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Some of us like cleaning the house… no? Ok, me neither, but the house still needs to get cleaned and it’s so much easier when you work from a house cleaning checklist. After all, when it’s done, there is nothing quite like the feeling of having a clean house. With a house cleaning checklist printable at your disposal it makes life so much easier. Here are all the cleaning tasks 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 these cleaning tips will cut your time down.

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. These printable cleaning checklists are a godsend for making sure you get everything.

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. The more people you have cleaning, the faster this goes. If you can get a child to help out (just make sure to layout your expectations first) or a spouse you will cut the time in half or a third.

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.

Work from a list: When you work from a cleaning checklist printable you can get the satisfaction of checking things off room by room and know that you are going to have a clean room in the end. 

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What you Need to Clean Your House

You will need several things for regular cleaning of your house are:

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Daily Cleaning Checklist

There are certain things all homeowners need to do to keep their house clean. It’s important to make habits of doing these little daily cleaning tasks every day so that your house stays clean and in tip-top shape.

This is everything you should be doing on a daily basis to keep your house clean. None of these house cleaning tasks will take too much time but they are so worth it in the end.

  • Empty and load the dishwasher (or simply wash the dishes and put them away)
  • Squeegee the 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 into the garbage or compost
  • Clean kitchen floor (sweep or vacuum)
  • Make your bed
  • Tidy up

 

Weekly 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.  It’s also a nice list to have if you ever decide to hire a cleaning service to take over this part.

Side note: We once had to clean a hoarders house and it definitely made me appreciate the art of doing a little big at a time before the messes started to pile up.

Every Room

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

 

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Bedrooms are our most personal area so it’s important that they get a good cleaning. We spend the most time in our bedrooms (albeit most of it we’re asleep) so it’s important that it’s clean and tidy. Make sure you keep your bedrooms clean with this weekly bedroom cleaning checklist. Some of these will only take a minute.

  • 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 Cleaning Checklist

The kitchen is the most used area in the house and it is important to have a good kitchen cleaning checklist. These are the things you should be doing every day or at least weekly to keep your kitchen clean. We also have a kitchen cleaning checklist you can get if you want more detail.

  • Wipe down kitchen appliances
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Clean stainless steel sink
  • 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
  • Wipe cabinet fronts
  • Pantry clean and food off the floor
  • Trash over due food
  • Wipe down inside your oven
  • Dust and clean window ledges

 

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

A clean bathroom should always been the top of your cleaning list. It’s the one place in the house that your guests will snoop when you aren’t around. Make sure all of these items are on your weekly house cleaning list.

  • Clean towels
  • Scrub and disinfect toilets (here’s a tip if you need to get rid of toilet ring )
  • Clean mirrors and window sills
  • Empty garbages and take out trash
  • Mop floors
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Dust baseboards
  • Spray the shower curtain liner with disinfectant to prevent mold
  • Disinfect sink and countertop
  • Clean the bathtub (here’s how to clean a bathtub with bleach)

 

Check out our bathroom cleaning checklist here.

Other Items

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

 

Get the weekly cleaning schedule we use it’s a free printable.

Monthly 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 dust tops of cabinets
  • Wipe the window sills
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean dishwasher (run a cycle with nothing in it)
  • Scrub all surfaces in kitchen
  • Clean all stainless steel appliances
  • Descale Keurig machine, or clean the French press
  • Clean the electric kettle
  • Dust light fixtures

 

All Rooms

  • Clean outside windows (spring and fall)
  • Wash curtains/drapes
  • Dust blinds
  • Wipe baseboards clean
  • Wipe light switches
  • Dust and wipe the window sills
  • Vacuum in cracks of furniture
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Replace light bulbs
  • Beat dust out of area rugs
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Wipe down leather furniture
  • Empty vacuum canister
  • Scrub all surfaces in bathroom
  • Vacuum vents
  • Dust blinds (here’s how to clean faux wood 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. Some would be on your spring cleaning checklist. Others may be on your deep cleaning checklist but it’s good to have them all in one place. You can consider this more of your deep cleaning checklist.

  • 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)
  • Clean baseboards with a damp cloth (removes baseboards dust)
  • 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)
  • Put vinegar down drains ( prevent bathtub drain clogging)

 

Annual House Cleaning Schedule: Yearly 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 Wet-vac 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 Printable 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.

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