Yes we clean our houses regularly, but I’m always motivated to do some Spring cleaning and once during the Summer in a BIG way. You know…those things we don’t get to often but really need to do a few times a year (but forget about). Here’s a free printable house cleaning checklist + what you should purge twice a year to keep things fresh in your home on a regular basis (especially with kids). Hope it helps you too! (republished 12/16)
House cleaning checklist
Right before Thanksgiving and when school gets out I get ready for a BIG purge and cleaning of my house. It’s the perfect time because Christmas brings more toys and surely there are many they no longer play with, clothes that no longer fit, and right after school ends the bugs start showing up and the cleaner your house is the better it will be for all of you. Using this Free printable cleaning checklist twice a year can help declutter your home from unwanted items and remind you of the things that may have been neglected throughout the year (like your carpets and mattresses). One thing you may not think about, but are important to keep clean, are your mattresses! We use them every day, and even if you change your sheets often they can get soiled. Especially when you have kids….those stains just seem to magically show up out of nowhere. 😉 Even if they don’t look soiled they still need a good cleaning, so we make sure to give each mattress a deep-cleaning using the Rug Doctor twice a year. It is quite inexpensive to rent, this attachment is specifically designed for mattresses, and it’s super easy to use (even I can do it)…..bonus! We usually find some hidden spots while we’re in the kids’ rooms (like this one), and it’s better to catch them earlier than later. Surprisingly this one came out with some Rug Doctor carpet cleaning solution and going over it a few times. As many times as I warn them about markers and food (these are from a small bag of jelly beans)…stains are just bound to happen with kids. Uggg. Nice to be able to do it yourself and have a professional grade cleaning at a fraction of the cost (just $29.99)….PLUS an entire room can be done in just about 20 minutes! Another thing I like to do after cleaning their carpets and mattresses is to purge the toys they have outgrown, and do a “toy rotation!” If you’ve never done this it is brilliant! You know how kids have so many toys that they only really play with maybe 1/4 of them. Well if they saw that toy at the bottom of the bin they’d probably love it again but there are just so many. So…….pack 1/4-1/2 of them away (when the kids are GONE) and every 6 months pull this bin out and refill it with the toys they have been playing with. They will become NEW and fun again because they haven’t seen them in 6 months….believe me, this totally works! I just use a large plastic container with a lid or this is a tall laundry basket I found on clearance. I put it in the guest room closet (where they never go) or the garage. Try it….you can thank me later. 😉
The rest of the things are self explanatory and a great way to make your home feel fresh again…twice a year, love it! I hope the house cleaning checklist + these tips and tricks for purging and deep-cleaning twice a year help…..believe me, you’ll feel great once it’s done. Try a Rug Doctor for yourself, you can find a rental location near you here…such an easy solution.
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