A day by day cleaning schedule
I have to admit I am a side-tracker! My husband teases me all the time and it’s well deserved. I may start one project and get side-tracked within minutes by starting another. In order for me to keep to my daily cleaning schedule, I had to create a cleaning routine that I stick to.
I’ve used the same cleaning method for years and it’s worked for me.
My goal every day is to start and finish one room before moving onto the next. I also always start in the back of the house and move forward and end up cleaning the kitchen last. My routine is so automatic now that I can daydream while cleaning and before I know it I have gone through the house without getting sidetracked.
Here is the daily cleaning schedule I use. I hope by seeing how I do things you can create your own routine and stick to it.
- Spray down the tub, sink, and toilet and let them soak while I quickly straighten and organize the vanity drawers.
- Empty trash can.
- Hang fresh hand towels and take laundry to the laundry room.
- Finish scrubbing and cleaning sink, toilet and shower.
- Sweep and do a quick hand mop of the floor.
- Make all beds and change sheets once a week. For me, that is every Friday.
- Pick up and hang any clothes that can be re-worn and carry dirty clothes to the laundry room.
- Stack and organize any reading material left on night stands and do a quick dusting of furniture.
- Sweep and vacuum floors.
- Living room
- Pick up all papers, magazines, and book and put away clutter.
- Once a week dust knick knacks, light fixtures, and wood furniture.
- Carry and put away any items that belong in another room in the house. But beware…this could be a significant side-tracker area. If you feel like you may get sidetracked carry around a laundry basket from room to room and add the items to the basket to put away when you are finished cleaning.
- Fold blankets, fluff the pillows and looked for hidden items in cushions.
- Sweep and vacuum floors
- Wash dishes or load dishwasher.
- Wipe down all counters, stove, and electronics.
- Sort mail and put away all clutter that does not belong in the kitchen. (I usually fill my laundry basket in this room. Our kitchen tends to be the catch-all for all things!)
- Empty trash.
- Sweep and quickly damp mop floor.
- Laundry/Mud Room
- Sort and pre-soak any laundry that needs stain treated.
- Put away any laundry that has yet made it to its final destination.
- Wipe down counters, washer & dryer, and clean link trap.
- Sweep and quickly damp mop floor.
It usually takes me less than an hour every day, and on some days it takes me much less. I’ve found if I keep to my cleaning schedule as I have it outlined above my house stays cleaner and takes me no time at all to keep it maintained.
Do you have any tips you can share?
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This is a great schedule! I’m going from working for the rest of this week to becoming a stay at home wife and I think this will be my new cleaning schedule!! Thanks so much for posting!!
Fabulous post, Tracy! I loved the list of things to do in each room…very helpful, my friend.
Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!
I go back and forth on whether or not I should set up a daily and/or weekly cleaning schedule for myself. I did set up a Spring Cleaning schedule, but other than that I just go on cleaning frenzies!! It was helpful to see what you do.
What a great list and you do this every day!! I think this is a great idea and would really take away from one big cleaning day like I do weekly. Thank you for your advice with this it is much appreciated. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
This is a great list to stay on track with house cleaning. A little everyday saves the overwhelming feeling many have from waiting to do it once a week.
This is a great schedule! I found you on the coffee and conversation link up! I should set a schedule but I can’t decide if that would help my cleaning efforts, cause me to become a little too obsessive, or just make me feel like I am failing at it everyday when I don’t get it done. You look like you’ve got this down! Thanks for sharing!
Great schedule! I’m terrible at creating a routine for myself so I just like to decide what to do as a go about my day. I should be more organized like you! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Please link up with us again next week!
It is good to see you again. Great chore list! We are so glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. I hope to see you at the new party beginning tonight at 9pm EST.
Thank you for the great list. I also want to thank you for the screen savers. I am fortunate enough to work from my home in the country three days a week, I drive into our corporate office two days a week in the Galleria area of Houston and my co-workers are always commenting on my screen savers. THANKS!
Theresa I am so happy you took the time to let me know you enjoy the screen savers…make the extra work well worth it!
Great list of daily cleaning. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
What a great list!
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I love this routine and am going to give it a try! We have all hardwood floors in our home. I see vacuum and sweep floors. How often would you wash hardwoods? Also do you have any guideline for deep or seasonal cleaning? Thank You Patricia
I don’t like to mop so I have to say I only mop once a week. For deep cleaning, I do that twice a year in the spring and in the fall. I concentrate on those areas that tend to pile up the most like closets and my pantry. I have found the only way to clean them good is to take everything out of them and re=organize and weed out as I am putting things back.
I’m going to give this a try! We have all hard woods through the home. It says to sweep daily, how often would you wash hard wood floors? Do you have a guideline for deep or seasonal cleaning as well?