House Cleaning Checklists for the Entire Family
A helpful trick to keep track of chores is to have multiple cleaning checklists on hand. These checklists don’t have to be just for you, they can be for the entire family to use. You’re the orchestrator of your household, so feel empowered to assign organizing and cleaning tasks to your spouse and kids. By cleaning on a succinct schedule, your family will have more time to do fun activities.
Below are daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning checklists to help organize your family’s life and lower stress levels.
Daily Cleaning Checklist
Knocking out these daily cleaning tasks will keep your home clean and tidy. A fun challenge for your family is to race against each other while doing these chores. Assign a specific area of the household for each family member to conquer to see who can finish fastest. If the chore isn’t done correctly, add time to that family member’s clock!
Here are few daily cleaning tasks:
Make the bed after getting up
Squeegee glass shower walls immediately after showering
Empty coffee ground into the compost or garbage
Rinse out the bathroom sink
Unload the dishwasher
Put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher or hand wash.
Load the dishwasher
Wipe down countertops, cabinets, and stovetops after dinner
Tidy by putting away mail, electronics, blankets, and water bottles
Weekly Cleaning Checklist
You’ll want to wash and sanitize your cleaning supplies and most often-used areas at least once a week. For instance, sponges can be sanitized by being put in the dishwasher during the next cycle. Or if you’re short on time, zap a damp sponge on high in the microwave for one minute. It will be hot! So, let it cool for another minute before touching.
You can also sterilize your kitchen and bathroom sinks by plugging the drains and filling them with warm water. Then, swirl a tablespoon of bleach with a cooking utensil. Wait five minutes and then rinse the sinks with either the faucet hose or a damp rag.
Here are few weekly cleaning tasks:
Sanitize sponges and sinks
Clean the inside and outside of the microwave
Wipe fronts of cabinets and handles
Dust furniture, shelves, window ledges, and plants
Clean pet bowls with soapy water or via the dishwasher
Go through fridge and pantry and toss expired food
Monthly Cleaning Checklist
A good way to stay even more organized is to knock out a few of these monthly chores each weekend or when you’re doing daily or weekly chores. The checklist will come in handy to determine what has or has not been done already. Note that some of these tasks require more time and delicacy than the daily and weekly tasks. Save some of those for younger children.
Here are few monthly cleaning tasks:
Clean the oven
Dust blinds, light fixtures, and fans
Clean the outside grill and remove any grease buildup
Descale coffee maker or Keurig
Wipe down patio surfaces and furniture
Soak and scrub stovetop grates or burners
Hopefully, these cleaning checklists will lower your stress and give you more sanity. Remember, you don’t have to clean by yourself. Involve your children and partner. By involving your children you’re teaching them both good cleaning habits and how to properly clean different surfaces and areas of the house.
For more cleaning checklists, download these seasonal and annual checklists from Angi. These should also be done intermittently on the weekends or weekdays when time allows so they don’t all sneak up on you.