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may house cleaning checklist

Some home preventative maintenance and housecleaning 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 cleaning chores down into a monthly house cleaning checklist.

Here is the May house cleaning checklist that works best for me. 

1. think alfresco housecleaning.

Clean patio furniture and umbrella.

Clean your hardworking doormats before summer arrives.

2. step on it.

Clean doormats – or invest in new ones.

3. preventative maintenance duct calls.

Clean air conditioner and/or heating ducts; change filters.

4. housecleaning chill time.

If you have a window unit, make sure the air conditioner is debris free. Dust or vacuum vents.

5. sunshine cleaning.

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.

6. ducts redux.

Clean dryer ducts. Many home fires each year are caused by lint accumulating here.

7. no preventative maintenance excuses.

Clean the charcoal grill or your gas grill so there's no reason not to cook outside.

8. power play.

Power wash the patio and/or deck. Seal the wood, if necessary.

9. taking sides.

Clean the exterior wall sidings with a hose. Wash off cobwebs, dirt, etc.

10. nitty gritty.

Mold or mildew on the walls? Scrub it off with a solution of diluted chlorine bleach, water and laundry detergent. See all 12 monthly home maintenance checklists here. 

Ready to get started? Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the products and supplies you'll need this month.

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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.