Printable Monthly Cleaning Routine

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This printable monthly cleaning routine can help you keep up with weekly chores and all of the other little tasks that go into keeping a home clean and organized.

One of the easiest ways to keep a clean house is by following a routine, so you’re doing housework before things get out of control. Most of us read that word routine and think of it negatively. We associate the word with being in a rut, living dully, and not having any fun.

When it comes to cleaning, however, the exact opposite is true: following a cleaning routine makes cleaning efficient, keeping your home in good shape with far less effort required because messes never have a chance to get out of hand.

Using the Printable Monthly Cleaning Routine

Nothing says you have to clean seven days a week — that’s just how I organized the printable. If I’d made it a 5-day schedule, someone would’ve pointed out that 20 days is not a full month.

Don’t want to clean on the weekends? Check off boxes as you go and start back at square one after you’ve completed the rest.

Bucket of cleaning supplies on counter with woman dusting in the background

A Routine Using House Cleaning Checklists

The key to making this monthly cleaning schedule work for you is combining it with the daily cleaning checklist. Used together, the daily checklist keeps your entire house looking tidy, while the monthly routine guides you through getting it truly clean.

I love using cleaning checklists because they make sure I don’t overlook any steps. The ones I’ve created aren’t just thorough — they’re also easy to follow. So easy, in fact, that I can hand one to my kids and trust they’re getting the job done right. (Related: Printable Cleaning Checklists for Every Room.)

Need a More Detailed System?

But what if it’s been a while since you’ve given your home a thorough cleaning? Or maybe it’s so cluttered that you don’t even know where to start dealing with that, so you can actually clean?

If you’re not confident in your cleaning skills, you’ll love my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House. It’s a daily roadmap that walks you step-by-step through a month of cleaning missions, explaining what to clean, how to clean it, and even what homemade cleaning recipes to use.

By the time you’ve finished the book, your entire house will be clean, clutter-free, and organized — then this monthly cleaning schedule will help you keep it that way. (Related: How to Create a House Cleaning Schedule.)

The Monthly Cleaning Routine

I recommend slipping the printable into a plastic page protector, so you can cross off items with a dry-erase pen or crayon as you go. Once you’ve completed the entire thing, wipe it off and start again.

Ready? Click on the image below for a printable .pdf, or right-click to save it to your device.

11 Comments

  1. Magnolia Sky says:

    Hi! hate to be a bother, but when I try to print the pdf, it gives me a giant zoomed in corner of the page and that’s it. I’ve tried printing it without being ‘zoomed to fit’ and in black and white, but when I do that, nothing prints at all! I don’t know if anyone else is having this problem, but I thought I should let you know. Thanks!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      When you go to print it, click on “Printer Properties” and make sure you’ve got it set to “Actual size” instead of zoom or “fit to page”. Hope that helps!

  2. Hi Katie,

    I purchased your book, “30 Days to a Clean and Organized Home,” and LOVE it. It is really helping me keep organized and keep from getting overwhelmed. We’re not even a week into it and my home feels so much better, not to mention I’m getting better participation from my kids. I have 2 homeschooled daughters, ages 8 and 10, and they’re loving how the house is shaping up and how they can help to make our house more of a home.

    I also love how I can make the 30 days work the way I want them to. Outside of the Daily Cleaning Routine, we are unable to clean on Saturdays and–let’s be honest–unWILLING to clean on Sundays. 🙂

    Have you ever considered making your Monthly Cleaning Routine into a Weekday-only venture? I was asking before I tried to doctor it up myself for my own use to double up on a few of the tasks, leaving Saturday and Sunday free from tasks. No sense reinventing the wheel if you’ve already done it!

    Thanks for a great book and a great system. It is producing a great home and great attitudes!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Becky! I’m so glad you found my book, 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House, to be helpful! I haven’t turned the monthly cleaning plan into a weekday-only program, mostly because I’ve found that if I give myself two days off in a row the house falls apart. You’re certainly welcome to adjust it to suit your family’s schedule, though. 🙂

  3. Anthony Patrick says:

    Hello Katie, I wanted to thank you for all of your tips and organizational tips. I am a sixty year old man and have recently become alone in the house. I did not have a clue how to organize myself and the house was a terrible mess. I have been using your book, “30 Days to a Clean and Organized House,” and my house is starting to literally sparkle. I feel so much happier now, so I just wanted to say thank you.

    Very best wishes.

  4. Hi,

    I have your book but I don’t really understand how to use the monthly printout on some tasks, in conjunction with the book.

    For example for one day (D1, not book) on the monthly printout: Spice drawer Wash clothes

    The wash clothes is obvious, but what do I do with the spice drawer. Organizing it again? Dust off the bottles?

    Can you please tell me how all the lists fit together?

    Thanks

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you for buying my book, Jennifer! The monthly plan is basically a schedule which walks you through maintaining what you’ve accomplished while following 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House. When it says something like “spice drawer” it simply means you should make sure it’s still tidy and you’re not about to run out of anything. You’ve probably also seen it mention things like “Linen Closet” or “Refrigerator”, and by that I mean it’s time to go check those places, straighten them if needed, and clean any messes you find.

      The idea behind the monthly plan is to ensure that all of the hard work you put in on those 30 days of cleaning — or however long you needed to do it — doesn’t get undone. By going back to maintain things you will never, ever have to do a Spring Cleaning or even start the 30 Days… plan again.

      If you have any other questions, I am more than happy to help! (Just don’t ask me to clean for you. LOL)

  5. Hi Katie, I just wanted to say thank you. I recently bought your book ’30 Days to a Clean and Organized Home’, I work full time and have a young child, with a house we’ve not managed to grow into. I was beginning to feel overwhelmed and inadequate, trying to mange everything and keep up. I started the book about a fortnight ago, and although it’s going to take me longer than the 30 Days due to my other time commitments. My house is already feeling more manageable and looking great. I’m on top of the laundry, indeed I’m even searching for things to wash each day. I’m not embarrassed if anyone pops over and my kitchen is transformed. The kitchen is why I’ve taken so long as it nearly broke me, but by rigorously following your plan, in my own time, I now have an organised, clean kitchen. I’m slowly working my way through the rest whilst maintaining what I have achieved. You really have changed my life, I’m less stressed and feel more in control than I have for a really long time. Thank you. Elaine.

    Oh and I love the printables, I have them laminated so I can tick off what I have done, then start again once I’ve reached the end. :0)

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Elaine, I am so happy to hear that my book is helping you! Between working full-time and raising a young child, you’ve got your hands full. It’s wonderful to hear that the plan is helping you get your home under control. With everything you’ve got going on, it’s important to have a home that provides you with comfort and a chance to rest. I’m so glad that’s happening for you now. If you have a chance, I’d sure appreciate if you could leave a review on the book’s Amazon page, too!

  6. Hi I usually go through the book twice a year as I was unsure how to use the monthly one. As I work full time I do daily tasks but don’t clean except for every second Friday and Saturday. Is this the best way or how does the monthly one work? Do I do the whole week in two days. I use the weekly checklists every fortnight and they work so well. Thanks

    1. Katie Berry says:

      The best way so the one you can stick with, and that’s different for everyone. I go through the book once a year and do the monthly schedule the rest of the time. I use the weekly charts to do the things listed on the monthly routine. But find a routine that works with your life, because you certainly do sound busy!

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