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Home Maintenance Challenge Week 8: Your Choice for Good House Keeping

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We’ve been trying to stay on top of getting things done around the house.

I started a home maintenance challenge and now we are at the last week.

Each week I provided sample tasks to work on.

I  based our challenge on checklists and recommendations from websites that showcase experts.

It’s Your Choice This Week to Keep Up the Good House Keeping and Home Maintenance

Each week  readers to took the challenge to take  better care of their homes inside and out.

Whether you were working on a large ongoing project, simply completing small tasks around the house, or just looking to inspect your home. . .post comments, blog posts, and updates here.

Here is the last challenge.

Link your post in the comments below. Also feel free to show pictures on Twitter. Tweet me at @msenthusiast and use hashtag

#home to share your photos, updates, and blog posts. If you’d like to join a special Pinterest board, the challenge will be posted there as well as progress and other home-related posts. Just email me at info at MoneySavingEnthusiast dot com if you’d like join.

For this week:

It’s your choice. Catch up on any of the tasks listed on this checklist.

Here’s a project I worked on earlier this summer (week 2). I am still reaping the benefits because the weeds have not come back! Hooray! Just when you feel that your chores are never ending, a little sneaky trick actually worked to make yard work more manageable this year. I’ll let you know more about it here.


Earlier in the summer I put down new mulch. I did my best to rid the area of weeds, put newspaper down to prevent new ones from springing back up, then put a good amount of mulch down, and then preened the heck out of it.

I must say it’s more fun to relax on the deck than to pick weeds. Newspaper really keeps the weeds away. I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner. thanks for giving me a breather this summer!

I like how my hostas look brighter against the contrast of the dark brown mulch. Double bonus! I was able to cover the bottom section below the retaining wall as well.

I adapted some of these ideas from the CNN Money’s Home Calendar for the end of summer.

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 1 Windows

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 2 Indoor and Outdoor Clutter

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 3 Filters, Wooden Deck and More

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 4: Organize Inside & Complete an Outdoor Project

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 5: Switch Plates and Blue Flowers Maybe

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 6: Welcoming Welcome Mat and Ditching Yard Clutter

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 7: Clean Rain Gutters and Couch Covers

This challenge provided is intended for general maintenance around the house. The owner of this website assumes no responsibility for the information contained herein and disclaims any liability for the outcome of the projects. If you have questions or doubts, consult a professional.

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