Cleaning Checklists Relieve Stress

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Let’s be honest, cleaning is a chore.  There are a few people who actually enjoy cleaning, but for the rest of us who do not, it can be stressful and hectic.  One way to reduce the stress and chaos when cleaning is to create a cleaning checklist.

My daily cleaning checklist includes:

  • Make beds
  • Place dirty clothing in hampers
  • Wash, dry, and put away one load of laundry
  • Clear kitchen counters and wipe down stovetop
  • Clean kitchen sink
  • Take out kitchen garbage
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Pick up family room and play areas (put away toys, stack newspapers and remove clutter)

I also have a weekly cleaning checklist:

  • Change bed linens and bathroom towels
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Clean kitchen counters and wipe inside of microwave
  • Wash or dust hard-surface floors
  • Dust furniture
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs
  • Check entryway or porch; sweep if needed

Depending on the age of your child, they can help with the chores too.  My kids react better to chores when they have a chore chart to follow.

I find that if I follow my checklists, even with two hyperactive boys and a dog running around, my house stays clean (mostly) and my stress level is much lower because I do not have a mess in every room constantly.  It can be very hard to clean when you have children, especially infants or toddlers, because they require so much of your time and attention.  Please know that it is okay for you to get behind on the cleaning sometimes!  If you need to sleep while they are sleeping, do it!  The laundry will still be there and the dishes can wait as well.  It gets easier as the kids get older, I promise!  If you need to, shorten your checklist (both daily and weekly) to whatever you can handle.  Even if that means just doing the dishes daily and everything else weekly, that’s alright!  You are getting something done and that is what counts.

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1 thought on “Cleaning Checklists Relieve Stress”

  1. Solid checklist! I was just thinking that unless a person suffers from cleaning OCD it would be practically impossible to finish all the tasks. 😀 I would preffer to hire a cleaner instead. 🙂

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