Some tasks only 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, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either
I’ve found the best plan is to break down annual and seasonal tasks by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis.
Nothing gets too backed up, and things eventually get done. I’ve also found that concentrating on one room or area each month is more rewarding because you can see the results.
Here’s the schedule that works best for me that you can try yourself this month: the July house cleaning checklist.
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.
This can help jumpstart your July house cleaning checklist.
This is a perfect time to clean out toy boxes and closets.
Garage sales provide a tremendous decluttering incentive.
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.
Clean mirrors, prints, artwork, photographs, shelves … anything that hangs on the wall.
Does Puff always plop on the chenille sofa? Yeah, we could tell.
Remove excess fluff with a quick surface vacuuming, or try running a damp sponge across the sofa surface to collect errant fur that you can then rinse away.
Enlist your youngest child to clean the baseboards and walls.
Just stick a white sock on her hand and send her on her way.
He is the closest to the floor, after all.
Clean outdoor lighting fixtures. Replace dim bulbs.
How long has it been since you took a little bleach 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.
Summer air conditioning puts additional strain on our energy bill, so try to save power in other areas.
Clean the refrigerator and get rid of old condiments, dressings, etc. Nothing lasts forever – not even mustard. Really. (Check out the Food Shelf Life Guide if you're unsure about other items in your fridge.)
Now, relax and savor the pleasures of July!