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 2014. ***
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!
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