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The Freshest House Cleaning Checklist (with Printable PDF)

By REW (Real Estate Wire) May 17, 2021

Cleaning is a chore, right? 

Actually, we’d like to encourage you to rethink that crazy notion. Did you know that cleaning your home offers some unexpected psychological benefits? Stress reduction, improved immunity, better sleep, and enhanced moods are just some of the advantages listed under the banner of thorough cleaning. 

And that’s in addition to having a beautifully clean home.

With that in mind, let’s take a fresh look at how we can ensure that no stone is left unturned and our homes are always immaculate, uncluttered, and a restful haven for our families. Feel free to download our comprehensive house cleaning checklist when you’re done. 


House Cleaning Made Fun and Easy

The very first item on the cleaning agenda is to make sure you’re having fun. No, really! If you’re going to do something, anything really, then we believe that injecting a little pleasure into the process is necessary.

Here are a few options, but feel free to add your unique spin.

  • Put the music on. Queue your favourite tunes and turn them up while you attend to your home. Music is a fantastic mood booster and will make the time fly by. 

  • Get everyone involved. If you’re the only one cleaning while the rest of the family sits with their feet up, then you have reason to be grumpy. Many hands make light work!

  • Catch up on calls. Hands-free calling allows you to chat while you clean, taking your mind far away from the smell of bleach.

  • Turn it into a workout. Cleaning burns calories – let that be your mantra. Strap on your Fitbit and some of those handy leg weights and multitask. 

  • Use your favourite products. Whether you’re wiping down your window sills or freshening up your bedsheets, use natural products with fresh, invigorating smells to add to the joy.


Creating a House Cleaning Schedule

It’s a fact that when you take some time to get organised and create a workable schedule, things just run a lot smoother. Cleaning your home is no different. Regular cleaning also means that you never have a huge task ahead of you at the end of a tiring week, neither do you have to do a frantic last-minute dash when your in-laws say they’re coming over. 

Here are some ideas for a practical house cleaning schedule.

  • Write down everything that you want to be cleaned. Even if it’s a 2-minute job.

  • Note down the tasks that must be done daily, weekly, and monthly. 

  • Create a monthly calendar and allocate the tasks to a particular day in the week until everything on your list is on your calendar.

  • Assign specific tasks to specific people.

  • Stick your list up where everyone can see it and mark off their duties when they’re done. 


Regular House Cleaning Checklist

The process of going through every room in the house and noting down what you want to be cleaned is surprisingly cathartic. A list takes stuff out of our heads and puts it on a page. 

It also means that your home will always be fit for visitors and a restful place for you.


Kitchen / Laundry

  • Wipe down counters with antibacterial cleaner.

  • Clean stovetop, oven, and microwave.

  • Degrease splashback and the area around the stove.

  • Sweep and mop floors.

  • Wash and sanitise kitchen towels.

  • Clean the sink and drainage area.

  • Wipe down the dishwasher and empty the filter.  

  • Empty bins and wipe down with antibacterial cleaner. 

  • Discard any leftover foods or expired produce. 

  • Clean out the washing machine and dryer filters.

  • Load / unload washing machine.

  • Empty/pack dishwasher.


Living /Dining Room 

  • Tidy away shoes, clothes, or toys.

  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down with furniture polish.

  • Sweep and mop floors or vacuum carpets.

  • Wipe down or vacuum furniture.

  • Sanitise remote controls.



  • Wipe down the basin, bath, and toilet with an appropriate cleaner. 

  • Sanitise and scrub the toilet bowl.

  • Clean shower walls and floor.

  • Wipe down tiled walls and mirrors.

  • Sweep and mop floors.

  • Discard any empty bottles or tubes.

  • Empty bins and wipe down with antibacterial cleaner. 

  • Restock toilet rolls. 



  • Tidy away shoes, clothes, or toys.

  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down with furniture polish.

  • Sweep and mop floors or vacuum carpets.

  • Change bedding. 

  • Tidy closets and drawers. 


Spring or Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Deep cleaning your home periodically may take a little extra time, but those hard-to-reach places will get a good seeing to. Who wants to create an undisturbed haven for pests anyway?

These tasks should be done regularly in addition to your standard cleaning schedule. Let’s go.


Kitchen / Laundry

  • Empty and wipe down the inside of drawers and cupboards.

  • Empty the pantry and discard any expired products. Wipe down all shelves and clean the floor.

  • Empty the fridge and freezer, throw away old products and wipe down shelves, doors, and walls. 

  • Move large appliances away from the wall and clean behind them.

  • Dust and wipe down the top of high surfaces such as the fridge or cabinets. 

  • Wipe down the washer and dryer with an antibacterial solution. 

  • Run the empty dishwasher on a hot cycle and then wipe down the seals and door. 

  • Wipe down doors and handles.


Living Room

  • Wipe down fans, lamps, and skirting boards.

  • Take down curtains for laundering, wipe down blinds and rails. 

  • Clean light switches and spot clean the walls.

  • Shampoo carpets and rugs. 

  • Vacuum and shampoo upholstered furniture. 

  • Move large items away from the walls and clean the floor thoroughly. 

  • Wash the windows and wipe down the sills.

  • Wipe down doors and handles.



  • Remove and wash blinds or curtains.

  • Clean windows inside and out. 

  • Wipe down skirting boards, sills, and curtain rods.

  • Sanitise the area around the toilet as well as your toilet brush.

  • Wipe down walls with an antibacterial bathroom cleaner.

  • Scrub taps, spouts, and plugs.

  • Clean mirrors and all glass surfaces. 

  • Wipe down doors and handles.



  • Remove and wash blinds or curtains.

  • Clean windows inside and out. 

  • Move large items of furniture and clean behind and beneath them. 

  • Spot clean walls and doors.

  • Strip the beds and vacuum the mattresses. Wash the bedding including pillows, duvets, and comforters. 

  • Shampoo rugs and carpets. 

  • Wipe down doors and handles.



  • Check the batteries in the smoke alarms.

  • Clean out the air-conditioner filter.

  • Replace light bulbs.

  • Wipe down patio furniture. 

  • Clean out the vacuum and replace filters if necessary.


Clean Home, Clean Mind

If you’re not totally convinced that you need a carefully planned cleaning schedule, consider these thoughts.

Psychology Today tells us, “Most Americans believe that home organization and cleanliness are among their top five stressors. Women specifically have shown to have chronic levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, if they perceive their homes as cluttered.”

Everwell Hamilton says, “Individual cleaning tasks such as vacuuming, ironing, and gardening are physical activities that can burn between 150 and 300 calories an hour.  A study at Indiana University found that people with clean homes are healthier than people with messy homes.”

Reader’s Digest adds, “Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that individuals placed in a clean, orderly room were more likely to choose healthier snack options than those in a disorderly room.”

Style Caster says of our workspace, “Tidying up your desk can help you to organize your thoughts and work more quickly. Also, if you find that you are snacking heavily while at your desk and craving sweets, your messiness might be the cause of that, according to The Association of Psychological Science.”

Healthshots weighs in, saying, “Decluttering allows mindfulness. Giving your mind a chance to wander and reducing your mental load can help you generate further insights into whatever you are working on.”


How to Use Our Printable House Cleaning Checklist

Before you despair after considering this long list of “things to do,” remember that even the biggest projects can be broken down into smaller ones. This makes what feels like a mammoth task totally achievable.

A comprehensive house cleaning checklist alongside a well-thought-out schedule means that you never have to wake up on a Saturday morning already exhausted by the cleaning that lies ahead.

You’ll find, too, that so many of these tasks only take a couple of minutes once you get started. The dishwasher, for instance, is often the bane of everyone’s life: the family don’t want to do the dishes but packing away clean dishes is too much of a chore. The fact is most dishwashers with a full load can be emptied in under three minutes!

Please take a moment to download our printable house cleaning checklist. This will help you to navigate a path through the chaos of clutter and cleaning and maintain a beautifully clean home.


Get the Checklist (PDF)

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