Are you planning on giving your home a refresh? I’m sharing a few tips and tricks plus a really easy way to tackle outdoor cleaning in a weekend. This post is sponsored by Rug Doctor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
We’ve been living in our home for over a year now. This winter will officially make our two year mark. We’ve been through one full year of seasons and rode out a few hurricanes in this home. Needless to say the outside of our house is in need of a little pick me up. With two small kids it isn’t always easy to get outside and spruce up our home the way we want to. So we created a plan, set aside one weekend, and set out to give the exterior of our home the cleanup it needed.
The Easy Way to Tackle Outdoor Cleaning in a Weekend
1. Start by creating a plan
We knew that there were a few things that we absolutely wanted to get cleaned over the weekend. We made a list of things that we could take realistically during the weekend without burning ourselves out. Making a list can help tremendously. Divide your list into 3 sections. The first will be a list of the top 3 things you absolutely must finish to feel like you’ve accomplished what you’ve wanted. The second section will be 2 things that you can complete once you’ve finished the first four things and the last list will have 2 more tasks that you can finish if you have extra time. Here’s what our list looked like:
- Clean the second story windows.
- Pressure wash the driveway.
- Clean and refresh the patio decor including sliding glass door.
- Wash the entryway sidewalk.
- Pull any weeds and remove any pollen stains.
- Wash the house siding.
- Give both cars a bath.
2. Set aside time
Once you have your plan created you can set aside the time to create the tasks. Since this wasn’t a family project the entire family could do, we didn’t want to spend the entire weekend to complete it. We gave ourselves a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday so that we could still have downtime left over to make memories with our kids. We estimated how much time it would take for each task and went from there. We gave ourselves about an hour to complete each task. Some took longer than others but we were able to complete all 7 tasks in a weekend. The time will vary depending on the size of your house, how many people are helping and whether or not you decide to take breaks.
3. Get started
Once our plan was created and we knew when we wanted to tackle our list, we hit the ground running. For all of the tasks on the list we chose to use our Rug Doctor Pro. You can rent Rug Doctor pressure washers for $29.99 from hundreds of locations across the U.S.
The pressure washer was easy to assemble with the attachments and our hose. I was a little intimidated at first because this was my first time using a pressure washer but it was actually really fun watching how effective it was with all of our tasks. It made our driveway and sidewalk look new and our windows were as clean as the day we moved in. I’m pretty sure the pressure washer is my husband’s new favorite machine because there are so many things you can do with it. Being able to wash our cars and clean the outside of our home in a short amount of time is a huge bonus.
Do you have any plans to clean and purge your home? I’d love to hear all about them!
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