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Your Housecleaning Checklist

Streamline housecleaning by sticking to a list. There's freedom in knowing exactly what to clean and when to clean it. No more time wasted stressing about cleaning or fretting over what you've missed. Just check, check, check each item off as you go. Done!

The following is a sample list courtesy of Amanda Thomas, founder and domestic expert at Moxie Girl Household Assistants. Feel free, of course, to adjust rooms, tasks, and frequencies to your specific household's needs.

WEEKLY

Bedrooms

  • Dust furniture and wall hangings
  • Change bed linens
  • Clean floor

Bathrooms

  • Dust light fixtures and wall hangings
  • Clean counters, sinks, and cabinet fronts
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean shower/tub
  • Scrub and wipe down toilet
  • Change towels
  • Empty trash
  • Clean floor

Kitchen

  • Tidy and wipe off countertops
  • Clean microwave, toaster, and coffeepot inside and out
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Spot-clean cabinet fronts
  • Launder cloths and towels
  • Put sponges and dish brushes through dishwasher cycle, if possible (and if they are dishwasher-safe)
  • Clean floor

Living Room

  • Dust furniture and wall hangings
  • Clean floor

Entry/Hallways

  • Dust furniture and wall hangings
  • Clean floor

MONTHLY (Entire Home)

  • Dust ceiling fans and window treatments
  • Wipe down doors, knobs, and light switches
  • Spot-clean walls
  • Dust baseboards
  • Dust window sills and tracks
  • Wipe out inside of fridge

ANNUALLY OR SEMIANNUALLY (Entire Home)

  • Wipe out inside of kitchen cabinets and pantry
  • Wipe out inside of bathroom cabinets
  • Dust high ledges
  • Wash windows
  • Have carpets cleaned
  • Go through closets and kids' rooms, and donate unused items

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