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 June house cleaning checklist that works best for me.
Clean stuffed animals to keep them sanitary as well as cuddly. Some can be laundered. Some you just have to wipe down.
Shibari Advanced Antibacterial Toy Cleaner, $10.73 for an 8oz spray bottle, is an effective option.
Getting all the soft stuff in your home clean is a great way to start off your June house cleaning checklist.
While the kids are home from school, entice or enlist them to clean their rooms top to bottom. Be patient. This could take a while. (But then, the summer is young.)
Take two aspirin and check their expiration dates. While you’re at it, clean out the entire medicine cabinet to get rid of everything inside that's past its prime.
Put vinyl or plastic shower curtains in your washing machine along with a few bath towels. Wash in cold water on the gentle cycle. Remove the curtains before the spin cycle and hang them to dry.
Clean and repair, or replace, the bathroom caulking.
Bare the floors and clean area rugs according to the manufacturer's directions. Be sure to place non-slip rug pads underneath to keep summer-free kids - and everyone in your home - safe .
Go through family pictures that you’ve taken over the past year. Be ruthless. Toss the bad ones; send Grandma a bunch and file the rest (by month and year) until you finally get around to compiling that album.
Refresh the photographs you have on display with some of the best you’ve just sorted through.
Go through your children's artwork (when they're not around). Put the top creations in a special memory book or box; frame the very best and display them in a hallway — circular file what's left.