Simple Cleaning Checklist to Quickly Refresh Your Home

I don’t know about you, but cleaning my house is a regular weekend duty. That way our home is all refreshed for the following week.

Cleaning has become so much easier and faster using my simple cleaning checklist. 

As much as I enjoy cleaning, I hate when it takes hours, upon hours, and I’m sure you can agree.

So I’m sharing with you the routine that I use to get my home looking and smelling wonderful in a timely manner.

This post contains:

  • Simple steps to cleaning your home efficiently
  • The order in which to clean your home
  • Printable weekly checklist
Step 1: Laundry 
Laundry basket filled with clothes
Photo by Annie Spratt

Laundry can take a few hours especially if you have multiple loads to do.

Therefore, start your laundry first so you can clean while your clothes and other items are being washed. 

I suggest washing your clothes and/or sheets first, and then towels last.

You will most likely be using towels to clean, so that is why it’s a good idea to wait until you’re done cleaning to wash them. 

Step 2: Put Away All Miscellaneous Items

Before going into the actual “cleaning”, all excess items that are on countertops or on the floor should be put away.

Clothes hung up/folded, bed made, miscellaneous items put into nightstands or cabinets, dishes put away, etc. 

Step 3: Bathrooms
Bathroom sink with flowers, soap and towel
Photo by Annette Miller

Quick tip – No matter what room you are cleaning, always clean top to bottom.

As you clean, dust, dirt, hair, crumbs, etc. will fall to the floor. So the floors are last to be cleaned! 

Cleaning Bathrooms by Zones:

When it comes to cleaning my two upstairs bathrooms, instead of cleaning one entire bathroom and then moving to the next, I clean “zones” of both bathrooms at the same time.

For example, I will clean the sink of each bathroom, then the countertops of each bathroom, then the toilets, then the floor. 

That way I can use the same towel to wipe everything down if I keep the toilets last.

You wouldn’t want to wipe down the toilet seat in the first bathroom and then use the same towel on the countertops in the next bathroom right? 

The downstairs bathroom however, gets cleaned all at once so that way I am not running up and down the stairs giving myself an asthma attack.

This is just my routine and preference to save time and towels!

The size of your home and number of stories will determine what works best for you.

You may try cleaning the zones of all bathrooms at once and find that it takes more time for you or you just don’t feel it’s your style. Try it out and do what suits you!

  • Put away any unnecessary items 
  • Apply your cleanser around the inside of the toilet bowls and in the sinks, let sit until time to scrub
  • Spray and wipe down mirrors
  • Scrub and wipe down sinks 
  • Spray and wipe down countertops 
  • Scrub toilet bowls
  • Spray the toilet seat and outer areas, wipe it down
  • Dust mop or vacuum floors 
  • Mop floors (Optional – if you really think they need it) 
  • Take out garbage
Step 4: Bedrooms, Living Room, & Kitchen  
  • Pick up/put away any clothes or items that do not belong out 
  • Make the bed
  • Dust surfaces and decor/knickknacks
  • Spray and wipe down surfaces (dresser, nightstands, tables, etc.)
  • Vacuum or dust mop 
  • Take out garbage
Kitchen/Dining Room:
  • Clean and/or put away any dishes that are out, put away unnecessary items
  • Apply cleanser, scrub and wipe down sink 
  • Spray and wipe down inside of microwave, or use cleaning wipes (I personally use Clorox wipes)
  • Wipe down stove top & all appliances
  • Spray and wipe down countertops
  • Dust dining tables and chairs
  • Spray and wipe down dining table 
  • Vacuum or dust mop
  • Mop, if necessary 
Living Room:
  • Pick up/put away any unnecessary items 
  • Fluff pillows
  • Fold, put away or display throw blankets
  • Dust accessories/decor – surfaces, lamps, knickknacks, etc. 
  • Spray and wipe down surfaces (TV stand, coffee table, side/accent tables)
  • Vacuum or dust mop 
Checklist Print Out

I hope this simple cleaning checklist helped you clean your home more efficiently!

In this article I outlined the steps for cleaning each room of your home, included a few quick tips, and gave you a simple cleaning checklist that you can print out to use every week.

Stay tuned for more cleaning tips and checklists!

If you enjoyed this post, check out Ultimate Product List for New Homeowners next!

Always, Morgan

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