6 easy rainy day chores - HMS National, Inc.

6 easy rainy day chores

October 28, 2014

Rainy days are perfect for movies, arts and crafts and new recipes. However, they're also a great time to do a little bit of deep cleaning around your house. There are many tasks that may slip your mind on a day-to-day basis, so use the next rainy weekend to take care of those forgotten chores. Here are six tasks that are perfect to do during inclement weather.

1. Clean light fixtures
If the lights in your bathroom and kitchen have been collecting dead bugs, take the opportunity to clean them out. Turn off the light that needs attention and carefully remove the cover. Dump out any dead insects and then wash it carefully with soap and water. Dust the bulbs and replace the cover once it's dry.

2. Sort your cupboards
Pots, pans and lids tend to get thrown into your cupboards, as do plastic containers. Rainy days are the perfect time to buckle down and sort through the mess. To get your family involved, assign one cupboard for each child to clean before they can turn on a movie. Toss or donate any items that you don't use to reduce the clutter and keep things neat.

3. Sew missing buttons
When you sit down to watch television, bring along the pile of clothes with missing buttons. The downtime is a great opportunity to multitask. You can easily get through four or five items during a movie.

4. Toss old food
Your refrigerator could probably use some TLC on a rainy day. Clean out any old leftovers that have been pushed to the back of the fridge. Check expiration dates on perishable items and condiments. While you have the majority of items out of the fridge, wipe down the shelves and drawers.

5. Vacuum heat vents
You may not think to clean your heat vents during your weekly cleaning routine, but it's important to keep them dust-free during the winter months. Remove the grates from the wall and wipe them down with a damp cloth. While they dry, vacuum out any dirt and debris that's gathered in the vent. Replace the covers and screw them tightly into place.

6. Clean the oven and microwave
If you've been neglecting your oven and microwave, give them a once-over while you're stuck inside. For a natural method, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the appliances, then spray down with a little water. Let the mixture sit for a few hours before wiping it out.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.