10+ House Cleaning Checklists Every Busy Mom Needs + FREE Printable Templates

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Housecleaning can feel overwhelming — different rooms, different cleaning tasks, and different schedules. Without some kind of organization, it can be stressful enough that we find ourselves avoiding it altogether.  But once we know exactly what we want to do and when, it turns into a simple list that we can check off daily and know that we’ve got everything under control.

Free Daily, Weekly & Monthly Cleaning Checklist Set

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Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with deep cleaning tasks for the whole house, plus plenty of space for you to add your own.  It’s a great way to keep track of it all in one place.

Printable Bathroom Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with daily, weekly and monthly tasks, plus plenty of space for you to add your own.  The bathroom needs frequent attention, so download this list and stay on track.

Printable Kitchen Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with daily, weekly, monthly, and less often tasks, plus space for you to add your own.  The kitchen is the biggest cleaning challenge in any home, so download now and get on track.

Printable Bedroom Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with regular and deep cleaning tasks, plus space for you to add your own tasks.  The bedroom is our personal space and has a big effect on our sleep and frame of mind.  

Printable Teenager Bedroom Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with the tasks (and explanations) a teen needs to do.  It communicates what is expected so they know exactly what they’re responsible for and when. 

Living Room Cleaning Checklist gives you daily, weekly, monthly, and less-often tasks.  If you use your living room daily, this will help you keep it clean, tidy and comfortable all the time.

Printable Cleaning Checklist by Room includes pages for the Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, Family Room, Living Room, Dining Room, Home Office and a blank copy to customize.  Includes daily, weekly, monthly and occasional deep-cleaning tasks.

Daily, Weekly and Monthly Cleaning Checklists help you keep a handle on what needs to be done and when.  Print them out once to use as a simple reminder, or print multiples and check off the items as you do them.

Cleaning Trackers are designed for moms who like a compact way to keep track of what’s been done.  There are 14 columns (2 weeks) on the Daily Tracker, 13 columns (3 months) on the Weekly Tracker, and 12 columns (1 year) on the Monthly Tracker.  

Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist comes prefilled with lots of tasks that only need to be done once in a while, plus space for you to add your own tasks.  When the season rolls around next you’ll be ready, with a to do list and cleaning tips for spring.  

Speed Cleaning Checklist helps you clean faster and more efficiently, like the pros do.  Save time and effort, and get a cleaner house!

Summer Cleaning Checklist helps you keep up with a basic cleaning routine, as well as take care of tasks that are perfect to get done during this season.

Fall Cleaning Checklist keeps you on top of regular house cleaning, while preparing for cooler weather and the holidays ahead.
Winter Cleaning Checklist helps you maintain a clean home and take advantage of the fact that most of your time is spent indoors.

Our Essential House Cleaning Supplies List outlines the products and tools that help you get your house cleaner, in less time, and with less frustration.

What should a cleaning checklist include?

There’s a variety of house cleaning schedule ideas to organize your routine.  

But there are 3 main things you want to capture in any cleaning checklist.

What to clean

A good cleaning list will include all your cleaning tasks, large and small. Obviously it should be customized for you.   If you’re using another list as a starting point (our lists give you a great foundation of basic cleaning tasks already included), the first thing you should do is to personalize them.  Get as many items on paper as you can think of.  The less you need to remember the better!

Where to clean

Breaking down your tasks by location is an important way of organizing your list.  Simply having “dust” as a task will be way too general (unless you dust the entire house in one go).  

When to clean

Some tasks just need to be done more often than others.  But trying to remember it all just isn’t the best strategy for most of us.  So your list should each item needs to be done.  This could be daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, yearly, occasionally, or somewhere in between.  Deciding this up front and getting it on paper will reduce your stress almost immediately.

Tips for Success

  • Keep any or all of our checklists in a binder for easy reference.
  • Tack the daily and/or weekly cleaning list up in a common area so the whole family can contribute and then check off what they did.
  • Keep a room-specific cleaning list in each room.
  • Use our pre-filled lists and add a few tasks of your own.
  • Use our blank lists to totally customize your schedule. 

Customize Your Cleaning List

Our lists contain the most common cleaning tasks, but there are plenty more that vary from family to family.  It’s helpful to write down all of our tasks, even the obvious ones.  So I’ve created this list to help you brainstorm additional items that apply to you.

Check the ideas below for items to add to your own cleaning schedule.

Pets

Plants

Air

Instruments

Fireplace

Water

Decor

Fine China, Glassware & Stemware

Floors

Fabrics & Leather

Doors

Find a cleaning schedule that works.

To make a list work, you need to have some sort of schedule.  And there are probably as many ways to schedule as there are homes.  You may already have figured out what works for you, but if not, here are a few basic ideas to consider.

Whole House Cleaning

With this method, most of the house is cleaned each week.  Here are some common ways you might schedule it on a weekly basis.

  • Different room(s) each day — For example, bedrooms on Mondays, living areas on Tuesdays, bathrooms on Wednesdays, and so on.
  • Different task(s) each day — For example, Mondays do all vacuuming and dusting, Tuesdays change all bed linens, Wednesdays clean all sinks/toilets/showers, etc.
  • All at once — This is not for everyone, but if it suits your schedule and/or lifestyle you could take one big chunk of time and clean the whole house.

Zone Cleaning

With this method, you divide the home into zones.  You then rotate through the zones, focusing on one at a time.  Light general cleaning through the whole house (sweeping floors, tidying up, wiping out sinks, etc.) is done daily to keep things in order.

  • Weekly Zone Cleaning (think FlyLady) — Focus on one zone each week.  Break down all the tasks for that area and work on some every day.  This allows you to do a deeper cleaning of each zone in rotation because you concentrate on it for an entire week. 

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