On the lookout for a realistic cleaning schedule you will actually stick to? This post details a simple cleaning schedule and cleaning checklist you can work into your daily routine for those super busy days!
I’ve also created a free simple daily cleaning schedule printable for you to personalise so make sure to grab it!
Keeping a house clean can easily be a full time job! With pets, kids and other family members, mess mounts up really quick. But, fortunately there is a way to keep your home clean and tidy without hiring a housekeeper.
How to Keep a House Clean When You Work or Study Full Time
House Cleaning Tip #1
Declutter. The quickest way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning, dusting and scrubbing is to get rid of stuff you no longer need. You’ll be surprised at just how much stuff you have to declutter, things you’re holding on to for no real reason.
House Cleaning Tip #2
Spread Out Tasks Daily. When you’re working full time or are pre-occupied with your kids, spending all of your free time cleaning is no fun, especially if you let it mount up until the weekend. Splitting your cleaning tasks out daily prevents this overload at the weekend. Using the simple daily scheduler down below, you’ll be able to pick and choose which tasks to complete on which days.
House Cleaning Tip #3
Timer. If you always spend too much time cleaning and feel the need to do everything all at once, I highly recommend setting an allotted time to complete these daily tasks. Anything that doesn’t get done in that timeframe, doesn’t get done. Ideally, you don’t want to spend more than 30-45 minutes daily doing cleaning tasks. If you have kids or a bigger family, no more than 1h -1h 15 minutes.
House Cleaning Tip #4
Get everyone involved. If you live with other people, have older kids or have housemates, it’s also their responsibility to clean up too. One person shouldn’t be responsible for all of the household chores. Set up a weekly chore schedule to divide the chore list fairly. Oh, and set-up a kid’s fridge chore task, like this one in my IKEA Hacks Kids Will Love post!
Daily Cleaning Schedule for Busy People
1. Laundry. If you have a big family or always seem behind on laundry, commit to ploughing through at least 1 load of laundry a day. If you can manage 2, then great. Stick one load on after you get up, and one an hour or two before going to bed. This frees up the rest of your day for more productive tasks.
2. Beds. Breeze through the bedrooms, and spend no more than 5 minutes making the beds and fluffing up the pillows. Open up the windows to allow some fresh air in.
3. Living Room. Do a quick sweep of the living room, tidy away books, papers, put cushions back in the right place, throw toys in their boxes and clear rubbish. You don’t need to do a deep clean, just the basics.
4. Dishes. This will obviously take less time you if you have a dishwasher, but if you do dishes by hand, you’ll want to allot an extra 10-20 minutes onto your cleaning schedule. You’ll want to clean your dishes daily, even if you live on your own and don’t use many plates etc to prevent that old, dry food smell.
5. Wipe down heavily used counters. Kitchen and bathroom are the two places you’ll want to make sure are sanitary and hygienic. These are the two places where germs are likely to build up quick. Wipe down with some white vinegar and baking soda, or use bleach if you prefer.
These are 5 simple tasks you’ll want to try and cover each day. If you’re too busy, making your bed and tidying the whole living room can be left out occasionally. Just clear the basics before heading to work or looking after the kids.
Weekly Cleaning Schedule For Busy People
Some cleaning jobs only need to be done once a week, but that doesn’t mean they all need to be done on the same day! You can schedule them into one day as I know some people prefer to have a cleaning day, or you can tackle one weekly job a day on top of your daily tasks so you can enjoy your free time on the weekends.
Either: daily cleaning tasks + 1 weekly cleaning task = clean home
Or: daily cleaning tasks + (1 cleaning day) = clean home
I’ve put down the 7 non-negotiable weekly cleaning tasks for a clean home so you can easily work one of these into your daily routine, but of course, every home is different so feel free to add a task that’s more relevant to your household!
- Take Out the Trash. This may need to be a daily task depending on how much trash you have and the smell it generates. If you have a newborn for example, you’re going to want to clear that trash can as soon as possible!
- Vacuum every 2-3 days.
- Wash bedding once a week.
- Wipe down tubs/showers once a week.
- Wipe down bathroom mirrors once a week.
- Mop floors once a week.
- Clean inside the fridge, especially any spills or expired food.
To decide which day you’ll take on the bigger chores, take a look at your schedule and find which days you might have a little more free time. On days you have less time, plan on doing a smaller chore, like taking out the trash.
Free Daily Cleaning Schedule Printable
As each home is completely different, I’ve created a blank printable daily cleaning schedule for you to print off and personalise to your day. I’ve split the day into morning, afternoon and night, and included a to-do list section so you can tick off your daily cleaning tasks as you’re going along. I’ve also added a small notes section in case you don’t manage to get everything done in one day.
Simply click the link here to open it. It’s completely free! No email required. Your PDF will open in a new window. Either print straight away or save the file using the little download arrow for later. I hope you find it useful!
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