With this handy cleaning checklist, your household chores will feel more manageable and you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a systematic approach to cleaning.

Using a cleaning checklist like this one can help you keep an apartment tidy. You can post the checklist on a dry-erase board, laminate a paper copy to use over and over again, or print out a new one each week. The important thing is to have an easy reference to walk you step-by-step through what needs to be cleaned, wiped, vacuumed or scrubbed. So prepare to get your apartment cleaning down to a fine science. Pens or pencils at the ready!

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There are certain chores that you’ll want to do daily to keep control of dirt and germs such as:


  • Clean all dishes.
  • Wipe up kitchen surfaces – stove, counters and sinks.
  • Clean trouble spots on the floor.


  • Wipe up counters and clean the sink. (Disposable cleaning wipes make this fast!)
  • Use another wipe on the toilet seat and base. Give the bowl a quick scrub with the toilet brush.
  • Use a Swiffer on the floor to collect hair.
  • Squeegee your shower right after use and/or use a shower spray such as Method Shower Spray to keep mildew and soap scum at bay.


  • Make your bed.
  • Put away clothes.
  • Keep your nightstand and dresser surfaces uncluttered.

Living Room

  • Clean the clutter off the sofa, and fluff pillows.
  • Sweep up crumbs and dust bunnies with a hand-held vac.
  • Create order on your coffee table and entertainment center surfaces by putting away books, DVDs, etc.

More help with cleaning your apartment:
Cheap Green Cleaning: The Only 5 Products You Need
Get Your Space Cleaned Up in a Hurry
Declutter Your Apartment: What’s OK to Throw Away
How to Clean Your Apartment Efficiently and Quickly

Weekly Chores — Don’t forget to:

  • Dust all rooms and surfaces. Pre-moistened furniture wipes make this job easy.
  • Vacuum or mop (dry or wet) all floors and stairs.
  • Clean out the fridge and wipe it down.
  • Clean bathrooms thoroughly.
  • Change all linens.
  • Take out the trash in every room.

Monthly Chores — It’s time to:

  • Wipe down woodwork, walls and tiles in kitchen, bathrooms and other high-traffic areas.
  • Clean windows throughout your home.
  • Dust window treatments.
  • Clean inside appliances (and empty out toaster crumbs).
  • Do a deep dusting—behind furniture, in ceiling corners, on ceiling fans and on vents. Also vacuum upholstered furniture.
  • Spot clean carpet.

That’s not so hard, right? With your handy cleaning checklist, your household chores will feel more manageable and you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a systematic approach to cleaning. You can adjust this chore list to your liking, of course, but it offers good guidelines on keeping a spic-and-span apartment.

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