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In this post you’ll find information on how to put together a household shopping list for both household products and groceries.
I’ve also put together some free PDF printables – a household shopping essentials checklist and household shopping list template.
THE ULTIMATE HOUSEHOLD SHOPPING LIST HOW-TO GUIDE
Let’s face it, doing a weekly shop can be one of the most time-consuming, boring chores you do each week.
When you’re busy juggling all the commitments of life, from parenting to working and looking after the family home, it can be a challenge to have the brain bandwidth to make sure you’ve got everything you need on your shopping list each week.
So, I’ve tried to make the whole process easier by creating a set of household shopping lists to take some of the brain pain out of it.
WHY YOU SHOULD USE A HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS SHOPPING LIST
Given the name of my site is Mums Make Lists it will come as no surprise to you that I am a fan of lists.
It’s a big old masterlist I’ve created of every item that I might need to buy on any given week. I use it as a checklist to help me stay on track with everything I need for us to run our family home.
It ensures we never run out of housework and cleaning essentials, which in turn means that we stay on budget when it comes to the boring but essential items we need to keep our home clean, tidy and organised.
It’s also a great way of ensuring that we don’t overspend by overstocking on stuff we don’t really need.
So as well as helping you to be super organised and save on time and effort, having a really good household shopping list will help with the family budget too!
I’ve also taken to adding household products to my Amazon Subscribe & Save, I always check the price versus my supermarket price and if it works out cheaper, they go onto my Subscribe & Save list. What I love is that it is really easy to set how often I want my reorders to be delivered.
I get an notification when a repeat order is coming up and I cancel it if I don’t yet need more of the item. It’s easy to set one up, you can find out more by popping over to Amazon Subscribe & Save.
HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A HOUSEHOLD SHOPPING LIST
Putting together a well organised shopping list can be the difference between you overspending on time, effort, money and walking out of the supermarket (or receiving a supermarket delivery) with exactly what you need, when you need it.
With this in mind, here are two really useful tips to help you put together a super effective shopping list.
1. USE CATEGORIES
Either put together your list by aisles or by categories. If you shop IRL rather than online shopping, then list everything out as per the isles in the supermarket you usually shop in.
You don’t need to necessarily list out each isle – that could be a super long list – but you know the main isles you visit each week, so it’s well worth having them separated out on your list.
If you shop online, then stick to using categories of food, such as fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat, dry goods, freezer, household supplies etc.
2. START A NEW LIST EACH WEEK
Sitting down to do a big shopping list can be soul-destroyingly dull, there’s also the chance you will miss something off.
Another way to do things is to use a notepad and pen stuck to the fridge or a blackboard, that all the family can add their requests onto. This way you make sure you don’t end up with cries of ‘why haven’t we got any… [insert random foodstuff]’ straight after you’ve done a big shop.
HOUSEHOLD SHOPPING LIST FOR GROCERIES AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
When you think about your weekly shop, you can pretty much divide it into two categories. The first is groceries – food and drink – and the second is household products – everything from toilet paper and laundry detergent to window cleaner and rubbish bags.
The groceries are what you need to keep everyone in your household fed and well nourished and then household products are what you need to keep your family home clean, tidy and organised.
With this in mind, I’ve created a free PDF printable household shopping list that you can download. There’s a list of grocery essentials and a list of essential household products.
Plus you can download my free PDF household grocery shopping list template so that you can create your own master list of grocery essentials or print and use each week to create a nicely ordered shopping list of food, drink and household supplies.
Scroll to the bottom of the post to find out how to download both the household shopping list and shopping list template.
HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES LIST
Now, about those household supplies. Here’s a list of all the household products you could ever possibly need to keep your family home running smoothly.
Use the list as a monthly or weekly checklist to make sure you never run out of the staple items you need for cleaning, doing the laundry and generally keeping the home organised.
Household shopping list
Household shopping list of all the household essential products and supplies you need to keep your home clean, tidy and organised.
HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS SHOPPING LIST
Washing up liquid
- Dishwasher tablets
- Dishwasher salt
- Dishwasher cleaner
- Washing up gloves
- Washing up brush
- Microfibre cloth
- Antibacterial spray
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Limescale remover
- Oven cleaner
- White wine vinegar
- Microfibre cleaning cloths
- Kitchen roll
3. DUSTING & POLISHING
- Microfibre duster cloths
- Microfibre window cloths
- Microfibre polishing cloths
- Feather duster
- Wood polish spray
- Dusting spray
- Silver polish
- Washing detergent
- Fabric conditioner
- Laundry bleach
- Stain remover
- Lint roller
- Wooden floor cleaner
- General floor cleaner
- eCloth floor mop
- Dustpan and brush
- 6. WINDOWS
- Cleaning cloth
- Polishing cloth
- Glass cleaner
- Rubbish bags - large
- Rubbish bags - small
- Food recycling bags
- Cleaning gloves
- Toilet brush
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial spray cleaner
- Shower cleaner
- Toilet bleach
- Limescale remover
- Drain cleaner
- Liquid hand soap
- Hand sanitiser
- Toilet paper
10. FOOD CARE
- Saran Wrap / Cling Film
- Greaseproof paper
- Baking parchment
- Freezer bags
- Long matches
- AA batteries
- AAA batteries
HOW TO MAKE A MASTER GROCERY LIST
If you want to really get to grips with every aspect of creating a master grocery shopping list, you can pop over to my post on how to make a master grocery shopping list, where I’ve gone in-depth on everything you could ever possibly want to know on the subject.
FREE PRINTABLE PDF HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS SHOPPING LIST AND FREE PRINTABLE PDF SHOPPING LIST TEMPLATE
HOUSEHOLD ESSENTIALS SHOPPING LIST
Want to have a printable version of the household supplies list above? Look no further! I’ve created a free printable PDF version that you can download, print and keep to use as reference.
There are two pages to the shopping list. The first is for household product supplies and the second is a good basic list of grocery essentials.
The grocery list is by no means exhaustive, but it will help get you on track for creating your own master grocery shopping list.
SHOPPING LIST TEMPLATE
Whilst the household supplies shopping list is great to use for reference, what you really need to up your shopping game is a template you can use to create your own weekly shopping list.
So, I’ve created one for you. It’s a complete household essentials and grocery template that you can download as a printable PDF.
The template is broken down into categories so that you can use it for your whole grocery shop, as well as for listing household supplies.
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Hello, I’m Luci, founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, I have combined my experience as a mum, journalist and shopping editor to create useful guides and lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.