If you’re anything like me, you enjoying having a clean home more than you enjoy the process of actually cleaning. Sure, I rest a little easier knowing there’s no cobwebs in my corners and dust bunnies aren’t creating permanent residences under my furniture, but deep cleaning even a small apartment is unappealing and daunting. Instead of doing a deep clean once a year to thoroughly rid my space of built up dirt and grime, I break down my unusual cleaning chores into quarterly tasks. This makes cleaning seem much more bearable and allows me to rest easy knowing that my home isn’t overrun with dirt and dust.
If you are looking to start a similar cleaning schedule for your home, here are some house cleaning tips that can break up those cleaning tasks into more manageable portions.
Early Spring Cleaning
After the holidays have ended and you’ve stashed away your decorations for another year, survey your home and see what else could use some sprucing. The spring weather is perfect cleaning weather because it’s getting warmer outside and you’ll want to open up your home to let some fresh air in. Plus, after you’ve accumulated a new batch of holiday toys, you might want to use this as a great opportunity to rid your home of items you won’t need anymore.
Once spring arrives, take all your items out of storage and give them a quick cleaning. Not only is this great for cleaning, but it is also a great way to determine what’s worth keeping and what you should donate or throw away. Once you’ve cleaned and organized your items, clean out your storage areas. Sweeping and a simple mop job might be enough, but for really dirty surfaces like the bottom of a storage shed or your garage, you might need to use a power washer.
Once you finish with your power washer, use it on the outside of your house to remove all the dirt or grime that may have collected on your siding and windows. You can also take this time to clear your driveway and sidewalks, but that might be a task for a separate day, depending on the length of your driveway and sidewalks.
After you finish with the exterior, start working on your home’s interior: steam clean your carpet, clean your outdoor window panes and screens and deep clean your bathroom and kitchen. This would be a great time to move large appliances like your fridge and oven and clean the floor and exterior, as well as your grout. Make sure you also remember to replace the air filter in your home air system as it’s good to replace this every three to four months to ensure proper function.
Summer cleaning is pretty easy compared to springtime cleaning. Since it’s going to be pretty warm, find some cleaning chores that will keep you cool indoors. Summer is a great time to clean your fridge and freezer of any mystery stains that may have accumulated throughout the year. Plus, it will give you the chance to ensure that nothing moldy is growing in the back of your fridge. In addition to that, go around the kitchen and home and see if there’s any bug or pest infestation. Summer is notorious for bugs around and inside the home, and you’ll want to ensure you prevent or stop a problem before it gets out of control.
Finally, summer time is usually grilling time. Make sure you keep your grill and area you’re grilling at clean by scrubbing any of the charcoal or food drippings away. Most people suggest letting the grill burn off anything that might have accumulated before you use it for the first time, so this would be a great time to check those grill gas lines and make sure you clear away any cobwebs or debris that might have accumulated on the grill over the past few months.
Once the weather starts to cool again, start moving your spring and summer items in for storage. Now is also the best time to start looking at your doors and windows to see if there are any cracks or missing weather stripping. If you do find any areas that need repair, caulk or replace any weather stripping to keep your building’s envelope secure. This will help keep your home warm and lower your heating bill throughout the winter.
You’ll also want to inspect your roof and find any damaged or missing shingles. If you find a few shingles that have problems, your local hardware store can help you replace them yourself. However, if you don’t feel comfortable, or the damage on your roof is a lot bigger than anticipated, call a roofer to handle the repairs. It would be cheaper to do this then have your roof collapse around winter time when there’s snow and ice weighing on it.
You’ll also want to clean out your gutters once all the leaves have fallen off trees. Blocked gutters are the number one reason for damage on your roof and gutter system, so make sure they are clear before the winter hits. Finally, call a furnace technician to inspect your furnace to ensure it will be functional and working comes winter time.
If you’ll be spending a lot of time cooped up this winter, you’ll want to make sure that your house has everything you need to be ready for the colder weather. The winter season means lots of traffic from family members and other guests, so you’ll likely get more wear on your carpet this time of year. Make sure you keep entryways and hallways clear of clutter so your guests aren’t stumbling over toys and other items as they make your way through the house.
In addition to the interior walkways for guests, make sure your driveway and sidewalks are kept clear for visitors and neighbors during the holidays. If you are living in an area of the country that will get snowfall, make sure that you have the snow removal gear you’ll need like shovels, scrapers, road salt, gloves and antifreeze.
In addition to the routine cleaning tasks you complete on a weekly or monthly basis, completing these quarterly cleaning tasks will help ensure that your home stays clean and organized throughout the year.
A self-proclaimed Type A nut, Amy Moczynski is never far from her to-do list and stack of sticky note reminders. She manages the digital marketing for ProBuilt Steel Buildings, writing organization and home improvement tips for the company’s blog. In her spare time, she enjoys running; good wine and craft beer; and spending time with her dog, Lola. You can follow her on Twitter at @amymoczynski.
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