Quick House Cleaning Checklist

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Have some time to do a little cleaning, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got some quick house cleaning tips and a free printable to get you on your way to a cleaner home in no time!

Here are a few more cleaning printables you might find helpful – Simple Spring Cleaning Schedule, Kitchen Cleaning Checklist, and Roles for Kids.

cleaning checklist on a white counter next to a timer and cleaning gloves

How to Clean Your House QUICK

I know I am not the only one who does a quick clean up around the house before a friend calls and says she is “on her way”.

Quick cleans can also be used before dinner or bedtime or at the end of a busy week to help you keep a cleaner home. Plus it can put a little sanity back into your life. 😉

But not all your available cleaning time is going to be the same. And so, we created three different plans for a quick clean up, depending on how soon your BFF is going to show up your door!

So how much time do you have before she gets there? How long before dinner is done? How soon do you want the kids to get to bed? 😉

Don’t worry about assessing the needs of your home, just figure out how much time you have and get started!

black and white version of a cleaning checklist


  • cleaning checklist printable (download below)
  • timer – use an app, your microwave, an egg timer, etc. but don’t skip this! You want to be able to focus completely on your tasks, and not worry about checking the clock
  • cleaning supplies – put together a quick clean caddy or bucket ahead of time so you’re ready for these quick clean ups.


  • A “quick pick up” might mean tossing items in a laundry basket and hiding in a closet to sort through later. Don’t feel guilty – you can get to it when you have more time.
  • To “spot” clean means to clean what is visibly dirty.
  • Cleaning wipes are great for quick cleaning and disposal – grab some at the store or make your own!
  • Need something that’s not on our printable? Just add tasks that you need to do for your home on the blank lines.

Quick Cleaning Printables

Enter your name and email address in the form below for immediate access to this cleaning printable. Included in this set is a colored version and a black + white version.

There’s nothing like checking off a list to give you that nice feeling of accomplishment!

About the Author: This post was originally written by Becky who blogs about all things clean, organized and domestic at Clean Mama.   She is a former art teacher, turned work-at-home mom that keeps it “all” together with a good list and a cup of coffee.

This post originally published in May 2011, but was updated with a new printable and images in 2018


  1. I totally need this, quick is no where in my self description. Thanks! – Jess (at) OlyMomma

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