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august house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning chores need to be done monthly, others seasonally, and still others just once a year.

Problem is, we often don't get around to them, or else we add them to our spring cleaning list, which quickly becomes so extensive and time-consuming, we don't get around to that, either.

The solution? Create a monthly cleaning checklist, breaking down all the big, seasonal or yearly housecleaning and home preventative maintenance tasks into smaller tasks tackled each month.

Here is the August house cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.

1.    Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines:

Start your August house cleaning checklist by getting ready for the carpool season by detailing and servicing the car. (At least you’ll start the school year looking good!)

2.    Play ball!

Or rather, clean ball. In fact, clean all your sports equipment and put it away in the proper place.

Time is going to be tight in the months ahead.

3.    To air is human:

Open up all the windows - and clean them while you're thereRefresh your house one last time before closing up shop for winter.

4.    Nooks and crannies:

Give your big and little ones brooms and send them on cobweb hunts around the patio, into the garage, up in the attic if you're feeling particularly brave.

When the last cobweb has been demolished, take the tykes and the teens (and those in between) to a movie or out for a refreshing treat.

5.    Clean cleaning equipment:

Mops, brooms, buckets, vacuum cleaners all get dirty, too. Replace heads on mops (and perhaps the mops themselves), replace brooms altogether, brooms, scrub buckets and service the vacuum cleaner. Now that should work a little better.

6.    Oh, rubbish!

Clean trashcans, recycling cans, and the trash compactor. It's incredible how quickly they get dirty and smelly.

7.    Special delivery:

Touch up the mailbox with a coat of fresh paint. Get fancy if you fancy. Or call in the resident artist to jazz up the residence letterbox.

8.    Door of opportunity:

Repaint the front door while you have the brush out. At the very least, give it a seasonal bath.

9.    Who ya gonna call?

An exterminating company to make sure your home goes into the winter days pest-free. Or, get the environmentally friendly alternatives you prefer and set up shop in and around your home.

10.    Hot enough for ya? Your final August house cleaning checklist chore:

Hot or not, get your heating system checked to make sure there are no leaks and no unpleasant surprises when cold weather sets in.  

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