Cleaning Checklist: 8 tasks not to miss

Make sure your cleaning checklist contains these 8 tasks. Plus, tips to do them right.

See also: How to create a cleaning schedule – Tips for Cleaning with Kids – and – DIY Cleaning Binder Printable Pack.

Cleaning Checklist Items Not To Forget From Remodelaholic


Cleaning Checklist: 8 Tasks Not to Miss

and tips to do them right

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1. Clean your Stainless Steel

Use a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week. Don’t put on too much — you don’t want to soak the surface and make it greasy. Wipe the mist with a clean, lint-free cloth, and never use oils to keep away fingerprints — dust will stick to the oil. Don’t miss the slim edges of any doors and use toothpicks and cotton swabs to clean around handles.

2. Organize Closets

Definitely a cleaning checklist item not to miss! Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color. Try these Great Closet Organization Ideas and get great inspiration from this beautifully remodeled closet.

If it’s your linen closet that needs attention, we’ve got you covered: 5 Problems Everyone Has With Linen Closet Organization and How to Solve Them

3. Remove Stains and Odors from Upholstery

Carefully inspect your upholstered furniture for lingering stains and odors. To clean away what you find, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric to keep the contaminant from going into the cushion then flush with water as best you can. Blot and flush again.

Did you know you can change up the color of your upholstery with paint?

4. Take Care of Your Tiles

Mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. Check out more DIY household cleaners here.

5. Reorganize Bookshelves

Switching up your bookshelves can make a big difference, so it deserves a spot on your cleaning checklist! A few tips:

6. Maintain Hardwood Floors

The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new:

7. Be Thorough

Don’t overlook anything! Polish all metals, wipe down the light bulbs in your lamps, wash the walls, clean out window tracks and light fixtures. Make everything gleam and glisten. And remember to write it all down on your cleaning checklist so you can do it regularly with less effort!

See How to Create a Cleaning Schedule to stay on top of all your tasks.

8. Create a Different Mood

If you’re getting tired of cleaning all the same things all the time, freshen up your space with a new mood. You can make a fast, easy change with bedding, towels, or table linens.

Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern. Our tutorial, How to Create a Mood Board for Your Space, will show you how to make any room come together with items you already have and a few new things.

Check out all our Spring Cleaning ideas, and even more:

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Cleaning Checklist Tasks Not To Forget, From Remodelaholic

This list created using info from Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry of South Beach Investment Realty (, website no longer in service), who are experts in home remodeling and cleaning.

Originally published 03.31.2014 // Updated 02.12.2021

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Clarissa is a wife and stepmom embracing life in the Land of Enchantment. She works as a nonprofit communication specialist by day and blogger by night. Some of her favorite things are Dr. Pepper, green chile, baseball, country music, and her yellow lab.

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Cleaning Binder & Custom Cleaning Calendar

This 18-page editable cleaning binder printable pack will help you establish a cleaning schedule based on the custom tasks you actually need for your home. From the spring cleaning checklist to everyday cleaning recipes, this printable set is great for kick-starting a cleaning routine and staying on task with annual and semi-annual tasks, too.

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  1. I thought this article didn’t cover the title…I was looking for real helps on spring cleaning beginning soon. Instead it was platitudes of what we all should be doing in every other season as well.