Cleaning Routine 101

The easiest way to stay on top of your house cleaning routine is to avoid letting it pile up on you.

Break up your work into cleaning jobs that need to be performed daily, weekly and monthly. If you work a day job, divide your daily tasks into chores you do each morning before work and each evening after work. If you are a full-time homemaker, you can decide whether to split up your work or complete it all at once each day.

In the morning before work:

  • Make the beds. Choose one day each week to change the bedclothes—preferably a day when you don’t have to get out the door for work.
  • Empty the dishwasher. Load any dirty dishes from breakfast; start the wash cycle if there are too many to add dinner dishes before washing.
  • Start one load of laundry, if needed.

In the evening after work:

  • Dry, fold, and put away laundry, as needed. Choose one night each week to take care of any ironing needs for the week.
  • Empty dishwasher if needed. Load the dishwasher after dinner and wash.
  • Sweep the kitchen and dining room. Once or twice a week, sweep the front and back porch as well.

Do the chore of the day:

  • Monday – Clean bathrooms by scrubbing the toilet (inside and out), cleaning the sink, wiping down everything on the bathroom counters or shelves, cleaning the tub or shower, cleaning the shower curtain if needed, and cleaning the mirrors.
  • Tuesday – Dust the furniture. Clean the screens and housing of televisions and computer monitors. Dust wall hangings.
  • Wednesday – Clean all flooring by vacuuming or mopping; shake rugs or wash if needed.
  • Friday – This is a free day that you can adjust to fit your weekly schedule.
  • Saturday – This is the day to do a swing chore (see the list below) plus anything you didn’t have time for during the week.
  • Sunday – This is a free day that you can adjust to fit your weekly schedule.

Below are the Saturday swing chores. You can modify these to fit the needs of your home and schedule.

  • Week 1 – Clean kitchen appliances inside and out as needed (oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, any appliances that sit out on the countertop like a toaster, mixer or coffee maker)
  • Week 2 – Spot clean walls and doors; clean baseboards.
  • Week 3 – Clean the inside of your windows and dust blinds and ceiling fan blades.
  • Week 4 – Wipe down the inside and outside of kitchen cabinets. Clean light fixtures throughout the house. For fixtures with bare bulbs, turn the light off to let the bulbs cool. Then remove them from the sockets and spray them with glass cleaner. Let stand for about a minute, then wipe clean and replace in the sockets.
  • Week 5 – Choose one cleaning task that isn’t on this list—something like cleaning the garage.

Following this schedule means that you won’t hit the end of each week dreading the weekend because you know you have tons of housework to do. Even if you don’t work outside the home, following this schedule can help you feel like you do something each day besides clean house!  And of course there are always those times when life happens and you just can’t get it all done. Instead of feeling frustrated and behind on your cleaning chores, contact us at the HousecleaningEU and let us give you a hand. Visit our website today and find out more about how we can help you with routine cleaning as well as special event cleaning and everything in between!