I’ve used cleaning checklists of some sort for years now. With my ADHD, lists are a must. However, as is always the problem with my ADHD, my list generally grew and grew until it was completely unmanageable.
Then, I started using a weekly checklist. It was similar to the one above, except it was much more tedious and cluttered. Still, even with that, I found that I was able to keep my house clean and that I wasn’t as stressed out when we had company over.
The final evolutionary step to my checklist occurred when I ran across a cleaning checklist on Pinterest. The format for it was much more clean than the one I had been using. After trying this checklist as it was for a while, I took my previous checklist and used the format of the new one.
I then framed it and hung it on the door to my utility room, so that when we have company I can shut that door, and it’ll be hidden. Framing it was a great option because I can mark checks on the glass with a dry erase marker, and it looks classy, too… well, ok, as classy as a cleaning checklist CAN look.
I love using these weekly checklists. Believe it or not, they actually make cleaning much, much simpler. Once you’ve been through the entire routine a couple of weeks, the house straightens easily, and you get to the point of simply maintaining a clean house instead of drastically and manically cleaning when company is coming over.
Do you use a checklist? What’s your routine? Please share!