As a mother, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to work a job, be a full-time mom to one or more children, and even take care of your home.
Even if your significant other is doing his share of the work, not to mention your child or children pitch in as they get older, you can still feel overwhelmed at times.
That said there are certain aspects of being a homeowner or renter that are things you can’t take for granted.
Most importantly, taking care of your residence is something that should always be a top priority.
If you rent the home, you know that you are essentially caretakers for someone’s property. If you own the home, you want to keep it in as good a shape as possible, giving you the opportunity to get a good price for it one day when it goes on the market.
So, how productive are you (and your family for that matter) at taking care of what is inside and outside your home?
Make Certain Items Top Priorities
So that you can do your best at taking care of the items that matter most around your home, remember these important tasks:
1. Home itself
It would be silly to mention important items around the home that need caring for without mentioning the home itself.
As mentioned a moment ago, whether renting or owning your residence, it is important that you don’t leave it in a sad state of affairs when the time comes for you and your family to move on.
If you are renting, work together with your landlord when it is time for upgrades and repairs. He or she should be willing to do what needs to be done in order to keep the home in as good a condition as possible. If they seem stingy with a dollar, kindly remind them that it could be tough renting to others when you move out if they home has been let go.
In the event you own the home, don’t bypass repairs and upgrades, figuring you are saving lots of money in the process.
When the time comes to sell the home, all those missed upgrades and repairs (see more below) can come back to haunt you.
2. Vehicle care
As important as your home is now and down the road, you certainly can’t overlook the needs of your vehicle/s.
In having children, your vehicle takes on added performance, meaning it is the lifeblood that gets you and your kids from one place to another (school, doctor appointments, outings with their young friends, shopping etc.).
As such, make sure you do all you can to care for your vehicle/s.
Part of this caring is having regular maintenance check-ups, not driving your vehicle into the ground, and protecting it from the weather conditions.
For that last need, you can have a water proof car cover for your car/s, giving each vehicle a long shelf life.
With the right cover in place, you protect your vehicles from rain, snow, hail, ice, extreme cold, bird droppings, and even the sun.
Any and all of those issues can end up eating away at your paint and causing other problems, so protect your vehicles from the day you buy them.
3. All appliances
When you are a busy mom, it can be easy to forget about some of the normal wear-and-tear that your household appliances take.
One of the problems with this is that they can ultimately become a danger to you and your family over time.
For example, if your dryer is not being tended to regularly, lint can build up. When this happens, the risks of a fire increase.
If you have a portable heater to keep you and your family warm in the wintertime, make sure you follow the directions on how to use it. Most notably, keep it away from any items that can easily catch fire (curtains, papers etc.).
4. Outside property
Last but not least, even though your vehicle or vehicles qualify technically as outside property, your real outside property is an important part of your residence that should always be cared for.
When it comes to your yard, make sure you take care of it on a regular basis.
From cutting the lawn to trimming bushes and weeds, don’t let your yard get the better of you. If it does, not only will your neighbors likely be unhappy with you, but you will have twice the work to do when you finally tackle it.
If you wait until the yard is out of control, you either end up doing the work yourself or hiring help. If the former, your back and other body parts may hate you for a long time to come.
In taking care of your home and items in and out of it, do your best to provide some TLC along the way.