Do you always feel behind on the housework or wish you could keep your home clean on a regular basis? I used to have the same problem before following a weekly cleaning routine.
When I worked full time, I would spend a few hours every Saturday morning grocery shopping and cleaning the entire house.
I would clean the bathrooms, the kitchen, catch up on laundry, and mop the floors. It was perfect for me during that season of my life.
But then I became a mom.
Doing all of my cleaning in one day was exhausting! Not only was I working hard to get it all done, but I was taking care of my son who inevitably needed his mommy while I was cleaning. I quickly learned that spending a couple of hours cleaning in one day wasn’t going to work anymore.
That’s is when I created a daily routine which in turn caused me to create a weekly routine. I realized that I could spread all of my cleaning chores out throughout the week and only focus on one task each day.
I’ve also implemented morning and evening routines to help stay on top of the laundry and dishes. I throw in one load of laundry every morning instead of having a specific “laundry day”. You can read more details about my laundry routine.
As for getting the dishes done, I’ve found that being intentional about cleaning up after each meal is the best way to stay on top of them. Each night after supper, I make sure the kitchen is cleaned up and countertops are wiped down as part of my evening routine.
You can get free printables to create your own morning and evening routine in my FREE Printables Resource Library. Since following these routines, staying on top of my cleaning has been much easier because those everyday tasks have become a habit.
Start with Daily Habits.
Here are the daily habits that are easy to keep up with each day so that they don’t pile up at the end of the week.
~ Sweep the floors. Honestly, I don’t sweep EVERY day, but I do sweep most days.
~ Do the dishes. As I said earlier, I stay on top of the dishes each day. It is my goal to always go to bed with a clean kitchen. If that sounds hard to do, believe me, I used to think the same thing.
But I got tired of waking up to a dirty kitchen every morning. So for one month I made it my goal to clean my kitchen up every night, and bu the end of the month it had become a habit!
~ Clear the kitchen countertops and dining room table after supper each night.
~ Pick up toys. This is part of our routine each night to keep the toy clutter under control.
~ One load of laundry. The laundry used to pile up all week, but I found the best way to conquer laundry mountain is to do one load each morning.
All of these daily habits are pretty simple and don’t take much time to do each day.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks
The big tasks that take longer to do and only need done once a week are spread out throughout the week.
Here is my weekly cleaning and chores routine. It’s pretty flexible. Some days look different than this, but I try not to do more than one of these on the same day.
Monday: Clean Bathrooms, Vacuum
Tuesday: Grocery Shopping (I’ve started using Walmart Grocery Pickup, and it saves me SO much time!)
Wednesday: Reserved for appointments and projects, Vacuum
Friday: Mop, Vacuum
Saturday: Pay Bills
Spreading out my cleaning chores helps me feel less overwhelmed. Each chore usually only takes about 15-30 minutes which I can accomplish in the mornings allowing me to have plenty of time to do other things the rest of the day.
It also helps me focus on one thing each day, instead of worrying about when I will get it all done. If on Tuesday, I see my floors need mopped, I don’t worry because I know that they will get mopped later in the week. This has given me such freedom!
Doing one chore a day, also helps maintain a clean home. There is always something in my home that is clean whether it’s the floors, the bathrooms, or the dusting. This helps make the home feel cleaner because not everything is a total disaster. 🙂
How To Create A Weekly Cleaning Routine:
- Decide which days you will designate for cleaning.
- Write down all of the chores that you must get done each week or refer to my cleaning checklist.
- Assign a different chore to each day during the week.
Once you have your schedule figured out, it will feel like so much freedom! Instead of devoting hours all at one time, you can do just a little each day to maintain a clean home.