June 14

Why You Need a Cleaning Workbook



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First, what is a cleaning workbook? And then, of course, why do you need one?

A cleaning workbook is (by my definition), a set of pages – one per room in your house, plus extra in case you have secret rooms I don’t know about. It lets you list everything about the room, including what needs to be cleaned, replaced, or what you might need to buy.

It’s a project planner. Meaning, this is not a list of things to do ASAP.

It’s a way to assess your home. Which rooms need the most attention? Are there things that don’t belong? What can you do – quickly – that will make a difference? And by quickly, I don’t mean as soon as you notice it, but when you get ready to tackle that room.

How Do You Use This Workbook?

A cleaning workbook is easy to use. Print it out, then go around your house and fill it out.

It gives you an idea of what needs to be done.

There is a place for notes so you can add things like room measurements or a paint color (or that it needs painting). It also lets you know where the clutter is, who it belongs to, and maybe if it has a home.


Home Cleaning Workbook

Maybe cleaning workbook isn’t the best title; it doesn’t adequately describe it, but it is what it is for now. At least until edition 2. I have more ideas.

Each room in your home has its own page, and there is another page with the room left blank so you can add it anything I might have missed, like “Secret Bat Cave”.

You know what else is great? You can reprint this at any time, so once you make some changes to your rooms, you can update the pages.

And you should totally keep this in your household planner, which I am in the process of creating.

Pink planner, cleaning workbook

What’s In It?

The Cleaning Workbook has a cute cover, instructions for how to use it, and the following pages:

  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Family Room
  • Bedroom – you may need to print more than one
  • Bathroom – you may need to print more than one
  • Blank – the form on the page is there, you just fill in the room.

What Happens Next?

Once you’ve gone through your home and filled out your Cleaning Workbook, you can file it in your household planner if you have one.

But first, what I would do is to take a hard look at all of it and see what needs your attention first.

My first suggestions are always the kitchen and the bathroom. If you have more than one bathroom, I usually start with the one that gets the most use.

But you may find that after you look at your sheets, your master bedroom really needs some work.

Clean bedroom

The bottom line for me is this: which room – when it’s clean and organized – will make the biggest difference to you? You are most likely the one managing the home and taking care of most of it. What’s going to make your life easier? Start there.

Little rant here: every time I ask that question I get the same answer – a maid. Well you know what? Look at your budget, make some phone calls, ask around, and hire yourself a maid.

And if you just can’t do that right now, well, until you can, you need to know how to do it yourself.

Did I Mention It’s Free?

Yes! The Cleaning Workbook Project Manager is free.

All you have to do is sign up below. That signs you up for my weekly emails and gets you access to the Library. The Library is where I keep all of my free printables (which I am always adding to and am learning how to make even better).

Was that a proper sentence? Oh well, you know what I mean. I’m learning to use the professional programs so that my printables look even nicer for you.

And now that I have written this article, I see where I can add even more to this workbook to make it better. Plus the household planner I am working on.

If you have any wishes or suggestions for me, please comment below and let me know!

About the author 


My name is Brenda and I was born without the "clean gene". I believe that you can keep your clean and tidy in minutes a day and still have time for yourself.

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