What You Need To Clean In March & A Free Cleaning Schedule

 Knowing what to clean when is super confusing.  In this post, Jenn shares what needs to be cleaned in March.  She also shares her March cleaning schedule that you can print off and use to clean your home too. #monthlycleaningschedule #cleanhome #cleaningroutine #wheretostartcleaning #monthlycleaningchecklist #monthlycleaningscheduleforworkingmoms #cleaningschedule #cleaningscheduleforworkingmoms

Knowing what to clean when is super confusing.  In this post, I'm going to share what needs to be cleaned in March.  I've also put together a free March cleaning schedule that you can print off and use to clean your home too.

I love lists and schedules.  Since my mind is flying by a mile a minute I need lists and schedules to keep me going.

I'm one of those people that will find a dirty sock in the living room then go to put it away just to find myself an hour later, I'm in the garden shed reorganizing the gardening supplies.

That's why I need lists and schedules in my life.  To keep me focused and on task.

Years ago, I got tired of my ways and created a year-long cleaning schedule for myself.  I broke it into months and I work off it one month at a time.

Each month I share that month's cleaning schedule in a blog post hoping that it will help you with the cleaning.


Before I share the schedule with you I want to explain why I've done this.  

There is a lot of cleaning and maintenance that needs to be done around the house.  Not everything needs to be cleaned or maintained each day, week, or month either.  There are tasks that are needed to be done four times a year, twice a year, and yearly.

By breaking those tasks up into schedules I'm able to make sure my house is being cleaned and maintained without forgetting things like replacing filters or washing baseboard (before a problem occurs or it's embarrassing).

I don't have a lot of time to devote to cleaning so I make sure that my cleaning schedule is as efficient and effective as possible. 

Daily, weekly, and monthly

My daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks don't change.  The beds need to be made, laundry needs to be done, and the toilets need to be scrubbed. So I don't have to worry about that changing from month to month.

Month-specific chores

These are chores that only need to be taken care of 1,2,3, or 4 times a year.  These are tasks that we mostly forget about.  Things like replacing the HVAC filter.  Sure that might not be pulling out the broom and mop but it needs to be replaced to maintain the heating and cooling in my home.

Cleaning light fixtures don't need to be washed each month and I used to never wash them.  Until allergies became an issue in our home things like that didn't even cross my mind.

Now that I'm aware of things like that I make sure I schedule those chores.

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I get overwhelmed and distracted easily...

So I wrote out a list of chores that need to be completed less than 12 times a year and added a few to each of my monthly cleaning schedules.  This allowed me to not worry about if I was going to remember to clean something because each month I have a new list of month-specific chores.

Do you need a cleaning schedule to follow?

If you're like me and you get distracted easily and need lists and schedules to keep you going then you'll love the FREE March Cleaning Schedule.  In this schedule, you'll find everything that needs to be cleaned daily, weekly, monthly, and in March.  

It's free and to print out and follow.  You can click the button below to grab yours.

In conclusion...

With a little bit of planning ahead, you can rest assured that your home is staying maintained and clean.  It doesn't have to be overwhelming either.  Use the print out so you'll have one less thing to worry about.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few posts below that I thought you might enjoy.  Have an awesome day.  


What You Need To Clean Each Day To Stay Ahead

 Staying ahead of the cleaning can be quite overwhelming.  In this post, Jenn shares with you how to stay ahead of the daily cleaning by creating a daily cleaning schedule.  She shares what to include and how to do it without taking too much time.  She also shares her daily cleaning schedule with you for free.  #dailycleaningschedule #cleanhome #cleaningroutine #wheretostartcleaning #dailycleaningchecklist #dailycleaningscheduleforworkingmoms #cleaningschedule #cleaningscheduleforworkingmoms

As busy moms, it can be so frustrated to keep up with the cleaning.  In this post, I'm going to share with you what you need to clean each day to keep up on the mess.  I've also put together a daily cleaning checklist that you can follow to help ease the overwhelm.

Setting up a daily cleaning schedule can seem quite overwhelming.  Where do you start?  What really needs to be cleaned every day?  It's a tangled mess that we really end up over thinking.  

It's taken me years to come up with a daily cleaning schedule that doesn't feel like it takes all day and I'm able to "stay ahead" or "on top" of the cleaning.  The last thing anyone wants to do is clean their house all day every day.

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Setting up your daily cleaning schedule

Setting up your cleaning schedule can be easier said than done.  The key to setting this up is to make the schedule non-overwhelming.

I've found there are a few key tips that I use to make my cleaning schedule simple to plan and simple to use.

What needs to be done?

This is the first question that needs to be asked to start your daily cleaning schedule.  When you look around your house what do you see that needs to be done?  Dishes? Probably.  Sweeping?  If your house is anything like mine, YES!  

The next thing that you'll want to do when putting your cleaning schedule together makes the chores you're writing down as specific as possible.  If you write down "clean the bathroom" you might start feeling overwhelmed because of everything that needs to be included in that chore.

The first thing you'll want to do is walk through your house and write down everything that you see that needs to be done (making sure you're writing specific chores down).  

Don't worry about the length of the list, it will get shorter.  

What I found when putting this list together is I wrote down thing that really didn't need to be done each day.

If you're stuck I'll help.  Here are some things that need to be cleaned on a daily basis:

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Picking up clutter (shoes, toys, etc.)
  • Sweeping the kitchen
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It's time to take action!

Now it's your turn.  Grab a piece of paper and walk through the house.  Write down everything that you think will need to be cleaned each day.

Making your list a little more realistic

Now that you have your list it's time to narrow that list down.

Like I said earlier, you probably wrote down chores that really don't need to be done each and every day.  You see it dirty now, but if you clean that now will you need to tomorrow?

So, grab your list, and cross off everything that you won't need to do every day.

Here are a few common chores that people think that need to be done each day but can be done once a week or a few times a week:

  • Vacuuming
  • Scrubbing toilets

Try not to over think the list.  The idea is to stay ahead not clean for important guests each day.

Please keep in mind:

I think of my daily cleaning schedule as my surface cleaning time.  I want to:

  • Pick up clutter (not declutter that's a whole different discussion) like shoes, blankets, and toys and put them back to where they belong
  • Keep up with the dishes
  • Keep the counters clean
  • Make my home overall presentable

What I'm not doing is:

  • Dusting
  • Putting vacuuming lines on the carpet
  • Pulling the fridge out to mop under
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Break your cleaning up into rooms

Once you have your list of chores for your cleaning schedule it's time to break those chores up into rooms.  

On a piece of paper, write down each room that you'll be cleaning each day then write down the chores that need to be done in that room.

Create your cleaning route

The final piece of the cleaning routine is creating a cleaning route that you'll want to take.  The reason for this is it helps with:

  • Overwhelm
  • Distractions
  • Your time

Instead of zigzagging through the house cleaning this and that try creating a route that goes in order of where the rooms are placed.  

I created a video and blog post on this very topic that you can take a look at.

Related: Where To Start Cleaning A Dirty House

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A look at my daily cleaning schedule

My daily cleaning schedule is something that I can do in a matter of 20 minutes.  I make sure that I'm surfacing cleaning and I'm not getting hung up on the non-important cleaning.

It took me a long time to get where I'm at.  That's why I'm writing this post and I have this blog.  I want to share with you the successes that I've been able to overcome. 

You should know that for every success there were hundreds of failed attempts.

The main things that I do to keep up with the daily cleaning are:

  • Maintain the clutter by putting things away
  • Keep up with the dishes
  • Wipe down counters & tables
  • Air out my home (you'd be surprised by what fresh air will do for the home)
  • Wash the sink
  • Sweep the kitchen

Sometimes more or less needs to be done but these 6 chores are what I focus on.

I've found that it's important not to over think the cleaning process and if you're cleaning every day -- even for just a few minutes -- you will stay ahead of the cleaning more than you know.

Creating a daily cleaning schedule from scratch...

Can be overwhelming and paralyzing.  That's why I'm sharing my daily cleaning schedule with you fo' free!  In my daily cleaning pdf, you'll find everything that I do in each room of my home.  

You can download and print it out for you to use as your own daily cleaning schedule.

In conclusion...

With a little bit of planning ahead, it can be possible to stay ahead with the daily cleaning.  By creating a daily cleaning schedule you'll know what to clean and how long it will take.

As time goes on you'll become faster and you'll notice that your home will stay cleaner.

I would love to know in the comments below, what chores do you do every day to stay ahead?  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few posts below that I thought you might enjoy.

Have an amazing day,


How To Create A Laundry Schedule That Actually Works

 In this post, Jenn shares with you how she created a laundry schedule that is easy to follow and allows her to stay "caught up" with the laundry.  She also included a free laundry schedule blueprint that you can download and use. #laundry #laundryschedule #laundryscheduleforworkingmoms #laundryroutine #familylaundryschedule #familylaundryroutine #laundryprintable

Laundry- it's a never-ending chore.  As you sit and read this post the laundry is piling up. 

In this post, I'm going to share with you how I created a laundry schedule for my family that works.  I also created a freebie for you so you can set up a laundry routine too (so stay tuned).

There has been a lifetime laundry debate going on.  Should laundry be done once a week or daily?  Which one will save you the most time?  Which one will be the least overwhelming?  

This debate has been going on for as long as I know.

Everyone has their own opinion and you're going to be getting yet another opinion to the classic laundry debate.

I get overwhelmed.  It's the way I was built.  Over the years I've found that I need as much structure as possible for the housework to get done and for me to not get overwhelmed.

As you can imagine laundry is one of those chores that can be overwhelming.  Everyone needs something washed "like yesterday..." and the laundry never gets done.

It's like dishes.  There's always something to washed.

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Since both my daughters are older calling "dibs" on the washer and dryer has become the biggest fight in the house.  It was time for a change.

Like I mentioned earlier, I get overwhelmed so schedules are what I and my family needed to survive.

So I created a laundry schedule- a laundry schedule that actually works.  AND I want to share this schedule with you.

For this overwhelmed momma, daily laundry with a schedule was what I needed to be able to breathe without a paper bag taped to my face.

Setting up your laundry schedule

The reason why I get so overwhelmed with laundry is that I never know what I should clean first.  It seems like every laundry basket is overflowing and there's never a day that I can "catch up" on the household laundry.

Putting together a schedule I can stick to so the laundry gets done (without the embarrassing - "I don't know when that was cleaned last thought") was a little tricky.  Here's how I broke that up:

  • Everyone's clothes got a day
  • Everyone's bedding got a day
  • The house got a day

Then I needed to assign days to everything.

I knew that my washer and dryer were going to be working every day and I was okay with that from the beginning because it already was going every day.

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It's important to assign light laundry days to your busier days and heavy laundry days to your slower days.  When you're not home to stay on top of the laundry it can be tricky to remember and be efficient.

Here's how our family laundry schedule came out:

  • Monday-Household
  • Tuesday-Youngest bedding
  • Wednesday-Our laundry
  • Thursday-Free day
  • Friday-Our bedding
  • Saturday-Our laundry
  • Sunday-Youngest laundry

Since my oldest is away at college and not using our washer and dryer the demand for laundry has gone down.

How I broke up the laundry days

Mondays are for household laundry.  This includes bathroom towels, shower curtain, curtains, tablecloths, blankets, kitchen towels and anything other household linens that need to be laundered.  

Monday's are my deep cleaning days so I'm home scrubbing everything and it makes it easy for me to do the household laundry on this day.

Tuesdays my youngest strips her bedding before school and I wash, dry, and make her bed for her.

Wednesday I do our laundry.

Thursday is a free day.  This is the day that I play "catch up" on any laundry that might need to be done that I haven't scheduled.  I've found that this ends up being more household laundry.

Friday is our bedding.

Saturday is our second laundry day for the week.

Sunday is my youngest's laundry day.  She gets Sunday so she has an empty laundry basket to start the school week off with.

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How to make this your own

Now I know your laundry schedule will look nothing like my laundry week.  Every family is different however the process is the same.  That's why I created Momma's Laundry Schedule Blueprint.

The Momma's Laundry Schedule Blueprint includes a weekly schedule plus a worksheet to help you create your own perfect laundry schedule for your household.  Click the button below to download your free copy.

I would love to know in the comments below, what type of things do you do to stay "caught up" with your laundry?

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I've added a few other posts below that I thought you might enjoy!

Have an amazing day,


How To Clean Your Dirty Deck To Make It As Good As New

 Removing a slimy green film from your deck couldn't be easier.  In this post, Jenn shares how she was able to remove that film from her back deck by using 3 items in no time at all.  She also included a free checklist so you can do this yourself.  #cleaning #outdoormaintenance #deckmaintenance #removemoss #homemaintenance

I live in the pacific northwest and that means during the fall and winter we receive a lot of rain.  When I say a lot, I'm not exaggerating we're talking 2-3 inches a day.

The other day the rain had cleared (for a short time) and I decided that I wanted to do a little bit of yard work in the backyard.  The third step I took onto our deck caused me to bite it.  It was a bloopers moment that I'm so glad no one witnessed me sliding, falling, and bouncing three times...

The problem was with all of the rain that we've received over the past 5 months has allowed a nice layer of green slime to form on our deck.  This is a common problem for anyone who lives in a rainy climate.

The combo of short rainy dark days causes moss to duplicate like I've never seen before.

It was past time for the deck to be cleaned so I got to it.  In this post, I'm going to share with you how I was able to take my slimy, moss-covered deck and make it look as good as new with only 2 ingredients (that most everyone has at home already), a scrub brush, and a little bit of elbow grease.

Obviously, the idea of cleaning your deck makes taking your kids to the dentist seem like a day at the park.  

It's important not to neglect areas of your home because they will cost you in the long run.  This is our second deck because I didn't do anything with it.  We didn't reseal it or clean it.  We took our deck for granted and then we ended up with a deck that was rotting away.

Since we invested so much time, money, sweat, blood, and yes a TON of tears I want to make sure our deck lasts and lasts.

The good news is, cleaning the deck cost me under $10.  All I needed was a Costco size thing of baking soda, some water, and a scrub brush.

I put together a free checklist to help you take the same steps I took to clean my deck.  You can download it by clicking the button below.

Now I'd like to walk you through the steps I took to quickly clean the deck.

Clear it out

The first thing I did was cleared off the deck.  Since it was January the deck was pretty much empty.  Our furniture and BBQ were packed away so they were clear of the elements.

As you can see below, the deck started turning a green color...

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As you can see, this is exactly why I bit it.  The entire deck was covered in this green slimy film.

Wet it down & work in sections

Once the deck was clear, I hosed down the deck making sure the deck was wet.

Then, working in sections I sprinkled some baking soda and then started scrubbing.


I found that if I didn't work in sections the baking soda would dissolve and be washed away when I rinsed the sections.

The other great thing I found working in sections is I could see how nice the deck looked.


As you can see, the scrubbing really help remove the green film quickly.  

You can also see the wood going back to its "normal" color.


Here's another shot of how much better the deck looks.


Here's an after picture of what the deck looked like.  

With a little bit of time and elbow grease, I was able to remove the green slime from my deck and I'm happy to report it's safe to walk on the deck.  

This might not be something that needs to be done in all climates but if your area gets a lot of rain then this is probably a good idea.

Once the weather turns to more sun and less rain I'll be ready to seal and stain the deck again.

If you are in need of scrubbing your deck you can take the same steps I took.  I've put a checklist together for you so you can clean your deck with ease.

I would love to know in the comments below, what do you do to maintain your deck?  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Below are a few other posts that I thought you might like.

How To Make Your Kitchen Sparkle Once And For All

 Knowing what needs to be cleaned when seems like an impossible thing to master.  In this post, Jenn shares what needs to be cleaned when and how to make your kitchen sparkle without feeling overwhelmed.  Included is a free checklist. #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaningchecklist #cleankitchenchecklist #cleankitchen #wheretostartcleaning #cleanroutine

Cleaning the kitchen is something that seems like is never done.  It's like laundry...Never. Ending.  Am I right?

As much as we try to keep our kitchen clean there is always something that needs to be done.  The problem is, it's hard to know what to do when.  In this post, I'm going to walk you through how to thoroughly deep clean your kitchen.  

How to thoroughly deep clean your kitchen

I'm going to break this down to what should be done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly.  I've put together a checklist so you don't have to worry about remembering what needs to be done when.  I've tried that before I know how impossible that truly is!

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My kitchen hasn't always been clean.  

My kitchen was a place for everything.  Since our kitchen is the "central hub" for us all to gather it seems logical that the kitchen would be the place that the mail falls, homework hangs out, and my daughter's phone with wheels end up (moms you get this).

My biggest frustration was that I needed an hour to clean my kitchen before I cooked dinner then I needed another hour and a half to clean up the mess from dinner, homework, and play time.

I couldn't keep up.  

It was time for a system so that's what I did.

To be honest, this wasn't something that took overnight.  It took a lot of practice from everyone.  Setting up a system doesn't just change what you do but it does affect your family too.

The first thing was no more non-kitchen stuff in the kitchen was allowed.  This cut the clutter and cut the time it took me to clean the kitchen.

Then it was time to figure out what needed to be cleaned and then how often.  

About 10 years ago I invested in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook this handbook is a beast.  It's got everything that you need to clean and more.  What to clean, how to clean it, how often, and what to use.  If you haven't seen it, you can check it out here.

This book is great, but I needed a quick reference guide so that's exactly what I did.

I wrote out everything that needed to be cleaned and then grouped them into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly.  

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Here's what I came up with.

Daily cleaning

As much as you want to avoid daily cleaning it has to be done if you want to keep up.  

Each day I came up with:

  • Wash dishes (this will probably be more than once a day depending on your family size and how many meals you prepare at home)
  • Wipe down counters
  • Clean up spills as they happen (this save a ton of time in the long run)
  • Sweep floor
  • Disinfect the sink
  • Clean out coffee pot
  • Switch out towels
  • Switch out dish rag or disinfect the kitchen sponge (dishwasher or boiling water)

Every morning I like to unload the dishwasher from the night before.  I'm usually doing this while I'm making breakfast for everyone.  Then I load the dishwasher wipe down the counters and I'm usually good until lunch.

If I'm home alone, the afternoon is quite easy.  I just do my lunch dishes and that's it.

If the family is home I usually make everyone lunch, do those dishes, wipe down the counter and run the dishwasher.

At dinner time I unload the dishwasher and load as I go.  When we're all done with dinner I load the dishwasher, set it on a delay to run at midnight.  

This is when I complete the rest of the chores on the list.  So I clean out the coffee pot, switch out the towels, add the sponge to the dishwasher after I've wiped down the counters (again...), and then I complete my cleaning with a quick sweep of the kitchen floor.

Sure that may seem like a lot but it does go by fast if you do this every single day.  The biggest thing is keeping up and cleaning as you go.

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Weekly cleaning

The weekly cleaning is the semi-deep cleaning and sometimes can be the forgotten chores.  What I came up with for weekly cleaning was:

  • Mop floors
  • Clean the microwave (how often do you open the microwave and cringe?)
  • Remove old food from the fridge 
  • Take fridge inventory (this helps with meal planning)
  • Clean stove top
  • Wipe down cabinets & appliance fronts

If you are doing the daily cleaning your weekly cleaning really isn't that bad.  I've found that once I started doing this weekly cleaning every week it went by so fast.

Usually, Monday is my deep cleaning day.  This is the first day that the family is gone for the week and I can clean up after them.

I start off by wiping out the microwave and polishing the front.  Then I remove old food from the fridge and take inventory of items that I need to buy at the grocery store.  

Sure that might not be technically cleaning but I'm in there and it needs to be done.

Then I clean the stove top.  I have a glass cooktop so I use my AP cleaner and a microfiber cloth to polish.  

I take the same cleaner and cloth and clean all of the cabinet and appliance fronts.

I finish off the kitchen cleaning with mopping the floor.

** Cleaning tip **

Clean from top to bottom this will help with crumbs, dust, and other weird stuff that falls. 

Monthly cleaning

The monthly cleaning list is a little long but these are things that need to be done just not that often.  I like to call this my deep cleaning time.

Here's what I came up with:

  • Dust cabinet and appliance tops
  • Clean pantry
  • Take inventory of fridge, freezer, and pantry
  • Clean stove burner liners (if applicable)
  • Clean garbage disposal (if applicable)
  • Vacuum and wash all corners
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clean out freezer
  • Wash the window and window cill/sill

So the monthly cleaning list can be a little overwhelming but it does go by rather quickly once you're in it.

If your cabinets are not all the way up to the ceiling then the tops need to be dusted along with the items that are up there.  So every month I wipe down the cabinet tops, the top of the fridge, and microwave.

Then I like to head over to the pantry and dust, reorganized, and vacuum the shelves and floor.  I've found doing this each month really does help keep the pantry in good "working order".

After the pantry is in working order I jump over to the freezer and clean it out.  So often we'll just through things in there and completely forget so each month I like to go through everything.  If it's during the cold months I dump out the ice so we are getting fresh ice.

After the pantry and freezer are cleaned out I like to take inventory of the items in the pantry, freezer, and fridge.  You can simply write down everything you have on a piece of paper and store it in a home management binder or kitchen binder.  

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You can check out my Ultimate Busy Mom Planner for inventory sheet (and WAY more, like organize your entire life more).

Then if you have coil burners or a gas stove you'll want to clean out the burner liners.  The easiest way if there's stuck on food is to soak them in hot soapy water.

Your garbage disposal needs to be cleaned and freshened (if you have one).  The best way to do this is to cut up a lemon and run it through then follow with some boiling water.  Your sink will smell lemony fresh.

Every day the floors are swept and the counters are wiped down but it's good to really get into those corners and clean them.  So once a month I grab the vacuum and using the hose attachment I vacuum all of the corners (floors and counters) then I wash them with my AP cleaner and a rag.

The light fixtures are something that seems to be forgotten.  Once a month I like to dust the light fixtures.  

Then I finish off my monthly cleaning with washing the window and window cill/sill (depending on your spelling).

Later on in this post, I'll share a few tips that I use to get through the cleaning so it doesn't seem like the only thing you're doing is cleaning.

Quarterly cleaning

Quarterly cleaning is something that I never did but I have found that it is really important for more than just keeping your kitchen clean.  By doing some of this cleaning helps with clutter, and gives life to small appliances.

Here's my quarterly cleaning list:

  • Mop under fridge and oven
  • Wash light fixtures
  • Wash oven/vent filter
  • Polish stove top
  • Polish appliance fronts
  • Clean out small appliances
  • Replace water filter
  • Clean dishwasher filter
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean faucet
  • Clean spice jars and update spices as needed
  • Clean garbage can
  • Clean out kitchen cabinets
  • Clean pantry jars (flour, sugar, etc. containers)
  • Co through kitchen gadgets toss and replace if needed
  • Clean fridge coils
  • Clean fridge filter
  • Clean window blinds/curtains
  • Go through canned foods and toss expired food

Okay, yes, I know this is a very long list.  The good news is, these items only need to be done 4 times a year so every 3 months I make a date with my kitchen and do the thorough deep kitchen cleaning.

It sucks but it's so worth it.

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Each appliance gets a little bit of a "tune-up".  Filters are cleaned, fronts are polished, (if they can be) they're pulled out dusted and cleaned underneath.

Appliances are expensive to replace so I like to make sure that I do my part by making them "good-as-new".

Every month I take a Swiffer duster to the light fixtures but every 3 months I like to wash the glass fixtures with soap and water.  This helps keep the lights bright in the kitchen.

Then about every 3 months, I like to wash out the inside of the garbage can.  This helps with any weird smells that might be starting and the garbage looks nice.

The faucets need a little bit of TLC so I like to clean the faucets.  I take a scrubber to them and then let them soak in white vinegar for about an hour.  Then I rinse and they're good as new.

The biggest part of the quarterly cleaning is going through and cleaning the spice jars, pantry jars, and going through all of the cabinets.

However, if you take a look in your drawers and cabinets you'll find food particles (how they get there I'll never know) so about every 3 months is a good time to clean all of the drawers, cupboards, pantry, spice jars, and all of the jars that store the flour, sugar, etc.

The last thing that you'll want to do is clean the window blinds/curtains.  If you're anything like me, this is something that I forget to do.  But they look so great when they're clean.

Twice a year

Thank goodness that the twice a year list and once a year list are small because the monthly and quarterly lists are quite overwhelming.

Here's what I came up with:

  • Clean the oven
  • Wash the walls

So with that being said twice a year, I like to clean the inside of the oven.  Since I have a self-cleaning oven I just turn it on and let the oven do the work.  

I don't stop there though, I clean the oven racks.  Throughout the months they turn yellow and brown from spills, grease, and other questionable things.  So while they're out because the oven is at 1 million degrees to clean I soak them in the tub in hot soapy water for about an hour.

I scrub and whatever didn't come off from the first soak I take baking soda and vinegar to those areas.  That combo works like a charm.

Then I finish off my twice yearly cleaning with washing the walls.  I have no idea how spaghetti sauce makes its way onto the ceiling but it does.  I take a sponge with a scrubber back and wash all of the -- who knows what -- off the walls.

And that's it.

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Yearly cleaning

The yearly cleaning isn't really cleaning but some maintenance that needs to be done.

  • Calibrate the oven

That's it.  The oven takes a beating in our home.  I use it almost every day so it needs to be calibrated so it stays at the temp I need it.

How to actually follow the cleaning checklist

I know what you're thinking.  

This is too much!

Yes, it's a lot to do but I have a few tips that I use and I want to share them with you.

1. I clean throughout the day.  

My daily cleaning gets done a little at a time.  Sure I might do the dishes more than once a day but I'm trying to "keep up with the mess".

2. Clean as I go

During the day, I clean as I go.  I put things away as soon as I'm done with them so I don't have to do it later which seems like it takes longer.  Or--not getting done at all.

3. Break up the cleaning

The weekly, monthly, and quarterly cleaning I like to break up so I'm not feeling like I'm cleaning all of the time.  

For example, Monday's I focus on the floors.  Since my family has been home all weekend tracking in this and that and spilling this and that I like to scrub the floors.  Tuesdays I like to focus on dust.  

Sometimes I'll spend a little bit of time cleaning the light fixtures.

4. Create a clean routine

Setting up a clean routine is probably the one thing that has helped me the most.  If you'd like a cleaning routine I've written a few blog posts on them.  One for you and one for your family.

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Setting up a family cleaning routine

5. Delegate some of the cleanings

Once you have created a cleaning routine for yourself it's good to get the family involved.  Since everyone makes the mess and lives in the house then why not have everyone help.  

That's why I like to delegate some of the cleanings so all of the cleanings hasn't fallen on my shoulders.

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In conclusion

Being thorough with your kitchen cleaning takes a lot of work but if you have a plan it doesn't have to be that overwhelming.

By doing a little bit every day you're going to be able to keep up.  Your kitchen will be cleaner and you'll notice that your appliances will last longer.  

The fear of looking at the back of the fridge will go away since you're clearing out old food each week making your life that much better.

I did create the Kitchen Sparkle Blueprint.  Inside the Kitchen Sparkle Blueprint, you'll find everything that I talked about in this post.  

The blueprint is broken into daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, twice a year, and yearly job.  This will help eliminate some of the overwhelm and you can know exactly what needs to be done when.

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I want to thank you so much for stopping by.  I've included a few other posts below that I thought you might love.

Have an amazing day,