Printable Cleaning Checklists

This week, I’ve shared a few of my strategies for getting my home company ready.

I’ve talked about decluttering, cooking for guests, daily upkeep, and deep-cleaning the kitchen . . . but then there’s the most obvious.  Cleaning the house. Like . . . all of it.  Or at least all of it that your guests will get to see.

(Like I’ve said before, if you’re feeling completely overwhelmed, check out my post on How to Clean a Messy House.  It has a printable checklist to get you through.)

After a clean kitchen, bathrooms are most important.  People hang out in the kitchen a lot, but they spend time in the bathrooms.

Alone. 

With nothing else to do but look around.

Soooo, here’s my printable bathroom cleaning checklist.  I made this for my kids, but anyone can use it.  You want detail?  That list has detail.

After the bathroom, it’s time to go through each room doing basic cleaning.  It depends on my state of mind whether I do one step through the whole house before moving on to the next or complete an entire room before moving on to the next room.

If I have an entire day to set aside with no possible interruptions, I’ll use the dust-the-whole-house method.  If I’m squeezing in cleaning here and there when I have a moment, I need to do one room at a time.

That gives me a sense of accomplishment and encourages me to see that I can be DONE with a space in a certain amount of time.  So, here’s a basic checklist for cleaning a room.  I’m making it partly from my own experience and partly from my observations of Normal Friend.

(Just a note: This list starts after you’re done decluttering.)

1.  Knock down cobwebs and ceiling fan/light fixture dust.

2.  Go around the room clock-wise with duster and spray in hand, straightening and dusting at the same time.  (With shelves, start at the top and go down.)

3.  Clean glass.

4.  Vacuum/sweep.

So simple, right?

I vary on how in-depth I make #2.  Depending on time, I might include baseboards.  Fine . . . it really depends on exactly who is coming over.

The simplicity makes it almost embarrassing to post, but the truth is that for people like me, it’s not an issue of not knowing what to do, it’s an issue of staying on track.  Of having a list to come back to so we can remember where we were in the process.

Make sense?

So, I’m making a simple printable of this list, in case anyone wants to have something to place nearby as they clean.  (Just remember to shove the list in a drawer pick up the list before your guests arrive!)

Also, I have another printable list that I’m very excited about! It’s a Last Minute Hospitality Checklist.  And it’s available to print . . . if you like A Slob Comes Clean on Facebook.  Just go to my facebook page, look on the left under my picture, and click where it says “Only Likers”.  Clicking on that will take you to the printable!

It’s meant to be used to keep you sane in those last ten minutes before your guests arrive. Y’know, the time when you’re wondering what you forgot that’s going to embarrass you and negate your weeks of cleaning?

Go here to like my Facebook page and get access to the printable.

(If you’re not on Facebook and/or you’re petrified of your MIL seeing you like A Slob Comes Clean, send me your sob story via my contact page and I’ll send you the link!)

And now, as promised, here’s my Daily in December report for this first day of the month.

I fully completed my Daily Checklist today!  And hardly even cheated!  I can’t say enough how important that list is to me.  Honestly, it took longer today than I know (from experience) it will in future days, because I’ve been neglecting it lately.  But just with that little ol’ list, the house looks tons better.  Tons.

Find all my printable checklists here.

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Check out the variety of other 5 Days of Christmas series -

Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

Free Printable Household Cleaning Checklists at ASlobComesClean.com

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Getting From Cleaning Day to Party Day (Without Losing My Mind)

Speaking from experience, slobs tend to be procrastinators.

Sometimes, with good reason.  When it comes to cleaning house, we know how things go.

“The house is clean?  Woo-hoo!!!  I love it like this!!  I’m going to keep it this way forEVer!!”

“Ummmm, what just happened?”

“It’s like  . . . I blinked . . . and the disaster is back . . . .”

So we procrastinate.  Procrastination is self-protection.  I mean . . . really . . . why would I clean NOW when I know it will just be a disaster again in two days?  I have to wait until the day before the party.

Since December is the time when I’d like to be able to have some impromptu gatherings without losing my mind, I’ve decided to focus this month on what I know can prevent this classic Slob Excuse. And really, it even prevents the NEED for a big huge cleaning day.

My daily checklist.

Seriously, it’s like magic. I know it’s magic . . . but I still get off track when life gets crazy, and I forget all about it.  Sooo . . . during this month when crazy takes on a Whole New Meaning . . .  my goal is to make a point of going through my checklist, paper in hand . . . Daily in December.

Daily in December.

Catchy, right?  Yep, right here before the whole entire internet I’m committing to this.  And I’m going to report every single day in my posts about how it’s going.  I’ll also post on facebook, so you can join in with your own Daily Checklist in comments here on the blog or over there.  And if you’re a twitter gal, use the hashtag #dailyindecember so I can see your progress!

I know from experience that our home will experience more of that much-coveted Christmas peace if I will do this.

Anybody else in?

 

What’s that?  Oh.  You’re wondering about the first day’s report?  Look at the date on the post.  Technically . . . I’m posting this while it’s still November.  Sooooo, come back tomorrow for the first Daily in December report.  Yep, I’m mature like that. 

Oh, and if you’re eagerly awaiting the Monthly Decluttering Update link-up, I’m planning to post that next Monday since the first day of the month falls in the middle of this series.

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Check out the variety of other 5 Days of Christmas series -

Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

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Feeding Your Overnight Guests – Freezer Cooking

Back when having my own home was only a vision in my not-terribly-realistic head, I dreamed of serving elaborate dinners and breakfasts and snack trays and such to my overnight guests.

Honestly, when I lived alone, and then when first married . . . I did.

I remember spending an entire newlywed Saturday making seafood gumbo for another couple, only to later add up the cost and realize that we had spent over sixty dollars on that home-cooked dinner for four.  And that was just the main dish.  The drinks, bread, salad, dessert . . . I’m sure in my pre-kids mind, those were free.

Also, in those days, we ate out regularly.  For breakfast, lunch or dinner . . . or maybe all three on a particularly fun day.

Now, though, as a mom of three who generally hosts others with kids, eating out more than once during a visit isn’t practical.

Besides, the best times spent with guests are the ones around the tableAfter the meal.  Talking well into the night because they aren’t going anywhere.

However, spending all day preparing an elaborate dinner isn’t always practical when you are hosting guests.

Freezer cooking to the rescue! Don’t worry!  I’m not talking about casseroles.  Just by pre-cooking meats and other ingredients like rice or beans, you can have fresh-cooked meals ready in minutes.

Using pre-cooked ground beef, you can make spaghetti, mexican casserole, tacos, chili, hamburger pizzas, taco soup, pizza snowballs, etc.

Using pre-cooked cubed chicken you can make chicken fried rice, chicken with faux alfredo, etc.

One of our favorites is to use pre-grilled chicken breasts to make a fajita bar!

And then there’s breakfast.  You can make sausage biscuits, bacon egg and cheese breakfast pockets, or pancakes to be frozen and thawed individually as needed.

Consider the difference in wake-up times between you and your guests. I admire people who can sleep past 7 and have taught their kids to sleep until 9.

My kids are up by seven. As in . . . we’re lucky if it’s that late.  I am fully aware that this isn’t necessarily normal.  It works well for us, but is difficult when we stay with another family who sleeps later.  The great thing about these freezer breakfasts is that they can be prepared individually and as needed.  Show your guests where they are and leave a post-it note on the microwave with a reminder of instructions on how to re-heat them.  This way, even if you aren’t up yet, your guests can find something to eat or to feed their kids without having to dig through your kitchen.

And even if you’re planning to make a big breakfast later on, set out bowls and boxes of cereal for those who might be up three hours before the meal.

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Check out the variety of other 5 Days of Christmas series -

Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

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