Around the House – August 2020

Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem often times is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.  Either that or we tend to save it all for spring cleaning, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting task that it does not occur as it should.

The best plan is to break down annual seasonal tasks by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis. Nothing gets too backed up and things eventually get done.  It is also helpful to concentrate on one room or area each month.  This is more rewarding because you can see the results and it motivates you to keep going.

August House Cleaning Checklist

Start your August house cleaning checklist by getting ready for the carpool season by detailing and servicing the car.  You will start the school year looking good.

This is a good time to clean all of your summer sports equipment and put it away in the proper place as time is going to be tight in the months ahead and it will be rewarding to have this chore done.

Open all the windows and clean them while you are at it.  Refresh your home one last time before closing up for winter.  Here in Sugar Land we can wait on this task because of the heat during August.  But when September and October come around and we experience some cooler weather, that would be the perfect time to open windows and refresh your home.

Give your big and little ones a cobweb duster or broom and send them on cobweb hunts around the house, the patio and the garage. It is amazing how cobwebs seem to just pop up out of nowhere.  Cleaning them from the corners and ceilings is very satisfying and makes a room look fresh.

Mops, brooms, buckets, and vacuum cleaners all get dirty.  Replace heads on mops (and perhaps the mops themselves), replace brooms altogether, scrub buckets, and service the vacuum cleaner. It is hard to get your home really deep down clean with a dirty utility item.

Clean garbage cans (inside and out) and recycling bins.  These items get smelly rather quickly so use your favorite cleaner, scented bags or odor absorber to keep them smelling somewhat fresh and clean.

Scrub and/or repaint the front door.  The front door of your home is the first thing visitors see.  Clean the door with a mild detergent solution.  If you have glass on or around the door a glass cleaner can make it sparkle.  Just do not clean the glass when the sun is shining on it in order to avoid streaks.

Got pests?  There are lots of environmentally friendly sprays to help control pests.  Spray your home and yard with an exterminating spray as necessary.  Or call an exterminating company to make sure your home and yard go into the cooler months pest-free.

Get your heating system checked to make sure there are no leaks or unpleasant surprises when cold weather sets in.

Good Housekeeping