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The Daily Cleaning Checklist

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Our Daily Cleaning Checklist

Yesterday we talked about the cleaning games we play and today I am talking about our Daily Cleaning Checklist.

For a very long time, I have wanted to make a Daily Cleaning Checklist to hang on the wall.  As always, we have so many things going on around here (Surprise PartiesDrop In Relatives from the USA, and Birthdays) that I have put it off. I told you that this series was to help me accomplish my goals as much as it was to provide you with useful information.

I was thinking about what I wanted to include on our Daily Cleaning Checklist and I knew that I wanted to keep it very simple. I wanted it to be a very basic list of the minimum things that needed to be done each day. Not because we are lazy, but because I really want us to work on focusing on the basics and not getting distracted (which is very easy for us to do around here).

I also knew that I wanted the Daily Cleaning Checklist to be very pretty, something that I would be proud to hang on my wall. I also wanted it to be something that would fit the colors that I ultimately want for my kitchen (and have wanted for some time now). You can see some of the things I would love for my kitchen on my Kitchen Dreams board on Pinterest.

I thought you all might like to have a chance to download my Daily Cleaning Checklist, so I made 3 versions.

Daily Cleaning Checklist

The first version is the one I am going to print and put up on my wall as soon as I get some more colored ink. The plan is to print it out, laminate it, hole punch it, and hang it with pretty red or blue ribbon. The reason that dishes and laundry are both listed 3 times is that we need the visual reminder to work on them again through out the day.

 Detailed Cleaning List Simple

The  second version that I made only has everything listed once in case you don’t need the extra reminders like I do.

 Daily Cleaning Checklist

The third version is completely blank. My thinking here is that you can print it out, laminate it, and then use a dry or wet erase marker to add things to it each day. Another idea would be to print it and put it in a picture frame (behind glass) and use a dry or wet erase market to add or remove things at will.

You can download all the versions of the download in one PDF and just print the one/s you need.

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I hope this Daily Cleaning Checklist will be helpful for you. I know that I am really excited about getting it up on my kitchen wall. It will be the place I send the kids when they complain of boredom.

The Rest Of This Week . . .

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I am also excited to be participating in with Sidetracked Sarah and another group of 22 wonderful bloggers to bring you this series on Organizing and Cleaning. This week we are talking about all things Organizing and Cleaning:

  1. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Toys Into Centers
  2. 5 Days of Organizing Your Computer
  3. 5 Days of Organizing & Cleaning Your Kitchen
  4. 5 Days of Cleaning Your Mind & Body
  5. 5 Days of Meal Planning & Menu Organization
  6. 5 Days of Organizing Your Home to Promote Literacy
  7. 5 Days of Organizing on the Cheap
  8. 5 Days Of Organizing Homeschool Supplies
  9. 5 Days of Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Supplies: Going Natural
  10. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Clothes
  11. 5 Days of Organizing Your Fitness Routine
  12. 5 Days of Organizing Your Kitchen Tools
  13. 5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality
  14. 5 Simple Tips for an Organized Life
  15. 5 Days of Favorite Cleaning Tools
  16. 5 Days of Organizing Your Bathroom
  17. 5 Days of Organizing for Classical Education
  18. 5 Days of Organizing When You Don’t Feel Like It
  19. 5 Days of Organizing Your Grocery Budget
  20. 5 Days of Organizing for Back to School
  21. 5 Days of Organizing Your Linen Closet
  22. AND ME 5 Days of Cleaning Your House

 

5 Days Of Organizing And Cleaning

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Making Cleaning Fun

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Cleaning Your House

This week on Sunflower Schoolhouse we are talking about Cleaning Your House. I didn’t choose this topic because I am perfect, but because I love it when my blogging helps me to accomplish my goals in real life. With a new school year upon us, we need to get some cleaning routines in place AGAIN.

Small Space, Big Mess

We have 7 people (2 adults and 5 kids) in a 4 bedroom townhouse. The main living  area of the house is fairly small even though we have a decent number of bedrooms. We have one room that is roughly 20′ x 12′ that functions as our living room, dining room, school room, office, family room, etc. You get the point. We live in that room. It is the most used and most consistently messy room in the house.

Small People, Big Mess

I am amazed at how much mess 5 little people can make. We are constantly cleaning and picking up after these little people who think the floor is a dropping ground for EVERYTHING. We have been working on this issue for a long time and the only thing that seems to work consistently is reminding them (which feels like nagging).

Making Cleaning Fun

the chore game

Since I don’t like being a nag all the time, I was determined to make cleaning a little more interesting by adding an element of fun (at least sometimes). I have come up with a few games to use when we really need to get the work done, but kids are less than inspired to work just for the sake of working.

My first cleaning game pack was made way back in 2009 – The Cleaning Game

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My second chore game pack (the one in the picture) was made earlier this year – The Chore Game

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Visit A Few Of My Blogging Friends

I am also excited to be participating in with Sidetracked Sarah and another group of 22 wonderful bloggers to bring you this series on Organizing and Cleaning. This week we are talking about all things Organizing and Cleaning:

  1. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Toys Into Centers
  2. 5 Days of Organizing Your Computer
  3. 5 Days of Organizing & Cleaning Your Kitchen
  4. 5 Days of Cleaning Your Mind & Body
  5. 5 Days of Meal Planning & Menu Organization
  6. 5 Days of Organizing Your Home to Promote Literacy
  7. 5 Days of Organizing on the Cheap
  8. 5 Days Of Organizing Homeschool Supplies
  9. 5 Days of Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Supplies: Going Natural
  10. 5 Days of Organizing Kids Clothes
  11. 5 Days of Organizing Your Fitness Routine
  12. 5 Days of Organizing Your Kitchen Tools
  13. 5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality
  14. 5 Simple Tips for an Organized Life
  15. 5 Days of Favorite Cleaning Tools
  16. 5 Days of Organizing Your Bathroom
  17. 5 Days of Organizing for Classical Education
  18. 5 Days of Organizing When You Don’t Feel Like It
  19. 5 Days of Organizing Your Grocery Budget
  20. 5 Days of Organizing for Back to School
  21. 5 Days of Organizing Your Linen Closet
  22. AND ME 5 Days of Cleaning Your House

 

5 Days Of Organizing And Cleaning

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How do you motivate your littles to clean?
Do you try to make cleaning fun?

5 Finger Bedroom Clean-up

bedroom clean up

I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to make things easier for myself and my kids. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT against hard work. I just prefer productivity over busy work.

My big boys often complain that their rooms are too hard to clean. I also have one that asks me to break every job down into smaller bits. I have drawn this hand so many times on paper that I thought it was high time to make an official printable (for them and you).

Cleaning bedrooms is easier when you break the job down into smaller pieces. Most jobs are easier when you do that. For us, the bedroom clean up is usually the same.

If we start with the beds that gets any blankets off the floor. The laundry is (or can be) the next largest culprit. After the laundry comes books. If your kids are anything like mine, they love to read or look at books. When those three tasks are finished we are often left with tiny toys and paper trash. You can’t see the toys or the trash if they are covered by blankets, dirty clothes, and books.

I have included the chart as a pdf printable in the hopes that it might help you and your family. If you put it in a plastic sleeve then you or your child can use a dry erase marker to check off the tasks as they are completed.

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How do your kids clean their rooms?

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