June Home Care: Essential Maintenance Tasks

June is National Safety Month, making it the perfect time to focus on securing and maintaining your home. Tackling these tasks will not only keep your living space safe but also ensure it remains a beautiful and functional sanctuary for you and your family. Here’s an easy-to-follow checklist for June, complete with home maintenance and safety tips. Plus, we’ve included a free printable checklist to keep you on track!

1. Update Your First Aid Kit

Summer means more outdoor time, which unfortunately can lead to minor injuries. Whether you’re grilling, gardening, or enjoying sports, make sure your first aid kit is stocked to handle cuts and burns. Here’s a checklist from the Canadian Red Cross to know what to keep on hand! It’s also wise to have a portable kit ready for family outings and vacations.

2. Change Smoke Detector Batteries

To ensure your smoke detectors function properly when you need them most, replace their batteries every six months. Also, remember to replace the smoke alarms themselves every ten years to keep up with technology improvements and wear.

3. Inspect and Repair Outdoor Play Equipment

Before the kids rush outside to enjoy the sunshine, check their play equipment for safety. Look for loose bolts, sharp edges, and other hazards. Ensuring the play area is secure can prevent accidents and give you peace of mind.

4. Reorganize Your Kitchen for Summer

As the seasons change, so do our cooking habits. Move appliances that you use more in the summer—like blenders for smoothies—to more accessible spots. Setting up stations for snacks, coffee, or quick meals can save time and help keep your kitchen organized. (link to our post?)

5. Give Your Home a Thorough Dusting

With windows open more often, dust and allergens can accumulate. Give your home a thorough dusting from ceiling fans to baseboards to minimize allergens and keep your space fresh.

6. Remove Mold and Mildew on Your Home’s Exterior

Keep your home’s exterior looking great and prevent damage by removing [[[mold and mildew]]]. This not only enhances curb appeal but also extends the life of your siding and deck.

7. Stock a Basket with Summer Essentials

Place a basket or tote near the front door with sunscreen, insect repellent, and hats to make it easy for everyone to protect themselves from the sun and bugs as they head outside.

8. Prune Shrubs Around Your AC Unit

Ensure your air conditioning unit has proper airflow by keeping shrubs and plants trimmed back. This can improve efficiency and extend the life of your unit.

9. Get Your Refrigerator Summer-Ready

With the refrigerator working overtime to keep drinks and treats cold, make sure it’s running efficiently. Clean the coils, check the seals, and organize the contents to save energy and prevent breakdowns.

By taking these steps, you can enjoy a safer, more comfortable home this summer. Happy summer, and here’s to a well-maintained home that serves as your family’s playground, retreat, and castle all season long!