2/10/14

The Ultimate Annual Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule for Your Home

While I was checking off some of the February 'chores' from my cleaning checklist, I realized I've never shared my annual calendar on the blog before. I use this list as a monthly guide to keep on top of house cleaning and maintenance. I find it helpful to have a schedule to keep me on track and to ensure that we address every part of our home throughout the year.

This list evolves every year, so feel free to add or remove items depending on what works for you and your home. Hope this helps you!

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Suburban Spunk's Ultimate
Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule
for Your Home
 
January: Holiday Tear Down, Office/Paperwork/Files
 ____Remove Christmas decorations around the house. Pack away carefully and label each box.
____Take stock of wrapping supplies, cards, etc. to see what is needed. Stock up at    
         after Christmas clearance sales.
____Write birthdays for the year in red on your new calendar.
____Go through magazine rack and discard old issues.
____Donate DVDs/CDs you no longer watch. Store your collection in one location.
____File/store photos accordingly. Delete unwanted photos to save space.
____Clean out file folders. Shred any old papers that contain personal information.
____Clean computer. Delete unused files, organize the rest into logical folders and
        clean mouse, keyboard and monitor.
 
____ Back-up your computer!
____Tackle your email inbox. Delete unneeded emails and file others.
____Update your resume.
____Create folder for collecting tax documents as they come in the mail.
 
February: Kitchen and Pantry
 
____ Go through contents of kitchen cabinets. If you haven’t used it in a year +, donate it.
____ Clean out and organize silverware drawer. Wash out drawer and sorting tray. Polish silver.
____ Clean and organize the cabinet under the kitchen sink.
____ Polish outside of kitchen cabinets.
 ____ Wash dials, knobs and surfaces on stove top range.
____ Run self-clean oven option.
____ Clear off counter tops and disinfect.
 ____ Wipe down small appliances and counter décor before returning to their place.
 ____ Inventory refrigerator and freezer. Toss any outdated or freezer-burned items.
 ____ Clean outside of refrigerator. Dust the back and wash the front, sides, and handles.
 ____ Clean refrigerator shelves…toss questionable items/leftovers.
 ____ Organize pantry. Check expiration dates on dry goods like mixes. Discard those out of date.
 ____ Clean china cabinet/buffet. Remove items, dust and clean cabinet shelves, then replace items.
 
March: Closets, Exterior/Yard
____Inventory wardrobe. Donate pieces that no longer fit and repair damaged items.
____Check out your sock drawer. Give away, discard and replace as needed. Then, organize.
____Do an underwear purge. Get rid of items that are worn out. Replace as needed.
____Check your family's winter coats. Wash dirty items, make necessary repairs.
____Gather hats, gloves, mittens and scarves in your house. Wash dirty items. Toss single
        mittens or gloves and make a note to replace the set.
____Set aside your work outfits for the coming week(s) to save time.
____Spring is closing in. Swap out winter throws and décor with lighter weight options.
____Tour home's exterior and grounds. Make a list of needed seasonal maintenance.
 
____Check your lawn mower, clippers, trimmer to make sure they are in working order.
 
____Sweep any debris from your driveway, walkway, or front porch.
____Use a power washer on the outside of your house or deck.
____Order mulch and annual plants for the garden season.
____Clean your patio furniture. Launder washable cushions. Use a soapy bleach solution to clean
        metal and wood furniture. Rinse well and let air dry.
____Clean out the garage.
 
April: General Cleaning & Maintenance / Car / Pet Care
____ Clean all windows, inside and out.
 
____ Clean all mirrors and television screens within the house.
 
____ Wash and dry all machine washable throw rugs.
 
____ Get out your long handled duster and clean off ceiling fans.
 
____ Go through rooms and clean off each light bulb to improve efficiency and light output.
 
____ Disinfect door knobs and door handles in your home, starting with the entry door.
____ Remove cob webs from ceiling, light fixtures and corners with a rag on a pole.
____ Wash and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans.
 
____ Check all filters in your home (a/c, furnace, etc) and replace if needed.
 
____ Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any that fail the test.
 
____ Clear trash and items that do not belong out of your car.
 
____ Clean out the trunk of your car.
 
____Wash your car's exterior. Vacuum out the interior and Windex all windows.
 
____ Give your dog a nice brushing and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls.
 
____ Schedule grooming session for pet and check-up with vet.
 
____ Clean out your purse/wallet for any scrap papers, receipts, and other trash.
 
____ Check tires, oil, wiper fluid etc.
 
May: Bedrooms and Bathrooms

____ Flip your mattress.
____ Wash your Summer linens--blankets and sheets.
____ Clean and air out all blankets and linens still out from the cold season.
____ Clean and vacuum under your bed.
____ Wipe and clean all surfaces of bathroom. Scrub tub and shower.
____ Toss expired medications. Put them into a plastic bag with kitty litter. Soak the kitty litter
          with water to render the medications unfit for recovery. Do not flush medications.
____ Check expiration dates on your sunscreen products. Replace if any are past their prime.

____ Check your toothbrushes for wear. Replace your toothbrush four times a year and when  
        sick.
____ Go through your makeup and toss out anything that is older than 3 months. Give your
         cosmetic brushes a good cleaning and allow them to dry thoroughly before putting  them away.
 
 
June: Linen Closet and Laundry Room
____ Organize linen closet. Donate clean, but worn, towels and sheets to your local animal
         shelter.
 
____ Sort bed linens. Store in storage bins under the bed they are used for.
____ Challenge yourself to completely catch-up on all your laundry.
____ Thoroughly clean the dryer lint compartment.
____ Clean your dryer exhaust duct, damper and the space under the dryer.
____ Clean washing machine.
 
____ Take the time to sew buttons, fix hems and general upkeep on clothes.
 
____ Take needed items to tailor.
 
 
July:  Floors and Windows
 ____ Grab the window cleaner and clean all mirrors and television screens within the house.
____ Clean all windows, inside and out.
____ Take down curtains or blinds from one room in your house and wash them.
____ Wipe and dust all lamp shades in your house.
____ Check all doors and window locks to ensure they are working properly.
____Steam clean carpets
 
____Polish wood floors
 
 
August: Kitchen and Pantry
____ Clean the outside of your refrigerator. Dust the back and wash the front, sides, and handles
         with hot soapy water or kitchen spray cleaner.
____ Clean the outside of your kitchen cabinets with a wood polish 
____ Clean inside of fridge. Toss old/outdated food and wipe down shelves with bleach solution.
____ Clean out the junk drawer.
____ Go through pantry. Check expiration dates on dry goods like mixes.
____ Empty out and go through the contents of cabinets. Donate unused items.
____ Clear off counter tops and disinfect. Wipe down small appliances and counter décor.

 
September: General Maintenance / Car / Pet
­____ Toss throw rugs into the washer and dryer.  *Rugs w/ rubber backings use air only setting.
____ Clean all mirrors and television screens within the house.
____ Get out your long handled duster and clean off chandeliers and ceiling fans.
____ Go through rooms and clean off each light bulb to improve efficiency and light output.
____ Disinfect door knobs and door handles in your home, starting with the entry door.
____ Remove cob webs from ceiling, light fixtures and corners with a rag on a pole.
____ Check all filters in your home (a/c, furnace, etc) and replace if needed.
____ Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace any that fail the test.
____ Take décor items off walls and/or shelves and wash/dust.
____ Do energy audit of house and caulk this.
___ Clear trash and items that do not belong out of your car.
____Clean out the trunk of your car.
____ Have your car serviced and winterized. Check tires too.
____Wash your car's exterior. Vacuum out the interior and Windex all windows.
____ Give your dog a nice brushing and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls.
____ Schedule grooming session for pet and check-up with vet.
____ Clean out your purse/wallet for any scrap papers, receipts, and other trash.

 
October:  Closets and Yard
____Check winter coats. Make necessary repairs, and identify pieces that no longer fit.


____ Bring out your fall and winter clothing.
____ Gather up hats, gloves, mittens and scarves in your house.
____ Get the front hall closet ready for winter coats and accessories.
____ Start your fall garden clean up. It is time to start preparing it for the winter chill.
____ Do a quick visual check to make sure gutters are clear of leaves and other debris.
____ Tour exterior and grounds. Schedule needed seasonal maintenance.
____ Give your patio/deck furniture a cleaning and then stow it away for the winter.
____ Have a rake and garbage bags available to collect leaves.
____Verticut yard and lay fertilizer.
 
 
November : Bedrooms and Bathrooms / Holiday Décor
____Inventory serving pieces for holiday gatherings.
____ Set out holiday décor and donate any items you don’t use.
 ____ Look over Christmas card list and make sure that you have correct and complete addresses.
____ Start addressing Christmas cards. If you do a few a night, you'll have them ready to no time.
____ Start holiday shopping or crafts now.
____ Create a portable gift wrap center. Stock a basket w/ wrapping paper, scissors, tape, etc.
____ Put an envelope in purse to keep all holiday receipts together.
____ Inventory your winter needs: salt for the walkway, shovels, etc. Stock up as needed.
____ Make room for gifts by donating unused items to a charity.
____ Go through your makeup and toss out anything that is older than 3-6 months.
____Give brushes a good cleaning and allow them to dry thoroughly before putting them away.
____ Inventory your supply of remedies. Toss outdated medicines.
____ Flip your mattress.
____ Clean and air out all blankets and linens.
____ Clean and vacuum under your bed.
____ Wipe and clean all surfaces of bathroom. Scrub tub and shower.
____ Check expiration dates on your sunscreen products. Replace if any are past their prime.
____ Check your toothbrushes for wear. Replace your toothbrush four times a year and when
        sick.
 
 
December: Floors and Windows
____ Grab the window cleaner and clean all mirrors and television screens within the house.
____ Clean all windows, inside and out.
____ Take down curtains or blinds from one room in your house and wash them.
____ Wipe and dust all lamp shades in your house.
____ Check all doors and window locks to ensure they are working properly.
____Steam clean carpets
____Polish wood floors
 
This list looks mighty long, but spreading these tasks out through the year makes them easy to accomplish.
 
Here are my favorite cleaners-
* FYI- I store cleaning supplies for our first floor in our pantry (bottom shelf, away from any food) and supplies for our second floor in our master bathroom. It's nice not having to carry paper towels, bottles etc up and down the stairs.


1. Vinegar
It's inexpensive, effective and a gallon lasts a long time. We use plain, old-fashioned vinegar in our dishwasher (along with a Cascade pac) for sparkling clean dishes and glasses. Once a month, we clean our dishwasher by running an empty load with just a cup of vinegar inside. This helps dissolve any food or buildup, which can cause an unpleasant smell and spotty glasses.
 
This cleaning spray is made from natural ingredients (huge plus for me) and is very effective at removing grease splatters from our stovetop and spills on our countertop. I use this in our kitchen and bathroom and love the fresh, lavendar scent.
 
I first shared my love for this product when I used it on my scum-covered shower doors. I now use this on everything from cleaning old brass to scrubbing stains on our concrete patio. It's very powerful, so I wear gloves everytime I use it. I recommend everyone have a bottle on hand for those truly tough stains and the horrid scummy glass shower doors.
I cannot recommend this product enough for people with wood floors, especially if you have pets/children. With 2 dogs (one of which is a 100 pound German Shepherd) with free reign of the house, our floors are constantly taking a beating. This is the absolute best product to restore shine and fill in scratches.
I prefer to use natural cleaning products whenever possible, but I don't think I could ever give up my love for Magic Erasers. They truly are magic. I use them to remove scuffs on our walls, to clean our baseboards, to quickly wipe down our stove top, scrub our bathtub and what feels like a million other places. Hint- I buy mine at the dollar store: 2/$1.
I hope this list helps you in your cleaning endeavors!
xoxo,
Suzanne

 


2 comments:

  1. This list is AWESOME!!!! Thank you!

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  2. What a great list! Your blog is great, I will keep reading!

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