Use this list of what to clean in July as your simple guide to what jobs need to be tackled this month around the house.
July is really the peak of summer activity for a lot of people, and our homes can definitely start to look a little neglected. It’s important to remember that a lot of this is really just surface mess and will probably basically resolve itself once all the summer fun and activity calms down after this month, so try not to let a messy house distract you from making memories. We can still chip away at a few quick things here and there though to move things in the right direction and keep things from feeling too out of control. This month we’ll be tackling a few things that we probably don’t think to tidy all that often. Hopefully when you open a door to a room, the drawer of your desk, or a cabinet door at some point this month, you’ll be surprised and delighted to find it looking much more clean and orderly than usual. Here’s what to clean in July!
What to Clean in July Around Your Home Indoors and Out
I love to put together these lists of what to clean each month because they make the whole process of keeping on top of cleaning around the house so much less overwhelming. I pick ten items that are perfect to do at exactly this time of year, so we’re doing just the right thing at the right time and not wasting time on things that don’t need to be done yet, or that we’ll end up having to re-do in a month or two. Efficiency is the name of the game here!
Wipe Down Bathroom Walls and Baseboards
The walls, baseboards, and trim in a bathroom are often a bit neglected. We usually keep our toilets, sinks, and showers clean, and the floors as well, but wiping down the other parts of the room will really give the space a bit of extra sparkle. Bathrooms get really dusty and everything in these rooms needs a good wipe every now and then.
Mop Porches and Wipe Railings
Depending on what kind of weather you’ve had, you may have muddy footprints, dust, or just a whole lot of spider webs. No matter what you’re dealing with, it’s probably time for a quick wipe-down if you haven’t done it since you first cleaned everything up in the spring.
Clean out Desk Drawers and Pen Storage Areas
I love this one. It’s just so nice to come across a tidy space in that moment where you’re trying to quickly grab a pen or a piece of paper. This usually takes about 2 minutes at the most, but you’ll reap the benefits for the rest of the summer, at least.
Clean out Cleaning Cloth/Rag Storage Area
Do your cleaning cloths inspire you to get cleaning? While you’re decluttering, folding, and tidying, it might be worthwhile to invest in some new microfibre cloths that really work and just look so nice and tidy all stacked up and waiting to be put to work.
Wash Out Your Household Recycling Bins With the Garden Hose
This can be a bit of an unpleasant job if you have a whole year worth of random drips and dust collected in the corners of your bins, but it’s less annoying if it’s done on a hot day when you at least don’t mind if you accidentally spray yourself with the garden hose. For the record, I hate dirty recycling bins and I wash out most of our recyclable items before I put them in, but my family thinks I’m absolutely insane for doing this and they refuse to do the same, so our bins are definitely not perfect. Team “running your recycling through the dishwasher” all the way though. 🙂
Clean Out Under Bathroom Sinks
De-clutter, re-organize, and wipe everything down. Throw out all those half-empty bottles of products that you didn’t really love. Get rid of the old hair clips that didn’t really work for you. Restock the toilet paper and the extra hand soap. It’s kind of a boring and straightforward task, but the future version of yourself will be so happy that you did it.
So those little tasks are what I’ll be focussing on around our house in July! Join in if you’d like to start moving towards a slightly tidier, easy-to-care for home with me.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.