I admit it – I am not the world’s best housekeeper. I have good intentions, but I tend to get distracted easily. 🙂 And that’s why printable house cleaning checklists are so helpful…
When I’m not distracted, I am going full steam on my latest big project and just don’t have time to clean my house on any sort of regular schedule.
Besides, let’s also admit – it’s boring to clean house! I’d much rather blog about chores any day. 🙂
I need a house cleaning checklist printed out in front of me to keep me on track. Emphasis on the printable. With so many kids (and technology) to distract me, I forget what I was going to do frequently. Sound familiar to anyone else?
Printable House Cleaning Checklists
To help myself and all the other moms in my life who can relate, I have put together a resource list of printable house cleaning checklists to help us stay on track when we feel like getting our stuff together. 😉
I always find that printout out a detailed list of small steps I can take to accomplish a larger task and posting that list in a prominent place (a.k.a. on the front of the fridge!) helps keep me on track.
Sample Weekly Chore Charts – Daily Schedules for a Clean Home
I thought it would be helpful to look at what some other bloggers have to say about keeping on top of chores. In my search, I uncovered a couple of awesome sample weekly schedules for maintaining a clean home.
Here are my favorites:
- Martha Stewart Weekly Chore Schedule – I’ll be honest…this list of weekly cleaning to-dos contains some things that I don’t do but once a year! It’s certainly comprehensive. LOL If you can do even half the things the Martha team recommends here, you’ll have a cleaner home than most people I know!
- Weekly Cleaning To-Do List – Home-Ec101’s checklist is a more realistic snapshot of what I’d expect to be able to accomplish in a week. They’ve included a much-needed open day for tackling larger projects and also a planning day for the next week. Planning for the upcoming week always takes me at least an hour, so this is important to keep in mind when you only have 1-2 hours of free time at most each day.
- Daily Schedule for Cleaning – This colorful household chore chart is right up my ally. It’s a scatterbrained way of cleaning because it has you running from room to room based on the “chore family” of the day (i.e. cleaning all “wood” surfaces one day and “glass” surfaces the next), but I can totally see the method to her madness! This is kind of how I clean anyway…start one task only to get distracted by another. At least this way I can be organized about it! 🙂
- Ultimate Cleaning Schedule & Checklist – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sample weekly chore chart from She Makes a Home! I love how it has a daily section with all the things I do on a daily basis (wipe down counters, do dishes, sweep floor) and then a separate daily to-do list to make the entire week’s worth of household duties more manageable. This is probably my favorite printable of all. I am going to print this out and try it this week!
Spring Cleaning To Do List
I used to think there was some magical formula to “spring cleaning”. Now I realize it’s just a fancy term for tackling all the areas of your house normally untouched on a weekly basis.
I’ve been keeping a running list of larger cleaning items on a magnetic fridge notepad, and whenever I have time while the kids nap or my husband is traveling, I’ll tackle one of the most pressing items.
Here are some to-dos I have on there. It’s not a complete spring cleaning to-do list, but it’s a good start!
- clean baseboards
- wipe down kitchen cabinets
- fridge detail
- appliance detail (dishwasher, stove)
- check/change home air filters
- clean under refrigerator
- clean under all beds
- sort through clothes & donate items we don’t wear
- organize the linen closet
- dust on top of kitchen cabinets & entryway (we have a large display ledge above the front door)
- pressure wash the sidewalk
- clean the porch spindles
As I complete a task, I’ll mark it off and add it back later when I notice it needs to be done again. It might not be the most comprehensive method of house cleaning, but it works for me and ensures I eventually handle the things that bother ME most. haha