Some housecleaning and home preventative maintenance tasks need to be done monthly, others seasonally, and still others once a year. The problem is, we don't always get around to these tasks.
A better plan: create a monthly cleaning and home preventative maintenance checklist that spreads tasks over 12 months.
Here's the September house cleaning checklist that works for me.
Clean heat ducts and registers. Replace air filters.
Hire someone to clean the gutters and downspouts, and make any other repairs you can't do yourself to get your house ready for winter.
Order firewood. Stack it off the ground on firewood racks or on concrete blocks to increase air flow so that it dries appropriately. Stack it away from the house to prevent pest infestation.
Line up chimney sweep cleaning services now before they’re all booked till April. Do the rest of the fireplace maintenance yourself.
Clean all bed linens, including comforters, duvets, bed skirts, pillows, etc. Yep, canopies, too!
Turn that mattress!
It's time for drain cleaning. Call a cleaning service now to set this up. Remind them to clean the traps, too. Make sure you're doing your part by regularly maintaining your garbage disposal.
Equip your child with an electrostatic cloth and give him the task of cleaning your houseplants. The leaves wipe clean just like magic. It’s actually a gratifying job for grown-ups, too!