My Daily Cleaning Schedule

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While I do my fair share of fake cleaning, I also “real” clean. In fact, I real clean almost every single day. (Try not to laugh if you’ve ever stopped by my house just before nap time. Seriously – I do clean – really, I do!)

It took me nearly a year of staying home to find a routine that works for me. I tried specifying one day for cleaning, but that’s not possible or practical with little kids to take care of. I tried just doing things as I saw they needed to get done, but I still felt like I was having to spend a lot of time cleaning – and my house always seemed to feel dirty.

Finally, I created a daily cleaning schedule, and it has made a huge difference. Now I’m able to keep my house clean (enough) without spending hours a day cleaning.

Busy moms can't spend all day cleaning. My cleaning schedule means that I'm cleaning for a short time every day and keeping my house clean enough. Now you can too. Get your home and life together with this quick daily cleaning schedule.

Every Single Day

  • Do a load of laundry (and actually fold the laundry when it comes out of the dryer)
  • Pick up toys, clutter, bedrooms (this should happen several times a day)
  • Clean kitchen
  • Swiffer SweeperVac the kitchen floor (See below)
  • Fake Clean before Even Steven gets home from work


  • Change sheets
  • Clear off the dining room table, aka our dumping ground (and actually put things where they belong)
  • Deal with paper clutter (and actually deal with it – make calls, pay bills, file things. Resist the urge to neatly pile.)



  • Dust bedrooms
  • Vacuum bedrooms
  • Vacuum stairs


  • Empty upstairs trash, bathroom trash and kitchen trash (guess who helps me!?)
  • Create menu for following week (this hardly ever happens)
  • Create grocery list
  • Vacuum main floor


  • Deep clean kitchen – wipe down cabinets, shine stainless steel, scrub stove, etc
  • Mop kitchen floor (which still looks amazing!)


  • Clean basement
  • Big decluttering projects
  • Put away clean clothes (this hardly ever happens)

Notice anything missing?

I’d been doing my cleaning schedule for almost a month, and I was quite proud of how clean my house was with such a small amount of time being spent each day. I bragged to Even Steven.

And then I started noticing a smell in my bathrooms. What else is new?

I checked my schedule and realized: I forgot to clean the bathrooms.

For an entire month.

They weren’t on my schedule, so I didn’t clean them.

Busy moms can't spend all day cleaning. My cleaning schedule means that I'm cleaning for a short time every day and keeping my house clean enough. Now you can too.

PS – This is my new favorite cleaning tool.

Busy moms can't spend all day cleaning. My cleaning schedule means that I'm cleaning for a short time every day and keeping my house clean enough. Now you can too.

The Swiffer SweeperVac is amazing. It is a vacuum and swiffer all in one. It picks up playdoh, cheerios, orange peels… while also grabbing all your dust bunnies.  I highly recommend it for everyone – especially if you have kids or dogs! I use it every single day – and I really don’t know how I ever lived without it!

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  1. Melissa {momcomm}

    February 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hmmmm, I just may have to try this. Ever since I’ve not been working FT we got rid of our cleaning people and my house is less than clean most of the time. We feel like we clean all weekend instead of enjoying the weekend. May have to try this!

  2. Colleen - Mommie Daze

    February 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I used to try to do everything once a week in a big cleaning day, but it definitely is easier to do a little every day. Once I figured that out keeping the house clean was a lot easier.

  3. imklvr

    February 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Well, I didn’t notice that you’d forgotten the bathrooms. What do you suppose that means?

    I made a schedule, too. Found one on Tip Junkie, printed it out, typed it up differently, cut, pasted, reprinted it and put it in a frame like they showed. Worked GREAT….for one week. The next week I had to go somewhere on Monday and it threw it all off. Haven’t tried it again….yet. Monday, yes, I’ll try going back to it on Monday. Certainly can’t start at the END of a week, now can we?

  4. Trish

    February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I need to set a schedule. I vacuum, do laundry and clean the bathroom sinks everyday. Several times a day. Why does no one wipe out the freaking sink?! Anyway, but I will get slack on changing the kids’ sheets and scrubbing the toilets. Oh and mopping the floors. I just hate that. Anyone have a recommendation for a steam cleaner that works well on hardwood floors?

  5. anna

    February 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    this is really a great idea, i have a similar list, but i don’t stick to it very well. as in at all.


  6. Leah

    February 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    i just got myself a swiffer sweeper vac about a week ago and I totally agree.

    i don’t follow my cleaning schedule at all.

  7. Katie

    February 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    The first thing I did when I saw your schedule (before I even read it) was to look and see how often you were going to mop your bathroom floor. I have to mop mine daily, and I only have 1 boy, and still can’t keep the floors/walls clean unless I do it every day. Kudos to you for not having any outrageous smell for almost a month. Mine would have gotten my house condemned after 3 days.

  8. Rosario

    March 1, 2012 at 10:44 am

    thanks for sharing your daily schedule. I have done so many schedules and revised them, the problem is that things are not done following the schedule. If I did, I will not have piles of paper on my desks, the coffee table will be clear of clutter. My tile floors will be spotless, and my bathroom will be clean. I must follow the schedule, and stop spending time on reading blogs, and facebook. Another problem is making my kids help. They do most of the mess in the living room. And I have to spend time daily cleaning up this area. Some days I just leave it alone, and I ask them to do it. But it does not get done. My kids are 9 and 13, so they are old enough to help and be responsible for their own rooms.

  9. Nicole

    March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    That’s a great schedule. Great post. You are always so funny!

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