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Monthly Cleaning Checklist: A 4-Week Task Rotation

By October 1, 2021No Comments
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Does keeping your house clean feel like a daunting task? We understand! Dust gathers, laundry piles up, and soon the very idea of a clean home is overwhelming. If you can relate to this state of constant fretfulness over the state of your house, a monthly cleaning checklist may be the right tool for you.

This blog is a great place to start! In the content below, we outline daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks to help you create a custom cleaning checklist that fits best with your household.

Let’s get started!

Before You Get Started…

Before you take control of your household cleaning, create a task checklist. The daily, weekly, and monthly checklist below can help you create this. Get ready, prepare, make a realistic list of the areas that need to be cleaned in your home, gather necessary supplies, and take charge!

Additionally, you must decide for yourself how to clean your home. The lists below are separated be days, weeks, months, rooms, and days. As you clean, decide if you will clean everything in one or two days a week, clean for a set amount of time every week, or tackle a room or two a day.

Daily Cleaning Tasks

Every day, certain tasks should be completed. These will maintain the overall cleanliness and pleasantness of your home and prepare your kitchen and living spaces for the following day. The following checklist is separated by room for your convenience and, of course, can be customized according to your needs.

Bathrooms

  • Sanitize toilet seat
  • Replace dirty towels
  • Wipe of shower/ bath
  • Clean mirror & countertop

Bedrooms

  • Make beds
  • Declutter/ tidy
  • Fold clothes

Kitchen

  • Sweep floors
  • Wash dishes/ load & run dishwasher
  • Take out trash
  • Wipe down counters and tables
  • Clean sink
  • Clean coffee maker/ Keurig
  • Sanitize sinks (fill the basin with warm water, add a tablespoon of bleach, then rinse)

Living Areas

  • Vacuum/ sweep, as needed
  • Throw away trash or clutter
  • Fold blankets
  • Straighten pillows
  • Declutter desks
  • Tidy

Miscellaneous

  • Check mail
  • Do one load of laundry
  • Sweep porch

Weekly Cleaning Tasks

Weekly cleaning tasks can be helpfully separated by room and day of the week. Once again, these tasks can be adjusted based on your household’s needs.

Monday (Bedrooms)

  • Dust
  • Vacuum/ sweep
  • Organize/ tidy
  • Sort laundry
  • Clean windows & blinds

Tuesday (Halls & Stairs)

  • Dust
  • Vacuum/ sweep
  • Organize drawers, desks, or shelves
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Straighten & declutter closets
  • Wipe off outside of washer and dryer

Wednesday (Kitchen)

  • Clean stove
  • Clean counters and sink
  • Sweep & mop floors
  • Clean inside microwave
  • Wipe down fridge & freezer

Thursday (Bathrooms)

  • Clean toilets
  • Sweep & mop floors
  • Wash bath rugs & replace towels
  • Clean showers & bathtubs
  • Clean sinks, mirrors, and counters

Friday (Living Room)

  • Organize straighten shelves & cabinets
  • Vacuum or sweep & mop
  • Wash windows & blinds
  • Declutter/ organize

Weekend (Outside)

  • Sweep porch & patio
  • Clean & organize garage
  • Mow lawn
  • Pick weeds
  • Clean out cars

Monthly Cleaning Tasks

Finally, certain tasks should be completed monthly. These tasks are perhaps some of the most avoided yet important jobs to complete.

Bathrooms

  • Clean mirrors & countertops
  • Clean shower head & faucets
  • Wash shower curtains
  • Declutter under bathroom sinks & in medicine cabinets

Kitchen

  • Wipe off appliances/ cabinets
  • Descale coffeepot
  • Clean fridge & freezer
  • Deep clean stove burners
  • Deep clean sink & faucet
  • Organize pantry
  • Cycle clean dishwasher
  • Disinfect trashcans

Living Areas

  • Dust blinds
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Vacuum sofa
  • Vacuum under sofa & furniture
  • Wipe off electronics (TV, etc.)
  • Tidy bookshelves
  • Wash pillows & blankets
  • Dust baseboards
  • Clean hampers (vacuum for dust, crumbs, dirt, etc.)
  • Vacuum basement (if applicable)

Miscellaneous

  • Meal plan
  • Declutter & clean garage
  • Clean window tracks
  • Clean washing machine (use your washer cleaner cycle or use a specialty cleaner and run a normal hot water cycle)
  • Throw away outdated papers
  • Wipe doors & trim
  • Wash windows
  • Clean vacuum (change your bag and filter as it gets full to optimize the suction)
  • Clean window tracks
  • Sweep out fireplace
  • Dust light fixtures & lamp shades

A Few Final Tips

1. Start slowly!

Even a checklist can feel daunting. Stick with the tasks assigned to you that day and don’t go above and beyond. Start slow, get your cleaning for that day or week completed, and stop there. That first week can feel invigorating, but it is easy to burn out after a month or so – only doing what is required each day can help keep you going.

2. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect.

This point can be freeing for some and maddening for others, specifically perfectionists. A beautiful, tidy home is the goal, and this can be accomplished without worrying about perfection in all the little details.

3. Stick to your plan.

Finally, stick with your plan! The more you clean the cleaner everything will be, so ongoing tasks will take less time. As you get into a rhythm, cleaning will become easier and easier.

Broomstick Cleaning Services

A monthly cleaning checklist can help you tackle house cleaning in manageable chunks and – better yet – keeps dust and dirt from getting out of hand.

Need more help? That’s okay! We are here to help! At Broomstick Cleaning, our housekeeping services can be customized to fit your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

Our services include:

  • Regularly scheduled housekeeping
  • Super cleaning
  • Special occasion cleaning
  • Home turn over cleanings
  • Real estate prep cleanings

If you’re interested in a free estimate for your home, call us at (206) 919-6825 or get in touch via our online contact form! A team member will be in touch shortly.