I have to admit I am a side-tracker!  My husband teases me all the time and it is well deserved.  I may start one project and get side-tracked within minutes by starting another.  In order for me to get my housecleaning done in a timely manner, I had to create a cleaning routine that I stick to.

Daily Step-by-Step Cleaning Routine

I have used the same cleaning method for years and it has worked for me. My goal of every cleaning 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 always 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 my daily cleaning daily routine that I use.  I hope by seeing how I do things you can create your own routine and stick to it.

  1. Bathroom’s
    • 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.
  2. Bedroom’s
    • 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.
  3. Living room
    • Pick up all papers, magazines, and book and put away clutter.
    • Once a week dust knickknacks, 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 pillows and looked for hidden items in cushions.
    • Sweep and vacuum floors
  4. Kitchen
    • 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. 
  5. 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. 

 This is my daily homemaker step-by-step cleaning routine.  It usually takes me less than one hour every day, and on some days it takes me much less.  I have found if I keep to my routine just as I have it outlined above my house stays cleaner and take me no time at all each day to keep it maintained.

Tracy Lynn



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