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Cleaning and Organizing Checklist

Posted on 12 July 2010

Cleaning and Organizing Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is not for you to feel overwhelmed or inadequate if you don’t follow it! It is simply a rough guideline for “keeping house” and when to do those things you may wonder about- like vacumming out the air conditioning vents.

Schedule these items on your monthly/daily calendar as you see the timeline approaching.

Kitchens
Daily Cleaning

Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher

Wipe down the stove top

Wipe down the counters

Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor

Daily Organizing

Put everything back that is out of it’s location

Wash the dishes

Set the breakfast table/area

Take out what doesn’t belong in the kitchen out of the kitchen, or at least corrall odds and ends in a basket which is emptied at the end of the week

Weekly Cleaning

Mop the floor

Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances

Wash the dish rack

Wipe the inside of the garbage can

Weekly Organizing

Create a Meal plan

Grocery shop

Throw away excess plastic bags

Fill up the trash can with a stack of garbage bags at the bottom

Refill napkins, placemats, and kitchen towels

Empty the odds and ends basket

Go through coupons and paperclip them to your calendar by expiration date

Biweekly Cleaning

Wipe the switch plates and phone

Wipe down the baseboards with a microfiber dust cloth or wet wipe

Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator

Biweekly Organizing

Declutter your cleaning supplies

Reorganize your pots and pans with a pot lid sliding drawer or just by putting paper towels between each pot to protect them from damage

Clean and organize your pet food areas

Organize your junk drawer by taking everything out and organizing odds and ends in small dishes, flower pots, or plastic bags.

Monthly Cleaning
Clean your freezer

Run these through the dishwasher: Burner grids and knobs, Brushes and combs, Toothbrushes, Plastic utensil organizer, Refrigerator drawers, Drain catch, Sponges, Dish rack, Plastic toys, Glassware

Monthly Organizing

Rotate the food in your freezer, use it up, and check to see what you need in terms of bulk food

Go through your plastic containers and weed out ones you don’t use. Take them all out of the cabinets and put them somewhere that makes sense- perhaps in a covered wicker basket or on a lazy susan

Seasonal Cleaning

Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers

Scrub down the cupboard exteriors

Clean the stove-hood filter

Wipe down your pantry

Seasonal Organizing

Organize your tools that are kept in the kitchen

Reorganize your dishes, tablecloths, mugs, bowls, glassware, plates in your kitchen cabinets and shelves by sorting them and saying goodbye to what you don’t use, what’s missing, and what’s unecessary

Go through your spices, making sure they still are fresh

Go Bulk Shopping and organize your bulk storage

Organize your recipes by laminating or storing in binders, purge recipes/cookbooks

Living Rooms
Daily Cleaning

Vaccum with an electric broom

Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use

Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints

Straighten coffee-table books and magazines. Throw out newspapers. Put away CDs and videos.

Daily Organizing

Pick up stray items off of the floor and put them in their proper place, or in a wicker basket that gets emptied weekly.

Put remotes back in the basket

Straighten up your pile of books and magazines

Fold your blankets and throws

Write down messages and go through the family’s schedule with the family

Open up mail and discard junk, put either in action files for papers requiring action or “to-file”

Weekly Cleaning

Dust all surfaces — including electronics, books, blinds, picture frames, windowsills and ledges, and tops of door frames — and remove all cobwebs

Dust-mop the floors with a microfiber cloth or a Swiffer, or vacuum the rugs and carpeting

Throw out old magazines

Wipe and disinfect the telephone

Shake out or vacuum the doormat

Weekly Organizing

Sort through the toys to put in their correct locations

Biweekly Cleaning

Vacuum the heating and air-conditioning vents

Wipe the switch plates, doorknobs, and doorjambs

Vacuum the upholstery

Wipe down the baseboards with a microfiber dust cloth or wet wipe

Lift big pieces of furniture and vacuum or mop underneath

Biweekly Organizing

Throw away old magazines when the new ones come in
Cut out pictures you want to save from a magazine and store in a binder

Seasonal Cleaning

Wash the insides of the windows

Take down curtains and drapes and dryclean them

Take down vertical blinds and wash them in the bathtub

Seasonal Organizing

Rearrange your books

File and organize your hard copies of pictures or your digital pics

Go through CDs and videos you no longer use

Bathrooms
Daily Cleaning

Wipe out the sink

Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush

Wipe the mirror and faucet

Squeegee the shower door

Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use

Wipe around the tub

Sweep the floor (keep a broom in the bathroom)

Daily Organizing

Put items back where they belong-toothpaste, brushes, makeup

Take items out of bathroom that don’t belong in there

Weekly Cleaning

Scrub the tub

Scrub the tiles

Mop the Floor

Empty the trashcan and wash out bin

Wipe down lightswitches and doorknobs

Change towels

Weekly Organizing

Organize your bathroom cabinets, folding towels, putting away toiletries

Seasonal Cleaning

Take down the shower curtain, then launder it according to the care instructions

Seasonal Organizing

Go through your medicine chest and weed out medicines

Bedrooms
Daily Cleaning

Pick up all dirty clothes and put into hampers

Daily Organizing

Hang up clothes-decide what needs to be washed or hung

Make beds

Straighten up nightstands and tabletops

Put away jewelry

Weekly Cleaning

Change the sheets

Dust all surfaces — including electronics, books, picture frames, windowsills and ledges, and tops of door frames

Dust or mop the floors or vacuum the carpeting, under the bed
Throw out old magazines

Wipe and disinfect the telephone

Empty the wastebasket

Weekly Organizing

Hang up all laundry

Go through closet and purge what you no longer wear

Biweekly Cleaning

Wipe the switch plates, doorknobs, and doorjambs

Wipe down the baseboards with a microfiber dust cloth or wet wipe

Biweekly Organizing

Keep a “to donate” pile and fill it up everytime you notice something from your drawers or closets that needs to be donated

Seasonal Cleaning

Vacuum the heating and air-conditioning vents and the inside of the closet

Wash the insides of the windows

Strip the bed and flip the mattress

Launder the mattress pad and dust ruffle

Seasonal Organizing
Go through out of season clothing and store in bins or under bed

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