5 household cleaning chores to be done every few months

There are a few household cleaning tasks that need to be done daily and weekly, however, some are OK to leave to complete every few months.  I’ve broken them down into easy to follow steps to help you make it a little easier.

Do you find the idea a little daunting and have so much to declutter, clean and organise and are unsure where to start? I can help by simplifying your cleaning processes and systems in your home so you can use them whenever you want, however you want without having to invest in expensive equipment or supplies.

What would it be worth to you and your family if:

  • You wake up and you walk through the uncluttered hallway to a kitchen that welcomes you with clean countertops and a spotless sink.
  • You look around the living room and smile contentedly. With floors free of sticky spots, unidentifiable liquids {is that the dog or the baby?!} and the dreaded Lego legion.
  • Clean laundry neatly folded and ready to be put away and wardrobes that make getting ready fuss-free.
  • A peep into the refrigerator tells you exactly what to make for breakfast, which you make in minutes, and you also pack the kids’ lunches with time to spare.
  • Ready-for-school, the kids walk into the lounge room, their faces happy and excited. There’s no whining, squabbling or shoving at the table and everyone has everything that they need so you are out of the door, well ahead of time, and with no embarrassing stains or spots on your clothes.
  • You’re no longer stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed and you are enjoying your home and new-found calmness.
  • Yes, it’s possible!

When it comes to regularly cleaning your home, there are some jobs that need to be done daily (dishes, laundry, making the bed) while others can be completed on a weekly basis (vacuum, changing sheets, scrubbing the shower). Then there are chores that should be completed every few months in order to keep your home clean. These tend to be the forgotten areas or bigger household chores. Below I’ve listed some household chores I do every few months.

Cleaning chores for the home. Household tips.

Washing Walls

I know that washing your walls is a tedious job, and can be overlooked, but it is important to wipe them down and clean. Mould, scuff marks and general wear and tear marks can build up and make your house not just look rundown, but your walls can also hold bad bacteria in them and could be dangerous for your family. If you have little kids, no doubt they’re constantly touching the walls with dirty fingers, you’ll also find this in high traffic areas of the home too. Clean every 3 months.

  READ MORE: How to Clean Walls

Cleaning Cornices & Skirting Boards & De-cobwebbing Ceiling

Skirting boards, ceilings and cornices are always forgotten within the regular cleaning routine. If leftover time dust builds up and those little spiders love to leave cobwebs in the corners and around the ceiling. Clean every 3 months.

  READ MORE: How to Clean Ceiling Cornices & Remove Cobwebs

Clean ceilings. Spring clean.

Cleaning Under the Couch

This task could probably be completed every month, but my couch takes a lot of effort to move to vacuum under so I leave it longer! If you have pets, it is definitely a job you need to keep on top of. The best way to do this, is to move the couch out of the way and vacuum up all the dust bunnies. Clean 2-3 months.

Clean under couch. Spring cleaning.

Washing the Washing Machine

It may sound funny to wash your washing machine, but it will keep your washing machine in good working order. Gunk tends to build up and eventually clogs your washing machine or smears onto the clothes or linens. Clean every 3 months.

  READ MORE: How to Clean your Washing Machine

How to clean the washing machine. Spring clean chores.

Dust the top and behind the fridge

When was the last time you dusted the top of your fridge?  This is one I easily forget because I’m short and don’t notice the dust build up.  But it does settle there and gets quite grimy because of the oils from cooking in the kitchen. Clean every 2 months.

Clean the kitchen. Chores to declutter and organise.

  PURCHASE: Plastic Spray Bottle


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Christine Wassmuth March 15, 2019 - 7:34 PM

I HATE Ironing and cleaning the oven.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 20, 2019 - 9:06 AM

yes I dislike ironing too.. we hardly iron in our house, my top tip for that is get a spray bottle with water, spray your clothes that need to be ironed with it and then put hot hairdryer on it and it wont need an iron any more!

Stephanie March 17, 2019 - 6:10 AM

I also hate cleaning the oven, and scrubbing trim/baseboards!

Another one that should be done regularly: cleaning your dishwasher. Same idea as cleaning your washing machine. I have a vent cover on the door that pops off; the first time I removed it, I was horrified! Filled with awful, foul-smelling gunk! Lots of dishwasher also have filters that should be cleaned.

Oh, and DRYER VENTS! Lint build up is a fire hazard!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 20, 2019 - 9:04 AM

yes thats true, dryer vents is an important one!

Steph March 18, 2019 - 7:27 AM

Blinds, windows, oven, all of it! Haha

Jonathan March 21, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Isn’t it amazing the amount of balls of dust and hair that accumulates under the couch even after a week, let alone a few months. My partner and I have a set weekly routine, she does the surface work and I do the sweeping and mopping. I must admit our family oven gets neglected for sometime before we give it a deep clean.

Paul August 4, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Window cleaning is one of those chores that is not necessary weekly or monthly, but is definitely worthwhile every few months. At first it can be frustrating and time consuming, but when your armed with a squeegee, bucket of soapy water and a little will-power it’s not too bad… some people even find it therapeutic!

Leanne Piller December 13, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The chore I put off is cleaning the grout in the tiles in my living area. The tiles are mainly white with a marble like streak and the grout is meant to be almost white. The best way I have found to clean it is a small stiff brush and gumption. I have tried various chemicals – napisan in boiling water poured directly onto it. Bleach. Regular detergent. All do a bit but the gumption is the best. However with what seems like several kilometres of grout lines, it is something that I do on a day when no-one else will be there. A spray bottle of water, and a low stool that I move around the room as I go. This year I have an electric rotating brush but still not looking forward to it! any better ideas welcome!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife December 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

How good is Gumption?! Cleans everything! 🙂

GG June 14, 2022 - 9:53 AM

Hi everyone, I have just discovered after all these years super fine steel wool, number 0000 available at Bunnings, it is great for cleaning around your taps, removes water marks and built up grease on your pans, my old pans look like new, I use a bit of jiff and scrubbing, used it on lots of surfaces without any scratches, even knives and forks.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 14, 2022 - 10:22 AM

Ooh fab, love a good find, thank you for the tip!


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