A checklist of housecleaning chores … prepare yourselves for a thrill-a-minute post

Yes, I like checklists. Don’t you? Checklists are a more routine form of the to-do list, of which I am also very fond. And, yes, I like routine too. Let’s hope my family agrees, because this checklist is meant as a guideline for a weekly all-family all-in housecleaning project (or perhaps bi-weekly or tri-weekly; we’ll play it by ear, or by dust, crumbs and debris, as the case may be.) I hope to offer some reward beyond a clean house, lovely though that is, such as Family Housecleaning followed by Family Movie Night. This idea remains, at the writing of this post, a dream yet to be implemented. I will let you know what happens next.

Checklist of chores for Family Housecleaning

Every room
1. pick up toys, books and oddments off the floor
2. find homes for toys, books and oddments (on the nearest surface does not count)
3. dust
4. vacuum
5. check windows: do any need to be cleaned?

1. organize toy boxes, book shelves, and the stuff that collects on top of dressers
2. check under the beds
3. change sheets and pillowcases and check blankets (do they need to be laundered, too?)

1. clean toilets
2. scrub shower doors and bathtub
3. clear all counter tops and clean
4. clean sinks
5. clean mirrors
6. check under tub for toys
7. mop floors
8. check: do soap containers need to be refilled? toilet paper restocked?
9. check shelves for clutter and dust, and tidy/clean if necessary

1. clear all counters
2. organize and find homes for everything cleared off of all counters
3. wash counters
4. wash sink
5. wash cupboard doors and backsplash
6. check inside cupboards: any spills? anything need to be cleaned?
7. wash stovetop
8. check oven and fridge: do either need to be cleaned?
9. mop floor

1. clear dining-room table
2. wipe down table and chairs
3. clear buffet surface and wipe clean
4. tidy games-and-puzzle cupboard (optional)
5. mop floor

1. find homes for random piles on homework table and on tv cabinet
2. clean piano
3. water plants
4. tidy toy cupboard and art section
5. mop floor if necessary

Front hall
1. put away shoes and boots and jackets and mitts

Hallway and stairs
1. vacuum stairs (including basement stairs)
1. mop hallway if necessary

1. to be cleaned and tidied as needed


Question: Anything you’d add to the list?

How much do you care about a question mark (?)
What I did this morning: Hamilton marathon


  1. Tricia Orchard

    Is it a bit pathetic that the title of your post had me all excited? Checklists AND cleaning! Wow! I will say that I am not a fan of the actual cleaning, but I have a huge sense of satisfaction with the after-cleaning.

  2. Carrie Snyder

    We’re waiting to use this checklist until next weekend after the construction is done … and this is going to sound so lame, but I am sooooo excited about next weekend! So, no, it’s not pathetic at all, at least in my opinion. I’m glad to have company. I love an organized house!

  3. Margo

    I adore talking about this stuff – I am so into lists and clean houses!! I’m almost inspired enough to write my own post (and my house did not get its weekly one-hour swipe yesterday because I was biking. I still feel good, though)

  4. Carrie Snyder

    I love fantasizing about cleaning more than I love actually cleaning (thus the multitude of lists.) I’d choose biking over chores any day of the week!


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