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There are many annoying chores that need to be done daily: washing dishes, spraying and wiping down kitchen counters, picking toys up off the floor, sweeping. And then there are those that are blessedly much less frequent. It will always suck that we have to do more things, but at least some of them are merely occasional—and thankfully, the following household chores need only be done once a year.
Cleaning your gutters
Once a year, after all the leaves have fallen, a thorough gutter cleaning is in order. When gutters accumulate debris, they become a breeding ground for rodents, pest, and mold. Gutters clogged with leaves, sticks, and those blasted, spiky gum tree seeds can lead to drainage issues, a leaky roof, or water damage to the interior or exterior of your hom; according to Maple Roofing & Construction, rainwater that gutters are supposed to funnel away from the house can end up dripping too close to the foundation, compromising its stability. If you care to take on the task yourself, you’ll need a sturdy ladder, thick gloves, and a hose—or simply find a local gutter cleaning service. The best time to do it is in late November/early December.
Wash (the outside of) your windows
While most of us may spritz Windex inside our windows on an as-needed basis (like after a child gleefully drags an entire Go-Gurt across one), it’s easy to forget they have outsides, too. You may want to enlist professional help for upper floors, but ground level windows can be easily washed with soap, water, and a sponge, mop, or squeegee. The Spruce recommends doing this in late fall, to let more light in after the dreaded loss of Daylight Saving Time.
Launder your curtains, drapes, and shades
After collecting dust, odors, grease, and hairspray all year, window treatments need love, too. Once a year, take down curtains and drapes, read their care instructions, and clean them accordingly—either at home on the gentle cycle or at the dry cleaners. (Dust the curtain rods while you’re at it.) Grab a step stool and a handheld vacuum (or your vacuum cleaner’s upholstery attachment) to remove dust from valances, and a microfiber cloth to wipe down shades.