How to Make a Checklist for a Cleaning Job

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Write a checklist of things to do on a cleaning job.
Write a checklist of things to do on a cleaning job. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When it comes to running your own cleaning business, staying organized is the best way to keep on track of time and finances. Once you land a cleaning job, one of the most reliable ways to plan ahead is to create a checklist of what you need to complete for each job. This is a guaranteed way to get you in and out of the location without missing anything.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pen

Count the number of rooms and list them across the top of a piece of paper. Break up the paper into columns.

Write the name of each room in a separate box. List the rooms from the farthest from the front door to the closest. For example, start with the farthest room back on the second floor and list all the rooms to the stairs. Then start on the first floor, working toward the exit.

List the large items to clean for each room first. For example, a living room has the entertainment system and the seating arrangements, a bathroom has the toilet, vanity and shower and the kitchen has large appliances and cabinetry.

Write down ceilings and fans, and include reminders to dust, sweep, mop in each area. List the floors last as you will generally clean those right before you exit the room.

Check off each task and each room as you go. Once the entire list is checked off, you can rest assured knowing the job is complete.

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