Your February Home Maintenance Checklist

Bad news: If you haven't attacked some home maintenance items for the month, we're already past the February halfway point (darn you, short month!) Good news: There is a better chance that the last half of the month will be nicer than the first half (theoretically). So we're even suggesting a couple of outdoor projects.

If winter storms broke branches in your trees or shrubs, a warmish February day when rain is not in the forecast for at least 24 hours is a great time to tidy up.

Tune up outdoor features
A warm afternoon also offers an opportunity to repair a sagging gate, reset a wobbly steppingstone or attend to another outdoor repair that isn’t too involved.
Prepare to mow
Lawn-mowing season might not begin for another month (or two), depending on where you live. But if you wait until then to check whether your mower, string trimmer and other gear are in good shape, you will probably encounter a backup at the repair shops.
Repair walls, touch up paint
Cold days present the chance to repair dings and scuffs on painted walls and trim. Scuffs, crayon marks and grime might wipe off if you use a damp melamine-foam sponge, such as a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If the paint still looks dingy, or if there are dents that need filling, try touching up the worst areas. After repairing, brush drywall primer (not primer formulated to block stains) over the dried patches. Then repaint the area.
Clean closets
There are a few good reasons to give closets a thorough cleaning once a year. For starters, you can purge what you never wear and create space, so the clothes you keep don’t wrinkle when you jam them in with the stuff you never wear anyway. This is also the time when charities start to run short because people wait for "spring cleaning" (often put off until summer) to donate. And - bonus - you'll probably rediscover clothing you love but lost track of.
Clean the medicine cabinet
Here, too, it makes sense to take everything out, clean the space, then put back only what you still need. But if you find medications that are expired or that you no longer take, be careful to dispose of them properly. By far the best option is to take them to a drug takeback location, such as a pharmacy or police department.

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