As busy moms, it can be so frustrated to keep up with the cleaning. In this post, I'm going to share with you what you need to clean each day to keep up on the mess. I've also put together a daily cleaning checklist that you can follow to help ease the overwhelm.
Setting up a daily cleaning schedule can seem quite overwhelming. Where do you start? What really needs to be cleaned every day? It's a tangled mess that we really end up over thinking.
It's taken me years to come up with a daily cleaning schedule that doesn't feel like it takes all day and I'm able to "stay ahead" or "on top" of the cleaning. The last thing anyone wants to do is clean their house all day every day.
Setting up your daily cleaning schedule
Setting up your cleaning schedule can be easier said than done. The key to setting this up is to make the schedule non-overwhelming.
I've found there are a few key tips that I use to make my cleaning schedule simple to plan and simple to use.
What needs to be done?
This is the first question that needs to be asked to start your daily cleaning schedule. When you look around your house what do you see that needs to be done? Dishes? Probably. Sweeping? If your house is anything like mine, YES!
The next thing that you'll want to do when putting your cleaning schedule together makes the chores you're writing down as specific as possible. If you write down "clean the bathroom" you might start feeling overwhelmed because of everything that needs to be included in that chore.
The first thing you'll want to do is walk through your house and write down everything that you see that needs to be done (making sure you're writing specific chores down).
Don't worry about the length of the list, it will get shorter.
What I found when putting this list together is I wrote down thing that really didn't need to be done each day.
If you're stuck I'll help. Here are some things that need to be cleaned on a daily basis:
- Picking up clutter (shoes, toys, etc.)
- Sweeping the kitchen
It's time to take action!
Now it's your turn. Grab a piece of paper and walk through the house. Write down everything that you think will need to be cleaned each day.
Making your list a little more realistic
Now that you have your list it's time to narrow that list down.
Like I said earlier, you probably wrote down chores that really don't need to be done each and every day. You see it dirty now, but if you clean that now will you need to tomorrow?
So, grab your list, and cross off everything that you won't need to do every day.
Here are a few common chores that people think that need to be done each day but can be done once a week or a few times a week:
- Scrubbing toilets
Try not to over think the list. The idea is to stay ahead not clean for important guests each day.
Please keep in mind:
I think of my daily cleaning schedule as my surface cleaning time. I want to:
- Pick up clutter (not declutter that's a whole different discussion) like shoes, blankets, and toys and put them back to where they belong
- Keep up with the dishes
- Keep the counters clean
- Make my home overall presentable
What I'm not doing is:
- Putting vacuuming lines on the carpet
- Pulling the fridge out to mop under
Break your cleaning up into rooms
Once you have your list of chores for your cleaning schedule it's time to break those chores up into rooms.
On a piece of paper, write down each room that you'll be cleaning each day then write down the chores that need to be done in that room.
Create your cleaning route
The final piece of the cleaning routine is creating a cleaning route that you'll want to take. The reason for this is it helps with:
- Your time
Instead of zigzagging through the house cleaning this and that try creating a route that goes in order of where the rooms are placed.
I created a video and blog post on this very topic that you can take a look at.
A look at my daily cleaning schedule
My daily cleaning schedule is something that I can do in a matter of 20 minutes. I make sure that I'm surfacing cleaning and I'm not getting hung up on the non-important cleaning.
It took me a long time to get where I'm at. That's why I'm writing this post and I have this blog. I want to share with you the successes that I've been able to overcome.
You should know that for every success there were hundreds of failed attempts.
The main things that I do to keep up with the daily cleaning are:
- Maintain the clutter by putting things away
- Keep up with the dishes
- Wipe down counters & tables
- Air out my home (you'd be surprised by what fresh air will do for the home)
- Wash the sink
- Sweep the kitchen
Sometimes more or less needs to be done but these 6 chores are what I focus on.
I've found that it's important not to over think the cleaning process and if you're cleaning every day -- even for just a few minutes -- you will stay ahead of the cleaning more than you know.
Creating a daily cleaning schedule from scratch...
Can be overwhelming and paralyzing. That's why I'm sharing my daily cleaning schedule with you fo' free! In my daily cleaning pdf, you'll find everything that I do in each room of my home.
You can download and print it out for you to use as your own daily cleaning schedule.
With a little bit of planning ahead, it can be possible to stay ahead with the daily cleaning. By creating a daily cleaning schedule you'll know what to clean and how long it will take.
As time goes on you'll become faster and you'll notice that your home will stay cleaner.
I would love to know in the comments below, what chores do you do every day to stay ahead? Thank you so much for stopping by. I've added a few posts below that I thought you might enjoy.
Have an amazing day,