Cleaning Checklist

Do you want to clean your house, but don't know where to start? Our Cleaning Checklist gives you a guideline on what to clean in each room of the house. Use it to make a plan of what you still need to clean that week or give it to your kids to help them remind them of their chores.

Kitchen

  • Rinsing dishes right after use makes it easy to remove food.
  • Move appliances to remove dust or crumbs from behind them.
  • Run garbage disposal to clean it out.
  • Always wipe up spills as soon as they happen.
  • This will reduce the need for a full mop job to once per week.
  • Check your refrigerator daily and use up leftovers before they spoil.
  • Take food out of the freezer that will need time to thaw.

Bathroom

  • This will allow them to dry and keep them fresh longer.
  • Rinse sink right away after brushing teeth.
  • Hang an automatic shower sprayer or use a hand-held spray to keep soap scum from building up on shower walls.
  • Avoid clutter on your counters. Put everything away after use.
  • Replace empty rolls.
  • Keep your bathroom waste basket lined with a small bag to make it convenient to empty.

Floors

  • Pay attention to corners and edges.
  • Vacuuming will be done once per week.

Bedroom

  • A neat bed makes your entire room look better.
  • Keep it near where you undress.
  • A hook or hanger outside your closet will make it easy to assemble your outfit the night before.
  • If you have finished a book, put it in a bag to return to library or place back on your bookshelf.

Clutter

  • Have baskets or boxes to store small items.
  • Throw out junk, file or pay bills, and put magazines in rack.

Pets/Plants

  • Wash out their bowls when they finish eating.
  • This should be done twice per day if you have multiple cats.
  • Removing loose hair will keep it off your furniture and carpets.
  • Check with a finger to determine if plants need water.

Miscellaneous

  • Checking laundry each day will keep you from being overwhelmed with a mountain of laundry on the weekend.
  • Check backpacks of school-age children; take care of any paperwork that must return to school.
  • Rotating through your rooms will keep dust from building up.
  • Anything that will take less than 10 seconds to complete should be done right away.
  • It will immediately make your living room look neater.
  • When bringing home groceries or other merchandise, put everything away, then dispose of bags, or use to line trash containers.

Few people look forward to housework, but a clean, tidy home makes life much more pleasant. But you don’t have to work hours at a time to keep your house in order. Spending just 45 minutes a day to complete this entire list adds up to a big difference by the end of the week. Establish a daily routine of basic cleaning, make it a habit, and you will be amazed at how much easier it is to keep your house looking good.

Tips

  • Larger jobs, such as thorough bathroom cleaning, vacuuming and mopping, should be performed weekly.
  • Get your family involved. All adults and children should have daily assigned tasks.
  • Work your way through the daily cleaning checklist in the same order and at the same time each day. This will help make it a habit, and get it done more quickly.
  • Focus each day on clutter hot spots to prevent them from becoming overwhelming.
  • Keep a mat on the outside and inside of entries to your home. This will greatly reduce the dust and debris tracked inside.
  • Don't allow clutter to build up in your home, or maintain extensive collections of items that will require dusting.