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Home Maintenance Challenge Week 6: Welcoming Welcome Mats & Ditching Yard Clutter

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Trying to get a handle on your home maintenance on the inside and outside?

Well, you’re in the right place.

I started a home maintenance challenge.

Each week I provide sample tasks to work on.

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

Many people find it hard to keep up with their house projects and general maintenance for their home. . .especially when it’s super hot.

It is VITAL to maintaining your property value, sanity, and sense of order. It also helps to potentially avoid bigger problems down the road that can cost a lot of money.

Be a Weekend Warrior and Good House Keeping Fiend

Each week I’m challenging readers to take better care of their homes inside and out.

Whether you are 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.

Are you up for the 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.

Challenge 5 : Last week I told everyone to do something small. This week replace something small that may have a big impact. Make sure your goal is attainable and measurable.

For this week:

Replace something small. Last week I asked you to do something  small like buying a new welcome mat or wiping switch plates. I did the switch plates but I didn’t get to the welcome mats. I’m getting new ones and rugs in my hallways this week. It seems so minor but you’d be surprised how worn out they get.

Something small like beat up welcome mats can take away from your home’s curb appeal and first impression. It’s also the first line of defense for keeping dirt out of your house. I noticed my welcome mats looked a bit worn after inviting company over. You can only shake them out so much. Purchasing a new welcome mat is so inexpensive. Think about getting washable cotton rugs too.

  • Inside– Clean, shake out, or replace a small area rug. Consider buying a cotton rug for inside the doorway or hall near the entrance of your home. It may catch more dirt that didn’t the welcome mat didn’t get from shoe wiping.

    A new welcome mat can make a big difference. It’s inexpensive too.
  • Outside– Last week I asked you to do something  small like buying a new welcome mat. Updating the numbers on your mailbox or home, or buying a plant for the front of your home.  If you didn’t get to it, do it this week. Also, replace or get rid of something you’ve been meaning to ditch. Do you have yard clutter? Is your hose strewn across the lawn. . . a jumbled mess? Put something away, properly dispose of paint cans that may be sitting in your garage or shed, and take something to the dump.

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

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

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