5 Household Cleaning Items To Add To Your Chore List
Keeping up a home can take a great deal of time and attention to detail. If you skip a week of cleaning, you will surely pay for it as your home seems to multiply in filth when you get lazy. If you live with a spouse, children, or pets, this can only add to how quickly a home can go from neat and tidy to messy in a matter of moments. I know this all too well as I’m sure you do too! While you have your standard chores that you do regularly, there are some items that only need to be done quarterly or even annually. Below, are some tips as to what to add to your household cleaning items annual chore list as it can be easy to forget.
Every year we have our air ducts cleaned. I remember when we first bought our home and had them done for the first time – they found beer cans and other debris in the air ducts! I was shocked! Seems when construction was ongoing, the workers discarded their cans and other debris like cigarettes into my air ducts! Every since then, we are steadfast to make sure we clean them every year to assure they are clean and provide us with healthy air!
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1 – Clean your air ducts. To help freshen up your home, clear the air of allergens and must, and to decrease the amount of dust in your home, cleaning out your air ducts is a necessity. All the dust and pet hair that has built up in the air ducts blows throughout your home when the heater or air conditioner runs. To avoid having a sick family, add this to your list of things to do this year. If this does not seem like a fun chore, you can certainly hire professionals to do the job for you. You can find more information about the service and how to book a cleaning by visiting http://denverairductcleaning.com.
I think many of us forget to clean our window screens, at least I know I do. It’s not after the fact that I can actually see the dirt and grime building up that I remember to clean them.
And since I’m a clean freak that always bugs me to no end!
2 – Clean your window screens. This is a simple chore but one that takes time because it can be tedious to unscrew the screens and line them up to be cleaned. If you live in a 2-story home, you will need a strong ladder to help with this task. After you have all the screens off of the windows, you can lather them up with some mild soap and rinse them off with a hose. You will be shocked at how much filth has built up throughout the year! Make sure you clean the inside window ledges too. After the summer season, I always find dead bugs and dirt piling up and end up having to clean them weekly!
Decluttering your home has been a huge trend on the internet the past few years and for good reason. I think most of us keep purchasing new things and end up moving the old stuff into the basement. I like to do an audit of all the old stuff I don’t want to keep anymore and end up selling them at my annual yard sale. It’s a great way to earn some extra bucks and clean up your home at the same time.
3 – De-clutter. Every year it is a good idea to go through your home and get rid of items you no longer need. If you fail to do this chore, clutter will build up around your home and it will then become more of a hassle to deal with all at once. Go through your closets and get rid of old clothes and make room for new. Clean out old toys and rid your home of excess papers. And go through your books too and only keep the ones that are near and dear to your heart.
Just last month we had our home’s exterior power washed. You will be amazed at the difference! We do this right before the Fall to clean our home’s exterior and decks. It’s like giving your home a bath and always makes my house feel brand new! This household cleaning item was one of the best I added to my annual list!
4 – Powerwash the side of your home and walkways. Over the year dirt and grime can build up on the outside of your house and on the walkways. To keep your home in good condition and look its best, get out the power washer and wash it down. This chore is not all that bad and can be therapeutic as you see results right away.
This is a very important chore to remember to do. My home has three rugged rooms and the rest are hardwood. I always make sure to clean my rugs at least once a year by a professional service. If you suffer from allergies then this is super important to do. It’s easy to forget to get them cleaned that’s why I always add this chore to my chores list so I don’t forget. Now that we have a granddaughter and she will be crawling around soon, it’s even more important to have them cleaned.
5 – Shampoo carpets. If you live with children and pets you will likely want to do this several times throughout the year but certainly at least once. You will be amazed at the dirt and stains that come out of the carpet.
I hope you were able to get some good cleaning advice for your household cleaning items and remember to add these to your chore list this year! Check out 7 Of My Favorite Cleaning Hacks too!
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