Giving your home a good Spring clean can feel overwhelming. Focusing on the right cleaning tasks, at the right time, can eliminate the overwhelm, by spreading out the workload over a reasonable amount of time.
In this post, I’ll explain why a cleaning checklist is a helpful way to complete the right cleaning tasks at the right time. I’ll also break down exactly what those daily cleaning tasks are, explain how to create a cleaning checklist, and I’ll tell you how to get the cleaning checklist I use, which you can download for free!
What is a Cleaning Tasks Checklist?
A cleaning tasks checklist is a document or a list of tasks that need to be completed in order to clean a specific area or space. It is a tool that can be used to ensure that all cleaning tasks are completed thoroughly and efficiently.
The checklist can vary depending on the specific cleaning needs of the space, but generally includes tasks such as sweeping, mopping, dusting, wiping down surfaces, emptying trash, and cleaning restrooms. The checklist can also include details such as the frequency of each task (daily, weekly, monthly), who is responsible for completing the task, and any specific instructions or notes related to the task.
Much like decluttering and organizing your home, the more consistent you are with cleaning, the easier it becomes to stay on top of.
- Do you feel a little uneasy with guests stopping by unannounced?
- Do you want to avoid frantically cleaning your house when guests are coming over?
- Are you tired of trying to clean your house after it has hit total disaster mode?
If you answered yes, then following a simple cleaning routine can make a big difference.
Certain household chores need to be done each day. You can’t wash your dishes once a week and you’ll have a big mess if the kids’ toys aren’t picked up regularly. For other things, you can allocate a day for each task.
Why is a Cleaning Tasks Checklist Helpful?
By using a cleaning tasks checklist, you can ensure that all necessary cleaning tasks are completed, at the right time.
This guide is a helpful way to complete the right cleaning tasks at the right time for several reasons:
Organization: A cleaning checklist helps to organize cleaning tasks by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. This makes it easier to prioritize tasks and ensure that all tasks are completed.
Efficiency: By following a cleaning checklist, you can ensure that you are completing the right cleaning tasks at the right time, which can help to increase efficiency. You won’t waste time on unnecessary tasks or overlook important ones.
Accountability: A cleaning checklist can help hold you accountable for completing all the necessary cleaning tasks. You can check off each task as you complete it, which can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you track your progress.
Consistency: A cleaning checklist can help ensure that cleaning tasks are done consistently over time. By following the same checklist each time you clean, you can establish a routine and maintain a high level of cleanliness.
Communication: A cleaning checklist can also be helpful when delegating cleaning tasks to others. It ensures that everyone knows what needs to be done and when, which can prevent confusion and ensure that all tasks are completed.
How Do You Create a Cleaning Checklist?
If you want a dedicated cleaning checklist, you can find them on Pinterest, or you can create a custom one for yourself.
To create a checklist, determine what things need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.
You can decide what works best for you and your family, but here’s a check list for you to base your personalized schedule on.
Daily Cleaning Tasks
- Wash dishes
- Clean up spills when they happen
- Wipe down kitchen counters
- Sweep high traffic areas
- Pick up toys (or other things out of place)
- Take out garbage (as needed)
- Make the beds
- Do a load of laundry (or have a dedicated laundry day)
- Organize mail
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
- Clean bathrooms
- Laundry (unless you choose to do a little each day)
- Errands (like grocery shopping)
- Wash bedsheets
- Mop and vacuum
- Kitchen deep clean (including cleaning out old food from the refrigerator)
- Cut the grass
- Pay bills
Monthly Cleaning Tasks
- Check smoke alarms
- Dust hard to reach places like ceiling fans
- Knock down cobwebs
- Organize kitchen cabinets
- Wash your bedding (like comforters and duvets)
- Wipe down inside and outside of the refrigerator
- Deep clean bathrooms
- Wash toys (when applicable)
- Wipe down windows (as needed)
Yearly or Seasonal Tasks
- Clean out closets (pass on clothes you don’t wear, or kids have outgrown)
- Wash pillows and stuffed animals
- Vacuum mattresses
- Clear outside gutters
- Move furniture and clean under it
- Sweep/power-wash garage
- Clean out storage cabinets/spaces of items no longer needed
- Clean out dryer vent
Knowing what cleaning tasks you want to accomplish, having a list for them, and knowing the days you want to complete them, will make creating a Spring Clean Schedule much easier. You can also add your cleaning tasks directly to your daily planner.
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Crystal is the owner of The Organized Home, LLC and producer of The Home Approach® program; empowering moms to create an organized home that they love, so they can thrive at home. With over ten years of combined experience working in the Professional Organizing industry and coaching industry, she combines her expertise in decluttering, organizing, and home management with her passion for helping moms to bring out the best in themselves.
While coaching moms is her God-given calling, she also loves being a mom to her young children (ages 4, 6 and 8), date nights with her husband, and family outings on the weekends. Above all, she is most passionate about following Jesus and inspiring others to do the same.