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Printable Editable Cleaning Checklist Template

I am happy to share this free printable editable cleaning checklist template with you to help you have a tidy and clean home. No matter if cleaning is something you enjoy or a task you dread, I am excited to share a few tips and tricks with you that will help you develop an achievable cleaning schedule that works for you and will help you enjoy a clean home. 

“Nothing inspires cleanliness more than an unexpected guest” – Radhika Mundra.

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Clean Home 

Sometimes having a clean home seems like a huge challenge to conquer. I completely understand the feeling of not even knowing where to start! That is where a cleaning checklist comes into play. With a cleaning schedule, you can have a visual plan of specific tasks and organize them in a way those tasks can be achieved. 

A cleaning schedule, no matter if it is a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule, helps you to tackle the entire house, starting with one small area at a time.

I have found that a printed cleaning checklist is not just for me, but everyone in the house to be aware of the household chores and what needs to get done, resulting in a much cleaner home to enjoy. 

I am so excited to share this free download with you because it will help you arrange different parts of your house, and gives you a clear starting point. So make sure you don’t miss out on the free printable editable cleaning checklist template you can download below! 

Let’s also look at a few cleaning tips and tricks to help create your cleaning schedule and get you started off with a way to clean that is manageable and set goals that you can truly achieve.   

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take the chance?” – Phyllis Diller

Cleaning Tasks

There are different ways you can choose to arrange your cleaning tasks. The first way is by the specific tasks, and the second is by different rooms or parts of your house. Let’s look first at the specific tasks. 

Cleaning Tasks: Specific Tasks

There are many specific tasks associated with cleaning the house. Specific tasks are things like vacuuming the floors, taking out the trash, doing the laundry, and cleaning the toilets. 

When making cleaning schedules, it is important to be specific about the task, but it is also helpful to break those specific tasks into time frames for how often they need to be completed. In addition to the various tasks to accomplish, you can also break the tasks down by room. 

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Cleaning Tasks: Different Room

Depending on your personal preference, it can also be helpful to divide cleaning by different parts of your house. Perhaps you want to dedicate a different day each week to focus on a specific room in your house. This might take you less time and helps you to focus on a small area that needs help on a daily basis. 

Different Room: Parts of Your House 

Most houses have a family room, living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms, some have a dining room, and a game room or toy room. An easy way to break things up is to focus on one room as a daily task. For example, on Monday you could clean the family room, Tuesday the kitchen, Wednesday the bathrooms, Thursday the kid’s bedrooms, and Friday the master bedroom. 

This might look like picking up the entire room, or it could simply mean that on Tuesday when you clean the kitchen, you focus on cleaning the kitchen floor. Or on Monday when you clean the family room you focus on the light fixtures, or Wednesday you focus on cleaning the bathroom sinks, instead of the entire bathroom. 

The key is to find a cleaning routine that works for you and stick to it. Your cleaning schedule might look different than mine, and that is completely okay! The trick is to find a routine to help you accomplish your household chores. Don’t forget, it’s okay to assign a few chores to other family members too! 

Develop a Cleaning Routine 

Most cleaning tasks are best accomplished when you develop a cleaning routine. Because not all tasks need to be accomplished daily (THANKFULLY!), one of the ways I recommend breaking down tasks is on a daily basis, weekly basis, and monthly basis. 

Develop a Cleaning Routine: Daily

Some things in the house need to be done each and every day. This simply can’t be avoided, or at least they shouldn’t be avoided! Chores like doing the dishes, making the bed, taking out the trash, and wiping off the kitchen counters and table are all good tasks to finish each day. 

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Develop a Cleaning Routine: Weekly

Other chores may not need to be done each day but are still important to do every week. Weekly cleaning routine specific tasks might include the laundry, cleaning out the fridge, sweeping or mopping the floors, cleaning the toilets, and dusting. 

Develop a Cleaning Routine: Monthly 

There are also tasks that may not need to be done every day or even every week, but bi-weekly or once a month. Some of those monthly tasks might include washing the bedding, dusting light fixtures, cleaning the dishwasher, or washing machine, and even picking up things or reorganizing items.   

Weekly Cleaning Schedule 

A weekly cleaning checklist is made of daily tasks to accomplish on a specific day of the week. Making this type of schedule helps to develop daily routines on a weekly basis, which is determined by what day of the week it is. 

Given time your weekly plan will turn into a habit that is formed, which is a good thing! As the saying from Little House on the Prairie goes “Wash on Monday, iron on Tuesday, mend on Wednesday, churn on Thursday, clean on Friday, bake on Saturday, rest on Sunday”. Thankfully, we don’t have to do all of that, but the point is that a weekly cleaning schedule helps develop a routine.  

“Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.” Mario Buatta

Monthly Cleaning Checklist 

A monthly schedule is unlike tasks that need to be done on a daily basis. Instead, these are tasks that don’t need to be done nearly as often. Tasks to accomplish on a monthly basis are not as urgent, nor as repetitive as daily or weekly tasks. Instead, these are usually things that don’t get dirty as quickly, but they do still need to be cleaned once in a while. 

Weekly Checklist

How to Develop a Cleaning Schedule that Works for You

Before you begin putting it into practice, you must first determine a cleaning format that works for you. Think about what you do currently, does it work, or would it be better to tweak a few things, to try and make it flow better for you? 

Once you determine a cleaning format, you can start by making a list of specific jobs, and how often those jobs should be finished. You are welcome to use this printable template as a guide. Make a specific list of your daily cleaning jobs, then list weekly cleaning jobs. Determine what days you will do the cleaning and write it into the checklist. 

Then put the list into practice. As you go, you may need to adapt this printable template to fit your needs. Once you have it set, print it out and put it where the whole family can reference the schedule. As you go, feel free to make changes as needed. 

Making a Cleaning Schedule that Works: At a Glance             

– Determine cleaning format 

– Write down specific jobs 

                        -Make a specific list of your daily cleaning jobs 

                        -List weekly cleaning jobs

                        -Determine what days you will do the cleaning 

– Adapt this printable template to fit your needs 

– Print it out and put it where the whole family can reference the schedule 

– Make changes as needed

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”- Phyllis Diller

To Get You Started

Determine weekly cleaning jobs by the room, and other cleaning jobs each week. You can also use the zone cleaning method if you prefer. This can be by room so that your focus is on a specific part of the house while you clean. You can also try cleaning by type. This means that you focus on specific tasks, such as cleaning the floors, doing laundry, dusting surfaces or lights, and fixtures, then do a general pick up and declutter. 

Spring Cleaning 

Spring cleaning is another type of cleaning I wanted to mention. This is a type of deep cleaning that is typically only done once a year. Although this version of seasonal cleaning may look different depending on what you are used to. Often it includes going room by room and washing the walls, mopping the floors, cleaning the freezer, sorting the pantry, emptying out entire drawers or cupboards, getting rid of unused items, and organizing items before they are put away. 

Usually, spring cleaning is done in the early spring months, or at my house, sometimes even in the winter, starting right after we take Christmas decorations down. No matter when you choose to do it, seasonal cleaning is a great way to give your home a fresh tidiness to welcome spring.  

“My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.” – Erma Bombeck

Free Printable Cleaning Checklists 

You are welcome to download my free printable cleaning schedule and checklist templates. They are available in PDF format, which will use adobe acrobat reader. I hope you enjoy them and are able to use this free printable cleaning schedule template as a guide to help get you started.  

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Cleaning Checklist Templates: PDF Format 

This weekly cleaning checklist includes a daily and monthly section to help get you started. This download is intended for your personal use, but not for commercial distribution. I hope you take advantage of this free printable and try to implement it in your cleaning routine. Enjoy!

Printable Editable Cleaning Checklist Template

Isn’t it so nice to have a tidy home? I am always so thrilled with the results of a good cleaning of my home. All you have to do is start with a single task, to get your house into top shape! 

“My idea of a superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.” Bette Midler

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