How to Make a Cleaning Binder

If you followed along this past month, you worked with me to get your house clean in 31 days.  What’s the best way to keep it that way?  Work with your homekeeping style and find a way to keep track of what you have already done and what needs to be done.  Need a little inspiration and some cuteness to kick your routine in gear?   How about making a cleaning binder or notebook?  Build it in a way that makes sense for your home, style, and budget – if you have a couple bucks to spare and a binder might just get you excited enough to follow through this time, go buy a binder.

Here’s how I put together a cleaning binder (I keep cleaning printables in my homekeeping binder, but I thought it would be fun to make a binder specific to cleaning tasks) to keep my routine on track.
{Links to all of the printables are at the very bottom of this post.}
I bought some cute supplies from Staples and the new Martha Stewart line (Martha also has 5×8 binders which would be super cute too – did you know that you can resize any pdf printable to this size in your printer preferences?)
I decided on these categories:
weekly cleaning
seasonal + deep cleaning
calendars (I always include a calendar in my binders, for reference and tracking of dates)
special cleaning lists
I added a plastic pouch to keep stickers, pens, post-its….
placed my printables in the dividers {November Cleaning Checklist}
{Once-A-Week Cleaning Checklist – from The Cleaning Kit}
{Weekly Cleaning Checklist – from The Cleaning Kit}
{Deep Cleaning Checklists – free}
{2013 Calendar}
{special cleaning checklists}
and that’s it – now I’m ready to track my cleaning in one handy binder.
Looking for the printables shown in this binder how-to? 
The Cleaning Kit (my best seller from my Etsy shop) {brights} and {aqua + lime}
2013 Calendar from my shop


  1. Love binders! Learned to use them for almost everything years ago and I’ll never go back. This one is so pretty, too! 🙂

    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

  2. Yay! love it I am going to so do this for our family. I cant wait to get it done!

  3. That is so funny. I made one of these last week when I ordered your printables. I also used the Martha Line from Staples. I just LOVE the home office suite. I also organized my binder into weekly, seasonal and monthly. Your printables coordinate perfectly and are so helpful.

  4. This is so cute! Right now I just have a cleaning section in my home management binder but I like this idea much better! It’s much more organized and specific. I can print of all the nifty cleaning tricks I find and keep a physical version!

  5. I love this! It’s cute, too. I love all that Martha stuff at Staples. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gee, you and Mitt with the binders…lol! I should have bought stock.

  7. You are so talented! It is amazing that you make the time, I know that you are super busy Mom! Lots of happiness and Joy! Sheila Barrett

  8. I never would have thought to make a binder just for cleaning. The section for this in my HMB is by far the largest section, it sort of spills out of it. I think I might have to see if I have a spare binder lying around that I can transfer it into. You have such wonderful ideas.

  9. Going to do this. Thanks for the tip. Your free 31 days to a clean house link is broken just to let you know.

  10. This is really neat! I have a coupon binder and never thought to have a cleaning binder! Cant wait to get mine started. Thanks for all the tips!

  11. How many binders do you need & what sizes? Do you sell those pretty blue binders? -Just wondering…..

  12. I love the idea of a cleaning binder. Would the cleaning recipes go in here also and then simply pull it out when it’s time to make a new batch of diy cleaners?
    I don’t quite understand how the system functions; the monthly and weekly printables seem almost the same. As far as interacting with the does that work or what is the usefulness of seeing the chores listed in two locations and double checking them? What the free lines available for and do you limit these tasks to a certain time frame?
    Thank you!

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