Do you hate cleaning your house? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of how to keep up with every little thing that has to be cleaned at home? The Homemaker’s Cleaning Guide is here to help!
With these cleaning tips and tricks, you’re sure to become a master homemaker in no time! Each section of this guide is separated by room in the home, so if you need to clean up from top to bottom, you’ll find everything you need right here!
Once you’ve learned how to take care of your home, refer to each section if you want to do a deep spring cleaning in a specific part of the house or if you want to train your children to help out!
If we had houses that we never had to use, we wouldn’t have to clean a thing. But we live in our homes, which means that we’re almost always cleaning things up! And if you’re a stay-at-home mom, you can multiply your housekeeping frequency times a million!
While it’s true that you’ll have to clean up A LOT, you can actually learn to enjoy homemaking! You might even change your job title from mom to professional homemaker! Read on to find handy and helpful cleaning tips and tricks for every part of the home!
The following master to do lists are sorted, alphabetically, by room. You will find cleaning and decluttering tips. For more organizational type posts, be sure to see my Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Home! <— note: once the organizing page is done, we will link it and rewrite this sentence over there to say “cleaning and decluttering”. Actually, once I have it in drafts, we can do this
Attic Cleaning Tips
The attic can easily become the “forgotten” spot of the house. Unless you go up there often, you can forget you even have it! But it also needs to be cleaned, especially if you use it for storing valuable items.
Attics are also popular spots for household pests, such as rats, mice, roaches, and squirrels. So keeping using tried-and-true cleaning tips and tricks in this area is an important way to keep these pests out of your home. No one wants to live in a house with unwanted vermin in it.
Bathroom Cleaning Tips:
The bathroom is probably the most used room in the entire house. And, because it’s so heavily used, it’s usually the one that needs the most frequent cleaning. Sometimes, it can feel like the bathroom is never truly clean, no matter how many times a week you take care of it.
Keeping a handle on your bathroom cleaning routine is a good way to avoid getting behind or feeling overwhelmed when you’re cleaning this part of the home. These bathroom cleaning tips and tricks can help you get the deep clean feel you want, even if your family has plenty of kids in it!
- Use this Bathroom Cleaning Checklist to get an idea where to start when you’re ready to clean!
- Learn how to remove unsightly bathtub stains and make your tub look brand new again!
- Pick up this Printable Bathroom Cleaning List to make sure you hit all the important parts of your bathroom!
- Looking for a deep cleaning bathroom schedule? This Deep Cleaning Bathroom List tells you exactly what part of the bathroom to clean and when!
- When you’re ready to pick up some new bathroom cleaning supplies, read this Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber Review to see if this product is a good fit for you!
If you have children, then you already know the challenges of keeping a child’s room clean. If your kids are anything like mine, then you might be used to seeing piles of dirty laundry, school books all over the place, and toys that are just strewn from end to end.
Not only is it important to keep a child’s room clean, it’s important to help them learn how to take care of their own spaces in a responsible way. After all, we learn how to take care of our homes when we learn to clean up as children. Try these cleaning tips and tricks to make it easier to keep a child’s room neat!
- Get out ahead of the upcoming school year by trying these Back to School Cleaning Hacks over the summer!
- Struggling to keep the children to help out around the house? Use these tips to learn How to Get Kids to Help You Clean, especially in their own rooms!
Nothing brings a family together like sitting down to a good meal at the dining room table. Over time, though, the dining room can pretty dirty. If you have toddlers or preschool-aged children, you’ve likely spent a lot of evenings wiping up food stains from the table and the floor. But sometimes older kids (and adults) make messes all on their own and turn the dining room into a disaster zone.
Keeping your dining room clean means using these practical cleaning tips and tricks to stay on top of your cleaning schedule. And, with practice, you can set up a doable dining room cleaning routine that makes keeping this area neat much, much easier.
The house entryway is basically the “Main Street” of the family. Everyone travels through this space, just about every single day. With all that foot traffic, the entryway can get grungy pretty fast. Sometimes, the entryway is also the “drop zone”, where everyone tends to drop their belongings: shoes, backpacks, briefcases, lunch bags, and more.
Try these cleaning tips and tricks to keep your entryway streamlined and organized – the perfect welcoming space for your guests and your family!
- Ready to tackle your entryway at last? Pick up this Printable Entryway To-Do List to give you a game plan!
Does your garage double as a storage unit? Since garages are often closed to the public, we can end up just tossing things in there that we no longer want or feel like we’ll get to straightening up “someday”. But it’s worth it to keep a garage clean.
When the garage is neat, it’s easier to park your vehicles there and it’s easier to know what you have and don’t. That keeps you from buying things over again that you don’t really need. These garage cleaning tips and tricks are a huge help!
- These Printable Vehicle Care Lists are a super way to help you remember how to care for your vehicle on a regular basis!
- Plan a Garage Clean-Up to help you get your home ready for guests or to start a decluttering routine!
Generic Cleaning Tips & Tricks:
Some cleaning tips and tricks are useful, no matter what part of the house you’re cleaning. You can use these handy hacks for every part of your home, your automobile, even your yard! And they’re great for teaching children how to help out with cleaning around the home – something all of us would love them to do more often.
There are tips here for deep cleaning your home, straightening up each season, starting a declutter session, and even using cleaning printables to simplify your routine! Try some of these useful cleaning tips with your family!
- Find out How to Avoid Cleaning Mistakes and do it right!
- These Speedy Deep Cleaning Tips can make cleaning a snap!
- Read 9 Cleaning Tips from the Pros to make your home sparkle and shine!
- Did you know that you can actually clean your mailbox? Read about the 7 Things You Need to Be Cleaning and Probably Aren’t.
- You don’t have to break the bank to clean your home? See How to Clean On a Budget.
- Are you saving deep cleaning for springtime? See Why You Should Deep Clean Seasonally.
- Our Top 10 Homemaking Posts are packed with tips for cleaning up!
- Learn How to Clean Problem Areas to avoid letting your home turn into a disaster area!
- Save money with these Affordable Spring Cleaning Solutions.
- Use this Free Printable: 31 Days to Clean to clean your home in a single month!
- These Uses for Baby Wipes are great for quick cleaning sessions!
- Find out how the Eureka Airspeed can make cleaning easier.
- Read Holiday House Prep: 99 Days to Christmas to find out how to get your house ready for your holiday guests. Plus, learn how to keep up with housework 98 days out and 92 days out from the holiday!
- This Morning Routine Printable is a good way to develop a morning straightening ritual.
- Get started on a regular cleaning schedule with this Daily Cleaning Routine Printable.
- Learn how to straighten up before bed with this Evening Routine Printable.
- Not sure what to clean each week? This Weekly To-Do Brainstorming Printable can help!
- Get all of your cleaning tasks in one place with this Master To-Do Weekly Printable.
- Learn how to use “zones” to clean your home with this Bonus Zone Room Cleaning Printable.
- Figure out what to clean in each “zone” with this Zone To-Do Planning checklist!
- See which cleaning jobs should be done each month with this Monthly Cleaning Tasks post!
- These Seasonal Cleaning Tasks can help with seasonal straightening!
- Let the family pitch in on meal planning with this Family Meal Planning Prep strategy.
- Use this Printable Meal Plan to organize your grocery shopping for the week.
- These Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips are great for a spring freshen-up!
- Find out how to use Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning techniques and supplies in your home.
- These Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips are awesome for using the things you already have to clean!
- Find out how you can go about Choosing a Scent for Your Natural Cleaning Recipes.
- See How to Tackle Household Goals each month for a clean home.
- Our top Parenting and Homemaking Tips can help you get your home in order!
- Learn How to Set Up a Homemaker Handbook to keep up with your cleaning tasks.
- This Printable Daily To-Do List is great for finishing your work each day!
- These Cleaning Uses for CLR can help you use this cleaning supply to the full!
- Try these Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions and Recipes to clean without harsh chemicals.
- Use this 31 Days to Clean Challenge to get your home clean for good this month!
- Learn How to Do a Basic Declutter to start simplifying your life!
- Thinking of trying Ecover cleaners? Read our Ecover Household Personal Cleaners Review!
When you have kids, the kitchen can become the busiest (and often, dirtiest) room in the house! Between cooking meals, packing lunches, and having family and friends come over, it’s all too easy to let the kitchen become permanently messy. It’s worth it, though, to put in the effort to clean the space where you cook. Having a clean kitchen helps keep your food safe from germs and makes you feel better about cooking for the family!
Try these kitchen cleaning tips and tricks to keep your cooking area clean!
- See how to Clean out your Refrigerator like a Professional!
- Ready to try a Fridge Clean-Out? See how! And be sure to read our Update to see how it went!
- See how we try Cooking in the Kitchen to avoid making messes! And be sure to read Part 2 to see how we make it work!
- I try to include regular cleaning in my meal planning session. See how I work in Kitchen Cleaning!
- It seems like we always have to clean the kitchen over again! Find out how to start Getting and Keeping Your Kitchen Clean!
- Read some of my Favorite Kid-Friendly Messy Recipes and see how I use ScotchBrite cleaning products to clean up afterward!
- Read our review of Palmolive Colors for dishwashing duties!
- Take a look at my Kitchen To-Do Cleaning List to decide what to tackle each week.
- Ready to deep clean? Use my Kitchen Deep Cleaning List to get started!
- We tried the Lysol No-Touch Kitchen System. See how it worked for us!
- Hang this Printable Kitchen Cleaning List on the fridge to get everyone involved!
- See how the Grill Daddy can help you clean your grill!
- The Sonic Scrubbers Kitchen Cleaning Tool is a great help for regular cleanups!
- Learn how to Deep Clean Your Kitchen, plus try a simple meal plan for deep cleaning week!
- Take a look at how GrabGreen Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Detergent can work for cleaning your dishes!
Laundry. It is the never-ending cleaning task that all homemakers face. It seems like you can just never catch up, no matter how many cleaning tips and tricks for laundry you try.
Below, I’ve gathered my tips on managing household laundry. You will not only find hacks to help you tackle your overwhelming piles of laundry to wash, laundry to fold, laundry to iron, and laundry to put away, but also tips and tricks for keeping your laundry room tidy! You will also find a few reviews of my favorite laundry products.
- Should you wash an item in the machine or by hand? Find out How to Machine or Hand Wash Your Clothes!
- Thinking of making over your laundry space? Learn How to Redo Your Laundry Room!
- Read Kelli’s Life-Changing Laundry Hack to find out how I’m getting my laundry done faster than ever!
- See how the Whirlpool Cabrio Washer & Dryer have made cleaning our clothes a breeze!
- Try these seven Simple Steps to Getting Laundry Done!
- These Top 10 Laundry Tips are handy for managing laundry each week!
- See how S20 Laundry Sheets can help with your laundry!
- We tried Wisk Deep Clean Laundry Detergent. See how it worked!
- Will using Purex Complete Crystals make your laundry cleaner? Read our review!
Living, Den, Family Room:
When you have a family, the living room usually becomes the most-used space in the home. Think about it: How much time do the kids spend watching TV in that room? How often do you and the family relax in there after dinner? Where do you usually bring guests to talk and relax? The living room.
So it’s understandable that the living room needs cleaning on a regular basis. In fact, the living room furniture often gets the most use and requires the most upkeep (aside from the beds in the bedrooms). So these living room cleaning tips and tricks are great for keeping this part of the home clean and in good condition!
- See how to set up your Homemaker Handbook to manage the family room!
- Looking for a new vacuum? See how the Bissell Cleanview Plus Vacuum works for our home, including our living room!
- Learn how to care for this part of the home with this handy Family Room Cleaning List!
- Use National Cleaning Week to tackle your Living Areas!
- We tried Guardsman Furniture Care Products for our home. See how it worked for us! And check out our Guardsman Furniture Product Review to find out how we used it to give our furniture some TLC!
- We often use Pledge for Holiday Cleaning, especially in the family room. Find out how it works!
- Ready to give your living room carpets a refresh? Read our review of the Hoover Max Extract 60 Carpet Cleaner!
The master bedroom should be the most relaxing room in the home. Keeping the bedroom neat and clean is a critical part of getting a good night’s rest. After all, if your bedroom is dirty or cluttered, you won’t feel relaxed, which means you won’t be able to rest as well as you should. Often, though, it turns into a drop zone for clothes, kids’ items, and other objects that we think we might “need” later.
Try these cleaning tips to keep your master bedroom organized, clean, and restful – the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep.
- See how tackled our master bedroom during National Cleaning Week and got a head-start on decluttering!
- Need to declutter your closet? Try this Closet Clean-Out to start simplifying your clothing!
The home office is often one of the most cluttered rooms in the home. It’s usually overloaded with papers, files, to-do lists, tech supplies, and more. So it’s easy for it to turn into a storage area for paper, rather than an actual place where work is done.
How can you make the most of your home office and avoid letting it get cluttered in the first place? These home office cleaning tips and tricks are awesome for keeping it neat and organized, so that you can get your work done without the added stress of straightening up!
- See how we accomplish Office Cabinet Cleaning in our home!
- Take this Office Cabinet Inside Look to see how we keep supplies organized!
- Try these tips for Straightening a Picture Shelf to keep your picture spot neat!
- Do you use a bookshelf in your office? Read how to start Organizing a Small Bookshelf to avoid clutter!
- Tired of sifting through papers to find what you need? See how to Clean Up Paper Clutter!
The kids’ playroom is usually the first part of the house to get messy. After all, it’s the one area where the kids can go and play with as many toys as they can – all at once! One of the simplest ways to keep a playroom clean is to get rid of toys your kids no longer use. But if you’ve already done this, you may still be having trouble keeping it neat and organized.
These simple cleaning tips and tricks are great for straightening up the playroom for good!
- Try this Kids & Pets Stain Remover to get rid of stubborn stains!
- Use these Printable Kid Chore Charts to show the kids how to clean the playroom themselves!
- Learn How to Take a Disciplined Approach to Cleaning with Kids to teach the children responsibility for keeping their playspace clean!
There are so many ways to clean up and decorate porches these days! From adding seasonal decor to painting the front door or cleaning the steps, porches can use a lot of cleaning love.
One of the easiest cleaning tips and tricks for porches is to keep them relatively clutter-free. Avoid adding too many items near the front door to keep the porch from looking cluttered. Plus, when there’s fewer items on the porch, there are fewer items to clean!
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My Cleaning Product Recommendations:
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