10 Home Chores To Do Annually
Here are ten chores around the house that you really only need to do annually, minus special circumstances. Let’s dive in!
1. Curtains & Drapes
Unfortunately, I don’t mean the dusting part. You’ll want to dust at least once a month, but when it actually comes time to getting them cleaned, you only really need to do that once a year. You can take them in to get dry cleaned or follow the instructions on their tags if you choose to wash them at home.
2. House Gutters
Gutter guards can be a great investment, especially if you live around trees that shed all year long. These can keep your gutter cleanings minimal, generally about once per year. You’ll want to do this in the autumn when all of the leaves from the trees have already fallen.
3. Fireplace & Chimney
After the winter, you’ll want to give your fireplace a thorough cleaning. You can use a shop vacuum to clean up the embers. Make sure to wash down the fireplace tools as well. Go an extra step further and schedule an appointment with a chimney sweeper.
I wish I meant vacuuming, but that’s pretty much a weekly or biweekly task for most households. In this case, I mean a deep clean. The best time to get this taken care of is right after summer.
5. Outdoor Furniture
The best time to clean outdoor furniture is when you bring them out of storage for Spring. Of course, if messes happen while you’re using them, you will want to clean the spots right away, so you avoid an accumulation of stains in a short period.
Mattresses have improved through the years but they still need a little bit of attention. At least once a year, give your mattress a thorough cleaning and change the position of it by rotating it 180 degrees or flipping it over (depending on the type of mattress you have.)
7. Kitchen Cabinets & Pantry
Early November is a great time to clean out kitchen cabinets, drawers, and the food pantry to get them ready for the holidays. Do a section of cabinets at a time and empty them out completely. Wipe down the shelves and reline with shelf paper if needed. Donate or sell items you are no longer using to make space for new items.
8. Linen Closet
Just once a year, empty out your linen closet and give it a thorough cleaning. Take time to vacuum away dust and reline any shelves.
9. Garage, Basement & Attic
No one is expecting you to have a perfect garage, basement, or attic. However, a good cleaning at least once a year can help you keep an eye on things, such as moisture or insect problems. It can also feel good to get rid of junk that tends to accumulate in these hidden spaces.
If you need an expert with some of these items like gutter cleaning, chimney sweeping or carpet cleaning, a quick Google search of your area, or asking neighbors, friends or families for recommendations is always a great place to start.
If you’re in the market to sell your home, you can always contact me, and I’ll refer you to some preferred vendors that can help you knock out your cleaning tasks before your home hits the market.