6 Household Chores That Should Only Be Done Once a Year
While you probably have a mile long list of household chores on your to-do list, they may not be on your want-to-do list. But the good thing about that some of these household chores could actually be on your not-have-to-do list. Doing some of these tasks more often than not is probably just making more work for yourself.
If you take the time to prioritize your household chores efficiently you’ll not only feel better about doing them, but you’ll be able to sort out what needs to be done versus what doesn’t need to be done. Ask yourself this “Do I really need to wash my curtains once a month? Or is this really making extra work for me?” It’s making extra work for you. Which is why it’s time to give yourself some more free time by doing chores by priority.
Clean The Gutters
Clean Outdoor Furniture
Your outdoor furniture can easily be cleaned once per year under the assumption that you have been spot cleaning them year around when needed. If you have let dirt and stains set into them for months this task is going to be a little tougher for you. It might be achievable but it’s going to be tough nonetheless.
Dust The Linen Closet
Is cleaning or dusting the linen closet even on your to-do list? Probably not, but it should be. Once a year you should empty out your linen closet and vacuum all of the dust mites and spiders away.
Re-organize Kitchen Cabinets
It’s best to clean and re-organize your cabinets after the holidays during spring cleaning. Working in sections empty the cabinets completely. While emptying out the cabinets take a look at each item looking for expired items. This way you can get rid of the expired food and put things back using the FIFO which means first in first out according to the expiration date.
Sort Through Old Documents
As far as we have come into this paperless society we live in believe it or not documentation is still something we need to do. Taking the time to sort through our both physical and electronic documents is just another part of being an adult. Whether you are a self-employed business person or are working a 9-5 you need to take care of your files at least once a year.
Wash The Curtains
Remember at the beginning where I talked about not having to wash your curtains each month? It’s only necessary that you take down your curtains and wash them once, maybe twice a year. A good time to do this would be during spring cleaning and then later right before winter comes.
Doing this chore isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. You might think all that you have to do is take them down and throw them in the washer right? Not. Be sure to check the care instructions on the label before deciding to throw them into the washing machine. A lot of curtains or drapes need to be to remove heavy odors and stains. Washing them only runs the risk of damaging them.