Attention List Lovers! Essential Checklists For A Healthy, Eco-Friendly Home

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love lists. I always feel better when I can see something parsed out and ordered in front of me. So, that got me thinking about checklists for a green home, and I've come across a few that I think are well-worth remembering and tacking up on your fridge— from establishing a monthly cleaning schedule (you should only have to wash your windows every three months! Whew!) to long-term goals for greening your home, these check-lists are sure to tickle your list-making funny bone.

Cleaning Home Schedule

This schedule is taken directly from Apartment Therapy's book, The Eight-Step Home Cure, by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan. We don't have a downloadable version of it, so I recommend copying and pasting it into a separate doc for easy one-stop access.

Daily Schedule:
Make Bed.
Wash dishes.
Put clothes away.
Sort mail.
Clear answering machine.
Clean all kitchen surfaces
Take out full garbage.

Weekly Schedule:
Clear all surfaces (put odds and ends away).
Wash clothing, take in dry cleaning.
Take out recycling.
Change sheets.
Water plants.
Clean bathroom and kitchen.
Quick-vacuum all floors.

Monthly Schedule:
Vacuum, sweep, or mop all floors.
Flip mattresses.
Clear out refrigerator.

Every Three Months:
Wash windows.
Declutter refrigerator, front door, bulletin board, etc.

Every Six Months:
Spring cleaning (April or May)
Fall Cleaning (October)
* Perform deep treatment on your home: clean and declutter, change seasonal clothing, clean out drawers, closets, under-sink storage, purge clothing, extra CDs, DVDs, books, and furniture.

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To Do Everyday Checklist

1. Make the bed right after you get up in the morning.
2. Do all the dishes before you go to sleep, and sweep the kitchen floor.
3. Give your bathroom a quick 2-minute wipe down.
4. Put all clothes away or in the laundry before going to bed each night.
5. Make sure your landing strip is in order—coats hung up, mail sorted, shoes and bags put away.

Related Cleaning Checklists

Eco-Aware Food Checklists

1. Shopper's Guide to Pesticides [PDF], otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen: this is a great list to keep handy when you're shopping for fruits and vegetables. It tells you the most important vegetables and fruits to buy organic, and which ones might not be necessary.

2. Smart Seafood Guide [PDF]: Stay smart about your seafood choices with this guide to sustainable seafood.

3. Seafood Watch Pocket Guides: Another good seafood guide - and this one folds up perfectly in your wallet!

Green Home Upgrades Checklist

1. Greening Your Home Indoors [PDF] and Greening Your Home Outdoors [PDF]: these planners from Homemakers.com offer acccessible ideas for reducing energy costs and making your home healthier, one step at a time.

2. Green Home Checklist [PDF]: an extensive list that outlines a 2-year plan to green your home, top to bottom, addressing everything from indoor air, to light and heat, to materials and methods.

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Do you have any checklists you live by?

(Images: 1. Dwell Magazine; 2. Apartment Therapy. Originally published 2011-01-25)

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