no longer serve any purpose in your home, work, or life. Pay attention to things that you may be keeping for sentimental reasons. It may be time to finally let them go or give them away to people who will have more use for them.