The less you have to think about what to clean and when, the easier and simpler it will be.
A routine is key to getting house cleaning done in manageable chunks. But even then there’s a lot to remember. Are you hitting all the tasks you need to, or is something falling through the cracks?
And then there are items that don’t need to be done every week, or even every month. How do you remember and schedule those?
House cleaning checklists of course!
Let’s start by looking at what tasks you may want on your daily, weekly, and monthly lists.
This design gives you Daily, Weekly and Monthly lists for reference, to keep in a handy place for easy access.
Each prefilled sheet includes common cleaning tasks for 5 areas:
- Living Areas
- General Household
Plus space to enter your own tasks.
The blank sheet allows you to completely customize a list.
If you like to check off tasks as you finish them, take a look at our Printable Cleaning Tracker Templates.
Cleaning Tracker Printable Templates
Trackers are great if you want to see at a glance what’s been done and what hasn’t. Keep them in a binder or post them in a space where you can check things off as you go. These are handy for getting the family involved with house cleaning. Each member can see what needs to be done and contribute to the cleaning effort. Different color check marks can be used for each person to keep track of chores or earn rewards.
The tracker templates also include both prefilled and blank versions.
Because of the format, you can use one Daily sheet for up to 14 days, one Weekly sheet for up to 13 weeks, and one Monthly sheet for up to 12 months.
Daily Cleaning Checklist
Keeping your home consistently clean means that some tasks end up being done every day. Many of these center around the kitchen and bathroom, where it’s important to keep things sanitary (see our kitchen cleaning checklist and bathroom cleaning checklist). Others are important to keep a sense of order instead of chaos as we go about our daily activities.
- Wash & put away dishes
- Clean countertops
- Wipe down & clean kitchen sink and faucet
- Wipe down stovetop
- Sweep & spot clean kitchen floor
- Empty trash & recycling
- Wipe down bathroom counters, sinks, faucets
- Make the beds
- Tidy clutter hotspots
Weekly Cleaning Checklist
Not everything needs to be cleaned every day (thankfully!). Some cleaning tasks can be done on roughly a weekly basis. Remember this is personal, so your schedule may vary. But this list is a good place to start until you find what can be done more or less often.
- General dusting
- Clean kitchen appliance exteriors
- Wipe down kitchen cabinets fronts
- Sanitize kitchen drain
- Empty expired items from refrigerator and freezer
- Clean microwave interior
- Vacuum and clean floors
- Clean trash area & wipe out bins
- Declutter & tidy visible areas
- Clean showers, tubs, toilets, counters, sinks, faucets, mirrors
- Shake or wash rugs
- Empty trash & recycling
Monthly Cleaning Checklist
Monthly cleaning tasks can be tricky to remember because they’re less frequent. Deep cleaning your house is much easier to do if you keep up with it consistently. So having a list of tasks and adding them to your regular cleaning schedule is an easy way to stay on track.
- Extended dusting
- Wash blankets, mattress covers, comforters and duvets
- Launder washable rugs
- Wash shower curtain and liner
- Clean dishwasher interior
- Clean washing machine and dryer interiors
- Clean mirrors