The Ultimate Cleaning and Organizing Calendar Quiz

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You can just about fill every month of the year with a different organizational task. One month, it's time to clean the blinds and curtains; the next month it's time to sort out the garage. To plan your calendar well, you'll see that every season has a task to suit it and every month its own home maintenance project. Take this quiz to hone your organizational skills.

When you sort out your medicine cabinet, what should you throw out?

Anything that looks damaged, old or broken should be first to go. Also, anything that's already passed the expiration date should be thrown away.

If you've been regularly vacuuming your drapes and carpets, is there any need for a yearly super clean?

Yes, even if you clean them regularly by vacuuming, it's a good idea to give them a really good laundering or dry cleaning once a year to keep them long-lasting.

What does deep carpet cleaning achieve?

Fortunately, it removes dirt, dust, mites, allergens and you-name-it that have been embedded in the carpet for a year.

Once a year, it's a good idea to clean the air conditioner's:

Clean out the condenser coil at least once a year. The indoor coils can wait -- you only need clean them every few years.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends replacing an air conditioner that is more than 12 years old in order to save _____ on your energy bill.

According to the EPA, you could save up to 30 percent on your energy bill if you replace a unit that old.

The recipe for an eco-friendly do-it-yourself window cleaner is:

The trick is to keep it simple using one of the best in-your-kitchen cleaning agents: vinegar. Mix 2 cups water with ¼ cup vinegar and ½ teaspoon detergent. It makes a great window cleaner.

What is the recommended distance that you should keep your grill from the house?

Whether it's a gas or charcoal grill, you should not operate it within 10 feet (3m) of your home for safety reasons.

In June, it is worthwhile sorting out your linen closet. What should you do to plan for the next cold season?

Toss what you don't want anymore, wash the linens and store them by size for the next cold season.

When you organize your bedroom closets, it's a good idea to leave 15 percent of the space free for:

Leave about 15 percent for new purchases. This will mean first going through your existing wardrobe and discarding what you no longer wear or want. When you've finished, you should have the space for your new purchases.

How should you label the storage boxes containing your sorted clothing?

It would be ideal if you label the front and back of each box. To really allow for easy identification, use an index card system, with each box and its contents clearly listed.

What is meant by the term "dumpster diving"?

It means what you hope will never happen: that someone is low enough to rummage through your trash in order to steal your identity or personal information.

How can you prevent someone from getting your personal information from your discarded waste paper?

Get yourself a home shredder (not the vegetable-shredder variety) and shred your waste paper periodically. Better safe than sorry…

What is the key to de-cluttering your garage and other storage areas?

The key is to sort out as you go. There's stuff you don't need and stuff you won't need for a while. It all needs sorting out.

You de-cluttered your garage and put seasonal items together in storage containers. As you congratulate yourself on a job well done, you remember that you forgot to do something. What is it?

While all of the above may be a good idea, the one that is essential under all circumstances is to label the containers. Otherwise, come next season and you'll have no idea how to find what you're looking for.

When is the best time of year to clean out the gutters and downspouts?

The best time is at the end of the fall season, when all the leaves have fallen. This is usually around October.

How do you clean the downspouts?

See what you can achieve manually. Pull out leaves, then hose them down. If they're still blocked, use a plumber's auger.

Before the Thanksgiving holiday, it's a good idea to:

Before you plan your Thanksgiving turkey, now is the time to organize your pantry.

Which of these are valid ways of stocking the pantry?

Basically, it's up to you how you group the foods together in the pantry. You can group, say, all canned items together or all food families together -- both are valid.

Many people don't realize that the risk of food poisoning increases when food is stored at temperatures of:

Even when the refrigerator temperature is standing at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees Celsius), the risk of food poisoning is already on the rise.

To clean out your deep freeze, what are the first two steps?

First empty out all the food, making sure to put it in a cool place temporarily. Second, turn the temperature to the OFF position. Now, you're ready to clean it out.

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