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Free Printable House Cleaning Checklist

Here’s a free house cleaning checklist. What things should you clean and purge twice a year and what should be deep cleaned that you may not think of.

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Here’s a free printable house cleaning checklist + what you should purge twice a year to keep things fresh in your home on a regular basis (especially with kids). Hope it helps you too! It’s one of our most helpful organization printables. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rug Doctor for IZEA.(originally published 1/16, affiliate links present)

Yes we clean our houses regularly, but I’m always motivated to do some Spring cleaning and once during the Summer in a BIG way. You know…those things we don’t get to often but really need to do a few times a year (but forget about).

House cleaning printable

Right before Thanksgiving and when school gets out I get ready for a BIG purge and cleaning of my house.

It’s the perfect time because Christmas brings more toys and surely there are many they no longer play with, clothes that no longer fit, and right after school ends the bugs start showing up. The cleaner your house is the better it will be for all of you.

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House Cleaning Checklist PDF

One thing you may not think about when you clean your home, are cleaning your best mattresses! It should be a must on your cleaning list for sure. We use them every day, and even if you change your sheets often they can get soiled. Especially when you have kids, those stains just seem to magically show up out of nowhere. 😉

  • Even if they don’t look soiled they still need a good cleaning. If you have pet dander allergies it may be cleaned more often.
  • You really don’t need a professional cleaning service to do it either.
  • Just rent a machine at your local grocery store or Walmart and all you need is warm water and fluid you can grab there too.
  • OR for cheaper you can buy a mattress cleaning machine here. In the long run it will save you money.

It is quite inexpensive to rent. They have a special attachment that’s specifically designed for mattresses too. It’s super easy to use (even I can do it)…..bonus! The step by step instructions are right on the side of the machine.

Time needed: 2 hours.

House Cleaning Checklist

  1. Print

    Using this Free printable cleaning checklist twice a year. It can help declutter your home from unwanted items and remind you of the things that may have been neglected throughout the year (like your carpets and mattresses).

Printable House Cleaning Checklist

Printable House Cleaning Checklist

We usually find some hidden spots while we’re in the kids’ rooms (like this one), and it’s better to catch them earlier than later on cleaning day.

Surprisingly this one came out with some Rug Doctor carpet cleaning supplies just going over it a few times. We found a few “hidden gems” like this in the living room as well. Just go room by room, moving furniture and light fixtures on the floor to tackle each one head on.

As many times as I warn them about markers and food, stains are just bound to happen with kids. Uggg.

Another thing I like to do after cleaning their carpets and mattresses is to purge the toys they have outgrown. This is called  a toy rotation! Great when you’re working your way thru our monthly house cleaning checklist.

House Cleaning Checklist pdf

If you’ve never done this it is brilliant! You know how kids have so many toys that they only really play with maybe 1/4 of them. If they saw that toy at the bottom of the bin they’d probably love it again

  • Pack 1/4-1/2 of them away (when the kids are GONE) and every 6 months pull this bin out. Refill it with the toys they have been playing with.
    • They will become NEW and fun again because they haven’t seen them in 6 months. Believe me, this totally works!
    • I just use a large plastic container with a lid. A tall laundry basket I found on clearance works well too.

I put it in the guest room closet (where they never go) or the garage. It’s one cleaning task you DON’T want kids to help you with or they’ll want to keep everything. Try it….you can thank me later. 😉

spring cleaning checklist

Free House Cleaning Checklist

The rest of the things are self explanatory and a great way to make your home feel fresh again. Just do this twice a year and you’ll love the results! I hope the house cleaning checklist + these tips and tricks for purging and deep-cleaning twice a year help. 

  • This is a great tip for moving too in order to get your deposit back. You want it spick and span then.

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