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FREE Back to School Cleaning Checklist!

“Back to School Cleaning Checklist” will help you get super organised in time for the kids starting school!

I love being organised and lately, I’ve been trying to get on top of outstanding chores, tidying up and giving the house a bit of a spring clean.

With my daughter starting school, I’ve been spending time thinking about how to get ready for school too. A clean is needed!

Our house has combined living, dining and kitchen areas and it’s the place we spend most of our time. I love that I can be making dinner or working on my laptop and always have the kids nearby where I can see them.

The floor is fully tiled, which is fab for easy cleaning, although these kids create a lot of mess! The floor is always covered in spilled milk, crushed up biscuits and squished fruit. Oh and my toddler is going through a phase of catapulting everything off his plate around the room. WHY?

To help get our house spick and span now the kids are going back to school, Sabco sent me their exclusive Back to School Cleaning Pack. The box was huge – and I secretly hoped there might be someone inside to do the cleaning too!

I hope this helps on how to prepare for school for us.

Sponsored by Sabco.

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How awesome is this cleaning pack from Sabco!

The Sabco Back to School Pack included:

1.  Super Swish Spray Mop. Fancy!

Forget lugging around a mop and bucket, this fancy mop has an ergonomic trigger so you can control the amount of liquid on the floor. Which is ideal for those times I have to mop when the kids are around and they skid around like ice-skaters!

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The Sabco Super Swish Mop

I also love that the bottle can be filled with your favourite cleaning product or just water. We’re trying to reduce the number of harmful chemicals we use in the home and there are so many times when water alone is all that is needed to clean up the mess.

It has a microfibre pad which can be washed in the machine and is suitable for cleaning tiles, timber, lino and more. Find out more here.

You can buy a Sabco Mop online here.

2.  3-in-1 Spray Squeegee

This window cleaner has a compact, all-in-one design to keep your windows sparkling clean. Again, it has a machine washable, microfibre pad, spray bottle and has a professional quality rubber blade for a streak-free finish.

You can by a Sabco Squeegee online here.

3.  Premium Cobweb & Ceiling Fan Broom

Despite having a clean home, we do get the odd spider. Or as my 1 year old calls them, “cider”. I wish! This broom is fab for cleaning cobwebs from corners, fans, and eaves and the extendable handle adjusts to 1.3m

Sabco Premium Copweb and Ceiling Fan Broom
Sabco Premium Copweb and Ceiling Fan Broom

4.  Flexible Microfibre Duster

A great adjustable duster for hard to reach places like behind the TV, Venetian blinds, bookshelves and cupboard top.

Sabco Flexible Microfibre Duster
Sabco Flexible Microfibre Duster

5.  Kitchen Shine Microfibre Sponge Cloths

These absorbable, microfibre cloths are perfect for wiping down benchtops before preparing the kids lunches! You can also throw them in the washing machine to clean too.

6.  Trigger Action Spray bottle

A handy spray bottle to fill with your favourite cleaning product, or simply water, with a premium trigger.

I’m definitely not one of those people who love cleaning – I did not inherit that gene from my Mum, unfortunately. However, I do thrive on organisation and planning ahead.

You can buy Sabco products in the US here.

Grab your Free Back to School Cleaning List!

I’ve created a cleaning checklist that helps me keep everything clean and organised that the kids need for daycare or school. This would work just the same with school-aged kids soon. I will update it soon with more detail like how to clean a backpack, how to clean books and a uniform thoroughly.

I’ve broken down the checklist to cover every back to school detail such as clothing, bags and lunches.

The kids help me out too when they can. I like to involve them in tidying the house too by putting away their toys and keeping their rooms neat. Of course, the tidiness sometimes doesn’t last more than five minutes but they are starting to understand why we tidy up.

Download my FREE Back to School Cleaning Checklist, from my free resource library here:

Don’t forget to visit Sabco Cleaning Products on Facebook and follow the page for quick and easy cleaning tips!

Also, let me know if you have any general back to school tips or advice on how to be organized for school.

I’ll be adding a cleaning schedule for working moms soon.

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Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Sabco who kindly gifted us their exclusive Back to School Cleaning Pack. If only they had sent a cleaner too ;) Hope you love my free Back to School Cleaning Checklist! This post contains affiliate links meaning if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This doesn’t affect the price you pay.



  1. Conall Smith
    / 5:08 pm

    I always used Vacuum Cleaner for cleaning. Because Vacuum Cleaner is one of the simple, easiest and inexpensive methods to remove loose dirt, food crumbs and other pieces of debris that can accumulate on the floor

  2. Mary Gunawan
    / 7:33 pm

    Late at night I do a big clean up.

  3. Jeannine Barrett
    / 12:12 pm

    My best tip is buy a cheap cleaning caddy and keep all your cleaning supplies in it – that way you can move from room to room with it and you always have exactly what you need to clean each room.

  4. Kristy winters
    / 11:41 am

    doing a bit wach day Nd a quick tidy before bed schedualing the bigger jobs and trying to get the 4 kids to clean up after themselves

  5. samara McRae
    / 8:24 am

    Best tip is, don’t have kids :-) hahahahaha

  6. Melinda Freeman
    / 9:35 pm

    Sending the kids and dogs outside to play as much as possible helps keep my house clean and tidy!

  7. Michelle
    / 9:06 pm

    I do the messiest areas finished first to get them over and done with.

  8. Eva Kiraly
    / 6:36 pm

    Teach everyone to pick up after themselves, the rest should be a breeze!

  9. Lauren Piontek
    / 10:34 am

    “Many Hands Make Light Work” is my family’s motto. Have everyone contribute to house cleaning by setting up a clipboard with pegs that have chores on them. Have everyone do 3 (or more or less) chores a week to contribute to keeping the home neat and tidy.

  10. Sarah Light
    / 6:32 am

    I make the rest of my family do their fair share to spread the load

  11. Anthea Cornish
    / 7:41 pm

    Be organised , plan a day each week for specific chores and stick to it. Also involve the whole family. Try and fit in other chores when you have some free time but remember to include me time!

  12. Rosalie Bernacki
    / 9:01 pm

    Have a plan of attack, a roster and a backup list for hubby to do. Introduce your little people to cleaning up after them selves and for helping you!

  13. nikitaallan1
    / 5:32 pm

    I keep a clean and tidy house by making sure that my cleaning fairies are well rested every night and have a large amount of 100’s and 1000’s to munch on while they clean…. Not really, i just pretend I’m a fairy while I clean and act like I have magic powers to make it more fun!

  14. Stacey Elliott
    / 5:25 pm

    Keeping cleaning products and utensils in strategic places around the house so you can easily grab them and clean while you’re in or near that room. I often find that I will see something that needs cleaning, leave to get the products I need and then get distracted along the way by my husband or kids or a phone call – and then completely forget what I was doing. If what I need is right there, I’ll get it done straight away.

  15. Brooke Cussans
    / 2:49 pm

    I always find that even when it seems overwhelming, just getting a load of clothes in the washing machine and/or dishes in the dishwasher puts me in a better frame of mind. The rhythmic hum of a washer at work makes me feel like I’ve already made progress and gives me the energy to keep going :)

    / 12:11 pm


  17. Chloe Barber
    / 9:25 am

    Don’t have kids ????????????
    No no I am joking lol
    Clean as you go!! I find it always makes my crazy life feel that little less chaotic.

  18. Kim Miller
    / 5:18 am

    My tip for keeping the house clean is to assign tasks and to do it on a regular basis.

  19. Mandy Graham
    / 5:10 am

    I do a bit of cleaning each day so it doesn’t build up too much.

  20. Michelle - jarrahjungle
    / 12:00 pm

    Always do the dishes before going to bed there’s nothing worse than coming out in the morning to a sink full of dishes you want to start each day afresh and new with a clean kitchen!

  21. Carolyn
    / 11:18 am

    I like having a list of jobs to do as I love the feeling of accomplishment when I cross off all the things I have done.

  22. Jessica Ashbrooke
    / 3:06 pm

    I spend 2 hours early in the morning cleaning so I don’t have a mass build up of mess plus once a week I’ll do the windows and another week wash walls

  23. Terri Todd
    / 2:05 pm

    If you have lots to clean concentrate on sections at a time, it helps keep the motivation

  24. Elly
    / 6:13 pm

    I love getting everyone involved so it’s more fun and easier.

  25. Jo-Anne Wiszniewski
    / 4:33 pm

    ????????Cleaning made more accessible thru using Sabco Cleaning Pk but would prefer a ????manservant???????? perve … ahmmm ???? make my day. ????????????

  26. Maria
    / 11:42 am

    I try to clean as I go. By putting items away straight away or cleaning that window when it’s dirty or ironing straight off the line, it makes things easier.

  27. Susan B
    / 3:59 pm

    Little bit each day but also teach your kids and hubby to clean up after themselves too.

  28. Melissa Turner
    / 1:32 pm

    A 15 minute family frenzy time each evening where everyone contributes ensures everything is clean, tidy, put away, and ready for the next day.

  29. Sonia Chang
    / 1:17 am

    As a mum with two autistic children, I need to do most of cleaning jobs by myself. I love to use homemade white vinegar spray cleaner for cleaning windows, bathroom and kids furnitures.A well organised plan is a key and breaking big task into several small tasks for the spring cleaning can provide success cleaning results in the short time. This Sabco Pack has smart cleaning solutions for everyone as I seen on TV and Love From Mim blog . I would have brilliant Sabco Cleaning tools for faster cleaning experience than my traditional cleaning way.

  30. Sylvia Hrehoresen
    / 12:59 am

    Always have wipes on hand to keep benches etc clean and always put things away where they belong straight away to make it easier when doing a big clean.

  31. Anastasia
    / 7:37 pm

    Get the kids to stay over at grandmas

  32. Kasey E
    / 5:55 pm

    Consistency….being on top of it regularly keeps it under control & easier to manage.

  33. Krystal-Murray
    / 12:48 pm

    In today’s modern world, technology makes cleaning easier to compute.
    iPhone for reinforcements and Twitter away the clutter while I wait !

  34. bexdey
    / 11:38 am

    My best tip if a cordless vacuum as you can so easily take it anywhere and be a SWEEPING success on the go! It’s amazing how better a room looks if the floor is clean. And this is a bit urgh but I have a damp scrubber just for the floor and I wipe up mess with my foot all around the room as it’s quicker than mopping!

  35. Christine
    / 10:36 am

    My tip for a clean and tidy house is sending my tradie partner away so there are no smelly socks in the house!

  36. inthegoodbooksblog ( Michelle)
    / 6:38 am

    My tip would be to invest in a kitchen timer, then set it for 10/15 minutes (depending on how much time you have to spare/how long you can be bothered cleaning for). Then try and complete as many tasks as you can before the timer goes off. You can do this as often as you like; a couple of times each day, or more/less depending on personal situations. I find that I get a lot more done this way as opposed to doing my chores spread across the day.
    Also, buy a spare laundry basket (you can call it the ‘junk basket”) and as you clean, pick up any toys, books, junk that you find and put them in the basket. Get family members to put away what belongs to them. It really helps to make things less cluttered.

  37. inthegoodbooksblog ( Michelle)
    / 6:33 am

    My tip would be to invest in a kitchen timer, and set it for 10/15 minutes (depending how much time you have spare, or how long you can be bothered cleaning for!), and then try and complete as many tasks as possible before the timer sounds.
    You can do this a couple of times each day, or more/less. I find that I get a lot more done in shorter bursts than if I spread the chores out across the day.
    Also, buy an extra laundry basket (you can call this the ‘junk basket”), and use it to pick up any toys/books/junk you find as you’re cleaning and get family members to take what’s their and put them away. It helps keep things less cluttered.

  38. Kim M
    / 2:21 am

    Little and often works for me x

  39. Rachel K
    / 11:56 pm

    When it comes to cleaning I can only manage it in small bursts or I lose the will to live! Ha, ha! I would rather listen to a radio talk back show (in a language I don’t even speak) while plucking my armpit hair, than clean! I set up my cleaning products and then settle down on the couch to watch my weekly dose of “Bold and the Beautiful” which I have recorded. I clean one or two things every ad break and then settle back on the couch in between ads for my next instalment of what my husband calls “brothel TV”! This makes cleaning just bearable!

  40. Kathryn
    / 8:25 pm

    Clean as you go so your not left with so much to do at once!

  41. Gayle Vos
    / 7:27 pm

    Clean up a little bit everyday, this way the jobs don’t get out of hand or too big

  42. Melanie
    / 6:39 pm

    Doimg one room a day, seems less overwhelming thanwhole house

  43. Jess Finos
    / 4:44 pm

    Give hubby positive reinforcement on what a great job he does doing chores that way he’ll hopefully do more! Doesn’t just work on kids!

  44. Kristy Coles
    / 11:38 am

    My children help out by doing chores for pocket money, and I make sure I clean everyday at least 30 mins and wash once a day, if I didn’t do the washing everyday I would have so much to do on the weekend I do at least 2 loads a day

  45. Anna Margaret
    / 10:56 am

    Ignore it all until the 6 monthly rental inspection, and then exhaust yourself doing it all in one go. Wait, that’s not actually the best idea…

  46. Bryan Rigby-Roberts
    / 12:28 am

    Little and often! Never leave dishes out thinking “I’ll do them in the morning”. At least put them in the dishwasher. That way you won’t get overwhelmed when getting started next morning.

  47. Irena
    / 8:29 pm

    Get your kids to help you :)

  48. womblywoo
    / 4:42 pm

    Eat outside ;)

  49. Nat hollis
    / 8:40 pm

    The best tip is: don’t have kids…. but if its too late for that; Ive just discovered the audible app (audio books). I pop in my headphones, turn on my “book” and suddenly i dont even care that im cleaning cause im so engrossed in the plot!

  50. Loretta Franceschini
    / 8:13 pm

    My best tip is to have a cleaner, that way you’ve got more time to do the things you really like to do

  51. Annette
    / 7:05 pm

    Having a cleaning kit means it’s all at the ready to go when the feeling hits to clean….. Who’s kidding, that doesn’t happen! It’s ready to grab to do the panic clean before people come over!!

  52. Kylie T
    / 6:55 pm

    Don’t think of cleaning as a chore
    Fun; an expedition to explore
    Sing, dance and add a smile
    Bust out the moves to freestyle
    Rock down aisles – spick and span
    Organisation is always the plan!

  53. Rebecca Pattie
    / 4:20 pm

    clean the house daily in the morning and a tiny bit before bed to make it less of a hassle!

  54. sharyn w
    / 10:36 am

    The children share a bedroom so the other room is used for their toy room as that way it can be cleaned less than the rest of the house and i dont step on lego everyday (and can close the door so i dont have to think about the mess lol).

  55. Nette Spaghetti
    / 8:24 am

    I started making household members accountable for their own mess. And it’s worked wonders. My partner used to leave clothes all over the floor so to make him accountable I didn’t wash anything from the floor. One day he said he had no clean boxer shorts and had to find the “cleanest pair” off the floor to wear. GROSS. Now all clothes are in the basket. :) as for the kids, whatever I find on the floor at the end of the day disappears into a box, they can’t have anything in it til Sunday, when they have to put everything in the box away. Even if it was stuff needed for school. (I got the kids to write a note to the teacher as to why they didn’t have their homework or books) They learnt quite fast to put things away after use. Now, weeks later I barely pick any of there stuff up for the Box.

  56. Karina Lee
    / 11:42 pm

    Clean daily. Leaving it all to clean in one go is hard work!

  57. Alyce W
    / 8:06 pm

    Clean it when you see it! If I see some food bits on the benchtop or dust in a corner, I clean it up immediately. I used to just leave it and think ‘I’ll come back to that’ but I never did! This way I stay on top of the mess!

  58. Tracy Wedding
    / 7:35 pm

    Clean as you go don’t let things build up

  59. Jennifer B.
    / 3:08 pm

    TRAIN THE CHILDREN (and hubbie!) with age-appropriate tasks from the moment they can walk. Putting things away, cleaning up after themselves and helping without a grizzle becomes second nature! :D

  60. Aleisha Sullivan
    / 1:38 pm

    Remove everyone from the house – forever

  61. Bridget
    / 1:17 pm

    I keep it as simple as possible – A place for everything and everything in its place

  62. Charl L.
    / 12:47 pm

    Close your eyes and pretend the mess isn’t there……lol. Doing washing daily and keeping on top of household tasks is a good idea. Just a bit everyday so the weekends aren’t consumed with housework!

  63. Debrah Bassett
    / 12:06 pm

    clean a room everyday and it will e less to do in one go

  64. renae
    / 11:38 am

    My tip for a clean and tidy house is to get the kids involved, I find that if they help me it stays cleaner for longer as they are less likely to mess it up again…if that fails I put all the mess in one room and shut the door :)

  65. Deborah Bolam
    / 10:40 am

    The kids are pretty good now they both know to pack up the toys before dinner and put them away in the special baskets they have also I clean one room at a time from top to bottom before I move on to the next room the bathroom gets a quick wipe over every day and once a week a through clean

  66. Shell
    / 9:45 am

    Music with a good beat,
    Makes you want to forget the seat,
    Gets you bouncing on your feet,
    Helps in keeping the house neat.

    With rythm found withing the beat,
    Helps the body work up some heat,
    Ticking tasks as they are now complete,
    A cleaning tip that works a treat.

  67. Patricia Comer
    / 9:38 am

    Having upstairs and downstairs- adds to the volume of potential mess. So I leave dosmestos near the toilet to squirt in after number 2’s, because it eliminates smells and lets face it the muck slides off more easily with each flush. I also keep empty detergent bottle with pre-mixed cleaner in there in my 2 bathrooms so that when grime dose build up. I can clean the glass, while I shower. I tend to bring dirty clothes down when I come down and also include contents from tiny bathroom bin and empty shampoo bottles all in the 1 basket. I take clean bin and baskets of clean clothes and new bottles of shampoo and tubes of toothpaste up with me when I go up.

  68. paula h
    / 8:32 am

    I try and keep on top of the housework by doing a little bit each day, especially the washing. I work full time and don’t like spending all weekend cleaning :)

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