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Cleaning Box – Organize Your Chores


This cleaning box idea will make sure no household task goes unnoticed again!

The Cleaning Box

I don’t necessarily have a hard time staying on top of my daily and weekly chores – mostly because we eventually need those dishes that are stacking up in the sink, and my carpet gets gross enough to warrant vacuuming pretty much every day. But I am not so good at the “deep cleaning” chores, or the things that need to be cleaned occasionally, just not every week. So my sister and I came up with this system to help get organized and stay on top of all the daunting tasks around the house, no matter how often they need to get done!

The Cleaning Box – Mom’s Personal “Chore Chart”


  • file box
  • 3 x 5 cards
  • 3 dividers
  • pen or marker


  1. Write one of the following labels on each of your dividers, then place dividers inside file box and set aside.
    • Easy – Do Often
    • Easy – Do Less Often
    • Hard
  2. Grab your 3 x 5 cards and write 1 chore on each of them. Think of aaaaalllllllll the things you would ever need to clean, organize or tidy up in a completely perfect world where time, distractions, (and laziness!) are not an option. (Keep reading to see the list that I came up with to help get you started.) 
  3. Once you have your cards written out, divide them up into those 3 categories.


Let’s talk about the 3 categories:

Easy – Do Often: A small group of chores that can all be done often. Complete one of these chores each week.

Easy – Do Less Often: A bigger group of chores that need to be done less often. Complete one of these each week.

Hard: Big chores that take more time and planning to finish. Complete one of these each month.

So, to recap…

You do 2 weekly easy jobs a week and one harder one per month.

After you have done the job, you move it to the back of the section and then do the first one the next time.

Here is a list of chores – 

  • Wipe front of kitchen cabinets
  • Clean out kitchen cupboards
  • Clean out kitchen garbage can
  • Clean lights
  • Clean vents
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Clean out master bath cabinets
  • Clean out kids bath cabinets
  • Clean fridge inside and out
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean out oven
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean out garage Freezer
  • Mope behind fridge and under oven
  • Wash light switches
  • Clean lamps
  • Clean planter shelves
  • Sanitize remote controls and phones
  • Clean kitchen blinds
  • Clean family room blinds
  • Clean bedroom blinds
  • Under kitchen sink
  • Microwave
  • Wash walls
  • Vacuum under couch and cushions
  • Move furniture in rooms and vacuum under
  • Vacuum out window sills
  • Base boards (wash and vacuum them)
  • Flip mattresses over
  • Washer and dryer
  • Wash doors, frames and handles
  • Wash shower curtain, clean rod and hooks
  • Clean out car
  • Computer keys, monitor, and printer
  • Organize and type up new recipes
  • Dust/wipe artificial plants
  • Dust curtain rods, clean curtains
  • Clean out junk drawer in kitchen
  • Sanitize toys

I am realizing that the easy jobs are SO easy and I am wondering why I didn’t do them more often. (They are also good for kids to help with!)

The big jobs – cleaning out the garage or cleaning the blinds –  I still dread, but at least I am getting them done and I don’t keep putting them off!  (Last week, I got my husband to help me with the garage. It was so nice!)

The Cleaning Box 2

Happy Cleaning!

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Hi Somewhat Simple Readers! We are Alish & Whitney from Sisters’ Stuff. We share creative ideas for managing your home plus some crafty projects too! Stop by and say “hi!” 

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in May 2010.

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