Dust Ceiling Fans
If it has been awhile since you've cleaned your ceiling fan, take a look up. You're likely to see a ton of dust and dirt clinging to your ceiling fans. Dust the ceiling fan at least once a month to keep it looking nice and functioning well.
Clean Light Fixtures
Cleaning light fixtures on a monthly basis keeps your globes and fixtures from dulling and becoming encrusted with dust and bug remains.
Dust Air Vents
You may not notice the air vents in your home regularly, but they can quickly buildup dust around the vent and wall areas. Dust them down monthly to keep dust from blowing out into your rooms.
Even families without small children will discover occasional marks on the walls of their home. Spot clean the walls of your home to remove crayon marks, furniture scuffs, dust, and splatters. Food preparation, eating areas, and the place you store your trash will be likely candidates for a monthly wall wipe-down.
Clean Window Treatments
Curtains and drapes may need to be washed, cleaned, or dusted out on a monthly basis. Blinds that attract dust will need to be wiped down as well. Be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions for your window treatments before cleaning.
Besides the quick dusting that you do on a daily and weekly basis, more intensive dusting needs to be done monthly. Dust behind furniture and appliances. Dust window sills, ceilings, and baseboards. Don't forget to dust down doors, molding, and hidden corners were cobwebs may form.
Vacuum Inside Furniture
I don't know how so much stuff finds its way into the depths of the sofa, but a monthly cleaning and vacuuming is likely to reveal many long lost items, and quite a bit of dirt. Go down into the crevices to pull out items that need to be kept. Next, vacuum out the inside of the couch.
A monthly cleaning for windows includes cleaning the inside of the glass and wiping down the windowsills. Use a glass cleaner to remove streaks and spots on the interior of the windows. If you wait for an overcast day, you'll reduce the streaking and spotting on the glass.
Spot Treat Carpet and Upholstery
Check for spots on the carpet and upholstery and spot treat the stains. Be sure to test the stain treater in an inconspicuous spot before applying liberally. If it's been awhile since your carpet was last cleaned, it may be time to schedule a shampooing.
Check Smoke Alarms
Double check that your smoke alarm is functioning properly. Change the batteries if they need to be replaced. Be sure to dust down the smoke alarm to keep it in working order.
To keep your air conditioner running smoothly, you'll need to change the filter monthly. This is a good time to check your vacuum cleaner filters and clean or replace them.
Our appliances take a lot of abuse. At least once a month, treat them to a deep cleaning that renews them to their original glory. Use a good oven cleaner to remove baked on drips and overflows from your oven. Remove everything from your refrigerator and freezer and wipe them down thoroughly. Toss any outdated food. Be sure to place new boxes of baking soda in both to help control odors. Scrub down the inside and outside of your microwave oven.
Be sure to customize your cleaning schedule to fit your needs. Some chores may be monthly in one family and more often in others. If you find that cleaning an item or dealing with it only monthly still leaves it very dirty when you tackle it again, change your cleaning schedule.