5 Home “Quarantine” Projects
While most of us are staying at home these days focusing on disinfecting and staying healthy, we don’t have to be lazy. This could be a great time to do some things on that “honey-do” list you haven’t gotten around to. Here are 5 home quarantine projects that you most likely have all the supplies for.
- Closets. If you’re like so many, you put things in the closet and it becomes like a black hole. This is a great time to take everything out of closets. Linen closets, coat closets, and bedroom closets. Make piles to sort and organize all the items. I like a trash pile, a donation pile, and a keep pile. Once everything is out and in piles, Clean the closet top to bottom and on all sides. This is a good time to wear your mask or put a bandana or scarf around your nose and mouth so you don’t breathe in all the dust you are likely to find. Get out your vacuum and then wipe down all the surfaces. If you don’t have chemical sprays or wipes, use soap and warm water. As you go back to the “keep” pile, you may decide that some of the items can be moved to a different area of your home to create more space or for better utilization. Put all “keep” items back in the closet neatly. Fold clothing and linens with clean lines and stack nicely. Take the trash pile to the trash and put donations in a bag or box to be donated later.
- Kitchen. I know, it’s not a fun job but it looks and feels so good when it’s done. Take everything out of the refrigerator and freezer. If shelves are removable, take them out and put them in a sink full of hot soapy water. Wipe down the inside and wash the shelves. When you replace the items, you may find things that need to be thrown away or something in the freezer you forgot about – bonus!
- Bathrooms. This is a dirty job but you’ve got the time to do it. Do the obvious. Clean and disinfect the toilet (don’t forget the bottom), shower, tub, sink, and countertops. Take drain stoppers out and get any “gunk” (technical term) out. If you have a slow drain, unclog it using a plumber tool or a plumber approved chemical. Take all soaps, hair products, etc. out of the tub or shower and clean the area where they are kept. If you have a shower caddy, take it down and scrub it. Take everything out of drawers and cabinets. Use the pile system again and throw away or donate what you can. Wipe out cabinets and drawers. Tighten any knobs or handles that may be loose. Organize and replace all items.
- Carpets and Rugs. You may not have a carpet cleaner machine, but most of us have spot cleaner. Vacuum first then get some clean rags or old towels and scrub all those stains and spots. You may walk by or walk on them every day and not even notice so examine each rug and carpet. Rugs that can be turned over will give you a rude awakening (especially if you have pets). You can scrub the back side as well.
- Yard. When the weather permits, this is a great excuse to get outside. Pull weeds, trim bushes, mow the lawn if it needs it, and rake any leaves. Toss any old or dead plants in landscaping or in pots. Get pots and flower beds ready for plantings by tilling up the soil. If you have seeds for planting, now is a great time to plant if you haven’t already. Sweep up any mess you may have made on patios or sidewalks and pour yourself a cold beverage!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.