Countdown to Clean Series: Annual Routines {with free printable checklist}


These 12 tasks can be tackled one a month and are the key to maintaining a clean house. By creating good cleaning habits, your home will be a neat and tidy nest where you can relax and enjoy company.  Annual Cleaning Routines.

Countdown to Clean.  Annual Cleaning Tips at  Using this method, you will get your house clean without back-breaking effort.  Remember, the more often you clean, the less build up you will have.

Part four in a four part series in how to clean your house and keep it clean.

In the past few weeks as part of the Countdown to Clean we have covered what you can do daily , weekly and monthly to keep your house from getting out of control. Today we will cover what you can do annually. (*see free printable cleaning check lists at the end of this post)

There are several tasks that only need to be done once a year as part of your home-cleaning routines. These tasks are best spread out over the year, and just do one each month.

Annual Cleaning

January: Clean medicine cabinets; toss expired meds.

February: Clean all the hard-to-reach places: behind the stove, refrigerator, washer/ dryer, sofas.

March: Steam-clean carpets.

April: Wash windows (inside and out) and screens.

May: Organize the pantry and kitchen cabinets.

June: Wash duvets, blankets, comforters, spreads, pillows.

 July: Clean and organize the garage and or basement.

August: Clean out drawers and closets. Donate usable clothing and items to charity.

September: Wash walls and use touch up paint where necessary.

October: Defrost and clean freezer, stove, oven.

 November: Polish silver, wash china, dust inside the china cabinet.

 December: Clean and organize personal files

Not everyone likes to clean, but everyone loves a clean house. The key is maintenance so things don’t get out of control… creating good cleaning habits, your home will be a neat and tidy nest where you can relax and enjoy company.

Thanks to my friend Mique of Thirty Handmade Days you can download this 4 part series for FREE!  One free download will include four checklists (daily, weekly, monthly and annual) you can print just one or all four!

click to download TidyMom Countdown to Clean Checklists for personal use only


Don’t Miss:

Week One- Daily Routines

Week Two – Weekly Routines

Week Three – Monthly Routines

I’d love to hear what routines and tips work for you!


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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

51 Responses to “Countdown to Clean Series: Annual Routines {with free printable checklist}”

  1. Jami posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:22 am (#)

    Thanks, Cheryl! These are just what I need.

  2. Maria posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:50 am (#)

    So helpful! Thanks!

  3. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:55 am (#)

    omg super helpful! Thanks Cheryl and have a good day!

  4. Jenna@CallHerHappy posted on October 19, 2011 at 10:23 am (#)

    Can’t wait to print these out! Thank you so much :) Also, i particularly like November…because I don’t own china! haha


  5. Pinky posted on October 19, 2011 at 10:59 am (#)

    Thank you! I printed this out for myself and my daughter. XO, Pinky

  6. Jeanette posted on October 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Thank you for making these printable – just printed them out and will be referring to them often.

  7. Kristen posted on October 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm (#)

    I LOVE these printables!!

  8. Claire @ Claire K Creations posted on October 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm (#)

    Thanks for the printable checklists! They’re great. It is so much easier to keep the house clean if you stay on top of things. I especially like clearing the kitchen before bed. It’s so nice to wake up to a clean kitchen.

  9. Vicki Bensinger posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm (#)

    Cheryl, I’m sure you’ve just saved my life. Up until now I’ve always had someone to clean our house in 27 years of marriage. However, this afternoon I let our cleaning gal go. We’re empty nesters now with 2 labs and the cost of cleaning our house once a week was crazy when you added up for a month. I decided it was high time I do it myself. So I let her go. Terrified at the thought of doing this on my own when my husband is a clean freak and literally does spring cleaning daily. He walks into the house and only sees what’s out of place. I may be ready to kill myself by the end of the month but printed off your 4 page cleaning tips in hopes to keep my sanity and our house like “Tidy Mom”. Heaven help me.

    I may need a pep talk every once in a while. By the way, these tips look great and make perfect sense. I believe I can do this! THANKS!!!

  10. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on October 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm (#)

    These are fantastic, THANK YOU! Being a busy mom of 15 month old twins (I can’t belive they are 15 months already) I am all about checklists to keep organized and my daily, weekly, monthly chores in check. This helps out tremendously! Thank you!

  11. Jill of Our Seven Dwarfs posted on October 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm (#)

    This is a fantastic resource. I really need to follow your annual cleaning list versus trying to do all that in a short amount of time! Thank you so much for sharing this list and helping me get more organized!

    Jill of

  12. naomi posted on October 21, 2011 at 12:13 am (#)

    You need to host a Tidy Boot Camp, Cheryl! Seriously, I need to some lessons on getting organized with my cleaning-it would make it so much less painful!

  13. bridget {bake at 350} posted on October 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm (#)

    Oh, that yearly list is awesome!!! Thank you! So nice to have a checklist for that!

  14. Georgia Pellegrini posted on October 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm (#)

    What if I just did the yearly option? 😉

  15. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on October 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm (#)

    I love the idea of an annual plan, broken down by month, for these larger not-so-fun tasks. It makes it feel like it can actually get done!

  16. Peter posted on October 22, 2011 at 7:50 am (#)

    Hi all, just dropping in to say thanks! The calender download in very useful – would never think of half of the things in that list.


  17. Emilie posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm (#)

    Thank you for sharing this – going to try this starting tomorrow!

  18. Lacy posted on November 5, 2011 at 7:53 am (#)

    Thank you SO much for sharing these routines. I became a stay at home mom in June with my third child was born, and despite the fact that I had “more time” I found that I still could not keep organization and a “perfect” house. I knew it was because I didn’t have a plan. After working 13 years in the finance industry my “life” was organized by a constant task list. You have given me exactly what I needed, and I have been keeping my house much better for the past month (well, with the exception of last weekend when we lost power). Thanks again!

  19. ScrapBazaar posted on November 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm (#)

    Exactly what my husband need! 😉

  20. hotele spa posted on April 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm (#)

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  21. Mika Jones posted on April 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Thank You for posting this one! I will try to download and frame this! It will really help me sort out things and keep my home tidy!

  22. Mary Elizabeth posted on April 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm (#)

    These are great! Just thought you should know though, that there is a mistake on the Weekly Routine: Bedrooms, Dining Rooms, etc. It says, “When you’ve finished all thee rooms on a floor…” should it say, ” all the rooms on a floor…” Just wondering

  23. jan posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:42 am (#)

    thanks, what a helpful website!

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  25. Dana posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm (#)

    Hello! My Dana I just downloaded your 4 step series to maintaing a clean home daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. I’m so excited to get started and into a simple yet effective routine of cleaning. One of the most important things to me is my health and a clean home. I truly cannot operate in a home with zero order. Thank you so much for your routines and I will be sure to share it with the rest of my family.

  26. Cicily PinkDalmatians posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:10 pm (#)

    I love the printables, thanks so much. I’m using it in my 2014 planner and sharing it on my blog with a link back. Thanks!

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  28. claudia thompson posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:08 am (#)

    The weekly and the yearly routine seem not to be there, I can’t download them.

  29. Jensee posted on April 20, 2014 at 11:10 am (#)

    Sounds great but some of these I can’t believe you’re doing on an annual basis. “Wash duvets, blankets, comforters, spreads, pillows” Seriously? Once a year? NASTY!

  30. SAID posted on August 6, 2014 at 10:55 pm (#)

    Thanks it is really helpfull

  31. Anna James posted on October 28, 2014 at 8:00 am (#)

    If we make a plan before start cleaning then we can save a lot of time and also do effective cleaning. I think we should start cleaning from guest room and then kitchen and use natural products for cleaning.
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  32. Marsha Wolfe posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am (#)

    Thank you for this printable! I just got married, and it’s been hard trying to keep up with our house cleaning. It’s definitely an adjustment! My biggest challenge is keeping up with cleaning the bathroom. It just seems like such a daunting task. I would like to know what other’s do to help make it easy, what cleaning supplies they like to use, and whatnot would be helpful too.

  33. Kim posted on February 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm (#)

    I’m not a mom, but thank you for this cleaning schedule as I have trouble keeping my house neat. I shared this also in a facebook group, so others can have a schedule as well to keep their house neat also.

  34. Kayla Ellis posted on June 30, 2015 at 4:08 am (#)

    Thank you for the printables! I have my own system of cleaning the house but it’s always good to have a proper checklist. Greets


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