10 Things to Clean This Month

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“We dream of having a clean house – but who actually dreams of doing the cleaning?” – Marcus Buckingham

Oh, Marcus Buckingham, you are so right. Everyone loves a clean home, but there are very people who like cleaning. In fact, lots of people spend time procrastinating when it comes to tidying up the house. 

While spending a few moments on the day-to-day cleaning will help keep your home looking good for the most part, are there some areas of your place that you’ve been neglecting? Don’t worry – you’re not alone.

There are some common things that people tend to put off when it comes to cleaning. But, why not make it a priority to hit a few of these places this month? While some are a little more time-consuming than others, here are ten possible things you could tackle when it comes to cleaning.

  1. Fans – Whether you have a ceiling fan or pedestal fan, fans are notorious dust collectors. Ceiling fans provide a particular challenge because of their location, but there are some simple solutions to keeping them clean. And, you’ll want to keep your pedestal fan clean because the dust is going to be visible – and who wants to look at that? 
  2. Light Fixtures – When was the last time you cleaned your light fixtures? Yes, that includes the ones on your ceiling? If things seem a little darker around your place, it may not be the light bulb that’s dimming – it could mean you need to clean your fixtures. Gather those supplies and go room-to-room, giving them a sprucing up. 
  3. Windows – Sunlight is good for you, and if you want to maximize it in your apartment, then make sure your windows are clean. Good Housekeeping has some great tips for making this task as painless as possible. 
  4. Refrigerator – What’s in your refrigerator? Have you checked expiration dates? Are there some leftovers that should have been thrown out weeks ago? When was the last time you wiped down all of the shelves and cleaned the drawers? It’s probably time to give it the attention it deserves. Better Homes and Gardens has some tips for cleaning both the inside and the outside.
  5. Inside Trash Cans – Sure, you take out the garbage, but is your trash bag always reliable? Probably not. Which means the bottom of your trash cans can be pretty nasty. Learn the best way to clean your trash can – so you won’t have any unpleasant odors hanging around your kitchen.
  6. Baseboards – Baseboards don’t get a lot of love, yet they do need some attention. Luckily,  they’re not that hard to do if you keep up with it – and Angela Brown has some good tips
  7. Closets – Is your bedroom closet stuffed to the max? Are you trying to do more with less? Then it’s time to clean out the closets in your home. Courtney Carver from Be More With Less has some ideas to make the process easier.
  8. Dishwasher – Have you noticed that your dishwasher smells a little funky? Well, it may need a cleaning. Yes, you might actually need to clean the appliance that cleans your dishes. But with three easy steps, you can knock this task off your to-do list! 
  9. Blinds – Blinds are great for blocking out sunlight and providing privacy, but they are dust collectors, too. Home Depot has some useful tips for cleaning blinds – whether they just need a quick dusting or a heavy-duty clean. 
  10. Air Vent Covers – You’ve probably been ignoring your air vent covers for a while. But if you take a closer look, they may be caked with dirt and dust. Emily from Small Stuff Counts teaches you how to clean your vents – so they look like new. 

This month, which of these ten cleaning projects are you going to tackle? No matter if you choose one or two or five, you’ll love the feeling of satisfaction from knowing you completed a task that you might have been putting off for quite a while now. 

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