Home Management Binder: Cleaning Lists

by GettingFreedom on September 9, 2009

A clean home is an incredibly inviting, welcoming place to be, although at times it can be daunting to clean it all. In addition to it being daunting, all the tasks are oftentimes hard to remember. I’ve often found myself lost and confused as to what needed to be done daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly. The Cleaning List Section in my binder was created to fix this, and help me to stay on top of all the tasks. In the end hoping that I would have a clean, inviting home, without getting overwhelmed while attaining it.

When creating your Cleaning List, you need to keep in mind the things that need to be done in your home. What works for me won’t always work for you.

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Free Download! Cleaning List section page for your Home Management Binder.

Then I needed to come up with a cleaning schedule, but first I needed to decide what needed to be done, when.

What needs to be done daily?

Multiple loads of laundry, unloading/loading the dishwasher, general pick-up.

What needs t0 be done Weekly?

Things like paper clutter, taking in donations, washing sheets, and cleaning out the refrigerator.

What about Monthly?

Dusting ceiling fans, washing the windows, removing cobwebs, etc.

What about Seasonal Touch-ups and Forgotten Things?

Touch up paint, declutter room by room, dryer vents, smoke detector, etc.

Then I needed to come up with a checklist that would help me to remember when these tasks needed to be completed.
Monthly/Weekly Cleaning List

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Cleaning List

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Seasonal Cleaning Checklist

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The first 2 are cleaning lists, mostly for a month to month basis. I use the middle one, as it also has some non-cleaning tasks thrown in, as a reminder.  The third one is an in-depth home maintenance/seasonal cleaning checklist and is rather thorough, yet very beneficial.  It covers both interior and exterior parts of your home and is even broken up into Quarters and Seasons.

After I had all parts of my home covered and accounted for and broken up, I had to make sure that I would be able to come up with a system that allowed me to get these tasks done. After all that is the whole purpose, right? :)

Right now, I write my daily tasks on my To-Do List on their corresponding days (You can see more of that, here). If, when I have all of the that days tasks filled in and scheduled, I still have a time slot available, I add in a monthly task in. If I am able to complete a monthly task, I put a check mark next to that task on the sheet protector with a dry erase marker. When the next month rolls around, I am then able to erase all my marks and start anew. I do have the complex home maintenance schedule in my binder, but haven’t even had the chance to implement it yet. But, I’m thinking that it will run just about the same way.

I decided not to include an actual detailed daily task list, because I found it too complex to include my every task in a day. I’m hoping that in my absense, the person that was stepping in for me would know that I load/unload the dishwasher daily (or atleast when needed).

Do you have a Cleaning Schedule? I would love to see it!

 

Let’s get Organized!

{{Update!}}  Now you can get a Home Management Binder complete with everything you need!

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Myra September 11, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I've been thinking about making a binder like this for my home. I need the structure and accountability! :)

Thanks for the tips!
Myra @ Happy Housewife Living Life

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The Happy Housewife September 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I use motivated moms. It looks like you have a very similar system set up! I need to get a home management binder, my problem is that I am so computer oriented I don't do paper and pen anymore!
Toni

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Amy@ MomsToolbox September 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Love it!
I use a weekly to-do list with each day outlined with the tasks one one side and general tasks to complete at some point along the other side.
Sounds like you have an excellent plan for conquering monthly and season stuff, too!

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Virginia September 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Now I am wondering why in the world I ever stopped using the home-organizer binder method??? Thanks for this reminder. My life is getting a little full and busy lately and my brain a little too post-menopausal to remember everything. I appreciate the help!

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Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) September 12, 2009 at 2:27 am

I use my Frankin Planner but I'm not that organized when it comes to taking care of the house. I was too busy to think about it when I was teaching but now that I'm home I should get something together. It's a full-time job taking care of this household!

I do have files for everything that I need to do and a place where bills go, appliance info, etc.

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Suzanne May 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

Thank you so much for these templates! I’m a newly wed wife trying to figure out how to run a home, keep things organized and peaceful and get a routine going! Thank you for this great resource!

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Pam July 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I love this binder you’ve created!! I never thought about the importance of such a tool until I read your posts, so now I’m putting mine together and my husband is all for it! As for cleaning, though, I do have a schedule of sorts. When my family moved into our current home (it was a new build) I was (still am) determined to keep it clean, so I wrote down what the major cleaning chores are and split them up so that every week I do a different cleaning task each day. My husband often helps me with the monthly ones, but breaking things down into daily/weekly cleaning tasks has helped tremendously! For instance, on Mondays I get all the beds stripped & remade and all the linens washed, on Tuesdays I dust every room, on Wednesdays I clean all 3 bathrooms, on Thursdays I vacuum all carpeted areas, and on Fridays I declutter and wipe down countertops and such. I have daily items that get added to those weekly tasks, but having the “big” cleaning tasks broken down really helps it be less overwhelming and I’m not spending all day Saturday cleaning the house! I’m so glad I found your site- Thank You for all the terrific ideas and forms!!

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