How to Design a Weekly Checklist for House Cleaning

Weekly vacuuming can help to keep carpets fresh.
Weekly vacuuming can help to keep carpets fresh. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Designing a weekly checklist for house cleaning can help you organize your household chores and keep them from accumulating into an all-day cleaning drudgery. Spread out your chores throughout the week to make the tasks seem more manageable and less burdensome. Create your own house-cleaning checklist to decide what needs to be cleaned and who does it, helping to avoid the "blame game" when specific chores are left undone.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Highlighter marker
  • Copier

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Download a weekly checklist for house cleaning from the Internet if you have access to a computer. Save it on your computer and print a hard copy. Some programs that are typically installed on computers, like Microsoft Office, also offer a template checklist for weekly house-cleaning chores.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can draw an outline for your checklist using a ruler, pencil and paper. Turn a sheet of white 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper so it's facing you vertically on a flat surface. Lay your ruler horizontally across the top of your paper to measure 1-inch increments, marking them with a small pencil mark. Draw vertical lines down your paper to create eight columns. Turn your ruler vertically down your paper to measure 1/2-inch increments, marking them with a pencil. Next, draw horizontal rows across your paper at the designated pencil marks. Label the top row of your paper with the following heading labels: Chore, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Stand in each room of your house and determine what household cleaning tasks need to be done weekly. If you have a computer printout, compare the suggested weekly cleaning checklist with what you would like cleaned on a weekly basis in your home. Mark out cleaning chores that don't apply or aren't necessary. Pencil in additional cleaning tasks that you'd like for your home and assign a person's name beside each task. Make changes to the checklist on the template you saved on your computer. Print out a revised copy and pin it to a family bulletin board or use magnets to attach it to the front of your refrigerator.

If you don't have a computer printout of weekly chores, write in headings for each room and leave a few empty rows below each heading. Here's a sample list of typical weekly house-cleaning chores: kitchen -- mopping floors, cleaning the sink and disposal, and wiping down appliances, countertops and backsplashes; bathrooms -- clean the toilet bowl, sinks, tubs, mirrors, floors and countertops; bedrooms, living room, dining room, home office -- vacuum carpets or mop floors, dust furniture and knickknacks, clean mirrors and ceiling fans and change bed linens in the bedrooms. Write the person's name beside each task on the day of the week he is to complete it. He can highlight his name with a highlighter after completing the chore. Use a copier to make several template copies. Pin a new copy weekly to a family bulletin board or use magnets to attach it to the front of your refrigerator.

Tips & Warnings

  • Show children the proper tools and cleaning supplies needed for a specific chore. Also, demonstrate to them how you'd like the task accomplished.


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