July Home Checklist.
Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
Or else, we save it all up for spring cleaning which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either.
The best plan is to break annual and seasonal tasks down by month and attack them on a scheduled basis.
Nothing gets too backed up and things eventually get done. Here's the schedule for July maintenance that works for me:
The best way to entice your
out-of-school kids to help clean the garage is to promise them a
garage sale. They can sell anything they don’t want to keep. And they
can spend the proceeds anyway they like.
This is a perfect time to clean out toy boxes and closets. Garage sales provide a great decluttering incentive.
Help the kids organize remaining toys into sensible categories. Put all the Lego stuff together in one bin; all the American Girl dolls and accessories in another.
Board games get a special place, too. Now when
the kids want to play, they only need to haul out one box.
Clean mirrors, prints, artwork, photographs, shelves … anything that
hangs on the wall. These tips for making glass, windows and light
Does Puff always plop on the chenille sofa? Yeah, we could tell.
Remove excess fluff with a damp sponge. (Get more
pet home cleaning tips here.)
Enlist your youngest to clean the baseboards throughout the house.
Just stick a white sock on
her hand and send her on her way. She is the closest to the floor, after
Clean outdoor light fixtures. Replace dim bulbs.
How long has it been since you took a little Clorox to the hamster’s cage? Team up with the kids and help them clean pet cages, beds, bedding, dishes, litter boxes, etc.
Your house should look cleaner. And smell
Summer air conditioning puts additional strain on our energy bill so try to save power in other areas. Vacuum under and behind the refrigerator to make it run more efficiently.
Set the water heater at 120 F. Wash clothes in
cold water whenever possible. Remind the kids to keep the doors closed.
(See more ways to
save energy and cold cash here.)
Clean the fridge and get rid of old condiments, dressings, etc. Nothing lasts forever – not even mustard. Really.
(Confused by the `Use By’, ‘Sell By’ and other
stamps on your foodstuffs? See
kitchen food labels explained.)
Now, relax, and savor the pleasures of July!
About the Author
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.