Work through this house cleaning checklist every month and you’ll keep up with the most important cleaning in your house.
Print out several copies of this house cleaning checklist (scroll to the bottom of the post for it) and hang them on a clipboard. Then check things off as you do them.
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House Cleaning Checklist
We’re taking the brainwork out of cleaning and maintaining your home by putting together this simple, easy-to-follow house cleaning checklist. There are different categories depending on how often these tasks should be done.
But use your own judgment! Every house and home is different, so feel free to use this as a guide for creating your own printable checklist.
Make your printable checklist reusable! Insert your printable into a plastic page protector and use a whiteboard pen to check off your work as your go.
Do laundry (laundry tips here)
Put away clean clothes
Clean up the kitchen
Tidy main living areas
Children tidy their bedrooms
Sort the mail
Take out the trash
Spot clean bathrooms
Clean out school backpacks
Related: The simple trick you can use to keep your house cleaner without extra work.
Throw out old food
Wipe up spills in the fridge
Vacuum all floors (my absolute fav vacuum is here)
Wash towels and sheets
Mop hard-surface floors
Clean glass doors
Spot clean windows and mirrors as needed
Tidy less-used living areas
Sweep porches and patios
Related: Make vacuuming easier with a Roomba!
Clean out the fridge
Check and change vacuum filters
Declutter an area
Clean out your car
Deep clean one bathroom a month
Declutter school papers and other paperwork
Straighten items on bookshelves
Less often / as needed
Clean inside kitchen cupboards
Clean the oven
Clean the dishwasher
Vacuum under couch cushions
Clean light switches and outlets with damp cloth
Move furniture and vacuum underneath
Clean the garage
Wipe baseboards clean
Dust blinds and wash curtains
Dust lampshades and picture frames
Dust ceiling fans
Declutter and tidy storage spaces
Save More Time While Cleaning Your Home
A good checklist is just the beginning! Here are some ways to make the cleaning process a little easier and quicker:
1 – Get your family involved.
Getting everyone to chip in will make a huge difference. Need tips for giving out tasks to the kids? Here are some age-appropriate chores for children.
2 – Find the best cleaning hacks.
Even a few will help you to save some time. Here are our favorite kitchen cleaning hacks to get you started!
3 – Create a schedule and stick to it.
When you know when you should be tidying up your house, you’re more likely to make it happen. Put it in your calendar. Or create a family cleaning schedule and post it in your household command center.
4 – Time your tasks.
It might sound tedious at first, but knowing exactly how much time it takes to do the dishes, put a load of laundry on, or take out the trash can help you to become more efficient.
And instead of putting off something until later, you might be able to convince yourself to do it now… because it only takes 3 minutes to do!
Learn more about time management in the home here.