• Christine Liriano

How to Create a Master Cleaning List

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

The list you never knew you needed!

Piggy backing off of my recent How to Create a Home Management Binder post, I’m bringing you How to Create a Master Cleaning List.

What’s a master cleaning list you ask? It’s an extensive, detailed and ornate list of all the areas in your house that need cleaning on a regular, monthly, seasonally or yearly basis. It’s basically all the things, lol.

Why do you need a master cleaning list you ask? Well because sometimes you forget or put off things that you know need cleaning and before you know it every time you turn on the ceiling fan it snows dust. With a master cleaning list you don’t have to remember to clean every nook and cranny in your home, all you gotta remember is to look at the list. The list will tell you what to do.

I am so passionate about a cleaning routine because it simplifies your life in so many ways. I love to follow the Fly Lady’s zone clean method. Let me know if you would like to learn how I do my cleaning routine.

How to Create Your Master Cleaning List

Customizing the list to your home is very important. While using some one else’s list can be a very useful guide, it’s very possible that it’s not a 100% fit to your home. You might not have a chimney to sweep or a pool to close at the end of the summer. Or maybe you live in an apartment complex that requires you to mop your front door area every month (yes they usually have supers that do this but some of us just clean better than others lol).

So where do you start? Get a notepad and on separate sheets write each room of your house at the top. Don’t forget the foyer, hallways, alcoves, closets, laundry rooms, attics, basements, garages and sheds and she-sheds for some of us!

Now that you have all our areas listed, it’s time to do a walk through of each area and write down every single thing you can think of that needs cleaning (forget about how often for right now). I find that the easiest way to do this, so not to leave anything out, is to stand in the doorway of the area and work along the walls from left to right. I like to work along the walls first because in most rooms all the biggest furniture is up against a wall. Unless it’s the family room or living room, kitchen or dining room. After you work the whole perimeter of the room, you come to the center and work on anything that’s not touching a wall. The very last thing you list are the light fixtures and floors, rugs and carpets.

To help you get an idea of what listing everything looks like I made this list fo you:

  • Picture frames

  • Artwork

  • Mirrors

  • Crown molding

  • Wainscoting

  • Baseboards

  • Don’t forget to list the actual walls. They too need a wipe every so often.

  • Windows

  • Sconces

  • Console tables, night tables, dressers

  • Tv stand and Tv

  • Headboards

  • Bookshelves

  • Built ins

  • Window treatments and rods

  • Doors and knobs

  • Light switches

Next, move to the center of the area/room and list every single piece of furniture and accent piece. Then on to the ceiling, list all light fixtures, fans, vents and any plants you might handing on a ceiling hook. Finally the floors, rugs, carpets, vents and thresholds.

After listing all the things, it’s time to divide and conquer. According to you and your family's needs, you will determine how often everything needs to get cleaned. Start with a simple routine, then as you work on it and master it, add new items to each category. Try not to overwhelm yourself at first. You don't want to take on too much too soon.

Here are some examples of what it might look like:

Now after you’ve done this, you can work on a daily cleaning routine. For more cleaning routines idea visit my Pinterest board.

I always say a messy house will follow you out the door. But it’s not only about having a clean home, it’s about what a clean home can do for you. A clean environment is so important for your state of mind. You feel more at peace and relaxed. Your mind is not cluttered. The creativity will flow more freely. But also consider all the time you’ll have to do the things you actually want to do. Spend time with family, read a book, go out for a girls’ night. And honestly, your family deserves a clean, organized home to unwind and come together.

Do you have a Master Cleaning List and cleaning routine?

xoxo, This Stepford Wife