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 May house cleaning checklist that works best for me.
The May house cleaning checklist starts with a thorough cleaning of patio furniture and umbrellas.
Clean doormats – or invest in new ones.
Clean air conditioning and heating ducts; change filters. Clean dryer ducts.
If you have a window unit, make sure the air conditioner is debris free. Dust or vacuum vents.
Clean the laundry room. And clean the washing machine while you’re at, it by running an empty load on “hot” with a cup of chlorine bleach.
Or just pop in a washing machine cleaner pod or pac to keep things simple.
Clean dryer ducts. Many home fires each year are caused by lint accumulating here. A dryer duct cleaning kit can help make this essential task easier.
Power wash the patio and deck. Seal the wood, if necessary.
Clean the exterior wall sidings of your home with a hose. Wash off cobwebs, dirt, etc.
For a thorough, safe exterior cleaning of vinyl, aluminum and wood siding, as well as brick stucco, concerte, trim and painted decks, Home Armor E-Z House Wash is an easy and inexpensive (at under $24) option.
Mold or mildew on the walls? Scrub it off with a solution of diluted chlorine bleach, water, and laundry detergent.