How to Make a Cleaning Binder

A couple of weeks ago I shared my Daily Cleaning Schedule and promised to show you how to make a cleaning binder as well.  It took me a little longer than planned but here it is!
Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  This will be awesome to help keep me on track!  Free printables included.
It’s no secret how much I love the Martha Stewart line at Staples and my cleaning binder is yet another item from that collection.  In addition to the binder, I also purchased a few packages of the large plastic dividers, a zippered pouch, and some of the colorful little label stickers.


Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  Free printables included.
The dividers are labeled for each month of the year as well as a tab for “Projects”, “Repairs”, and “Notes”.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  Free printables included.
For those of you following along on The Household Organization Diet, I do have a title page made up for the front of my binder that you can download HERE.  If you want to personalize it, you can just use any photo editing program {I used Pic Monkey} to add your family name {or whatever else you would like} to it.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  Free printables included.
Next is my daily cleaning schedule.  I don’t really have a weekly cleaning plan that I follow for all of the regular cleaning chores.  We have a big house and, honestly, there is no way that I would have time to clean everything each week.  My daily cleaning list keeps everything relatively clean and tidy and then I clean everything else on an “as needed” basis.  I have two days “off work” each week and I try to use this time to do the housekeeping and grocery shopping {keep in mind that I almost never get it all done!}.    I’ll fill any chores that need to be done on these days on my daily To Do list rather than in the cleaning binder.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  This is a great way to keep you on track!  Free printables included.
In each month tab, I have the monthly tasks, a monthly calendar where I can figure out when I am going to do them, and a blank task list that I will fill in with other monthly jobs that need to be done.   For example, I generally clean our oven and freezer twice per year so I will go ahead and add “clean the over” to my August blank sheet.   I clean the microwave, garbage disposal, and dishwasher once per month so I add this in each month {I always do these on the same day and it takes about 10 minutes total so it is not a big deal}.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  This will be great to help me stay on track!  Free printables included.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  This is great to help keep yourself on track!  Free printables included.

Everything you need to create a cleaning binder.  Free printables included.

All of the downloads can be found below:

Title Page
Daily Cleaning Schedule
February Calendar
January Blank Tasks
February Blank Tasks
March Blank Tasks
April Blank Tasks
May Blank Tasks
June Blank Tasks
July Blank Tasks
August Blank Tasks
September Blank Tasks
October Blank Tasks
November Blank Tasks
December Blank Tasks

You can find the February Household Organization Tasks and all of the tutorials over HERE.  Don’t forget to follow along on The Household Organization Diet for new monthly updates with FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  You can also find all of the past projects over on my Pinterest Board.

The Household Organization Diet - A year long plan to get your whole home cleaned, organized, and clutter-free!!

Happy Cleaning! :)

I shared this post at Under the Table and Dreaming, A Bowl Full of Lemons and Lil Luna.

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Comments

  1. says

    Yay! My nanny sent this me, and we are so excited to use this so we know what each other did around the house, so we don’t repeat and clean the same thing twice! Perfect, thank you! I’m a new follower and I’m totally excited to see what else you come up with, because I share a lot of the same passions and blog too!

  2. R says

    This is great!! I love the idea, and I love any organized system!
    I am having a hard time print the documents though. Are you able to help me?

    Thanks!!

    • says

      If you click on the link, it will take you to Google Docs and you should be able to download them to your computer and then print them from there. If you are having trouble with Google Docs, Google Chrome usually works best for the browser. Hope that helps!

  3. Sydnee says

    Question: Back in 2012, you blogged about your To Do List Binder, in there you added a basic cleaning schedule. So do you have your basic cleaning schedule in you to do list binder and in your Cleaning Binder? Or have you moved all your cleaning tasks completely to your cleaning binder? If so, do you still use you To Do List binder? Have you moved it to something smaller? Does it just contain your All your to do’s? I just trying to find a system that will work for me, but I just don’t know what yet. Thanks for you suggestions!

    • says

      I still definitely use my To Do list binder but I pretty much have my regular cleaning schedule memorized now so I don’t really use it in there as it is more of a habit now. I have the cleaning stuff in my cleaning binder and then would just write down things on my To Do list if there was something specific that I wanted to do out of the ordinary. The biggest thing that I find that helps with the To Do list is to just have 2-3 top priorities that you want to do everyday and get those done first. Hope that helps!

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