Ever since I created a weekly house cleaning schedule, I’ve found my house stays cleaner and I’m able to stay on top of cleaning. Things don’t pile up as they used to when I left some cleaning solely for the weekends. Truth be told, keeping a tidy home can be a little daunting. There’s the never-ending laundry, dirty dishes, and dusting which are just a few of the chores that never end.
I created this weekly home cleaning schedule to help you stay on top of cleaning your home.
Boss of the Weekly House Cleaning Schedule
Let me get right to it and say that depending on your schedule and your home, you might need to tweak this weekly house cleaning schedule to fit your lifestyle. You can use this schedule as is or as a rough guide to make one that fits your life. The idea behind doing a little cleaning each day is to create a routine. Then you won’t look at your messy home and wonder where to start. With a routine cleaning schedule, you know what to tackle that day. This makes your home run a bit smoother in the cleaning department.
When you stay on track and have a tidy home you’ll realize the cleanup time each night or morning won’t take that long. It won’t leave you with a long list of chores at the end of the week. And you’ll be able to get outdoors and enjoy some quality time with your family.
Also, make sure to delegate some of the chores to family members if you can. This is a great way to teach your child the life skill of cleaning and taking care of the home, and save you time. I am a huge fan of working together as a family to get the house clean. Because each of us already did our part to get it dirty!
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Basic Weekly House Cleaning Schedule
1. Daily House Cleaning Ideas
- Do a load of laundry and put it away – aim to do at least on the bare minimum, one load of laundry. This will ensure that you won’t have to wait on several loads of laundry during weekends.
- Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters – not only does this minimize your weekend cleaning, but it also helps keeps bad odors away, as well as the growth of mold and mildew in these often wet areas.
- Pick up toys (if you have kids) – if you’ve stepped on one of your child’s hard toys then you understand why this part is such a necessary part of daily cleaning. These little toys quickly multiply and you’ll not only step on them but you’ll also sit on them and that’s why they need to be put away daily. Have the kids help with this chore and make it their duty to keep their toys away once they’re done playing with them.
- Make beds – this is such a commonplace practice for me and is normally the first thing I do as soon as I wake up. While I know this isn’t the same for everyone, make it a habit to make beds on a daily basis. Morning works best for me; find what time works best for your family. Also, have everybody make their bed – even the littlest.
- Do dishes – this almost goes without saying. Doing dishes daily helps prevent a dish pile-up that encourages lots of bugs such as flies and cockroaches.
- Take out the trash – to definitely stop the rotting smells and leaves your kitchen smelling fresh if the dishes are done and all the counters are wiped dry.
Make life simpler by focusing on specific rooms each day. How many of you have started in one room and found yourself tackling EVERY. SINGLE. room?!
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2. Monday (Living Room)
Start your week on a high by thoroughly cleaning the living room. You’ve probably had guests over the weekend and Monday is the best day to reset everything. Do this by:
- Vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping.
- Dust and polish all furniture in the living room.
- Dust your ceiling fans too and you can use an old pillowcase to do this. It helps contain the dust inside the pillowcase and stops it from spreading to the rest of the room.
- Clean windows and ensure they’re free from dust and any grubby handprints.
- Disinfect tv remotes, light switches, and everything else that’s prone to a lot of touching.
3. Tuesday (Kitchen Day)
This is one of the busiest rooms in the house and it equally deserves a day to get it back to a clean and fresh state. Plus, no one would want to make meals for their family in a dirty kitchen. Personally, I can’t even start cooking anything in my kitchen if it is dirty. No matter the day or time, I start all my cooking sessions by cleaning at least the dishes and the floor.
- This is the day you clean out your refrigerator and check for food that’s about to expire as well as any leftovers. Always give your refrigerator some form of a system so that everyone in your household quickly and easily knows what needs to be consumed first.
- Sweep, mop, and vacuum the kitchen floors.
- Move things from the countertops and wipe them down. Also, clean or wipe everything that’s on the countertops.
- Wipe down all your kitchen cabinet doors.
- Clean your microwave with some vinegar and water solution. This disinfects it and leaves it smelling fresh, too.
- Clean your oven (once a month) or as needed. I always ensure there are no food scraps left in the oven after each use. as I never want to be encouraging vermin such as cockroaches breeding in my oven.
4. Wednesday (Bathroom)
This is a room that’s used daily although the traffic’s in here ain’t that high. Still, dedicate a day to clean the bathrooms, especially if you have multiple bathrooms in your house.
- Wipe down all counters and mirrors, leaving them free of any makeup, lotions, soap, fingerprints, and everything else.
- Thoroughly clean the toilet and shower.
- Change out the towels and provide a supply of clean and fresh towels.
- Wash bath mats (do so every 2 weeks) and in case it’s not yet time to wash them, ensure they’re dried to make sure they’re not growing any mold on them.
- Sweep and mop your bathroom floors. I always leave mine dry to prevent any accidental falls and slips which could very quickly turn deadly.
5. Thursday (Bedrooms)
While you practice having everyone make their beds on a daily basis, also remind them Thursdays the bedroom gets extra cleaning and care which includes:
- Washing the beddings.
- Wiping down the baseboards, nightstands, and dressers.
- Taking the trash out.
- Vacuuming the floors.
- And dusting ceiling fans.
6. Friday Is For The Extra Rooms like office, homeschooling room, and such
- Dust and wipe down the furniture in there.
- Sweep or vacuum the floors
- Take trash out
- Arrange the stationery on the desks as well as whatever is kept in the drawers.
7. Saturday/Sunday Is Dedicated To Random Tasks
- This means you get to finish any task you didn’t get done.
- Do outside work if you have any, such as sweeping the fallen leaves, mowing the lawn, or trimming hedges.
- Clean your car as well as the garage, and we’ve got a whole lot of genius hacks to help you with this.
If you find that Mondays are the day you have the most time, then tackle the room that takes you the longest. Like I said this is simply a basic guide to give you a starting point. Tailor it to your needs and schedule. Make it work for you and your household.
Like in my house, there are some weeks when I don’t get everything checked off because life happens. But it is okay, and I just start again the next day on new tasks. We are all human and I think it’s safe to say we all wouldn’t mind a few extra hours in the day. Do the best you can and don’t be too hard on yourself.
And for each area of the house, enlist the help of every member of your household. Once they realize that keeping a house clean isn’t a walk in the park, they will get better at cleaning after themselves.
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