Use The Hierarchy Of Cleaning To Prioritise Chores

Use The Hierarchy Of Cleaning To Prioritise Chores

Keeping a house or even a modest apartment in tip-top shape can feel overwhelming. The Hierarchy of Cleaning will help you prioritise your cleaning needs.

Small Notebook, a lifestyle simplification and organisation blog, has shared a clever hierarchy chart to help you focus on what cleaning tasks are important. Organised in a similar fashion to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the most basic cleaning requirements are on the bottom. Already took a shower? Good, do some laundry. Laundry in the washer? Worry about the dishes and take out the trash. You can work your way all the way up the hierarchy until your floors are clean and you’ve started on the extras like deep and detail cleaning.

While you’re at it, check out our guide to using procedure checklists for flawless task execution. You’d be amazed how much cleaner your place is when you’ve got a solid procedure list to guide you through routine cleaning chores.

Visit the link below to download a printable version. Disagree with the ranking on the Hierarchy of Cleaning? Sound off in the comments to tell us how you’d rank things.

No Time to Clean? What to Do. [Small Notebook via Apartment Therapy]


  • Until I read this line: “Already took a shower? Good, do some laundry”, I didn’t realise that the instructions weren’t to take a shower and then PUT ON some clean clothes. I don’t know where I thought laundry came in to the hierarchy before this.

    Or why I thought I needed to be told to get dressed.

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