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 cleaning and home preventative maintenance tasks down by month and then tackle them regularly.

Here's the July home cleaning checklist that works best for me.

Entice your out-of-school kids to downsize by allowing them to sell fallen from favor toys at a garage sale.

  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. Better yet: consider a self-cleaning litter box. 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. Now, relax, and savor the pleasures of July! 

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