You can thank me later for this but there is such a thing as over-cleaning! Here are 10 chores around the home that you really only need to do annually…excluding special circumstances. Let’s dive in!
1. Curtains & Drapes
Unfortunately, I don’t mean the dusting part. You’ll want to dust at least once a month. However, when it actually comes to getting them cleaned, you only need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.
2. House Gutters
Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleaning duties to a minimum…generally about once a year. Plan on doing this in the fall after all of the trees have already lost their leaves.
3. Fireplace & Chimney
After the winter, you’ll want to give your fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper to clean out any creosote build up and make sure the chimney is in good working order.
I wish I mean vacuuming but that’s pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households (possibly daily if you have pets). In this case, I mean a deep clean. The best time to get this taken care of is right after summer.
5. Outdoor Furniture
The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes happen while you’re using them, you want to clean the spots right away so you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.
Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it.
7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry
Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get them ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed.
8. Linen Closet
Once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and spiderwebs and reline any shelves.
9. Garage, Basement, & Attic
No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. It can also feel good to get rid of junk that tends to accumulate in these hidden spaces.
If you’re in the market to sell your home, feel free to contact me and I’ll refer you to some preferred service providers that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks. Just shoot an email over to Rachel@RachelKayla.com.