When a New Year begins, it sparks a major cleaning and organizing mood in most homes, but sometimes it's hard to know where to start. This 30 Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge with Printable Checklist will help motivate you to clean and organize your home without feeling overwhelmed.
With the hectic holiday season behind us, it's the perfect time to get your home in order. Time to declutter, purge unwanted items, organize spaces and get your home clean. For most people, including myself, getting started can be the hardest part. Cleaning and organizing your home can feel overwhelming, so I like to break it up into small, actionable steps...that way everything gets clean, but I don't feel like I'm killing myself doing it. This year, I decided to start a 30 Day Cleaning and Organizing Challenge to help us all get everything done without feeling overwhelmed. The great thing about this challenge is that you can do it any time of the year, not just at the beginning of the year, and you can go at your own pace! To get you started, I've posted links for the first 9 days to help give you a boost! Once you've gotten started, I promise you will feel motivated to finish the tasks! It may feel overwhelming to get started, but once you have finished the first few tasks, it will invigorate you to go forward with the rest! If you need a little boost, you can join my Home Cleaning and Organizing Facebook Group...there are over 15,000 members who help and encourage each other as well as offer advice when needed...it's a truly amazing and kind group!
Here are the 1st 9 days to get you started...
- Day 1's tasks are listed below in this post.
- Click HERE for Day 2 - How to Clean Bathroom Faucets and Shower Heads
- Click HERE for Day 3 - Under Sink Bathroom Organization
- Click HERE for Day 4 - How to Clean Mirrors, Countertops, Toilets and Tile/Linoleum Floors with 5 Homemade Cleaning Recipes to Help
- Click HERE for Day 5 - How to Clean Your Oven, Knobs and Stovetop
- Click HERE for Day 6 - How to Clean Kitchen Appliances like your Microwave, Dishwasher and Coffee Pot
- Click HERE for Day 7 - How to Clean and Organize Your Refrigerator
- Click HERE for Day 8 - (Covered in Day 5's Post) How to Clean Your Stovetop
- Click HERE for Day 9 - How to Organize Your Kitchen
Printable Cleaning Checklist
The first thing you'll need to do is save or print my 30 Day Cleaning Challenge Printable Checklist HERE! You can use the printable to check off your daily tasks, or just check back in and see what's coming next. Now, let's get started!
If cleaning on your own schedule is more your thing, you can grab my Monthly, Weekly and Daily Cleaning Checklists HERE!
Cleaning Challenge Day 1 - Clean Shower, Bathtub, Shower Curtains and Walls
Let's start with the shower/bathtub. Today, we aren't going to worry about the shower heads or faucets...no worries, we will get them clean tomorrow. Today, let's just concentrate on the actual shower and bathtub!
You'll need some soft scrub cleaner or you can make my DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner for Bathtubs and Showers and my Homemade Daily Shower Cleaner Spray that removes soap scum. Both of these cleaning recipes use items you may already have in your pantry and are non-toxic.
How to Clean Your Bathtub
If you have a bathtub/shower combo or just a stand alone bathtub, follow these instructions. To clean your bathtub, grab the DIY Soft Scrub and a scrub brush. Wet the entire bathtub area with warm water, then use your scrub brush to spread and scrub the soft scrub into the entire surface. The baking soda and soap work together to lift stuck on soap scum and debris while disinfecting the entire area as well. Once you've scrubbed the entire tub, rinse with warm water.
How to Clean Your Shower
If you have a stand alone shower or a shower with glass doors, these are the instructions you'll need. Start by spraying down the entire surface of your shower with my Daily Shower Cleaner or you can work in small areas of the shower as you go. Use a cleaning cloth or scrub brush to really work the cleaner into the walls, doors and floor of your shower, then rinse with warm water. To keep your shower from getting soap scum buildup over time, spray your shower down either every day or every other day when you are getting out...no need to rinse daily.
How to Clean Your Shower Curtain
I wrote a whole post showing 4 Ways to Get Your Shower Curtain Clean HERE. You can choose which method will work best for your shower curtain!
How to Clean Your Bathroom Walls
Cleaning your bathroom walls is extremely easy, but not necessary unless you want them super clean. Bathroom walls can build up with hair, skin cells, and even sometimes mildew from all of the moisture in the air. If your bathroom walls need to be cleaned, simply mix some warm water with a few drops of dish liquid in a bowl. Take a clean cloth and dip it in the cleaning solution, then wring it out so it is just damp. Use the cloth to gently wipe down the walls from top to bottom.
Looking for more cleaning ideas and recipes? Visit my Cleaning Page HERE!
Louise Gagne says
That was a real workout for me! But, my bathrooms smell and look awesome so far. I actually did the tile and grout in the shower as well.
Thanks for the incentive. I look forward to the rest!
Yay! I think it really helps to do things as a group, a little at a time!
Beverly STILT says
Thank you for the forms. I know just how much "fun" it was to make them. God bless