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The Ultimate Cleaning and Organizing Calendar Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • all unused antibiotic pills
  • the non-prescription medicines
  • anything that's damaged or after its expiration date

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

  • Yes, you should launder or dry clean them once a year.
  • No, regular vacuuming is all they need.
  • Yes, you should call in the professional cleaners once a year or they won't last.

What does deep carpet cleaning achieve?

  • It picks up dirt, dust, mites and allergens.
  • It removes dirt only.
  • It only neutralizes odors.

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

  • outdoor and indoor coils
  • outdoor unit, especially the condenser coil
  • indoor coils

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.

  • 10 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 50 percent

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

  • 1 cup water, ½ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon mineral water
  • 2 cups vinegar, ¼ cup vanilla and ¾ cup rose water
  • 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar and ½ teaspoon detergent

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

  • at least 10 feet (3m) away
  • no more than 10 feet (3m) away
  • none of the above

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

  • Hang all the linens out in the sun and bang them with a carpet beater.
  • Pack your linens by color and take them to the attic for storage.
  • Discard what you don't want, wash what you can and store the linens by size.

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

  • clothing for recycling
  • new purchases
  • air fresheners and moth balls

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

  • on the front and back of each box, and preferably using an index card system
  • on the front of each box, and preferably using an adhesive label system
  • on the back of each box, and preferably using a sign-and-arrow system

What is meant by the term "dumpster diving"?

  • thieving your personal information by going through your trash
  • diving into dumpsters to retrieve lost rings and other valuable items
  • freefall diving from heights using dumpster-style harnessing equipment

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

  • by burning it
  • by shredding it
  • by storing it indefinitely and not throwing any documents away

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

  • throwing out 50% of the stuff
  • sorting out the contents
  • getting your family members to help you -- without them, it won't work

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?

  • to put down mouse traps
  • to wipe down the shelves
  • to label the containers

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

  • March, before the summer sets in
  • October, when the leaves have fallen
  • December, while the snow is falling

How do you clean the downspouts?

  • Pull out leaves and general gunk. Loosen the rest with a hose. If necessary, use a plumber's auger.
  • Call in an expert. A layman can't clean them.
  • Pour acid down to free any clogging. Then use pipe cleaners for the residue.

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

  • compile your Christmas present list
  • organize your pantry
  • take stock of the year that's passed

Which of these are valid ways of stocking the pantry?

  • grouping all canned items together
  • grouping all food families together, such as all legumes
  • both of the above

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

  • 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) or lower
  • 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.44 degrees Celsius) or higher
  • 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) or higher

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

  • Turn the temperature up to high and use a knife to scrape the frost of the interior walls.
  • Defrost the food and spray the interior walls with a special freezer cleaner.
  • Empty everything out and turn the temperature to OFF.