How to make a house cleaning schedule and checklist

Organisation is key to staying on top of chores and keeping your house clean! These tips on making a home cleaning schedule and checklist will help you out.

Updated February 13, 2019

Notepad and coffee

Key Steps:

  1. Divide cleaning tasks between the members of your household.
  2. Use a cleaning schedule app on your smartphone to keep track of the household chores, even when you’re on the go.
  3. If you’re using a paper schedule, try positioning it in a prominent place in the house where everyone can see it, like on the front of the fridge. Then, no one can get away with saying that they ‘forgot’!

Our homes are something we tend to take great pride in: a clean, well looked-after house reflects well on the owner. Most of us wouldn’t mind being judged a domestic god or goddess, solely on the basis of our interior living arrangements. So, how to develop a quick and easy cleaning schedule to ensure your home is always clean and tidy? Well, a dedicated house cleaning checklist – a ‘cheat sheet’ – will help anyone keep his or her home tidy. Here’s some advice for constructing your own cleaning schedule:

Dividing up the regular tasks on your cleaning schedule into daily, weekly, or monthly jobs can help you balance your time and keep your home in great condition!

1) Make a Realistic Cleaning Schedule

The problem with having big ambitions for creating and keeping a tidy household is that, for most of us, our lives – and one or two clumsy cleaning disasters – tend to just get in the way.

So, before you come up with a personalised cleaning schedule, try to think about how your paper plan will measure up to reality, and adjust your expectations accordingly. Think about scheduling cleaning for the times during the week when you have a spare couple of hours and plenty of energy.

If you have roommates, a partner, or other family members in the household, then allocate tasks or responsibility for the cleaning to a single person on a rotational basis, but, again, be realistic about the extent to which that person can contribute.

2) Divide Tasks on Your House Cleaning Checklist into ‘Big’ and ‘Small’

Consider creating two or three cleaning checklists or schedules for tasks of different frequency and magnitude:

  • ‘Big’ cleaning jobs that you only need to do a couple of times per year could go onto one schedule – like cleaning behind the oven and the interior of drawers, for example.
  • Medium-sized tasks, like vacuuming or disinfecting the fridge, could go onto a ‘weekly’ version of the house cleaning schedule.
  • ‘Smaller’ tasks, like sweeping the kitchen floor and wiping kitchen surfaces, might end up on a ‘daily’ kitchen cleaning schedule.

3) Arrange Your House Cleaning Schedule by Theme or Area

Depending on the size of your house, consider cleaning different areas on a rotational basis – so, clean the first floor one week, and the second floor the next. Or clean by type of room: one day in the week you address all the bathrooms in the house; on another you vacuum the carpets and dust tables and bookshelves, and so on.

4) Enlist Technology to Help You Schedule Your Cleaning

Not only does the Internet contain a wealth of information on the best and most effective way to do your cleaning, it can also provide suggested cleaning schedule templates and free printable cleaning checklists to help you get started. There are even apps that can provide you with a list of daily cleaning tasks, so you don’t have to think about what needs to be done next. Other apps allow you to share collaborative cleaning checklists and rotas with friends and family, so you always know who was supposed to have emptied the bins on a given day!

Originally published September 11, 2018