Free Printable! The ever-so-reasonable Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning checklist - FREE PRINTABLE!

I love checklists. Creating them is fun. Checking things off is rewarding. Once something is on a checklist, you can’t forget it, which helps keep you from going crazy in the head with too much going on up there.

This particular checklist is a personal achievement. While I do like checklists, I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning. I have used this checklist myself and given it to others to help me tweak and perfect it―”perfect” here meaning not too intense as to stress you out, but not so simplistic as to allow your house to collapse into a complete state of chaos.

My inspiration for the checklist is as follows:

1. Cleaning little by little, and frequently, is less work than letting it all pile up on you.

2. Anybody in the house should be able to pitch in and help, and it should be easy for them to know what needs to be done.

3. People like me have a hard time functioning properly when the house is messy and dirty.

4. But nobody likes cleaning all the time.

5. And even if you did, a house will never, never, never be perfectly clean for longer than 10 minutes. It’s just not possible.

6. We need to make peace with that fact.

7. But that doesn’t mean we stop trying!

8. There is a happy medium.

There are tons of checklists available already. I know, because I’ve researched them and tried many myself. I’ve tried putting my chores on auto-pilot (and then proceeded to never look at my chore calendar). I’ve checked to see what Martha has to say about it (The woman is thorough…but delusional. I will not be fluffing my pillows daily, let alone vacuuming…Every. Single. Day. Let’s be serious.) Other checklists lost me when the list of things I need to do every day can’t fit on one hand. Not cool.

After much brainstorming and careful thought, I created this little housekeeping masterpiece. One month’s checklist fits on a page. There are a three every-day tasks focused on the kitchen, an area which seems to snowball into chaos unlike anywhere else. Next are the three-times-a-week items, which keep the main areas of the house generally picked up and presentable. Weekly tasks which can be done whenever you have a moment to spare, and a short list of bigger monthly tasks cover preventive cleaning and more time-intensive chores.

You better check yourself before you wreck yourself. Or your house.

Happy cleaning! Let me know if you have feedback on the checklist in the comments.

Get the checklist!
By downloading this file, I understand that I am not expected to check off every box. In fact, if I did, I would be a crazy person. I don’t want to be a crazy person, I just want to do enough work to keep my house from looking like a wreck.
Cleaning Checklist (PDF)

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  • Jill Reimers

    I’ve used this checklist – it’s on my refrigerator where everyone in my household can read it AND contribute to it! No longer is this mental checklist only for me. Now everyone knows what needs to be done! Thanks Michelle!

    • Michelle

      You’re welcome, Jill–thanks for being a tester!

  • This is perfect. I am sharing it on my FaceBook!

    • Michelle

      Thanks Leslie, let me know how it works for you :o)

  • Leagh

    I love the button. Especially having to agree to not every box would be checked. Sometimes when cleaning and raising kids and homeschooling and working we forget we aren’t perfect and some days are better than others.

    The printables are fabulous. I just placed one on our fridge. The older girls will have to check off the boxes on days mom has to be away from home for work. (I’m not telling them I agreed all boxes didn’t have to be checked, I just won’t fuss when it doesn’t happen) No more of them wondering what should I do? Does mom want me to clean something or just sit and watch TV? :D

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  • Amber

    LOVE this checklist! I couldn’t print out the whole set so I printed just one out then decided to use it with a sheet protector and a dry erase marker. =D

    • rosyblu

      Oooh, that’s smart! The times we “fall off the wagon” and stop using the checklist are when I forget to print the next month. I’m going to go find my sheet protectors…

  • Wow! This is so beautiful I wanted to cry tears of joy! Thank you for putting this together for the rest of us. With a home business, a dog, a husband who doesn’t share my love of cleaning, a baby on the way and a cramped condo, this is exactly what I’ve been searching for!

    • You don’t have a “Honey Do” template, do you? :)

      • rosyblu

        Ha! No, but this checklist IS designed for sharing, and there are empty checkboxes for a reason! (And congrats on the baby, how very exciting!)

  • ib

    Thank you so so much for this! I was also searching for a cleaning list and all of them had just a little something wrong with them. This one looks great! I love the monthly and weekly and daily and the fact that it is all on one page!


    • rosyblu

      You’re so welcome–I hope it’s helpful to you!!

  • DeAnna

    Thanks so much for this checklist. I love that it is all one page. I also like the fact that I can choose my days to do the weekly things. I hate being trapped into a particular day, then life happens and you don’t get it done. Thanks again.

  • Lindsey

    Just what I was looking for after I looked at Martha’s and thought “is she crazy?” Thank you!!!

    • rosyblu

      You’re so very welcome….I don’t want any more of us to go crazy :o)

  • Kim

    Michelle, thank you for your common-sense, nonperfectionistic cleaning list for dailies, weeklies, and monthlies. I can do this! I’ve tried MANY other cleaning methods (Messies Anonymous, Side-Tracked Home Executives, Fly Lady, Home Comforts, 31 Days to Clean, Motivated Moms, just to name a few). While I’m sure these lists have helped many people, they just left me feeling overwhelmed. Your lists just make sense to me. After being paralyzed by perfection for much of my life, I’ve come to realize that cleaning isn’t rocket science or brain surgery that have to be done perfectly. The goal to cleaning is just to have a nice welcoming cozy loving place for me and my husband, and a few dust bunnies or things out of place aren’t going to wreck that haven.

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Kim, it made my day! I’m so happy the checklist is working for you, and that we’re on the same page about what a happy home looks like :)

  • catherine

    You are right, this list is TOTALLY doable! I love that I have one page per month and I can just check things off as I go! Thank you, Michelle!

  • msgq

    I have spent HOURS looking at cleaning ideas this morning.

    I reluctantly opened your pdf up. And, VIOLA! A sense of peace flooded my weary soul! This is do-able!

    Thank you!

  • mollie

    Thank you so much for this cleaning list . I am a 65 year old senior citizen. I can not afford to pay for cleaning. I needed a list that I could really do. This is perfect and doable. Thank you! Thank you!

  • Andrea

    I am going to hang this one on my fridge thank you so much for sharing hugs Andrea

  • Rae

    Oh, my! This is perfect! Thanks so much… pinning!

  • Marilyn Kemper

    looked all over the web for the perfect chore list and you are so right…they are hard to apply. You did a fabulous job…thank you…thank you…thank you:)


  • Cheryl

    I have been looking for a housecleaning Checklist and never find I care about till now. love it.