Getting into a housecleaning routine since we moved has been a bit of a challenge. As I've already mentioned, the floors are a lot to keep on top of...and that's just one aspect of keeping the house clean. I'm not one for sticking to a cleaning schedule- I'd much rather just clean things when they are dirty, or when I have time. But I tend to forget what gets done when, and with so much house to keep on top of, I wanted to be sure that EVENTUALLY everything was getting done.
Shortly after we moved in I put together a cleaning checklist- and after I picked my jaw up off the floor when I realized that it was over 100 lines long- I decided that it was ok if I only did some things on the list once a month (or less).
The fun thing about this checklist is that I just took a pre-made template from Microsoft Excel and personalized it with the tasks I wanted, and then added my own pictures. Yup, I'm a nerd because having a personalized spreadsheet excites me.
In case you had any interest in making one of your own, in Excel you can just go to
Lists and to-do checklists
I replaced most of the text and inserted my own pictures for each room.
In case you were wondering about my list in particular, in each room I listed the 1-2 things that needed to be done daily. These were things like
Tidy up clutter
Then the bedrooms and living areas have:
Fingerprints off walls
The bathrooms also have:
It's also a place for me to keep track of things like when I last washed the sheets, towels, couch slipcovers etc.
The list is very redundant- listing the same tasks individually for each and every room, but it works for the way that I clean- because I don't always get around to doing all of the bathrooms at once- sometimes I just clean a toilet or a sink here or there and then I get distracted by something else.
I've been using it for about a month, and over the course of the month I eventually got to almost everything at least once. Some things like mopping our high traffic areas I found myself doing every 3 or 4 days. At the end of the month I deleted all of the dates that tasks were completed except for the most recent one- so I can see when I mopped last, but I don't need to see every date that I mopped in July. I can also see that I never did get around to cleaning out the inside of the fridge.
Anyone else use a cleaning checklist? Is it helpful or overwhelming?