I always get complimented on how clean our house is. Every time my friend Maddie comes over she is bound to say it at least once! I constantly remind her that I do not have a toddler like she does, and that my house won’t always look so put together when Ryan and I have a baby! But until then, I accept her compliments because #1 I love to clean, and #2 who doesn’t love when their hard work is noticed?!
I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE to clean! When I was little I always was helping my mom clean up in anyway that I could! Want proof? Here is a picture of me happily washing dishes at the age of 4! And even in college, my roommate Colleen would find me cleaning our condo and say, “ You must be avoiding studying if you’re cleaning this much?” Haha! Cleaning never seemed like a chore to me; it was always sort of therapeutic. Ryan and I are always entertaining guests or have random friends drop in, and I always want our house to look it’s best so I’ve been following the below cleaning schedule to a tee.
Before I share my cleaning schedule, there are two things I want to mention.
1. I love to clean, but I know that everyone doesn’t! And that’s okay! Everyone’s situation is different. Whether your house is run by a toddler, you have a messy roommate or you are incredibly busy with work, I wanted to share how I get my cleaning done and stay on top of it. This may give you an idea of how to break down your cleaning schedule or it may inspire you to start your own! Take this schedule and do whatever is best for you!
2. The cleaning products I use are the products that work for me. If natural products are more of your style, power to you! If not, that’s fine, too! So while I know I could use more natural cleaning products, I typically just use these products because they are what I love to use! I’m sure when I start having kids I’ll start switching to safer and more natural products.
- Make Bed
- Wash Dishes
- 15-Minute Pick Up
- Lightly Vacuum/Sweep
- Clean Counters
- One Load of Laundry (as needed)
Now I know what you’re all thinking, “Katelyn, you do daily cleaning tasks in addition to cleaning each room of your house on its designated day?! That’s a lot!” I know it seems like it, but I PROMISE it is manageable, especially if you stay on top of it! The first thing I do every morning is make my bed. I also start and end my day with washing dishes because (cue the sad music) we don’t have a dishwasher. At the end of each day I also like to do a quick 15-minute pick up of anything that is out of place around the house. This way I can start my next day with a clean, fresh slate.
Monday – Bathrooms
- Clean Shower & Bathtub
- Wash Towels & Bath Rugs
- Clean Toilets, Sinks, Counters & Mirrors
- Empty Bathroom Trash Cans
- Sweep & Mop Floors
I will say, bathrooms are the #1 part of the house I hate cleaning. It takes FOREVER! There are so many pieces and parts to clean and sanitize, but it’s all worth it in the end. And if you follow this schedule and don’t put it off for a month at a time, it will become easier to clean.
Tuesday – Bedrooms
- Wash Sheets
- Straighten Closets & Drawers
I always make sure to change the bed sheets once a week. And if you’re not, start making this a habit! You sweat in your sleep, your skin sheds and oils from you body dirty your sheets. Your bedroom, specifically your bed, is your sanctuary, where you go to rest and recharge. It needs to feel extra clean for me to relax.
Wednesday – Living Room
- Straighten Shelves & Cabinets
Our living room gets a lot of use. It’s wear Ryan and I spend all of our evenings together watching movies or TV, eating snacks, and entertaining guests so it needs a good cleaning once a week. But our living room is fairly easy to clean so it goes by pretty quickly.
Thursday – Kitchen
- Clean Stove Top
- Clean Counters & Sink
- Clean Out Fridge, Freezer & Pantry
- Clean Inside Microwave
- Sweep & Mop Floors
During the weekends, Ryan and I eat out a lot so the kitchen doesn’t get much use. Because of this, I like to do all of the kitchen cleaning on Thursday nights to have a nice clean kitchen all weekend long.
Friday – Hallways
- Vacuum & Mop
Since we typically have plans on Friday nights or are exhausted from the long work week, I keep it pretty simple on Fridays with just cleaning our hallways.
On the weekends I try not to clean too much as Ryan and I love to relax or do activities together. If we have nothing going on then I’ll do a few deep cleaning chores, such as cleaning the oven, blinds, baseboards, etc. Now that summer is here I know our yard will need some more attention so we will typically devote a couple of hours to that. Also, if I had a particularly busy work day during the week and was unable to tackle that day’s chores, then I will catch up on them on Sundays.
Do you have any cleaning tips or schedule? I’d love to hear from y’all to see if there is anything I can incorporate into mine or if there’s anything I can be doing more efficiently! If this is helpful let me know, and I will make a printable for this schedule.
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