Today we are going to discuss those dreaded monthly chores.
The big ones.
The chores that don’t need to get done every week but do need some attention. Depending on the size of your home or how much traffic an area gets, some of these chores might not need to be done every month but maybe every other month.
To be perfectly honest (and to let you know that I in fact do not have it together) when I was reviewing my list on monthly chores I was ashamed to discover that
some OK a lot of them hadn’t been done in a looong time, hence the amount of dust gathering on my ceiling fan blades. 🙂
I find that once I review my routine and put something in place that seems manageable, I’m really good at completing the daily tasks, moderately good at completing the weekly tasks but fail when it comes to those monthly chores.
I think a lot of it has to do with not really keeping an organized list of the chores that should be done on a monthly basis. So that’s where we are going to start… we are going to create a list.
To start you will need your weekly cleaning checklist and a notepad. Walk through each room of your home and note any additional chores that need to be done that wasn’t on your weekly list. Some of these could also be chores that only need to be done once or twice a year, that’s OK write those down too because we are going to talk about those chores tomorrow.
After I walked through my home, this is the list that I came up with. Some of these chores will apply to you as well and some will be irrelevant. Use this as a starting point for you as you create your monthly cleaning checklist
- Dust all blinds
- Vacuum under furniture– couches, beds, dressers or other furniture that is too heavy to move
- Dust baseboards – honestly I stink at this because once you start you realize just how many baseboards you have and suddenly your house seems huge! I try to focus on one room’s baseboards a month that way at least all the room’s baseboards get dusted and wiped down at least twice a year.
- Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures– while you have the dust extender out also get those cobwebs that gather in the corners or hang from the popcorn ceiling (why oh why where popcorn ceilings ever an appropriate building standard?)
- Wipe down the outside of all kitchen/bathroom cabinets
- Wash out trashcans– I usually just spray some disinfectant cleaner in them and wipe them down unless something leaked and there is a nasty mess.
- Clean hampers– Remember the dead fly? This is why I am much more diligent about cleaning now! Also don’t forget about those laundry baskets too.
- Update freezer and pantry inventories
- Meal plan for the month
- Wash small area rugs
- Size the children’s closets– I don’t know about yours but my kids are in the season where they are growing so fast that I have to stay on top of this.
- Organize all other closets (master bedroom, hall, linen, etc.) Need some inspiration to tackle your own wardrobe? Check out my 31 Days to a Wardrobe You’ll Actually Love series.
- Vacuum upstairs and basement carpets– Our main level in our home is hardwood floors so I keep up on those weekly, but upstairs and in the basement we have carpet. We don’t use those rooms regularly (someday our kids will move to the upstairs bedroom) but they do need to get vacuumed occasionally.
- Clean inside and outside of refrigerator
- Vacuum under couch cushions
- Clean inside of washing machine and dryer– I usually run a mixture of vinegar and baking soda through the washing machine to remove any unpleasant smells and I use a rag to gather up all the lent and hair that collects in the grooves.
Remember those are the chores that I came up when walking through my home. Your monthly tasks might look different from mine but perhaps there are several that overlap.
Along with the monthly cleaning checklist that I created to go along with my chores I also created a blank document where you could write down the chores that match your monthly house cleaning.
I keep mine in my home management binder and every month I check off the task that I completed. You could also keep it in a clear plastic page protector and use a dry erase marker too.
What other chores do you try to complete on a monthly basis?
Tomorrow I’m going to share my annual cleaning checklist so if you’re thinking about adding some chores that I didn’t include in my monthly plan be sure to check back tomorrow.