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May Checklist

You are finished with spring cleaning and starting yard care so our checklists are shorter during the summer months.

File tax returns and related information in your archive files. Toss return from 7 years ago if you no longer have a need for it.

Go through your basement, garage, garden sheds and other storage areas looking for the waste you cannot throw away in the regular trash. See How to Dispose of Household Products for instructions.

Clean your winter gear-boots, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters-before storing.

Make plans to prevent, eliminate common pests in your area-silverfish, ticks, ants, centipedes, etc. Read Spring Cleaning Tips, Advice for a Pest-Free Home for suggestions.

Update or make an emergency preparedness kit.

Finish any Spring Maintenance chores.



(Check owner’s manual and with a mechanic for recommended maintenance for your vehicle. Do maintenance essential for warranty.)
Shampoo carpets
Shampoo upholstery
Check gas and brake pedals for wear/replace as needed
Condition leather seats, door panel inserts, dashboard, and wheels
Drain oil and replace the filter.
Clean terminals and cables on battery/ replace fray/cracked cables
Check electrical connections on starter/alternator.
Check and adjust drive belt, air pump, and fan belt.
Clean radiator of debris.
Check transfer case and manual transmission lubricant.
Clean condenser grille on A/C.
Check for leaks at connections on A/C.
Check refrigerant level and transmission fluid.
Degrease engine.
Check wiper blades.
Check windshield washer fluid level, check the hose and clean the nozzle.
Wash vinyl interior.
Lubricate suspension front.
Check rear axle fluid level.
Grease front end.



  • Remove dust from top of refrigerator.
  • Empty and clean drip pan.
  • Clean coils.

Apply a wood protectant to kitchen cabinets.


  • Check dishwasher for leaks.
  • Remove the dishwasher spray arm and clean out the holes. This also allows access to the filter for cleaning. Some simply snap off while others require you to unscrew a cap on top. Use an open paper clip (never a toothpick) attempting to get under and pop out debris. Don’t push into arm.
  • Clean the dishwasher filter. Remove the filter screen if possible. Otherwise, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the debris.
  • Clean dishwasher float

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The May checklist is shorter than in previous months. You have completed spring cleaning and now are spending more time doing gardening chores.

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