Some home preventative maintenance and cleaning tasks 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 tend to save it all for spring cleaning. And then that doesn't happen, either. Instead, try breaking annual and monthly chores down into a monthly cleaning checklist.
Here is the May house cleaning checklist that works best for me.
Clean doormats – or invest in new ones.
Clean air conditioner and/or heating ducts; change filters.
If you have a window unit, make sure the air conditioner is debris free. Dust or vacuum vents.
Clean the laundry room. And clean the washing machine while you’re at it by running an empty load on “hot” with a cup of chlorine bleach.
Clean dryer ducts. Many home fires each year are caused by lint accumulating here.
Power wash the patio and/or deck. Seal the wood, if necessary.
Clean the exterior wall sidings with a hose. Wash off cobwebs, dirt, etc.
Mold or mildew on the walls? Scrub it off with a solution of diluted chlorine bleach, water and laundry detergent.