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august house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning chores need to be done monthly, others seasonally, and still others just once a year.

Problem is, we often don't get around to them, or else we add them to our spring cleaning list, which quickly becomes so large and time-intensive, we don't get around to that, either. The solution?

Create a monthly house cleaning schedule, breaking down all the big, seasonal or yearly housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks into smaller tasks you tackle monthly.

Here is the August housecleaning checklist that has worked best for me.

1. ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

Get ready for the carpool season by detailing and servicing the car.

At least you’ll start the school year looking good!

2. play ball!

Or rather, clean ball. In fact, clean all your sports equipment and put it away in the proper place.

Time is going to be tight in the months ahead.

3. to air is human.

Open up all the windows - and clean them while you're there. Refresh your house one last time before closing up shop for fall.

4. nooks and crannies.

Give your big and little ones brooms and send them on cobweb hunts around the patio, into the garage, up in the attic. When the last one has been demolished, take the tykes and the teens (and those in between) to a movie or out for a cool treat.

5. clean cleaning equipment.

Mops, brooms, buckets, and vacuum cleaners get dirty, too. Replace heads on mops, replace brooms altogether, scrub buckets, and service the vacuum cleaner.

6. oh, rubbish.

Clean trashcans, recycling cans, and the trash compactor.

August house keeping checklist.Touch up the mailbox with a fresh coat of paint or a fresh design.

7. special delivery.

Touch up the mailbox with a coat of fresh paint. Get fancy if you fancy.

8. door of opportunity.

Repaint the front door while you have the brush out. (Wash it at the very least.)

9. who ya gonna call?

An exterminating company to make sure your home goes into fall's closed-window days pest-free.

10. hot enough for ya?

Get your heating system checked to make sure there are no leaks and no unpleasant surprises when cold weather sets in. Your August house cleaning checklist is complete. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the tools and products you'll need for your August housecleaning tasks.



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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.