Has clutter taken over your home during the winter months? The holidays and then two of my boys’ birthdays always tend to leave my home feeling a little… messy. When the sun finally starts shining, I want to get our things back under control. This cleaning checklist makes it easy to stay on track and get the extra clutter out.
WHAT’S IN THIS CLEANING CHECKLIST
This list is 2 pages of tasks, divided by room, that will help you clean and de-clutter your home. The winter months often bring an influx of things into our homes – I blame it on the holidays – and this is a great place to start weeding some of the things out. It’s much easier to keep your home together if there aren’t so many pieces. You don’t need all the things! Get rid of some! I promise you won’t miss them.
WHO IS THIS CLEANING CHECKLIST FOR
This list is for the busy household that doesn’t have days and weeks to spend cleaning up their home. It’s for the stay-at home mom who spends days making snacks and chasing toddlers. This list is for the working mom who has limited time in her home and with her family. It’s for the family that would rather play together than spend weekends cleaning. It’s for the household that is full of things they don’t use and love.
If you’re not sure where to start, if you’ve started before and gotten overwhelmed, if your time is limited or if you’re tired of all the things taking over your home, then this list will help!
Disclaimer: This list doesn’t include tasks such as washing walls in every room, baseboards, or window tracks. It doesn’t include dusting ceiling fans, dusting in general, or cleaning carpets. Those things should still be done, eventually. The main focus of this list is getting unnecessary things out of your home. Once there are fewer things, these deeper cleaning jobs will be easier to complete. So, get the things out and then go back and do the window tracks and baseboards.
WHY DO YOU NEED THIS CLEANING CHECKLIST?
Life is busy. Who has time to spend days and weeks deep cleaning? I sure don’t. This checklist keeps you on track when your cleaning list is long and detailed and time is limited. Deep cleaning your home is a big job and all the tasks can be overwhelming. This list will:
- keep you organized with tasks divided room by room
- keep you from missing commonly overlooked tasks and areas
- help you clean your home systematically, thoroughly and comprehensively
- help you use your time efficiently with a checklist of tasks that need completing
Simplify the huge project of deep cleaning your home by using this checklist. You’ll be able to work room-by-room, clearing clutter from your home in an efficient manner. Remember, you want to cut down on the things in your home while cleaning a little too.
HOW TO USE THIS CLEANING CHECKLIST
This may seem obvious. Just check everything off the list, right? Check off all the boxes and you’re done. Sure, you can do that. But, I want to let you in on a little secret. That’s not the only way to rock your clean and purge project!
These pages are divided into rooms, but they are designed so the tasks can be done depending on the time you have available. Most of the tasks can be done in 45 minutes or less. Some can be done in as little as 10 or 15 minutes. Save the tasks that take longer for when you have the time to conquer them. And get the whole family to help and knock that list out even more quickly!
If you can work room-by-room, I do suggest doing that. Two reasons:
- When you see everything all at once, it’s overwhelming. Cut it down and focus on one space at a time. It’s much easier to clean one room than an entire house. If you can’t do a whole room at one time, cut that down too and focus on just the closet or just the dishes or just under the sink.
- If you focus on one space, get it cleaned and de-cluttered, then move on, you will be encouraged by the visible progress. The clean room will motivate you to keep it that way and to keep going on the rest of the tasks.
CAN A CLEANING LIST GIVE YOU FREEDOM?
YES. It can and it will, if you take the de-clutter part seriously. Cleaning is good, simplifying and de-cluttering is better! Take the list one room, one area, one task at a time. Before you know it, you’ll find your groove. Throwing things out won’t be so difficult. It’s okay if it takes a little time to get through it all. And it’s okay if your home still looks “lived in” – you do, indeed, live in it. But, I promise you will love the freedom that having fewer things will give you.
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