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The Ultimate Housekeeping Checklist

Kitchen

  • Clean garbage can

  • Bleach stove top/oven

  • Clean microwave

  • Clean/disinfect sink

  • Clean counters

  • Dust baseboards

  • Sweep/mop floors

  • Throw away expired food

  • Wash dishes

  • Wipe down front of cabinets

  • Wipe down surfaces

Dining Room

  • Dust blinds

  • Vacuum

  • Wash windows & window sills

  • Windex glass surfaces

  • Wipe down baseboards

  • Dust/wipe down table & chairs

Living Room

  • Dust furniture/shelves/electronics

  • Vacuum floor/corners

  • Wash windows/window sills

  • Organize items

  • Dust lamps/lighting fixtures

  • Wipe down all surfaces

  • Dust baseboards

Home Office

  • Dust furniture/shelves

  • Throw out garbage/recycling

  • Vacuum

  • Wipe down chair, keyboard, phone

  • Wash windows/window sills

Bedrooms

  • Change/wash linens and fluff pillows

  • Dust baseboards/furniture/lamps

  • Wash all curtains

  • Vacuum floor

  • Pick up clothes/items

  • Wash windows/blinds

Bathrooms

  • Bleach sink/counters

  • Wash toilet

  • Wash tub/shower

  • Organize cupboards

  • Sweep and mop floors

  • Clean mirror(s)

  • Wash/change shower curtain

  • Wash/change any mats

  • Discard of trash

Closets

  • Discard of old items

  • Organize items

  • Wipe down shelves

  • Vacuum floor

Supplies Needed

  • All Purpose Cleaner

  • Baking Soda

  • Bleach

  • Broom

  • Bucket

  • Cleaning Gloves

  • Mop

  • Microfiber Cloths

  • Paper Towels

  • Scrubbing Brush

  • Sponge

  • Vacuum

  • Window/Glass Cleaner

How to Organize Your Cleaning Closet

If your cleaning closet is disorganized, it’s hard to get motivated to clean the rest of the house. When you straighten your cleaning closet, you’ll know you’ll have the cleaning supplies you need, and they’ll be easy to find. It makes a natural jumping-off point for cleaning the rest of your home. Read on to learn the essentials of any good, organized cleaning closet.

Must Have House Cleaning Supplies

Start out by taking a survey of what cleaning supplies you have and what you still need to buy. This is also a great excuse to remove all the current contents of your cleaning closet so that you can then put them back in a more sensible order.

Your cleaning closet should include the following:

  • A broom, dustpan, mop and bucket (if you have hardwood or tile floors)

  • A vacuum (if you have carpet)

  • A duster

  • Gloves

  • Cleaning tools, like paper towels, rags and/or sponges

  • Cleaning substances, like all-purpose spray cleaner, glass cleaner, vinegar, baking soda, toilet bowl cleaner, oven cleaner and any others

Obviously, you can add and subtract to this list according to your personal preference. But if you have several different cleaning tools or substances that accomplish the same job, you might think about consolidating your collection. The same goes for if there are some items you never use (and not just because you’re slacking on chores!).

Everything in Its Place

From there, you have several options on how to organize your space. Your final decisions will depend on your budget, your items, the size of your closet and your needs, but here are some good places to start.

Get a Rack

Most cleaning closets will have a broom, a mop, a duster and other long, thin items. These have a tendency to fall over on top of each other and become a real mess.

To resolve this, get a hook rack from the dollar store or a container store. It should mount on the inside of your door or inside your closet. Most brooms and other long, thin cleaning implements have holes you can use to hang them up, so they’re off the floor and easy to access.

Use Your Door

Your door is valuable storage space. If you’re not hanging your rack on it, use an organizer that fits over your door. One easy way of doing this is by using a clear plastic shoe rack: Each bottle of cleaning fluid fits neatly in a different compartment.

Buy Some Bins

A big pile of cleaning supplies doesn’t help anybody. Get a few large, clear bins to keep things in. Sort them by different parts of the house or different sets of chores.

Create Labels

When a cleaner visits your house, it can be hard for them to figure out what’s where even when your house is well-organized. Once you have bins, write on them or create labels so your organization scheme is readily apparent, to both members of your household and cleaning professionals.

And always be sure that any spray bottles you fill yourself are clearly labeled with their contents to avoid poisonings and dangerous accidents. This is particularly vital if you have a house cleaner since they won’t know what’s what from its location alone.

Use Your Shelves, But …

If your closet’s built-in shelves are deep, your cleaning supplies can end up pushed back into its depths, where they’ll get lost. Get a lazy Susan to rest on the edge of the shelf, and put your cleaning supplies in it. This way, you can spin it around and easily find what you need.

Remember What You Need

You probably use some cleaning supplies daily or near-daily, while others you may use very seldom. Make sure your most essential cleaning supplies are within easy reach, preferably in their own bin near the front of your closet. This is also highly convenient for your house cleaner.

Hang a Whiteboard

Banish all disputes about whose turn it is to do chores by hanging a whiteboard inside your calendar (on the back of the door or right inside). Update it with weekly chore assignments. If you have a house cleaner, you can leave notes for them here.

Declutter

Your cleaning closet won’t catch as much junk as other spots in your house. But depending on your cleaning techniques, it can still get pretty crowded, so be sure to go through it semi-regularly. Frequent culprits are rags, which tend to multiply — cutting a few from used clothes is good, but you don’t need a ton.

The same goes for newspapers: It can be good to keep a few around for cleaning glass streak-free, especially if you don’t have a subscription. But too many gets to be a real mess, especially if they get moisture on them from your other cleaning supplies.

Consider Using Extra Storage

Once you have everything tucked away in bins and on shelves, you may have some extra room in the closet. Your cleaning closet can do double duty to hold toilet paper and other household essentials. Just be sure it doesn’t get too crowded in there and that everything’s still easy to find.

Conclusion

Your cleaning closet is the jumping-off spot for all the chores in your home. Getting it straightened up takes some thought and planning and might mean a trip to the container store. But once you get everything in its place, you’ll find that keeping your entire home neat and clean is a far simpler and more enjoyable task, and it will go far more quickly for your house cleaner as well.

Can your home be too clean?

NO, it can’t. Why? The definition of “clean” as it relates to your home is “the absence of unwanted matter”. If there is a desirable benefit to dirt or soil, then it is not “unwanted”.

“Unwanted matter” is empty pizza boxes, soda cans and bottles. You get the idea. There is no sound argument for them decorating your home. Sorry. It is also soil (dirt and oils) that can cause excessive wear on carpet and hard surface floors. The grit in the soil can scratch and ruin surfaces. Oil traps soil in carpet.

Then, there are germs. Yes, there are good and bad germs. Bad ones are called pathogens. They are alive. They communicate with each other. They are designed to stay alive by defending themselves against threats, including chemicals. One defense they use is their formation of biofilm. Biofilm is often made up of many types of pathogens. They can include bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi.

The major surfaces where you do not want germs are kitchens, bathrooms and high touch areas. Foodborne illness in the home often comes from cross-contamination while preparing a meal. Bathrooms harbor bad germs too. Mold and fungus frequently cause illness and are not easy to kill or remove completely. Most people who get sick from this source do not realize or appreciate how or why they are ill. Other germs are transmitted from people. Avoid sharing towels and cloths. If someone has been in the hospital, it is highly suggested that they have exclusive use of a bathroom for a time when recuperating at home.  

Chemical disinfectants and biocides are regulated solutions that are designed to kill germs. They do not know the difference between good and bad germs. To protect you and your home it is not always necessary to kill germs. Germs can be removed from a surface and disposed of in a sewer or trash container. Germs can be killed without chemicals that can harm you or your home. Some ways this can be done is with heat, light and ozone. Ozone generators are dangerous, highly corrosive and recommended for professional use only and should never be used when people, pets or plants are present.

Chemical solutions are appropriate in some cases to restore the “clean condition” to a home. There may be a need to remove chemical residues after killing germs or pests. Bombing a roach infested home is one example of this. No, roaches are never “wanted”! They excrete an endotoxin that can cause illness in humans.

Some chemicals are frequently confused as cleaning solutions. Bleach is one example. Bleach does not clean. It oxidizes or corrodes. It kills and is regulated as a biocide.  Which kills everything, this is not good, a too sterile environment leads to multiple allergies, and a weakened immune system and homemade solutions can be very risky. Tests using vinegar and lemons have shown these recipes do kill many germs, but not enough. There are other factors to consider when using chemicals such as “dwell time” or sit time. To do their job, chemicals must be in contact with germs. They must be kept wet and allowed to react with the germs. This can take up to 10 minutes. A great way to remember this is when you eat out and watch your table being cleaned just before you sit down. Have you ever seen anyone let the chemical solution sit for even 3 minutes? Keep your tableware on your plate or napkin!

There is a place and time to be in dirt. Dirt and rich soil of the earth has many healthful benefits. Studies show working and playing in the dirt allows you to touch and breathe positive beneficial organisms. They help protect you from negative pathogens and build your immune system. Working and playing in the dirt with bare hands or feet has been shown to benefit the electrical activity in humans.  Helping the body to be more balanced, and transition into a more relaxed state.  With all these positive effects, this does not mean it is a good idea to bring a bucket of dirt in the house and let the kids dump it on the floor.

YES. Dirt is good for you. Just not in the house!

5 ITEMS TO KNOW FOR YOUR CLEAN HOME

  1. Understand the definition of “clean” for your home. This means realizing that there are germs inside your home that are a dangerous threat to you and your loved ones. A single person who travels and never cooks at home has different needs than a family of four with a cat and a dog.

  2. Based on your needs, establish a cleaning routine. Emphasis should be placed on kitchens, bathrooms and high touch surfaces like doorknobs. Some surfaces may require cleaning daily.

  3. Do not share personal items like towels, razors or brushes.

  4. Use cleaning solutions and disinfectants (biocides) responsibly. Many dangerous germs can be removed from a surface into the sewer. When using any disinfectant always follow the label directions. Follow the dwell or sit time instructions.

  5. Spend time in the dirt. Outside. Plant something. Take a walk barefoot. Let your kids play outside in the dirt. Have some limits. Muddy shoes on the sectional sofa is not a good idea.