The Ultimate House Cleaning Checklist

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Written by Andrew

February 19, 2020

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Some of us like cleaning the house… no? Ok, me neither, but the house still needs to get cleaned. After it’s all done there is nothing quite like the feeling of having a clean house. With a house cleaning checklist at your disposal it makes life so much easier. Here are all the house cleaning things you should be doing and keeping up with. It’s all laid out for you, nice and easy!

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Tips for How to Clean a House

There are a million ways you can clean a house but his will

Work from a checklist: That’s why you’re here. Having a list you can print off and work from is so much easier than trying to think of things as you go a long.

Divide and conquer: It’s easier to clean in a group. Each person has their tasks and get to them. It’s even better if you have specific tasks you enjoy and others don’t (I like to vacuuming and cleaning the floors because I can see the result instantly, my wife likes the cleaning the kitchen because it changes the whole space).

Go one room at a time:  It can be nice to go do all the windows in the house, but there is greater satisfaction in knowing that a room is done and you’re able to move on to the next one with a fresh start.

Listen to Music: Whether it’s a book on tape, or a fun cleaning house jam session music makes things move along faster, plus you can multitask.

Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done:  This one was big for our house. Having a reward at the end of cleaning day is a nice way to feel rewarded and gives you something to look forward to. It’s an amazing boost to your mind as you go through cleaning

What you Need to Clean Your House

You will need several things to clean your house some of our regular use items are:

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Daily House Cleaning Checklist

  • Empty and load the dishwasher (or simply wash the dishes and put them away)
  • Squigee shower
  • Wipe down countertop in bathroom
  • Rinse out sink
  • Wipe down countertop in kitchen
  • Empty and wipe out sink
  • Put away lose items (papers, toys, blankets and other things)
  • Empty coffee maker
  • Clean kitchen floor (sweep or vacuum)

 

Weekly House Cleaning Checklist

There are certain things that need to happen every week. I used to hate this idea, but we always found that it was way easier to clean a house and keep it clean than it was to let it fall completely apart and clean it all again. By keeping up with this weekly schedule it will get easier and easier to keep your house clean all year long.

Every Room

  • Empty garbages
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Dust all surfaces (we’re big on dusting since i have a dust allergy)

 

Bedrooms

  • Clean sheets
  • Do laundry
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Dust baseboards
  • Dust and clean window ledges

 

Living Areas

  • Tidy up remote controls, videos, and video games
  • Empty fire place (here is a way to clean your fireplace glass naturally)
  • Dust lamps
  • Put away all unused items
  • Empty garbages and take out trash
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Clean windows
  • Dust baseboards
  • Dust furniture
  • Clean and Dust window ledges
  • Dust other surfaces

 

Kitchen

  • Wipe down kitchen appliances
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Wipe down refrigerator shelves
  • Clean out microwave
  • Empty garbages and take out trash
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Clean windows
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean tap
  • Trash over due food
  • Dust and clean window ledges

 

Bathroom

  • Clean towels
  • Scrub and disinfect toilets (here’s a tip if you need to get rid of black mold in your toilet )
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Empty garbages and take out trash
  • Mop floors
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Dust baseboards
  • Disinfect sink and countertop

 

Other Items

  • Remove lint from dryer filter
  • Add rock salt to water softener
  • Clean pet spaces
  • Clean pet bowls

 

Monthly House Cleaning Checklist

Some things don’t need to be done every week, but if you leave them too long they can really pile up on you. A good idea is to take these items and do one or two of them every week so that you aren’t doing a massive house hold cleaning on one day of the month.

Kitchen

  • Clean oven
  • Clean stove top (if you have a glass top use this tool to get rid of burnt on items)
  • Wipe down kitchen cabinets and tops of cabinets
  • Clean out microwave
  • Scrub all surfaces in kitchen
  • Clean all stainless steel appliances
  • Descale coffee maker

 

All Rooms

  • Clean outside windows (spring and fall)
  • Wash curtains/drapes
  • Dust blinds
  • Dust baseboards
  • Vacuum in cracks of furniture
  • Dust lampshades
  • Beat dust out of area rugs
  • Empty vacuum canister
  • Scrub all surfaces in bathroom
  • Vacuum vents
  • Dust blinds
  • Dust and wipe ceiling fans
  • Replace furnace filter

 

Seasonal Cleaning List

These are seasonal items that happen. Some of them you only need to do once a year while others you may want to do every season.

  • Take out or put in screens on windows (houses can shift in winter and cause screens to bend)
  • Clean blinds
  • Dust all plants
  • Wash pillows
  • Drain hoses and store (Fall)
  • Rake leaves (Spring and Fall)
  • Wipe baseboards with a damp cloth
  • Clean walls
  • Flip mattresses (and vacuum)
  • Scrub grout
  • Wash backsplash in all rooms
  • De-calcify taps
  • Clean range hood filters
  • Clean bedding (covers, comforters, slip covers and bed skirts)
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Run cleaning cycle on dishwasher
  • Run cleaning cycle on washing machine
  • Change water filter (every 6 months or per instructions)

 

Yearly House Cleaning Checklist

Finally there are things that just need to get done. They are so infrequent but they are still needed to keep your house running. Easiest thing to do is to do a different one each month. Life is a lot easier when you clean your house a little bit at a time when it involves these annual items.

  • Purge pantry
  • Clean pantry shelves
  • Clean carpets  (rent a Wetvac or buy one)
  • Clean ducts (every 2 or 3 years)
  • Clean behind large items such as fridge, stove, washer, dryer, furnace)
  • Clean and defrost freezer
  • Clean walls
  • Dust ceiling and higher areas
  • Clean chimney
  • Clean gutters
  • Empty dryer vents

 

Other House Cleaning Checklist Items

There are likely some other tasks that have been forgotten if you think of any leave them in the comments below and we will add them in. Meanwhile, click here to get this house cleaning checklist.

House Cleaning Checklist

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