A few weeks ago, after sharing my Housekeeping Routines At-A-Glance printable, I had a reader ask me to share about my cleaning routines in more detail. So, here they are in all of their glory!
Daily Cleaning Routine Tasks
Three times a day we spend a few minutes picking up toys and whatever else that is lying around that isn’t where it should be. Right now this happens right before naps and bedtime to help my daughter transition from “play time” to “sleep time” and right before my husband arrives home from work.
Dishes & Counters
In the morning, I unload the dishwasher if it was started the night before. (We don’t usually need to run it every day because we hand wash quite a few things). After every meal, I try to rinse off all the dishes, load the dishwasher, hand wash items we don’t put in the dishwasher and wipe down the stove top and counter tops. If the dishwasher is full in the evening, we usually start it before bed.
My laundry system dictates that I do at least one load of laundry a day. I start a load in the morning, switch it in the afternoon, and try to fold and put it away before my husband gets home. Since I’m using cloth diapers, almost every other day is a diaper load and is usually the only load I get done that day. On the alternate days, I often do more than one load to stay caught up. I do have certain days that I attempt to wash specific loads, which you can read all about in my book.
When I first got married, this was the one chore that always got done. Sometime during my pregnancy with Claire, I stopped making the bed every day. Maybe because I started taking naps! Nevertheless, it is something I am again attempting to do every morning. It really does make the entire room seem so much cleaner. I don’t usually have my daughter make her bed since she still takes naps in the afternoon.
Weekly Cleaning Routine Focus Areas
Monday = Bedrooms/Office
In our home, the bedrooms consist of the master bedroom, my toddler’s bedroom and the office/playroom bedroom. One a week I change/wash bedding, dust all surfaces, clean the mirrors and vacuum the carpet. Obviously, I also pick up random stuff that needs to be put away as well.
Tuesday = Bathrooms/Trash
I have to admit this is my least favorite room to clean. I’m sure I am not alone in that! On a weekly basis, I try to scrub the tub/shower, clean the toilet, disinfect the sink and other surfaces, wipe down the mirror and sweep the floor. I have two bathrooms, so sometimes I will alternate weeks on scrubbing the tub/shower if I’m running short on time. I also gather and empty all the trash so my husband can take it out to the curb before bed.
Wednesday = Kitchen/Meal Planning
Once a week I “deep clean” the kitchen. I clean out the refrigerator (if I remember!), scrub the microwave and stove top, wipe down cabinet doors and other surfaces and sweep the floor. If I do it every week, things don’t get super dirty, so it really doesn’t take as long as one might think. This is the day I also plan meals for the next week and make a list to take to the grocery store the next day.
Thursday = Errands
I have designated one day a week to get out of the house and run errands. This is the day I go grocery shopping, make a trip to the library, get gas or whatever else that requires driving. During the winter months, I will often change my errand day to be the warmest, driest day of the week.
Friday = Living Room/Hall
I leave this area of the house for the end of the week because it’s the easier and ff we are going to invite somebody over it is almost always for lunch after church. I dust, vacuum and wipe down surfaces that need extra TLC. I try to remember to look for cobwebs in the corner and give the ceiling fan a once-over every now and then.
As you can see, my housekeeping routines are pretty easy going. You can read more about them in my book, Clean Enough: Simple Solutions for the Overwhelmed Homemaker, where I give you step-by-step instructions on discovering your own cleaning standards for your home to help you make routines that work for your unique situation.
What tasks do you include in your housekeeping routines?