I used to struggle to keep my house clean on a daily basis. I would put all my small daily cleaning tasks off until our house was in dire need of a cleaning, and when that would happen, a house cleaning that should have taken me less than an hour to do would now take me all day – simply because I refused to take action and complete a simple daily cleaning routine.

Do you put daily cleaning your house off? Maybe you are like I was, and have grown bitter towards cleaning because anytime you go to clean, it takes you hours upon hours, and it’s never truly done.

Or, as soon as you do, finally, finish cleaning the house, the place that you started is already starting to look like a mess again. 

(It’s exhausting!)

If you’re wondering “what chores need to be done daily?” or “what should you clean every day?”, this daily cleaning checklist template will help you know what cleaning tasks to do every day and which ones to leave to be done once a week, or even once a month. There’s no point in exhausting yourself by doing something that doesn’t need to be done! 

Follow this daily cleaning schedule printable to keep your home tidy even on your busiest of days. 

Would you rather print off this daily cleaning checklist? Grab it for free below. ⬇️

 

This is NOT a home deep cleaning routine that will take you 3 days to complete – these are simply cleaning tasks that you can implement on a daily basis to keep your home tidy and clean.

(But, if you’re looking for a deep cleaning checklist for your house, this free checklist has helped thousands of families deep clean every room in their house.)

If you find you put off cleaning your house because even minuscule cleaning tasks take you hours to complete, these daily cleaning tasks will help you shorten the amount of time you spend cleaning while still keeping your house looking good. (And will help you STOP doing useless cleaning tasks that are doing nothing but wasting your time.)

Maybe you’re so busy that you’ve convinced yourself you don’t have time to clean every day. That’s okay – don’t think of these daily cleaning chores as cleaning your house, think of them instead as just picking up after yourself and your family throughout your day – there’s no need to set time apart throughout your day to clean, instead you will just clean as you’re going about your day. 

I’ll let you in on a little secret: these daily tasks are QUICK, they’re EASY, and they’re EFFECTIVE. They can be done at different times throughout your day whenever you have a minute to spare, or even as you’re doing something else. I’m all about keeping things as simple as possible and not wasting my time doing stuff that doesn’t need to be done.

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If you’re looking for a weekly house cleaning schedule instead, you can grab the weekly schedule here. 

Doing these DAILY cleaning tasks will cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning each week.

Keeping up with the cleanliness of your house on a daily basis will make your bigger weekly-cleaning go faster than ever since dirt, crumbs, fingerprints, and grime haven’t had a chance to pile up all week long.

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Ready to jump in a start using this daily cleaning list in YOUR day to day life?

Cleaning supplies you will need:

  • Broom
  • Timer
  • Spray bottle (if you’re using homemade vinegar/water cleaner)

 

DAILY CLEANING ROUTINE TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE FROM BECOMING A MESS

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “What household chores should be done daily?”, you’re in the right place. Use these daily household chores to keep your house clean EVERY day.

What to do every day:

  • Unload and load the dishwasher
  • Wash and put away dishes after every meal
  • Wipe out the kitchen sink
  • Wipe off the kitchen counters
  • Wipe down stovetop
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Wipe out the bathroom sink
  • Wipe off the bathroom counters
  • Wipe spots off the bathroom mirror
  • Make beds
  • Wash, fold and put away laundry
  • Clear clutter from surfaces throughout the house
  • Wipe toilet seat and rim with a disinfecting cloth
  • Straighten throw pillows and blankets on the sofa
  • Wipe down the coffee table
  • Wipe down kitchen table after every meal
  • Sort through mail
  • Throw away papers that you no longer need
  • Take out kitchen trash
  • Take out diaper garbage (if applicable)
  • Pick clothes up from the bedroom floor, fold and put away
  • Tidy night table and bedroom
  • 10 – 15 minutes of cleaning up before bedtime

HOW TO MAKE THE PROCESS LESS TIME CONSUMING

If you were to bunch everything on this daily cleaning routine together and do it all at one time in the day, it would take you longer than it needs to.

To make the process a whole lot simpler and a whole lot less time consuming, you can break these chores up into different times of the day.

MORNING

  • When you wake up, address your bedroom. Make the bed, clear and put away any clutter that doesn’t belong, straighten things on the night table, and quickly tidy the bedroom.
  • Throw in a load of laundry (If you don’t have enough laundry for a whole load, hold off until tomorrow).
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Wipe down the table after breakfast. Load breakfast dishes into the dishwasher, wash and put away any dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher.

AFTERNOON

  • Wipe table after lunch. Load lunch dishes into the dishwasher, wash and put away any dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher.
  • Clear clutter from surfaces as you walk through the house throughout the day. Never leave a room empty-handed.
  • Switch laundry from the washer into the dryer.
  • Wipe down the coffee table.
  • Get and sort through mail.
  • Throw away any papers you no longer need.
  • Fold and put away laundry from the dryer.

EVENING

  • Wipe down the kitchen table after dinner. Load dinner dishes into the dishwasher, wash and put away any dishes that can’t go in the dishwasher.
  • Wipe down kitchen counters and stove top. Wipe out the kitchen sink.
  • Sweep kitchen floor.
  • Take out kitchen garbage.
  • Wipe down bathroom counters and sink. Wipe spots off of mirrors with this cloth.
  • Wipe toilet seat and rim with disinfectant wipes.
  • Straighten throw pillows and blankets on the sofa.
  • 10 – 15 minute clean up with the whole family before bedtime. Put toys away, put laundry in laundry hampers, clear surfaces of clutter.
  • Pick up clothes off of bedroom floor, put in hamper or fold and put away in the closet.

If you look at it as a whole, this daily cleaning routine might come across as a lot of work – but I promise you it’s really not. If you break all the tasks down into sections (morning tasks, afternoon tasks, and evening tasks), they will fit flawlessly into your day without requiring too much time set aside. 

Not only will doing these things every day help you keep your house neat and tidy, but they will also make your whole-house clean that you do once a week SO much quicker and easier.

If you have kids in the house, delegate some of these daily cleaning tasks out to them so everyone has their own responsibilities and can take part in keeping the house clean. 

Grab your free printable daily cleaning checklist below!

 

Then post it on your refrigerator in a plastic sleeve so you can use a dry-erase marker and check the items off each day while you’re getting a hang of the schedule.

Before long you’ll be doing everything on the schedule out of habit, without having to remind yourself to do it every day, but you’ll want to have this schedule handy for when you’re just starting to get the hang of it, or you could easily forget stuff.

Let me know how your first few days with this daily cleaning schedule go!

Related:
Simple Weekly Cleaning Schedule to Keep Your House Spotless
How to Clean Every Room in Your House
Deep Cleaning House Checklist – 23 MORE Places You’re Forgetting to Clean
9 Ways to Clean Your House in Less Than 30 Minutes

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