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july house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.

The problem is that we forget to do those house cleaning tasks once or twice a year.

The best plan is to break annual home cleaning and preventative maintenance tasks down by month and create a house cleaning schedule.

Here's the housecleaning and preventative maintenance checklist that works best for me in July.

1. hold a garage sale.

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.

2. so long, buzz.

This is a perfect time to clean out toy boxes and closets. Garage sales provide a great decluttering incentive.

3. reorganize the survivors.

Help the kids find toy storage solutions that organize the remaining toys into easy to find 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.

4. mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Clean mirrors, prints, artwork, photographs, shelves … anything that hangs on the wall. These tips for making glass, windows and lighting fixtures sparkling clean can help.

5. de-fur the furniture.

Does Puff always plop on the chenille sofa? Yeah, we could tell. Remove excess fluff with a damp sponge.

6. getting in on the ground floor.

Enlist your youngest to clean the baseboards and walls. 

Just stick a white sock on her hand and send her on her way. She is the closest to the floor, after all.

7. baby, it's light outside!

Clean outdoor lighting fixtures. Replace dim bulbs.

8. sanitize pet areas.

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 better, too.

9. save your energy.

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.

10. how old are those olives?

Clean the refrigerator and get rid of old condiments, dressings, etc. Nothing lasts forever – not even mustard. Really. Confused by the `Use By’, ‘Sell By’ and other numbered stamps on your foods? See kitchen food labels explained. 

Now, relax, and savor the pleasures of July! See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here. 

Ready to get started on your July house cleaning and maintenance checklist? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the tools and supplies you'll need to get started.



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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.