Cleaning Checklist

Why have a cleaning checklist? Cleaning the house is a lot of work especially if you have children. It can be overwhelming. Organizing all the cleaning tasks by making a checklist will make it easier to clean the house and keep it that way. By having a this list, you can keep track of the cleaning tasks and person(s) responsible for it. This will make it easier to know what areas to clean which day. A checklist will also keep track of your progress.

To make a cleaning checklist, first walk through every room of the house with a pad of paper and pen. Dedicate and label one page for each room and list cleaning tasks needed for each room (such as sanitizing, dusting, moping, vacuuming, laundry, empty trash/recycling etc.). This will give you a realistic idea of how big of a job it is to clean your house. You can divide each room's page further into daily, weekly monthly and seasonal tasks.  

The best way to clean the house is to “divide and conquer”. You can do this by dividing the cleaning process by room or area, by tasks like dusting, vacuuming etc. or by items (like floor, windows, mirrors, furniture, appliances, electronics etc.). 

If you decide to clean by room, then you will clean the entire room from top to bottom by dusting, vacuuming, moping, cleaning the windows, fan etc. and straightening up the room.

If you decide to do it by tasks, then you will be doing one task at a time throughout the house like dusting the whole house, vacuuming the entire house or cleaning all the windows throughout the house and so on.

If you are cleaning by items, then you will clean all the floors one day, furniture throughout the house another day and so on.

Make a schedule. See how much time you can spend to clean and also what you are going to clean on which days. Depending on the size of your home and how much time you have, you will be able to create a one or two week cleaning rotation. Schedule tasks that take more time on weekends or when you can devote a big chunk of time.

Delegate tasks. If you have kids, get them to help out by giving them age appropriate chores. For example, older children can dust, vacuum and make their beds. Younger kids can do smaller tasks like picking up their toys and putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket. Getting the whole family involved will pay off in the long run because they are more likely to keep it clean if they work for it. 

Put the cleaning checklist in a prominent place like the refrigerator door.  You can also make copies of the main list or make a specific list of chores assigned to each person and keep it in their rooms and have them check chores off their list as they complete them.

You can laminate the checklist or use dry erase boards. But don’t laminate it right away. Give it a few weeks and make changes or update it as you go if necessary. 

Once you make a schedule, you have to stick to it. Always remember, the longer you put off, the mess gets worse and the jobs get harder and takes longer to complete.

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