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Not sure what to do for your weekly cleaning tasks? Check out our weekly cleaning chores checklist and easy tips to help you gain the best cleaning results.

We break down general basic cleaning tasks along with room-by-room cleaning chores so that you can customize your personal weekly cleaning schedule to suit your personal lifestyle, household, scheduling, and goals.

General Weekly Cleaning Chores Checklist

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General weekly cleaning chores are usually done in each room of the house. And they’re often done in an order that makes the most sense based on whatever other chores are being done and depending on the situation.

Weekly General Cleaning Checklist

  • Declutter and tidy main or high-traffic areas.
  • Reorganize and declutter hotspot areas.
  • Shake out doormats and small rugs.
  • Thoroughly vacuum.
  • Mop hard floors.
  • Wet or dry dust
  • Wash laundry items.
  • Wipe down surfaces.
  • Empty trashcans and recycling bins.
  • Water and tend indoor plants.

Tip: You can apply cleaning tasks from the General Cleaning Chores to other rooms and their related checklist. Just try to do them in an order that makes sense for the best results, such as dusting before vacuuming or decluttering before cleaning.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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The kitchen tends to be one of the more mess-prone and high-traffic areas of the home. Here are a few chores that you can do that focus on maintenance or prevention cleaning as well as deep cleaning chores to make cleaning your kitchen faster and easier.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean and declutter counters and flat surface areas thoroughly.
  • Empty expired food items from the fridge and pantry areas.
  • Refrigerator maintenance cleaning.
  • Spot-clean the refrigerator shelves and drawers with a lightly damp cloth.
  • Deep clean kitchen sink.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Polish or wipe clean any appliance surfaces.
  • Decrumb the toaster or toaster oven.
  • Clean the stovetop if needed.
  • Check the oven for cleaning.
  • Wipe the microwave oven clean.
  • Clean the coffeemaker and tidy up any coffee or tea stations.
  • Clean points of contact, like switches, handles, knobs, etc.
  • Focus on cleaning hotspots like junk drawers, pantry, bread zone, snack areas, etc.
  • Change out and wash kitchen hand towels, dishcloths, drying mats, or cloth napkins.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Weekly Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

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While the dining room tends to be one of the easier rooms to clean for most households, it’s still wise to do weekly dining room cleaning chores in order to stay consistent and to speed up the general process of keeping your home clean and neat-ish.

Weekly Dining Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Tidy up and declutter the space.
  • Thoroughly wipe the dining room table and chairs clean.
  • Clean any highchairs or kid-related items.
  • Wipe clean any placemats and other serving items.
  • Give any barstools or accent furniture a light cleaning.
  • Check décor pieces, pictures, rugs, or additional furniture for cleaning.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Weekly Living Room Cleaning Chores

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Weekly living room cleaning chores are practically a must when it comes to good cleaning habits and routines. Here are a few of our top-favorite weekly cleaning tasks for the living room that will help your home and cleaning efforts run more efficiently.

Weekly Living Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Declutter the space.
  • Tidy knickknacks or décor items.
  • Wash or tidy up throw blankets and pillows.
  • Clean points of contact, such as remote controls, gaming controls, etc.
  • Reorganize and tidy any hotspots, such as end tables, console tables, and gaming gear.
  • Seasonal: check the fireplace for cleaning.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

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The bathroom is another room that tends to need consistent cleaning in order to minimize any unnecessary effort or time spent on keeping it clean. Because of this, it’s ideal to practice weekly maintenance bathroom cleaning to further minimize any unnecessary steps, scrubbing, or messes.

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Change out and clean bath towels and hand towels.
  • Declutter the countertops and any flat surfaces.
  • Tidy up the medicine cabinet and any hot spot areas.
  • Quickly organize and tidy drawers and cabinets.
  • Check for bathroom items or toiletries to be pitched.
  • Clean or spot clean mirrors and glass surfaces.
  • Clean the shower glass, trim, and fixtures.
  • Wipe counters and sink clean.
  • Dust and thoroughly clean the toilet.
  • Declutter and clean the shower.
  • Shake out any bathroom rugs or mats before vacuuming and after dusting.
  • Clean points of contact, such as handles, knobs, and switches.
  • Optional — Wipe clean cabinet fronts and drawers to keep them clean and dust-free, using a lightly damp cloth, paper towel, or your favorite-scented cleaning wipe. Here’s one of our favorite cleaning wipes that we find motivating to use. Otherwise, try to do this step at least once a month.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Tip 1: Try to dust the space before cleaning, including dusting the toilet, mirrors, and other surfaces with a dry paper towel or toilet paper square. And make sure to work your way from top to bottom, followed by vacuuming and mopping later for the best results.

Tip 2: Consider dusting the baseboards, sides of the tub, walls, cabinet or drawer fronts, doors, and other surfaces to help prevent dust from sticking and needing to be scrubbed off later due to the high humidity that usually occurs in most bathrooms.

Tip 3: Allow proper ventilation after showering to prevent bad bathroom smells and other concerns related to high humidity. This can be done with the exhaust fan or by cracking open a window or bathroom door after taking a shower.

Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

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Doing weekly bedroom cleaning chores or having a checklist can be a great way to keep your bedroom looking clean, relaxing, and inviting.

Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Change and/or wash bedding (can be biweekly).
  • Spruce up throw pillows and blankets.
  • Put away items that don’t belong or return them to where they belong.
  • Pick up clothes off the floor or from furniture and sort as needed.
  • Tidy dresser and nightstand drawers.
  • Check the closet for tidying, decluttering, and organizing.
  • Wash, fold, and put away clothing.
  • Reset the room by tidying up coasters, controllers, books, and décor items.
  • Wash cleaning cloths and/or washable cleaning components like mop heads.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Tip 1: If you struggle with throwing clothes onto the floor or furniture, try to make things easier and more accessible by having more than one laundry hamper or laundry bag available in areas like the bedroom, closet, entryway, mudroom, or bathroom.

Tip 2: Not in the habit of changing your bedsheets and blankets regularly? Try having more than one set of sheets and blankets in an accessible spot. You can always wash things later. Also, check out our posts on How to Make the Bed Faster and Top Benefits of Making Your Bed for more tips next (new tab).

Weekly Entryway & Mudroom Cleaning Chores

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While the mudroom or entryway may require little cleaning throughout the month or week, it can be beneficial to be consistent by making sure to declutter and tidy accordingly.

Weekly Entryway + Mudroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Tidy up shoes, umbrellas, and coats.
  • Shake out or vacuum interior and exterior rugs or doormats.
  • Consider sweeping exterior and interior entrance points.
  • Declutter hotspot areas, such as mail and bag or purse drop-off zones.
  • Clean points of contact, such as switches, knobs, handles, keys, etc.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Weekly Miscellaneous Chores Checklist

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Even though the main areas of the house often require the most cleaning and consistency, here are a few areas or items that tend to be easier to do more often or on a week-to-week cleaning schedule.

Weekly Miscellaneous Cleaning Checklist

  • Wash pet bowls
  • Declutter and tidy the car, including the glovebox, console, trunk, and floors.
  • Declutter your purse, wallet, or backpack.
  • Tidy up and declutter kid zones, play areas, toys, and school items.
  • Take time to declutter and tidy the backyard or other outdoor spaces.
  • Tidy or clean pet areas, such as cages, blankets, dog runs, etc.
  • Spruce up the office area by emptying trash, recycling, dusting, vacuuming, tidying, and decluttering.
  • Make sure the dryer lint trap is empty and clean out the lint bins.
  • Check the laundry room or area to ensure items are refilled and that any spills, debris, or lint are properly cleaned.
  • Wipe the gasket of the washer.
  • Apply any General Cleaning Chore items as needed.

Conclusion

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In this post, we provide a general weekly cleaning chores checklist that you can easily do throughout each room of your home and break down into smaller steps as needed.

These weekly general cleaning tasks and chores can be done in whatever order makes sense and on whichever day seems the most efficient for you.

We also listed certain weekly cleaning chores and broke them down room-by-room, such as weekly cleaning tasks for the bedroom, bathroom, dining room, living room, entryway or mudroom, laundry area, pets, kids, office space, the car, and more.

You can find more tips for weekly cleaning or cleaning in general via the Related Posts listed down below.

Additional Weekly Cleaning Tips

  • One Basket to Rule Them All: Use easy-to-access baskets, collapsible hampers, bins, boxes, or bags to place items inside and easily transport any items that don’t belong and need to go to their proper homes.
  • Slow Ride, Take It Easy: Don’t feel you have to tackle all of your weekly cleaning chores and tasks in a single day. Instead, find ways to break down and spread tasks out so that your cleaning schedule works around you and not the other way around. Good examples might include incorporating weekly cleaning to-dos into your morning cleaning chores and evening cleaning chores.
  • Time, Time, Time is on Your Side: Set a timer as a way to challenge and motivate yourself. You can also use a timer to see how long tasks take, or give our 75 2-minute cleaning chores and 5-minute Spring Cleaning Chores a try.
  • This is the Way: Working on weekly cleaning goals or tasks for specific, distraction-free amounts of time will also allow you to hyperfocus on cleaning, which can help speed up cleaning times.
  • I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This: Cleaning doesn’t have to suck. Add things you enjoy doing or listening to into your weekly cleaning schedule in order to make the process a little more enjoyable. It’s also good to see the benefits of having a good cleaning routine or to look at cleaning from a more positive perspective.
  • Stack the Odds in Your Favor: Stack your weekly cleaning to-dos and chores with other relatable tasks or convenient events to help turn them into a multitasking and proactive habit. For instance, dusting before vacuuming or emptying, cleaning the sink after doing your dishwasher routine, or tidying the fridge before taking out the trash for Trash Day.
  • Keep Your Eye On the Ball: Remember that it’s easier to clean what’s already clean, which means staying consistent with your weekly, monthly, and even daily cleaning chores. At the same time, don’t hesitate to experiment in order to find ways to further improve your overall cleaning routine.

Happy Cleaning 🙂

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