Between changing diapers and picking up 13 Million toys every single day it’s understandable that the bigger cleaning items get overlooked. You know the ones I’m talking about. Yeah, the ones you should probably be doing every month but lets be honest, your lucky if you get to it once a year.
Don’t worry, I’m right there with you. While Susie Q has her whole house looking like the White House I’m over here just trying to keep the dishes out of the sink and laundry under control.
Anyone else with me?
I know I can’t be the only one.
Well anyways, I’ve found that having a list or schedule to go off of helps me not only remember to actually do the work but helps me remember what needs done and what’s already been done.
If you need help with your day to day cleaning, then check out me Cleaning Checklist available here. I will warn you though that this list is very detailed. I know there are posts out there claiming that you can clean your house in under 20 minute a day. Unfortunately, I’ve found that they leave out two of the most time-consuming daily chores all us mamas have.
*Laundry & Dishes*
My list includes both that way you can set realistic expectations.
On top of our daily/weekly cleaning we have things that we tend to overlook that need to be done more often.
Some people suggest cleaning all the items listed below monthly but let’s snap back into reality. Some weeks I’m lucky if I scrub my kids’ toilets much less remember to bust the baseboards or deep clean the refrigerator.
So that’s why I have this set up as things you should be cleaning every 3-6 months. If your kids are in school, daycare and/or you don’t have a job outside motherhood then 3 months could be realistic for you. If you have toddlers at home, you homeschool, and/or you work a job outside motherhood then 6months (or even yearly) is probably more realistic.
Let’s be honest. Even if you only tackled these items every year you’d still be ahead of most people. So, give yourself a pat on the back!
THINGS TO CLEAN EVERY 3-6 MONTHS
Baseboards | I don’t know about you but cleaning the baseboards are at the VERY BOTTOM of my to do list. With littles crawling all over the floor I try to dust them every 3-6 months since they are at perfect licking height for a crawling baby.
Ceilings Fans | Can you remember the last time you cleaned your ceiling fan? Most likely it’s been months or possibly even years. So, go grab your duster or even an old pillowcase and clean off all the blades to the fan.
Air Vents | Just like your ceiling fan you probably have never cleaned your air vents. Go ahead and give them all a good dusting.
Change Air Filters | This is an easy cleaning task, and better yet you can add this to your hubby’s to do list so you don’t have to do a thing.
Dishwasher | You wouldn’t think your dishwasher would need to be cleaned since it does all the cleaning, but you’d be surprised. Mold can build up around the seal of the door, so this is a must clean spot every handful of months. For the inside just place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl or cup and place it on the bottom rack. On the top rack place a cup of ¼ baking soda in a microwave safe bowl or cup. Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle wash and BAM you’re done!
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Washing Machine | Your washing machine was probably cleaned around the same time you last cleaned your dishwasher… so probably never. Don’t worry I was in your boat too. I never thought to wash my washer until my clothes kept coming out smelling weird, little did I know it was our detergent not our washing machine. It’s ok because our washing machine got a much-needed cleaning. Just run an empty cycle on the hottest water setting and throw in 2 cups of white vinegar with ½ cup of baking soda. While the water is filling up, I like to take a sponge and scrub down around the top ledge because gunk will build up on the underneath side. When I’m done scrubbing, I just throw the sponge in the wash and let it go through the cycle.
Cabinet Door Fronts | This area is defiantly one of the most overlooked things that need cleaned, but every few months they desperately need it. Food, drinks, and multiple other fluids get splashed on them constantly. So, every few months grab some multipurpose cleaner and give them a good wipe down.
Windows, Seals, and Ledges | Especially if you live in a rainy climate cleaning your windows every couple of months is a must. That way you can avoid water spots building up on your windows and mold around the inside. Make sure you open the window and clean out the seals as well as wiping down all the ledges. In Oregon we have to wipe down the ledges ever month during the winter because the condensation on the inside is a breeding ground for mold.
Microwave | Some people are great at adding this into their weekly chores but let’s be honest, by the time you have fished the dishes, cleared the counters, and wiped down the stove top you don’t necessarily want to clean your microwave. Plus, with its handy little door the mess stays hidden! Instead just run it for 3 minutes with a cup of water in it. When it finished spray with your cleaning of choice and wipe down. Running it for a few minutes with a cup of water inside makes for an easy cleaning job. Trust me.
Oven | Anyone else HATE or as the Grinch says, ‘Loath Entirely’ cleaning the oven? This is the thing I will pay someone to come clean. Mainly because I can’t bring myself to use those harsh chemicals but have yet to find an alternative that actually works. If it’s before moving houses (That’s when I usually hire a cleaner.) I will just wipe the inside down every couple of months and call it good.
Vacuum Under Furniture | Moving your furniture to vacuum underneath is sure to bring you some lost surprises; money, long lost toys, fruit snacks smushed into the carpet, and food from God knows when. Do yourself a favor and vacuum under all your furniture every handful of months to keep the buildup of mystery items at bay.
Refrigerator | I like to clear my fridge of unwanted or outdated food every couple of weeks but between 3 kids and 2 adults in our house it isn’t enough. Food gets spilt or leaks all the time so pulling everything out and giving it a good wipe down every 3 – 6 months is a must. Also this is a great time to swap out the baking soda box you may keep in your fridge to minimize stinky food smells.
I get it, motherhood is chaotic, so don’t go stressing out about these things. If you can get to these items every 3 months than super, if your too busy and can only do it every 6 months then that’s wonderful. Even if you can only get around to this list every 12 months then mama, give yourself a pat on the back because I know people who NEVER clean any of these items.