I can’t believe I waited so long to create a cleaning routine schedule.
But let me tell you, it’s been a game-changer. I used to clean here and there but never felt like I could catch up. That’s when I decided to find a solution.
I wanted a routine that was easy to follow, didn’t take that long, and I could easily incorporate it into my daily life.
After some research, I stumbled upon Clean Mama. My daily cleaning routine schedule is loosely based on her suggestions although I’ve tweaked everything else to better fit my life.
So grab your apron. Get a pen and a planner. And let’s get started. (You don’t really need an apron. But how much more fun is cleaning with one?)
My Easy To Follow Cleaning Routine Schedule
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To begin with, I started writing out my daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning tasks until they soon became a habit. The weekly and monthly ones will take longer.
Here’s a look at my daily cleaning routine schedule and then I’ll break it down.
- Make the bed.
- Do a load of laundry.
- Keep Counters Clear.
- Check Floors.
- Run the dishwasher.
There are only three of us right now so, although it may feel like I’m drowning in laundry, it’s still pretty manageable.
Here are examples of the kinds of loads of laundry I wash.
- My husband’s clothes and my clothes
- My girls’ clothes
- Cleaning cloths/rags
I don’t (often) combine our clothes with our girls’ clothes because actually getting a load washed, dried, and folded is more manageable the smaller it is. I use the “small load’ setting on my washer to save water and energy.
The more we shove into that washer, the more likely we are not going to want to fold it and it’s going to sit on our dining room chairs or guest bed for the unforeseeable future. You get me.
I also do a load of cleaning cloths and rags. When possible, I prefer to use cleaning cloths and then just do them all together every other week or so.
I wash our sheets and blankets every two weeks.
Lastly, I wash the blankets and sheets in our guest room after every guest.
Check out this post on soap nuts that I wrote on why I like to use them instead of regular detergent.
For more inspiration, read about my favorite laundry hacks!
What about big families?
If you have multiple kids, you’ll likely have to do at least a load of laundry every day. Obviously, I’m no expert, but this article on laundry for large families can help you out. Also, God bless.
All I can say is if we have several more kids I’m going to need a house with a laundry room on the main floor. That basement laundry is no fun. Who else feels my pain? 😉
2.) Keep Counters Clear
Other than laundry, I try to keep my kitchen and bathroom counters relatively clean and clear. They are usually cleared off. I’m a big believer in putting things like the toaster and smoothie maker in a cupboard and not letting it sit on the counter.
Obviously, if you have knee or back troubles, please disregard that advice! But otherwise, having clear counters make it easier to keep them CLEAN.
3.) Check the floors.
I don’t vacuum every day, but I do a quick check of the floors in case my toddler spills a box of cereal or cat hair accumulates on the rug.
4.) Run the dishwasher at night.
Not only does running the dishwasher at night save money, but it gives them longer to dry too. In the morning, I can empty it pretty quickly and keep the dishes under control.
While this might seem like a lot at first, it really does become second nature once you start doing it.
What if I work too?
For my working friends, I’d recommend throwing in a load of laundry before going to work, cleaning up the kitchen QUICKLY after breakfast, and briefly checking the floors and counters at night. When you return from work you can throw the clothes in the dryer and fold them another day.
Unless they get really wrinkled. Then perhaps take out those few pieces before you go to bed but leave the rest for another day.
Weekly Cleaning Routine Schedule
Now that the daily cleaning schedule is set, here is a look at my weekly cleaning schedule! I only do one chore a day so it doesn’t get overwhelming. But it really does keep my house tidy and clean!
THURSDAYS: Wash the floors
FRIDAYS: Catch up day or organize
SUNDAY: Day of Rest/Roomba
Let me break it down further.
If possible, I try to do a mini kitchen reset on Sunday night but I still like to take time on Monday to give my kitchen a deep clean. This includes clearing off and cleaning the counters, scrubbing out the sink, cleaning the inside of the microwave (I use this Angry Mama!), and sweeping up the crumbs.
Once about three months I deep clean the oven and try to clean out all the shelves and drawers. Once a year I re-organize under my kitchen sink and here’s a post to get you started with that.
Lastly, I use Branch Basics to clean just about everything in my kitchen. The Branch Basics Concentrate bottle is a POWERHOUSE. One bottle costs $55 but it’s an investment that’s well worth it. One bottle can be used to create 3 multipurpose cleaners, 3 bathroom cleaning bottles, 3 glass cleaning bottles, 64 loads of laundry, and 3 foaming hand-washing bottles. Yes, that’s all in one bottle. I love that the reusable glass bottles I bought to go with it tell me exactly how much water to put in each bottle and how much concentrate to make the perfect cleaner for different areas.
It simplifies my life because I don’t have to think about constantly restocking different cleaners or spending time researching whether a product is safe or not. I also love that it is safe on the most sensitive skin types but can cut through grease and grime at the same time. Since it is a little pricey, you can use my code SARAHALTHOUSE to take 15% off all starter kits.
My least favorite chore is probably the bathrooms because it takes the longest. That’s another good reason to put it earlier in the week.
My recommendation would be to put together a cleaning caddy of bathroom cleaners that you can easily take from one bathroom to the next.
Since I already keep my bathrooms clear of clutter or stuff on the counters, it’s really just about the cleaning.
My bathroom checklist:
- Wash the counter with a non-toxic cleaner or my favorite homemade multi-purpose cleaner.
- Clean the mirrors with a magic cloth.
- Sweep or vacuum the floors.
- Clean the inside of the toilet with a bleach cleaner. Yes, even “green Sarah” uses bleach in the toilet. I then clean the outside with my multi-purpose cleaner.
- Lastly, I wash the floors.
Our upstairs bathroom has a tub. To simplify the cleaning process, I clean it with a magic eraser every time I shower. I then spray it with my multi-purpose cleaner or a non-toxic shower cleaner .
Our downstairs is hardwood so I go room to room sweeping it. Our upstairs, however, is completely carpeted so that’s when I pull out my Dyson stick vacuum to vacuum the three bedrooms upstairs and the hallway in between.
And then every Sunday I run our vacuum/mop in one AT NIGHT. Yes, it does both and it does it while we are all sleeping. Again, something like the Yeedi (which I have) is an investment but waking up to clean floors on Monday morning is worth it.
Thursdays: Wash the floors
Since we vacuumed our floors the day before, it’s only fitting that we wash them the next day. I own both a steam mop for days I feel like I need to disinfect the floor and an easy-to-use O-Cedar Easy-Wring mop for weekly cleaning. There are so many mops out there the important part is that you find one that works for you.
Friday: Catch-up day
I use Fridays to finish any chores I wasn’t able to do the other days of the week. Sometimes I have a day of errands or a cranky kid, and I need that catch-up day.
But if I did complete my weekly checklist, I use Fridays to organize something. These can include coat closets, linen closets, under your bed, the junk drawer, kitchen cabinets, spice rack, etc.
The more organized our houses are to start with, the easier it is to keep them neat. By organizing these areas, we create a “place for everything” so, on a daily basis, we can put “everything in its place.”
The other great part is that it’s a good time to declutter those areas and you can just run the items to a thrift store the very next day.
Since we try to all spend time together as a family on Saturday I will use it to wash the bed sheets and catch up on any laundry I need to, especially with two little girls! It’s always helpful to tackle the mound of laundry on a day my husband is home.
Sunday: Rest Day
I’m learning to take the Sabbath more seriously. Practically, we all need a day to “rest” from our weekly busy schedules and that includes cleaning. Enjoy the day off!
Here are just a few other things I may do on a weekly basis:
- Check the fridge for spoiled food the day before garbage day so I can throw it out!
- Change the cat’s little box the day before garbage day so I can toss that too.
MONTHLY Cleaning Routine Schedule
Let’s talk about what I do on a monthly basis to keep my house clean.
I don’t have a set day or week to finish these. But I write them in my planner to complete them monthly when I can fit them in.
Vacuum the couch
Clean out the kitchen cabinets
Clean out the fridge
- Deep Clean my Vacuum
I know this article seems like a lot, but I promise you, these are all very simple to follow once you get in the habit.
Here is a short-cut version for you to remember it all.
DAILY CLEANING ROUTINE SCHEDULE
- Make the bed.
- Do a load of laundry.
- Keep counters clear.
- Check the floors.
- Run the dishwasher.
WEEKLY CLEANING ROUTINE SCHEDULE
- Monday: Bathrooms
- Tuesday: Dust
- Wednesday: Vacuum
- Thursday: Wash the Floors
- Friday: Catch-Up/ Organize
- Saturday: Scrub the sink
MONTHLY CLEANING ROUTINE SCHEDULE
- Vacuum the couch
- Clean out the kitchen cabinets
- Clean out the fridge
- Deep clean the vacuum.
Do you have a cleaning routine? I’d love to hear about it! I’m always trying to improve mine so the more tips the better!