It may not be one of our favourite jobs around the house, but cleaning is an inevitable part of life – especially when you live in a home where you’re regularly doing some kind of building work. And whilst I may not enjoy the actual task, I do love having a clean and tidy home.
With so much planned for this year (you can read about our slightly overambitious plans here) we’re going to have to be organised and stay on top of the more mundane day to day tasks, so to help us at least keep on track with our cleaning schedule we decided to create our own cleaning checklist.
We wanted to create a cleaning checklist that we could just grab at any time. A checklist where we could work our way around the house and tick boxes as we go, a list that would make it easy not to forget things.
So that’s exactly what we did!
Our cleaning checklist is a printable, portable and reusable pocket guide with a page for each room of the house. We’ve laminated and bound ours together, so that we can tick off boxes and when we’ve done wipe it clean and reuse it again and again. And of course we’re sharing our free cleaning checklist with you, too.
In addition to room checklists we’ve also included a few blank template pages for you to fill in yourself as you may have other rooms you’d like to add to your own personal cleaning schedule.
Even if you don’t clean your home or use this cleaning checklist on a daily basis (I won’t tell anyone if you don’t), you can still use it as a cleaning checklist for the week or month.
We may not be able to help you clean your home, but hopefully our cleaning checklist will make it easier to keep on top of your cleaning jobs!
This is what you will need:
- Paper or card & printer (the card we used is 210g/m²)
- Laminator & pouches (this is the laminator that we have)
- Craft knife or scissors
- Ribbon or cord
- Cleaning checklist printable (you can download it for free here)
- Hole punch
- Whiteboard marker (this is the whiteboard marker we have. It’s the same one we use for our DIY whiteboard calendar)
This is how to make your own cleaning checklist:
1. Download the free cleaning checklist printable and print it on to some thick paper or card. There are two sides to each sheet – the front side with the checklist and a colour coordinated plain side for the back of each sheet.
(The backing side has a slightly larger pattern in case the paper doesn’t completely align when printing double sided.)
2. Next it’s time to get laminating. Place each page between the sheets of the laminating pouch and push it through the laminator.
We bought our laminator specifically for this project and it worked amazingly well. This is the laminator that we have – it’s really easy to use, works really well and more importantly was cheap, too.
3. When you’ve laminated all of your checklists, it’s time to cut them out. Using a craft knife (or some scissors) carefully cut out each page.
As mentioned before, the reverse side is slightly larger to allow for some tolerance when printing double sided, so you will be cutting some of the reverse away.
4. When you’ve cut out all of your cleaning checklist pages it’s time to assemble the whole cleaning guide.
Punch a hole into the top left corner of one of the cleaning checklist room sheets – this will be your guide hole for all otheres. Then working page by page, place your guide page onto the next room page and align your punch so that you punch through the existing hole and create a new one in exactly the same position on the next page.
If you find that the pages slide around too much, you can secure them with a bulldog clip or two to make sure they don’t move.
When you’ve punched a hole into each page, it’s just a matter of stacking them and tying them all together with some ribbon or cord.
5. And there you have it – your own personal cleaning checklist. Now all you have to do is fan open the pages and work your way down the list, ticking boxes as you go.
When you’ve finished all tasks you can wipe the guide clean with some tissue and start all over again. Clean, tick, wipe, reapeat!
How do you keep on top of day to day tasks? Do you find it easy to stay organised or does chaos have a way of taking over? Do you have a cleaning schedule?