The holidays are just around the corner.
Now's the time to make sure our homes are ready for the onslaught. After all, who wants to deal with a backed up potty come Thanksgiving?
The best plan is to break down annual and seasonal maintenance and housecleaning tasks by month and create a house cleaning schedule from there.
Here’s the November house cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.
Cleaning kitchen cabinets and drawers at least once a year is an excellent idea.
Unless, of course, you'd welcome an extended visit by ants or other insects.
And while you're at it, check for expired food, and throw out foods that your kids will never eat, no matter how hungry.
Clean, paper, and reorganize all kitchen drawers. Bring to the fore utensils you will need for holiday baking and cooking.
Ha ha! That’s a good one! But seriously, clean the oven.
Clean under and behind the fridge. And while you’re in the neighborhood, strip off the six-months accumulation of art and notes from the fridge door.
Wash it and leave it bare for a change. (Well, at least till Friday.)
Change the filter.
Clean the entry closet and put in extra hangers for winter coats. Make sure the guest bathroom is clean and well-stocked.
Tough stains? Call carpet cleaning companies now to get estimates for cleaning stains you can't remove yourself.
These tips for hiring a carpet cleaning service can help.
Get them to do the upholstery cleaning, too. You’ll probably get a package deal.
Clean your major appliances – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, etc. They'll all function more efficiently, and you'll save money on your utility bills.
Update your contact list while you’re sending or e-mailing out the holiday cards.