10 Things Smart Home Owners Do Once a Week

Smart Homeowners know that maintaining the home requires regular attention. Life gets busy, and it can be easy to let things slide because they don’t feel urgent enough. Creating a weekly chore list will help you make your home the comfortable and safe space you want.

We’ll cover cleanliness, safety, functionality, and financial management habits to follow. Prioritizing these ten things every week will save you time and energy in the long run. Consistently checking off this list will prevent minor, manageable issues from becoming costly and exhaustive problems. 

By incorporating these tasks into your routine, you’ll protect your investment, enhance your living conditions, and enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is well cared for.

1. Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces

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This weekly habit will benefit your household throughout the year, especially during cold and flu season. Grab your favorite disinfectant product and spray down all door knobs, light switches, handrails, and handles to frequently used appliances. Doing this weekly will also make the task of getting sticky fingerprints and grimy smears a thing of the past.

2. Review and Pay Bills

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Letting bills pile up to handle once a month can create a lot of stress for homeowners. Instead, all the bills received should be reviewed weekly to establish better financial health. This also allows you to catch errors and unexpected or unusual charges so you can address them before it’s too late.

3. Check for Leaky Plumbing

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Water can cause damage in a very short amount of time and create a health hazard. Don’t wait for that funky smell or strange spot to appear on your ceiling to reveal a bigger problem than you can handle. Once a week, look under the sink, behind your toilets, and anywhere else water could be dripping to avoid any problems!

4. Empty and Clean Trash Cans

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You probably already take your trash out to be picked up once a week, so adding this to your weekly task list should be an easy addition that pays off quickly! Before replacing the bags of all your trash cans in the house, give them a good spray down on the inside with your favorite disinfectant and wipe them down. A few minutes of wiping will keep the cans from building up stinky residue and save you time later trying to power wash them clean!

5. Care for Your Indoor Plants

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Even if you only have a few plants, forgetting to maintain them properly can be easy. Check for water needs, pests, and other signs your plants might be stressed. Tip: Get a pair of microfiber gloves to dust off the leaves of your house plants quickly and keep them looking lovely!

6. Clean the Fridge

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Whether it’s piling up leftovers or missed spills from leaky containers, the fridge can get out of hand quickly. Once a week, before you do your weekly shopping and take out the trash, pull everything out. Prioritize the leftovers for meals, toss expired foods, and wipe down the shelves and drawers.

7. De-clutter 5 Things

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You can choose the number, but 5 is a significant number because it’s impactful over time if you keep at it weekly. Now that you’re going through those bills weekly, you will have plenty of junk mail to toss. Clearing out your fridge will likely produce a few items to eliminate, too!

8. Change the Sheets

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In the morning, instead of making the bed, pull everything off, open the window if time allows, and let it air out. Toss everything in the wash, and come back at the end of the day with fresh, clean bedding for a good night’s sleep!

9. Pick a Pile

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You know, that pile—it’s time to pick it up. The pile of mail, the pile of laundry, the pile of random objects you carried in from the car but forgot to put away? Take five minutes and get the items where they need to go.

10. Test Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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This habit takes just a few seconds for every detector in your home. Test them weekly to stay safe and protect the home you work so hard to maintain!

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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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