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. And without a major life overhaul. 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 November house cleaning checklist.
Cleaning out kitchen cabinets and drawers is a good idea any time of year.
But it is an especially timely task this month with the entertaining season ahead.
Empty those drawers, give them the cleaning once over, and replace only those kitchen utensils you're likely to use this holiday season.
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.
Haha! 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.)
Water taste funny? It's time to 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.
Ditto for the guest bedroom.
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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.