Some housecleaning tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.
The problem is, we forget to do those house cleaning tasks once or twice a year.
The best plan, instead, is to break down annual cleaning and home maintenance tasks by month and then tackle them regularly.
Here's the July home cleaning checklist that works best for me.
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 is a perfect time to clean out toy boxes and closets. Garage sales provide a great 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.
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.
Clean outdoor lighting fixtures. Replace dim bulbs.
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.)
Now, relax, and savor the pleasures of July!