I have been looking at my home since last week and I have really decided to, once and for all, declutter. The new year has got me thinking about my priorities and one of those on the top of my list is the safety of my daughter. She has been growing up to be a very active child and with that, I think it’s best if declutter and clean my home once and for all.
I think the new year is the perfect time to do spring cleaning. Why? We usher in the new year brimming with optimism. I, for one, have this renewed energy and spirit. Each new year seems to offer a clean slate, no matter what age or life situation you are in. Capitalize on that renewed sense of hope this year by setting aside a few days and do an annual check-up of your home, make sure to attend to repairs and maintenance needed to ensure your family’s safety.
I know that I have often times woke up bright and early, then I end up not being able to do anything. I get overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to get done. Looking at the piles and piles of paper and the handful of big boxes that I have at home, I suddenly don’t know where to start. For those who want to keep their children safe and happy in their home, I have created a guide that you can follow when you want to declutter your home.
Roofing – If you live in a house, do check on your roofing often. We live in a country where typhoons come often, so it’s advisable to always check that your roof doesn’t have any holes. Check also for rust.
Drainage – When it rains, do puddles stay around your home for a few days? It might be time to clean your gutters. Investigate and see if simply cleaning the gutters will do the trick.
Appliances – Check if your fridge is still keeping your food cold. Check also if the refrigerator door closes well. Is your oven door stuck? Set aside time to fix these. Now is also a good time to update the contact numbers of the nearest repair centers.
Plumbing – Check for any possible toilet and faucet leaks and prevent water waste.
Stored Food – Check the stock of food and water at home to make sure they’re all stored safely. For distilled water such as Wilkins, maintain its water quality by storing bottles in a dry place, out of direct light, rain, and heat sources. I store my Wilkins bottles also away from chemicals like household cleaners.
Produce such as vegetables, meanwhile, need to breathe. Store vegetables in mesh bags or plastic bags with holes. Keep them dry; dampness encourages bacteria growth.
Check the “use-by” dates of pre-packed foods, too. Discard any pack if the use-by date has already passed. Food that still smells and looks good may already be contaminated (and thus unsafe to eat) if it’s already past its use-by date.
These are some tips that you can start with first when you want to start decluttering your home and keeping it safe for your children. If you have other tips that you want to share, feel free to share that status in social media using #WilkinsCircleofTrust. I will be happy to re-share your tip! It’s always better to be safe than sorry!