How to Make a Daily Cleaning Schedule (Podcast or Post #25)

Want to know how to make a cleaning routine that works? Here are 7 steps for how to make a daily cleaning schedule that won’t overwhelm you.

 

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➡ Download our free Daily Cleaning Roadmap here. This includes room by room cleaning checklist PDFs, with the recommended order of which tasks to do first.

✅ Get our Calm Kitchen Clutter Course here on sale for a limited time. This course is designed to walk you through getting your kitchen under control if you’re struggling with kitchen clutter, which will be a huge boost to starting a cleaning schedule off on the right foot.

➡ This is a countertop dishwasher on Amazon like the one I have. It’s a great option if you don’t have the space or finances to install a regular dishwasher.

➡ Download our free Paper Organization Roadmap PDF here. This will help you to get paper clutter under control and keep your documents organized.

➡ Here is a laundry day resource page from A Slob Comes Clean. If you’re interested in doing a weekly laundry day, this can help.

➡ Grab & stock up on the Living Well Planner here at a huge discount before it’s permanently discontinued at the end of April 2024. This is the best planner I’ve ever used (and I’ve used many!)

 

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First, I just want to acknowledge that if you’re struggling with keeping your house clean, I get it.

I struggled with this for many years. And even after learning how to keep my house clean, it’s still a challenge at times.

The one thing that will make the biggest difference, though, is making & using a daily cleaning schedule and routine.

This allows you to be consistent with your home, which stops it from getting out of control.

How do you make a daily cleaning schedule?

That’s what we’re going to discuss right now- how you can do it- step by step, and tips for following through.

Just a note: If you want a shortcut to making a daily cleaning routine, download our free Daily Cleaning Roadmap.

Use this to make your own cleaning checklist for your home. It also suggests which order to do tasks in to maximize your time.

You can use this printable to make your own personalized cleaning checklist. But there are also room by room checklists included. 

 

Step #1: Walk through each room and write down the tasks that need to be done regularly to keep it clean.

 
woman writes down list of cleaning tasks in each room as she makes her daily cleaning schedule
 

An easy way to determine which things needs to be done regularly, is to ask yourself, ‘If I didn’t clean or tidy up this room for a week or 2, what tasks would need to be done so it’s no longer messy or unsanitary?’

I already have the recommended tasks for each room listed in our free Daily Cleaning Roadmap printable. But we’ll go through the basic tasks below as well.

Here are 10 general tasks to include in your daily cleaning schedule:

 

Quick Note: While this list of tasks includes things that should be done in multiple rooms and isn’t necessarily in order of which tasks are most important, I always recommend starting in the kitchen.

If you’re struggling with a lot of clutter in your kitchen, I have a course that I made to help you conquer your kitchen clutter so you can get your kitchen under control.

✅ Check out the Calm Kitchen Clutter Course here. You can grab it at a huge discount for a limited amount of time.

Another quick note: When it comes to the cleaning tasks I’m about to recommend, while I do suggest putting all of these on a daily cleaning schedule, realistically not all of these will need to be done every day.

One of the beautiful things about having a daily cleaning schedule is that you have less things to clean each day when you maintain a clean home.

As you work through your cleaning routine each day, when something on your cleaning checklist is already done, skip it until it needs to be done again.

1. Do the dishes.

 
a woman loads her dishwasher as part of her daily cleaning schedule
 

If you have a dishwasher, load it & run it.

Put away the dishes when it’s done, so future dirty dishes can go right in the dishwasher. Anything that isn’t dishwasher safe, you’ll need to wash by hand.

If you don’t have a dishwasher, hand wash all of your dirty dishes, soaking them in hot water and dish detergent for 5-15 minutes first if needed. Then either towel-dry or airdry them and put them away.

Staying on top of dishes is in my opinion one of the most essential tasks, if not the most essential task, that you want to stay on top of to keep your house clean.

And just a side note, if you don’t have a dishwasher and don’t have the space or finances to have one installed, I highly recommend you get a countertop dishwasher.

It works really well with Cascade Platinum dish tablets. And it costs a lot less and takes up much less space than a traditional dishwasher. I’m so thankful to have mine, because doing dishes by hand for 7 people is just not fun, I’m not gonna lie.

I recommend measuring the area where you’d put it first and checking it against the measurements of the countertop dishwasher, just to make sure it will fit where you want it.

In my kitchen, the cabinets are too low for me to put it on the countertop. So I actually have it on a portable butcher’s block next to my sink.

2. Do the laundry.

 
woman doing laundry at home, drying clothes as part of her daily cleaning routine
 

Staying on top of laundry for me personally includes sorting clothes, spraying any stains, washing the clothes, drying the clothes, and putting them away.

However, when it comes to keeping laundry under control, you don’t want to underestimate the importance of taking care of clothes once they’re worn.

You want to make sure dirty clothes end up in the hamper daily. This stops clothing clutter from piling up. And it makes it easier for you to wash clothes on the days you do laundry.

Because laundry can quickly pile up and dirty clothes can make a room messy fast, I recommend prioritizing laundry as part of your cleaning routine.

3. File any mail/papers that need to be taken care of.

 
a woman sorts her mail as part of her daily cleaning schedule
 

Most people have papers coming into the home daily, or almost daily, between mail, work, stuff from their kids’ school, and so on.

So it’s important to sort through and file papers regularly. And it’s easier to stay on top of if it’s added to your housekeeping routine.

➡ If you’re struggling with paper clutter, you can download our free Paper Organization Roadmap here.

This resource will help you to conquer paper clutter and set up a system to keep your important documents filed.

And just a note: If you’re behind on filing papers and don’t have time to spend hours in one sitting catching up on them, I recommend still adding this task to your daily cleaning schedule. Work on it for a short designated time- like 5, 10, or 15 minutes. And set a countdown timer specific for this task.

You want to work on the papers for longer than it will take you to file that day’s mail/papers when you’re behind. But you don’t want it to be for so long that it interferes with your day or overwhelms you. You can do anything for 5 to 15 minutes.

4. Tidy, dust, and wipe down surfaces.

 
woman dusts her shelves as part of her daily cleaning routine
 

Tidying surfaces prevents clutter from building up on them.

As is my rule for any task on my daily cleaning checklist, I only recommend doing what needs to be done.

If a surface is already tidy, has been dusted/wiped down recently, and meets your standard for being sanitary, then you can skip it until the next day that it needs to be done.

Personally, I wipe down my kitchen surfaces and dining room table more frequently than surfaces in other parts of my home, since I want them to be sanitary to have food on them. (And they’re used more often than other surfaces.)

For the tops of surfaces in our living room or other places, I’ll tidy them if needed, but I will only wipe them down once they start to get a little dusty.

Often surfaces can go a few days to even a week or so without being dusted. So I don’t go crazy and dust every day when they still look pretty clean.

5. Clean any mirrors and glass, (including windows, doors, etc.)

 
woman cleans mirror as part of her daily cleaning schedule
 

This can include any glass doors in showers, sliding glass doors, etc., that need to be cleaned.

I personally don’t go crazy with cleaning windows frequently. But I clean any regularly used areas with glass or mirrors as needed when they have smudges or fingerprints.

6. Clean any sinks, toilets, bath tubs, & regularly-used appliances.

 
woman cleans sink as part of her daily cleaning routine
 

Keep areas clean as needed that come into contact with water, especially if the water where you live will cause hard water stains.

And these areas can get gross from other things as well if you let them go for too long. So it’s important to clean these as needed.

You’ll also want to keep regularly-used appliances clean.

For myself, I keep my stove-top, fridge, and toaster clean.

We don’t use a microwave anymore, but when we did, I would clean it as part of my daily cleaning routine.

I personally clean my oven as needed. But I don’t include it as part of my daily cleaning schedule because it doesn’t need to be done that often.

7. Make any beds.

 
a woman makes up her bed as part of her daily cleaning schedule
 

Making up the beds will keep bedrooms looking clean and tidy.

8. Pick up any clutter on the floors.

I recommend picking up any clutter on the floors before cleaning them, so they’re clear to be swept, vacuumed, or mopped.

9. Sweep, vacuum, and/or mop the floors.

I recommend cleaning the floors as one of the last tasks you do in a room. This way you won’t need to redo them if there is debris, dust, or dirt that falls on them during your other cleaning tasks.

10. Take out the trash & replace the bag(s).

 
woman takes out trash at the end of her daily cleaning routine
 

Personally, I will usually change the bags in smaller garbage bins if they are at least half full, and the bags in larger trash bins when they’re almost full.

 

So those are 10 general tasks to include in your daily cleaning routine. Some of these may not apply and/or there may be additional tasks you need to do in your home. But those are the main tasks I recommend for most people.

 

Step #2: Make a finalized cleaning checklist for each individual room, listing the tasks in the logical order to do them.

 
woman holds a room by room cleaning checklist
 

After determining which things need to be done regularly in your home, make a specific cleaning checklist for each room. And you want to list the tasks in the best order to do them in.

In our Daily Cleaning Roadmap, I include room by room cleaning checklists. And I list tasks in the order they should be done for best results. There’s also space for you to write your own personalized cleaning checklist.

But we’ll take a moment now to discuss some things you’ll want to keep in mind when writing down which order to do tasks in. 

1. Only focus on one task at a time. 

If you’re going back and forth between clearing a counter and picking up stuff on the floor in the opposite area of the room, it will take you longer to make progress.

Also, if you don’t focus all of your attention in one place, because your progress will be slower and less recognizable visually, it will be easier for you to feel overwhelmed and discouraged.

If you feel that way, it’ll be harder to stick to your cleaning routine and way more tempting to give up.

And I don’t want you to give up. I want you to succeed. 

So focus on one task at a time. And if it involves more than one area in a room or house, focus on one area at a time as well.

For example, when I tidy and wipe down kitchen counters, I focus on one kitchen surface at a time. And I work around my kitchen surfaces clockwise until I get them all done.

2. Always clean from top to bottom, doing higher surfaces first.

 
woman dusts shelves as she does her cleaning routine for the day
 

Clean higher shelves before lower ones, counters before floors, etc.

If you sweep the floor and then wipe off a table after, you run a high risk of getting crumbs and debris on the floor you just cleaned. 

And then you’ll have to take extra time to reclean it. But that can be avoided by cleaning in a logical order and cleaning higher surfaces first.

3. Change the garbage last.

Unless the trash in a room is already overflowing, it’s best to change the garbage when you’re at the end of cleaning a room.

This way you can finish filling up the bag that’s in there. And you won’t fill up a clean bag with garbage as you’re cleaning, if it can be avoided. 

If you’re able to do your whole cleaning routine in one shot, you may find it more efficient to just change all the garbage bags in the house at once.

You could do this at the end of your cleaning routine, instead of changing them one at a time as you do each room.

 

Step #3: Decide how much time to allot to cleaning each day & use a countdown timer when you clean.

 
woman dusts clock
 

It’s important to have a designated amount of time you can set aside to clean.

This makes it easier to schedule your cleaning routine into your day.

When you have a set amount of time set aside and use a countdown timer when you clean, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed. 

You won’t feel like you’re cleaning endlessly because it will only be for a set amount of time.

You can always adjust the amount of time needed. And you’ll also likely get through your cleaning routine faster as time goes on. 

 

Step #4: Decide if you want to do more in-depth cleaning in individual rooms or of specific areas on certain days.

 
a woman mops the floor
 

While I recommend daily maintaining the cleanliness of all regularly-used rooms in your home, you may want to focus on doing a deeper cleaning of certain rooms or tasks on specific days.

For example, you may want to focus on a deeper cleaning of the kitchen on Mondays, the bathrooms on Tuesdays, etc.

Alternatively, you may want to focus on specific tasks on certain days, such as a laundry day on Thursday or mopping all the floors on Fridays.

I don’t really do this step in my home personally. I just try to maintain all the rooms daily and do tasks as they need to be done. So if I notice the kitchen floor needs to be mopped, I’ll do this as I go through my routine.

Because we have a large family with multiple children, including my stepchildren, all the rooms in our home really do need to be maintained on a daily basis.

If a person lives alone or has a smaller family, it’s more realistic to not have to worry about every room daily.

And to be clear, I’m not saying that I need to do every task on my cleaning checklist daily. I’m definitely not someone who mops daily.

But I do need to typically do at least some of the tasks daily in each room in order to maintain a clean home. (I sometimes delegate age-appropriate tasks to the kids. This way they learn how to clean up and maintain a home too.)

For myself personally, I don’t focus on specific rooms on certain days.

But for some people this is a practical idea that works well, which is why I’m including it here. Because while it doesn’t work for my home in this season of life, it may possibly work for yours.

I personally don’t do a weekly ‘laundry day,’ because we have a family of 7. And it’s not usually realistic for all of the laundry to be done in a single day for that many people.

(Our washer also takes a long time to run a load, so that’s part of it too.)

I personally aim to get all of the dirty laundry cleaned each week, BUT, not in a single day.

So for myself, I will do one or 2 loads of laundry a day until all of my laundry, my husband’s clothes, and the laundry for the younger kids are done for the week.

Then the older kids will wash their own clothes and bedding on separate days.

There are people that have success with doing a weekly laundry day, even with larger families. So you’ll have to consider which is more practical for your household. Take into account your schedule and how much laundry needs to be done.

Either way, I recommend getting all of the dirty clothes in your household washed each week, whether you opt for one or more laundry days or wash clothes daily.

If you’re interested in tips on doing a weekly laundry day, I recommend checking out the laundry day resources from the website A Slob Comes Clean.

Dana White, (who runs the blog,) has experience doing a laundry day. And she has multiple blog posts & podcasts on the topic. I’ve personally enjoyed listening to many of her podcasts.

 

Step #5: Set a specific time each day to clean and add this to your schedule.

 
woman writes down her cleaning routine in her daily schedule
 

In a previous step, we discussed deciding how much time you’ll spend cleaning. But you also want to decide when you’re going to clean.

If you use a daily/weekly planner, make sure you schedule your cleaning routine in it.

I personally love the Living Well Planner– it’s my favorite physical planner and it has hourly time blocks. 

But unfortunately, it’s going to be discontinued very soon.

It will no longer be available after the end of April 2024 or until they are out of stock. (And they may sell out sooner because it’s a popular planner.)

I’ll try to find an alternative to recommend after it’s sold out. But the Living Well Planner is honestly the best planner I’ve ever used.

I love the hourly time blocks. And it’s undated so you can start it at any time and even stock up on extras for future years.

I always schedule my cleaning routine into my planner on the days that I clean. 

The only day I personally don’t plan to do my cleaning routine is on Saturdays, which is our rest day. 

As for the 6 days I do my cleaning routine, sometimes I do it at different times of the day. Our schedule is not exactly the same every day throughout the week.

But because I have planned and scheduled my cleaning routine in advance, it makes it a lot easier to stick to it, despite the differences in my daily schedule.

 

Step #6: When you do your daily cleaning routine, work through all the tasks in order on your cleaning checklist until you’re done.

 
woman holds up her duster and spray bottle and celebrates that she finished her cleaning routine for the day
 

Remember to follow the schedule you set for when to clean. Then start your countdown timer and work through your cleaning list.

As I mentioned earlier, if your cleaning checklist has a lot on it, keep in mind that if you’re going through it daily/most days, you aren’t going to need to do every task, every time. 

The goal is to maintain a clean house. If something is already done and still clean, don’t do it again until it actually needs to be done.

For example, if I already mopped the floors this week and they still look decent and nothing gross got spilled on them, I’m not going to worry about mopping them until they need to be done again. 

If a garbage can is less than half full and doesn’t stink, I will wait to change it.

Not everything needs to be done every day. And if something doesn’t need to be done, simply skip it that day.

 

Step #7: After you’ve been sticking to your cleaning schedule for at least 2 weeks, reassess how it’s going & decide if you want to adjust anything.

 
a woman sits and reassesses how her daily cleaning routine is going after she's been following the same cleaning schedule for a few weeks
 

It’s important to give yourself time to get used to a cleaning schedule before evaluating how well it’s working.

Once you’ve been doing a daily cleaning routine for at least 2 weeks or longer, reassess how it’s going.

Here are some things to think about when reevaluating your daily cleaning schedule:

Is there a better, logical order to do certain tasks in?

Are there any tasks on your list that are unnecessary?

Are there any tasks that should be added to your daily cleaning checklist? Perhaps you’ve noticed certain areas that look dirty and should be cleaned regularly, but there isn’t a current task on your list that covers it.

Do you need to change the amount of time youve set aside to clean? Maybe you need a bit more time. Or perhaps you can get everything done in less time than what you’ve allotted yourself.

Is the time of day you’ve scheduled to clean working out? Or would it be more practical to change it to a different time on one or more days?

Ideally, you want the time of day you clean to be when you have the energy to do it. And you want it to be at a time you’re unlikely to be interrupted or distracted.

While there won’t be a ‘perfect’ time to clean, certain times of the day are likely better than others.

For myself, I have the most energy in the morning. I’ve never considered myself a high-energy morning person, but I am always most productive earlier in the day.

I know of other women who clean up at the end of the day and that works well for them.

But for me, I’m tired by the end of the day and I just don’t have the energy. So it wouldn’t be practical for me to schedule important tasks at that time.

Those are some things to think about when you reassess how things are going with your new daily cleaning schedule.

If needed, you can make adjustments to your cleaning routine. Then reassess it again after a couple of weeks. And repeat this process until things are going as smooth as possible for your personal circumstances.

 

So those are 7 steps to making a daily cleaning schedule. Cleaning daily may seem like a lot. But you’ll actually spend less time physically & mentally cleaning once you have a cleaning routine. And your house will look great.

 

➡ Don’t forget to download our free Daily Cleaning Roadmap. This will get you started on making a personalized daily cleaning checklist.

 

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