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March House Cleaning Schedule: 10 things to include in your housecleaning and preventative maintenance schedule this month.

While some cleaning chores need to be done weekly, others monthly, and still others seasonally or just once a year.

I've found it's easier to schedule all these housecleaning tasks monthly so nothing gets missed or overlooked. Here's the March housecleaning and preventative maintenance schedule that has worked best for me.

1. a clean, well-lighted place...

Begins with clean light fixtures. Clean ceiling fixtures, lamps, sconces, anything that has a bulb.

2. and while you're up there...

Clean the fan blades.

3. floor show:

Clean hardwood, tile, linoleum and other floor surfaces and seal. (Hire a professional for this.)

4. and while you're at it:

Call the pros in a carpet cleaning service to do the carpets, too.

5. think small.

Think small appliance. Think "clean small appliance." Tackle the toaster, the toaster oven, the microwave, and show them who’s boss.

6. home office help.

Get a jump on the taxman. Use this month to clean out your office drawers and files and surprise your accountant with all your receipts for a change. Consider organizing your paperwork more efficiently so this task will be easier next year.

7. does not compute?

Maybe it needs cleaning. Clean your computer, keyboard and mouse. And while you’re at it, tackle your all-in-one printer, too.

8. paper chase.

Clean out all extra books, magazines, papers, etc. Recycle, resell or donate. 

9. goodbye till next year:

Put away winter clothes, ski clothes, sweaters, etc. and into storage. This is also a great opportunity to reorganize your closet.

10. presto chango:

And the “coat closet” becomes the “sweater closet.” Clean out the entry closet to make room for the new season’s outerwear. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here. 

Ready to get started on March cleaning and maintenance? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and tools 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.