Top 10 Easy Household Jobs You Can Do

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I see adverts all the time for household services that are easy for you to do yourself and some of these jobs are not even things I would have thought to call someone up to do for me.  Today’s Top 10 Thursday post is inspired by some of these adverts that I have seen which I would attempt myself rather than call someone out to do.

  1. Oven cleaning.  While I am not a fan of cleaning an oven (and am not entirely sure how to do it but a recent attempt involved very hot soapy water, oven cleaner and a scouring pad) it is not something I would even consider getting someone else in to do for me.
  2. Carpet and rug cleaning.  It is pretty cheap to hire out a carpet cleaning machine, buy the shampoo for the carpets and also to operate the machine, plus there is something super satisfactory about seeing all that dirt lift out of your carpets that I wouldn’t want anyone else to enjoy!
  3. Putting up a curtain rail.  I managed to put my curtain rail up (all on my own too – proper adulting!) and it was a really straightforward job.
  4. Painting and decorating.  So long as you take your time and use good brushes or other paint applicators there is not really much of a reason not to do this yourself unless it is something like a stairway or there is too much that needs to be done or specialist finish that is required.
  5. Ironing.  I don’t iron very regularly I must admit, many of my clothes are ones that don’t need ironing, and others, if hung up correctly when drying doesn’t seem to crease but when I do need to iron things I put on some music and lose myself in thought and it is soon done.
  6. Unblocking a toilet.  There are so many different ways to unblock a toilet and a quick check on YouTube will give you hundreds of video how-tos so unless these fail I would much prefer to do this myself.
  7. Dripping taps.  Another one that you can YouTube and have someone talk you through what you need to do to fix it, and once you know how to do it, can be easy and quick to sort out!
  8. Toilet cistern water levels.  I had a problem with my toilet cistern water level being too high and the excess water escaping through the overflow pipe, but I managed to fix it after Googling what was wrong and then following on-line instructions.
  9. Unblocking a sink.  9 times out of 10 if I have had problems with the water draining slowly from my sink it usually has something to do with gunk in the U bend.  I get a bucket, place it under the sink (directly below the U bend) and unscrew the U bend piece, empty it into the bucket then take it to another sink (or the bath) and give it a good clean in hot soapy water before re-attaching and find that usually works.  Only once do I recall this not working and this was when I lived in a block of flats, sharing wastewater pipes with other flats and it turned out to be a problem with the communal wastewater main pipe.
  10. Doors that stick or don’t close properly.  If the door in question is wooden it could be something as simple as tightening the screws on the hinges or getting some sandpaper and rubbing down part of the door.  As wood tends to warp, shrinking or swell depending on humidity and heat it an have a tendency to need slight adjustment over time.  If the door is a UPVC one then there are a series of hinges that can be adjusted to bring the door back into alignment.  Both of these have some good problem-solving videos on YouTube!

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