The House that Cleans Itself, Part 2:
Once-a-Month Cleaning Chores

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In the weekly cleaning schedule dubbed "The House That Cleans Itself" that we shared about a month ago, I specified that twice a week you should tackle a "monthly to-do." These are those house-cleaning tasks that don't need to be done every week, but definitely need to happen regularly for a nice, clean space. Here's a breakdown of what I do each month to get you started on your own list.

To give you some perspective about my personal schedule: I have a 2,500-square foot house, three young children, a dog, and two cats. I'm a stay/work-at-home mom, so I am in the house most of the time and am able to grab 15-minute chunks of time to do these tasks. Of course, the size and needs of your own home and your personal schedule will likely be different from mine, so while the what and when will vary, the process of building a list of monthly chores and completing them on a schedule works for everyone.

These are the tasks I have scheduled to occur once a month, doing about two a week:

• Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans
• Dust baseboards
• Polish wood
• Condition leather, wash vacuum filters
• De-clutter (I focus on one area or fill a bag for donations)
• Organize pantry
• Deep clean refrigerator
• Clean grout (this is touch-ups, not a grout overhaul)
• Freshen bedding, bathroom rugs (this entails throwing the pillows and
comforter in the dryer and washing bathroom rugs and sun-drying them)

What would your list look like?

Check out Part 1 for the Weekly Schedule: The House That Cleans Itself

(Image credits: Bethany Nauert)