The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist & Schedule: Free Printable (UPDATED)


When I was growing up, I thought my mom was crazy.

Every Friday at 6:00 PM, she would send us kids down to the basement - or to the park with my dad - and she would clean the entire house from top to bottom. 

Mopping every floor; dusting, vacuuming, cleaning windows, toilets and tubs EVERY. Single. Week?

I understand it now. When I had my first apartment, I realized how quickly things can get nasty. Like my mom, I would dedicate a 2 hour block every weekend to clean my place.

But then I had kids, and what used to take 2 hours now takes a week or more.

If you read my recap of a day in the life of a work-at-home mom, you know that I dedicate most of my time to my kids and my business, instead of cleaning.

I have a new plan now. I give each day its own task, and some things I just do not do every week. Cleaning windows? Not necessary more than once a month. The kids just smudge the windows again anyway. Dusting is also no longer a weekly occurrence, although, maybe it will be again some day.

So now I do get my home mostly clean each week, and I don't feel like a crazy person who must have a spotless home at all times. 


You don't have to waste a bunch of trees to make this printable work for you. Instead of printing a bunch of copies, print one copy: trim it to fit into an 8" x 10" frame. Place in frame, under glass, and use the glass as a dry erase board. You can check off each daily task and each weekly task, and erase to start fresh for the next day/week/month.

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Here is my UPDATED daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule. I have made it into a printable PDF for you to use if you feel overwhelmed by cleaning.




Would you prefer a blank version that you can customize? Well, here you go!






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8 comments :

  1. Great checklist! Going to have to start using this!

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  2. Maybe my problem is that I’m not actually writing it down. I have this sort of list floating around my head, but since it’s not on paper, I find it totally acceptable to skip any chore on any given day. Something about actually writing it and TAPING it makes it so official.

    Irene (House Cleaning Austin)

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  3. Hi Ashley, I just wanted to thank you for this cleaning schedule. I've been doing it for a little over 2 months now, and it has helped make house cleaning manageable...and dare I say fun, even? Not having to clean the bathrooms, the kitchen and the floors all in one day means I can actually do more than spot clean. I've also been using your vinegar and water cleaner for the kitchen, and I've added a few drops of spearmint oil to kill the vinegar scent. Thanks for helping to teach me how to make my house feel like a home. - Tedessa

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  4. do you happen to have this on a microsoft word document so that I can customize it? thanks! love your cleaning checklist.

    Lynn
    ishopushop@gmail.com

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  5. This is certainly the ultimate checklist. Thank you for suggesting all the points.
    Amanda

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  6. This is certainly the ultimate checklist. Thank you for suggesting all the points.
    Amanda

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  7. Easy to-do list with an attractive 1-page design layout! Genius! Thank You! Now, I just need to get started! =D

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