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House Cleaning Checklist

Do you love to clean the house? Great! Some people find it therapeutic to clean, clean, clean. But what if you don’t? Many individuals dread cleaning and avoid it more than they do the flu. If you keep on postponing cleaning your home, what happens is you have to clean it more intensely when you really need it cleaned. You have to spend more time trying to take out the dirt, grime, mold and mildew. The secret to not spending too much time cleaning the house is to have a house cleaning checklist.

A house cleaning checklist is a great way to breakdown the cleaning tasks in manageable chunks. You can have your house clean in record time if you have a checklist. It keeps you on track, making sure you don’t miss a spot.

It’s a good idea to make a house cleaning schedule for daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal chores. For daily and weekly chores, you put these up on the refrigerator or your message board preferably beside a calendar. The monthly and seasonal chores can be written down in your planner; if you use an electronic calendar or organizer, so much the better. Take advantage of the alarm feature to remind you of monthly and seasonal cleaning tasks.

Daily Checklist

A sample daily house cleaning checklist follows. Doing the laundry and ironing are not in the checklist because it depends on the number of individuals living in the house. It can be done daily or weekly but never monthly.

Bedroom

• Straighten up the bed
• Keep the clothes in the closet. Dirty clothes go into the laundry hamper.
• Put back things in their proper places.

Bathroom

• Arrange toiletries.
• Wipe down sink, bathtub and bathroom fixtures.
• Empty the garbage can.

Kitchen

• Wash the dishes, pots and pans. Dry and keep them in their proper place.
• Wipe the kitchen counter as well as any kitchen appliances you used. Wipe the dining table also.
• Wash the sink thoroughly then dry it.
• Put away food containers or food items in the pantry, cupboard or refrigerator.
• Empty the garbage can.

Living room, Hallway and Staircase

• Fix the sofa; fluff the throw pillows if any.
• Put away magazines and any other items that are not in their proper place.

Weekly Checklist

There are some items in the weekly checklist below that you can do every two weeks. It all depends on how dirty it gets. If you live in an area where dust accumulates fast, it is best to do the chores below on a weekly basis.

Bedroom

• Change the sheets. Wash the beddings and keep them as soon as they are dry.
• Using a duster or a microfiber dusting cloth, dust away table tops and the top edge of the door. Don’t forget to dust the bed frame and any wall frames.
• Vacuum the floor including moldings and baseboards. If you have polished hardwood floors, you can polish it to maintain the shine.
• Empty the wastebasket.

Bathroom

• Clean the bathroom. Dust the corners and upper walls. Scrub the walls and floors. Wash the sink, bathtub and toilet bowl. Use a disinfectant cleaner to kill germs.
• If you have a shower curtain and liner, launder it.
• Clean mirrors as well as windows with a glass cleaner. You can also use a mixture of water and vinegar to do the job. The secret to streak free glass is using old, clean newspapers for wiping instead of using a rag.

Kitchen

• Mop your kitchen floor with water and a disinfectant cleaner.
• Sanitize the counter tops.
• Clean the microwave.
• Wipe appliances.
• Check the refrigerator for any spoiled food and throw it away.
• Check for the accumulation of grease on your stove. Clean it with hot water and mild detergent or any appropriate degreasing product.

Living room, Hallway and Staircase

• Dust shelves, table tops, display objects, photo frames, ceiling fans, window sills and basically anything else that you can dust in the living room.
• Mop and/or vacuum the living room, hallway and staircase. Wipe the staircase handrails and balusters.

Monthly Checklist

The monthly cleaning checklist involves chores that you can do more or less every month.

Bedroom

• Wash windows.
• Clean blinds or wash curtains.
• Clean the air filter of the air conditioning unit.
• Wipe overhead light fixtures and dust walls.
• Move furniture and vacuum.

Kitchen

• Clean the cupboards, pantry and under the sink.
• Thoroughly clean the oven and the refrigerator.

Living room, Hallway and Staircase

• Vacuum behind and under furniture.
• Clean blinds or wash curtains.
• Wipe sliding glass doors
• Clean screens.

Seasonal Checklist

There are chores that you can do every two months, every quarter, semi-annually or every year. Include these cleaning chores in the seasonal checklist.

Bedroom

• Clean out your closets and drawers. Sort items according to those for giving away to family and friends, for charity, for recycling, and for re-use.
• Turn over the mattress according to directions found on the mattress tag.

Bathroom

• Clean out the bathroom closet. Throw away any expired toiletry items.

Kitchen

• Pull out the refrigerator and oven. Vacuum and mop behind and under these two appliances.

Living room, Hallway and Staircase

• Shampoo carpets and rugs.
• Move heavy cabinets so you can vacuum and mop the area.
• Clean out hallway closets and drawers.

This is just a sample checklist. Every checklist is different depending on the design of the house and the furnishings and fixtures it contains. Some houses have study rooms, dens, patios, garages, gardens, swimming pools and more. You checklist should include chores for these areas. Making the checklist may seem like a chore but you only have to prepare it once. By having and following your personalized checklist, your house cleaning will be more organized and efficient.


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