Some housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is, we forget to do them once or twice a year.
The best plan is to break down annual and seasonal housecleaning and maintenance tasks by month. Nothing gets too backed up; and things eventually get done. All without a major life overhaul. Here is the February House Cleaning Checklist that works best for me.
Clean all bed linens, including comforters, duvets, bed skirts, pillows, etc. Launder what you can; dry-clean the rest.
Fluff up down pillows with a short spin in the dryer (no heat, please).
This is an especially good time to clean out your linen closet. Rotate little used linens and towels to the front lines. Launder everything.
Turn the mattresses.
Clean bookshelves. Take everything down and dust. Now, consider very carefully what you return to the shelf. Does it really deserve to be there? Or would it be happier in a second-hand bookstore?
Vacuum each book before you reshelve it, using the vacuum cleaner’s soft brush attachment.
Replace the filter in your heating unit.
Check walls for nail holes, blemishes, scuffs. (Read How to Fix a Wall Hole here.)
Get your beefy significant other to help you move all the large appliances out from the walls so you can vacuum behind and underneath them. Change the water filter for the fridge while you’re back there. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here.
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