Written by Paisley Tedder

Boss the housework with this annual cleaning calendar

Fed up with the chores and no longer motivated by Mrs Hinch’s ingenious cleaning hacks? You’re not alone! This annual cleaning calendar is just the thing for those in a cleaning rut. It breaks up the tasks into months so you know which jobs to focus on at particular times of the year.

A new year is the perfect time to get a new routine in place, especially since more than a quarter of Brits claim that cleaning their homes is a go-to way to relieve stress, according to a recent study from Dr Beckmann.

Tackling tasks that have been put off for months is the perfect way to welcome in the new year, and there is nothing more rewarding than the removal of stains from the carpet or the smell of fresh clean laundry. Not only that, but Dr Beckmann also discovered that nine out of 10 Brits claim having an untidy or dirty home has a negative impact on their mood. 

So, get your home straight and boost your mood at the same time with this easy-to-follow cleaning calendar…

January: Declutter and De-stress

The perfect time to declutter! This will help to give you a focus for your cleaning and has benefits for your overall wellbeing. Start by preparing a checklist and rota for household tasks as this enables you to keep track and show progress. Find plenty of decluttering tips on the Good Homes Instagram page.

February: Bright whites 

It’s easy to let your laundry pile overwhelm you, especially in a busy family household but now is the time to get on top of it! Get a system sorted for sorting colours and fabrics, and ensure kids have a laundry basket they can use so that no rogue socks get missed. While it’s probably still too early for the washing line to get regular use, you can use a tumble dryer or clothes horse to get everything dry. Once you’ve got a system in place, there will never be a scramble for clean pants again!

Annual cleaning calendar wicker laundry basket for February

Photo: Ella James

March: Springtime spruce

March is the season for spring cleaning, so a deep clean will definitely come naturally. This is the time to get to places you wouldn’t normally cover, like the tops of the kitchen cupboards, wardrobes and bathroom cabinets. Make sure you remove any hidden dust, and then open the windows so fresh air flows freely throughout your home.

April: Neglected areas

Continuing on from the spring cleaning in March, April is another time to look closely at often neglected areas. These can include lampshades, blinds, curtains, shelves, frames, bannisters and skirting boards. Curtains and blinds are crucial as dust mites can form there, and not cleaning them correctly can cause health risks as bacteria and mould can attach and build.

cleaning calendar curtain cleaning

Photo: Dunelm

May: Windows

Along with the brighter mornings and lighter evenings, May is the month to tackle your windows. Now the sunlight will show up even the smallest of smudges, so make sure the glass is regularly wiped. The longer it’s left the harder the windows will be to clean and then you may have to enlist the help of a professional.

June: Invisible areas 

As hosting opportunities grow with the summer, rearranging furniture is a common hobby for June. Use the opportunity to target invisible areas such as space under the bed, sofas, wardrobes and cabinets. Getting behind, under and around will ensure every part of your home is spick and span for guests.

July: Tackle the outdoors 

At the peak of the warm weather, it’s finally time to work on the garden. Spruce up your outside space by tidying the garage, clearing any gutters and drains, and adding flowerbeds to the garden. This will all make a big difference to the aesthetics and is even more important if you’re planning barbecues and garden parties.

Young girl with an RHS mini watering can tending to plants and flowers

Photo: RHS

August: Fab-loo-ous toilet treatment 

Often hailed as the worst job, August is the time to show a bit of love to your loo! Ensure your bathrooms are sparkling clean by shining sinks, scrubbing the toilet and shower, and making sure windows, mirrors and floors are all clean. Hopefully your bathroom will be regularly cleaned anyway, but it’s always good to give it some proper attention, and August is the month to do that.

September: Detox

Now that the kids are back to school and the mayhem of summer entertaining is over, it’s time to do an autumn deep clean before the winter hits. Make sure your kitchen is thoroughly cleaned, and if you have a porch area for coats and shoes, use this time to organise this and get it smelling fresh. It’s also a good time to give your garden another dose of TLC before it goes into hibernation until next summer.

October: Floors 

The perfect time to deep clean your carpets, especially if you have pets and/or young children as hair and dirt will often get trodden deeper into the carpets. Make a point of doing this earlier in the month if you’re likely to decorate for Halloween as you’ll feel more in control when the messiness arrives. Keep cleaning materials handy on 31 October so that any face-paint marks, sticky sweets or other accidents can be dealt with quickly and effectively.

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Photo: Carpet Right

November: Storage 

This is your chance to clear your loft, basement or ‘messy’ room ahead of the Christmas period. This will help you to feel more organised when you do get the decorations up, as you’ll already know the decorations you have, which lights you need to replace, and how much room you have to store any new purchases (and presents!).

December: Appliances 

December is always a crazy time of year, and as a result feels like the shortest month! So, rather than give yourself a long list of jobs you’ll never achieve, prioritise the main ones! Kitchen surfaces need a regular going over, and it’s a good idea to deep clean the fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and oven ready for hosting duties.

Fisher & Paykel OR90SCG4B1 range cooker

Photo: Fisher & Paykel