A year ago I decided to create a cleaning checklist. It wasn’t that my house was a disaster. The problem was that I had no concept of time. When was the last time I mopped the kitchen? Surely, it was just 2 weeks ago. What? 2 months ago???
I created a cleaning checklist that lists all the tasks I needed to accomplish throughout the year all on one sheet. At a glance, I can easily see how long it has been I last did any of my cleaning tasks.
I don’t follow it 100%. There have been seasons when I didn’t follow it even 1%! (Can we all say “first trimester?!”) I’m still grateful to have it and it will be a wonderful resource after the baby is born. How can you help? Well, what would you like to do from this list? 😉
My cleaning checklist has 6 sections:
- Every 2 Weeks
- Every 3 Months
- Twice A Year
How to use my checklist:
- Print the checklist front & back on 1 sheet of paper.
- Brainstorm the tasks that you want to include in each section & write them in.
- The weekly & every 2 weeks sections are repeated in order to cover the entire year. Be sure to repeat the same tasks in both sections (you’ll understand after you see it).
- Break down your jobs into do-able tasks. Personally, I like having a separate listing for mopping each room. Just because I do one of them, doesn’t mean I’ll do them all! Having things broken down helps me keep better track of my progress and is more motivating when I can cross off lots of things. Consider doing this for mopping, vacuuming, dusting, changing sheets, etc.
- After completing a task, mark it off. I like to write in the date I completed non-weekly tasks to keep me on track.
Here are some of the tasks I have on my list to help you with your brainstorming:
- sweep/vacuum floors
- clean bathrooms
- water plants
- scrub kitchen sink extra good
- clean kitchen counter tops extra good
- mop floors
- wipe down kitchen appliances
- change sheets
- scrub shower/tub
- wash changing table pads
- wash bath/kitchen/door mats
- clean baseboards
- clean out fridge really good
- wipe off window blinds
- vacuum furniture & lamp shades
- clean car
- wash windows
- change smoke alarms
- clean oven
- purge & organize closets
- wash mattress covers
- dust walls/radiators for cobwebs
- clean light fixtures that collect dust/bugs
- wash all woodwork moldings
- clean basement
- clean attic
Click here to download my Master Cleaning Checklist. I can’t wait to hear how it works for you!
*** This Checklist has been updated for 2016. ***
UPDATE: By request here is my personal cleaning checklist that you can use as a guide. I am not a cleaning expert or super picky about how clean my house is. There are probably things on this list that you’ll want to do more often than I do. This is also personalized for my own home and needs, so some of it might not make sense (like mopping the kitchen steps just once a year – it is a 2nd set of stairway that we never use). I hope this is helpful!
Want some free cleaning supplies?
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Here’s what’s in the kit:
– Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap
– Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
– Mrs. Meyer’s soy candle
– Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges
That’s a $30 value, free for you!
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All subscribers to Simply Rebekah can download a free Just Clean Something Challenge workbook!
Additional Cleaning Inspiration & Resources:
- Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate – This is my favorite all-purpose cleaner. It is safe enough for my children to use it, and this one bottle will last you for years.
- 9 Things I Learned From Cleaning Every Day for a Month – Read about all the things I learned from forcing myself to clean at least one thing every single day.
- Drowning In Clutter: Tried and True Decluttering Strategies – This is the best book on decluttering I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it. She gives practical tips along with dealing with the emotional aspects of getting rid things in your house.
- Free $10 Credit, Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap, & Shipping to Grove Collaborative – I buy the bulk of my cleaning supplies and bath products from Grove Collaborative (previously known as ePantry). My favorites to order are Method dish soap, Seventh Generation Stain Remover, Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, and Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap. Read more about how Grove Collaborative works here.
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