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Are you finding it hard to keep up with your household chores? Luckily, you can tackle neglected areas and wrangle the clutter as well as the mess with year-round quarterly or seasonal cleaning chores and checklists.

Keep on reading to see our General Quarterly Cleaning Checklist and checklists that go room-by-room for more specific seasonal cleaning chores.

General Quarterly Cleaning Chores Checklist


These basic seasonal cleaning chores can be applied to pretty much any room and in the order that makes the most sense to you.

Some of these seasonal cleaning tasks can be broken up into smaller projects, done room-by-room or floor-by-floor.

You may also find it beneficial to add some of these cleaning tasks to your weekly cleaning chores and monthly chores checklist as a form of lighter maintenance cleaning, where you focus on keeping items that have already been cleaned clean.

This way, after you deep clean items like the fridge, oven, or even an entire room, you can work towards maintaining it for longer and generally with a lot less effort or time wasted.

Quarterly Basic Cleaning Chores

  • Clean window tracks, trim, and screens.
  • Dust vents including central return air grates.
  • Clean the interior side of windows.
  • Clean the exterior side of windows.
  • Dust and wipe down the stair banisters.
  • Clean wood trim, including baseboards, doors, and mantels.
  • Declutter, clean, and reorganize the interior of cabinets and drawers.
  • Wipe down the exterior of cabinets and drawers.
  • Declutter and donate items that are no longer needed.
  • Have your carpeting and area rugs professionally cleaned or clean them yourself.
  • Tackle and declutter hotspots that tend to get cluttered regularly.
  • Deep clean furniture, whether by yourself or through a professional. Can also be bi-quarterly.
  • Declutter and donate items that are no longer needed or wanted.
  • Wipe or rinse artificial plants clean according to their care instructions.
  • Dust real plants or tree leaves if necessary.
  • Wipe clean or wet dust knickknacks and furniture if you don’t do this more frequently.
  • Wash pillow inserts and pillowcases, including throw pillows that are washable.

Kitchen Quarterly Cleaning Checklist


These seasonal cleaning chores are ideal for quarterly cleaning checklists since they strongly focus on deep cleaning areas that tend to be cleaned a little less frequently.

Quarterly Kitchen Cleaning Chores

  • Clean any kitchen mats or rugs.
  • Clean trash and recycling bins.
  • Deep clean the dishwasher.
  • Deep clean the oven and stovetop and hood.
  • Clean the microwave if needed or not on a special microwave-cleaning routine.
  • Make sure to empty the toaster or toaster oven. Clean the toaster oven as required.
  • Clean and reorganize the under-the-sink cabinet.
  • Carefully slide out and clean behind the oven and stovetop range.
  • Pull out and clean behind, around, and the top of the refrigerator.
  • Clean the backsplash and lower walls to remove any food splatters.
  • Clean the silverware or flatware drawer and remove crumbs.
  • Detail clean the refrigerator and freezer, including sides, top, seals, and hinges.
  • Clean and reorganize any fridge or kitchen organizers.
  • Declutter or donate items like cleaners, kitchenware, towels, dishcloths, or items you no longer need.
  • Purge and declutter expired food items from the pantry, refrigerator, and other food-related areas.

Dining Room Quarterly Cleaning Checklist


Dining rooms often don’t require a lot of cleaning if you’re already in the habit of staying on top of it with monthly and weekly cleaning chores. Even so, it’s still good to be in the habit of tackling some of the following items for routine deep cleanings.

Quarterly Dining Room Cleaning Chores

  • Clean windows or glass doors, including tracks.
  • Tidy and reorganize any closets or cabinets.
  • Detail clean any furniture and decor using a lightly damp cloth or your favorite wet dusting product.

Living Room Quarterly Cleaning Chores


Here are a few quarterly living cleaning tasks that you can focus on for deep cleaning. Some quarterly chores may encourage ongoing maintenance of specific areas, such as when it comes to decluttering and tidying up so that things don’t pile up over extended periods of time.

Quarterly Living Room Cleaning Chores

  • Reorganize cabinets, drawers, and consoles.
  • Clean the fireplace, mantel, and any related tools or hardware.
  • Clean points of contact like remotes, game controllers, landline phones, etc.
  • Deep clean furniture, whether by yourself or through a professional. Can also be bi-quarterly.
  • Return any stray or misplaced items to their proper home.
  • Clean washable throw blankets and throw pillow covers and inserts if you haven’t recently.

Bathroom Quarterly Cleaning Checklist


This bathroom seasonal cleaning checklist focuses on detail cleaning items or zones that might normally be kept up on via maintenance cleaning, such as during weekly, daily, and monthly cleaning sessions, only with more a concentrated focus.

Quarterly Bathroom Cleaning Chores

  • Declutter expired or unwanted items drawers or cabinets.
  • Clean cabinets, drawers, and closet areas.
  • Organize makeup, hair accessories and gadgets, toiletries, and grooming tools.
  • Deep clean the toilet, including the base and around the base.
  • Declutter and clean the sink and counters.
  • Wipe down cabinetry including handles.
  • Clean the walls, doors, curtain rods, tops of mirrors, vents, and baseboards.
  • Detail clean the shower, making sure to get rid of empties or unwanted items.

Psst… Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Weekly Cleaning Chores Checklist and the Complete Monthly Cleaning Check to further complement the Quarterly Chores List.

Bedroom Quarterly Cleaning Checklist


While most bedroom chores tend to be monthly or weekly, there are some things you can do each quarter or bi-quarterly in order to keep it clean and tidy with less effort and faster cleaning times.

Quarterly Bedroom Cleaning Chores

  • Reorganize and declutter the dresser and nightstand drawers.
  • Declutter and tidy the closet.
  • Rotate the mattress.
  • Vacuum the mattress and headboard.
  • Make sure to clean under the bed.
  • Detail clean the furniture, knickknacks, wood trim, and light/ceiling fixtures.
  • Donate or give away items that you no longer want or need.

Psst… Hate making the bed? Check out our post on 18 Ways to Reduce the Amount of Time and Effort It Takes to Make Your Bed next.

Miscellaneous Quarterly Cleaning Checklist


Seasonal miscellaneous cleaning chores and tasks tend to focus on various areas around the house that will likely be able to easier and faster complete when done consistently — or, at least, quarterly or every other quarter.

Quarterly Miscellaneous Cleaning Chores

  • Tidy shoe racks, cabinets, or stations.
  • Schedule or drop off any donations.
  • Clean filters, such as vacuum filters, AC filters, air purifier filters, and clean washable ones, like the stove vent or similar.
  • Clean humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air purifiers.
  • Return items from closets, entryway, or mudroom areas to their proper homes (e.g., shoes, coats, clothing, bags, purses, etc.).
  • Deep clean pet items such as bedding, blankets, and washable toys.
  • Clean the grill and do seasonal outdoor cleaning chores.
  • Remove debris from the flower beds, yard, and/or patio.
  • Clean and tidy up any outdoor furniture.



In this post, we covered quarterly general cleaning chores and room-by-room cleaning chores.

You can do these seasonal chores every quarter or alter them based on your household’s needs as well as the time of year, such as Spring Cleaning chores or tasks that are better suited for Fall or Winter Cleaning cleaning checklists.

Keep It Going

  • You can maintain the look, organization, and cleanliness of your home after doing your seasonal or quarterly cleaning chores checklist by doing maintenance cleaning throughout the day, week, or month.
  • Maintenance cleaning is a preventative method of cleaning that works towards cleaning or preserving what’s already been cleaned rather than letting it build up and typically requiring more extensive or heavier amounts of deep cleaning.
  • You can add maintenance cleaning tasks, like wiping down fridge shelves or consistently dusting baseboards, to your monthly cleaning or weekly cleaning schedule. You can then do a more detailed cleaning each quarter or even every other quarter, such as with these quarterly cleaning checklists.
  • Break it up. Larger or more time-consuming tasks can always be broken up into more manageable chunks. For instance, detail vacuuming or carpet cleaning can be done room-by-room or floor-by-floor. Windows and cabinets can be worked on the outside one day and the exterior the other day. And cabinets can be cleaned one shelf or drawer at a time.
  • Do what works best for you and tailor accordingly.
  • Make sure to check out our other seasonal and spring-cleaning posts that also include our in-depth list of 5-minute chores for more manageability next.

Happy Cleaning 🙂

! What are your most important quarterly cleaning chores? Tell us in the comments!

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