Inside: Do you find it impossible to keep on top of your chaotic house? Use this easy daily cleaning schedule to take your home from chaos to calm in less than 30 minutes a day.

Stumbling over toys as I make my way to the kitchen with a sinkful of day-old dishes and countertops buried beneath junk mail, my head starts to spin.

Frustration builds up as I step on day-old Cheerios that scatter the floor.

  • “Why is my house always a disaster?”
  • I feel like I’m constantly cleaning, but my house is never clean.
  • “…and where on earth are all these Cheerios coming from?!?”

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I Was Doing it All Wrong

Little did I know that by trying to do all the things, every day, I was just wearing myself down and being far less productive than if I were to focus on just the bare essentials for the day.

But even just the bare essential cleaning tasks cover a 5-mile-long page.

I know what it feels like to be completely overwhelmed by a messy house.

That sinking feeling when it’s 11 PM, you’re exhausted from a long day, and you realize you still have half an hour of cleaning and tidying up to do before you can check in for the night is all too familiar.

Feeling like you’re failing as a wife and mother because you’re raising your family in a pigsty? Yup, I’ve been there too.

A study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin concluded that women who viewed their homes as cluttered or needing work done were more likely to be depressed, fatigued, and stressed than other women who viewed their homes as peaceful and restorative.

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Why Can’t I Keep My House Clean?

Researchers have also found that being surrounded by clutter and mess makes it difficult to focus. 

The clutter competes for your attention and makes it next to impossible for you to complete a task because your mind is constantly jumping to the next thing that needs to be done.

In other words, the reason why you can’t keep your house clean may just be because it’s such a mess. 

When it’s a mess and you try to focus on completing a task (say, cleaning), everything you’re surrounded by is trying to steal your attention and your mind is jumping from the task it’s on to the next thing that needs to be done.

So how are you supposed to clean your house when you’re overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done and you can never seem to complete one task before jumping to the next?

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A Simple Daily Cleaning Schedule

The answer is to do small, simple cleaning tasks every day to keep your house organized and tidy with minimal effort. 

“But I don’t have time to clean every day…”

Here’s the thing:

We’re all busy.

The thing that separates you from your friend Sally whose living room floor you can literally eat off of is this:

Priorities 

If you can barely find time to brush your hair in the morning, never mind re-organize your entire bedroom, the key to keeping your house tidy is to create a simple and flexible daily cleaning schedule that is easy to work around. 

You need a daily cleaning routine that fits into your life – not one that your life has to work to fit into.

You’re always going to have something more important to do, so unless you can shift your thought process and prioritize a few cleaning tasks every day, you won’t be able to keep up with the mess and before you know it you’ll be on your hands and knees scrubbing the floor tiles with an old toothbrush all because you didn’t prioritize your daily cleaning tasks and your house went from 5-minutes-to-clean to 3-weeks-of-cleaning-and-it’s-still-not-clean.

It’s much easier to spend 20 minutes a day maintaining your home than it is to spend 6 hours once a week binge cleaning your house.

Download: The Ultimate Daily Cleaning Schedule

Click here to download the free daily cleaning schedule template and print it off to start using today.

How to Keep Your House Clean and Tidy With Cleaning Tips That Save Time

Save time as you work your way through your daily cleaning schedule with these cleaning tips that will make the job easier:

  • Shift Your Thinking

The first time-saving tip is to shift your thinking from “my house is a disgusting mess” to “okay, there are dishes in the sink that need to be washed. I can do that”

Looking at the mess in your house as a whole will overwhelm you. But when you shift your thinking and focus on one particular area or task at a time, you will get a sense of empowerment. 

You’ll go from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated to feeling like, “I can do this.” 

And it all comes from a simple mindset shift. 

If your whole living room is a ferocious mess, break it down into sections. Don’t tell yourself you have to clean the entire living room. 

Start by telling yourself you’ll tidy up the coffee table.

Then, once you’ve done that, you can move on to the next task.

This will help you complete tasks faster and without feeling overwhelmed by the mess.

Studies show that multitasking can decrease your productivity by up to 40%. In other words, when you try to do it all, all at the same time, you’ll end up getting less done than if you focus on one thing at a time.

  • Consistency Creates Light Work

The more often you clean something, the less you will have to do.

When you keep on top of wiping your kitchen counters on a daily basis, you will spend less time than if you let the grime pile up over the course of a week. 

  • Clean Immediately

It’s much easier to wipe a spill up as soon as it happens rather than let it sit until the end of the day (or week) and have to spend 5 minutes scrubbing at it when it would have taken less than 10 seconds to wipe up had you addressed it immediately.

  • Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy

Keep cleaning supplies where they get used. You’re much more likely to clean something up when you have the right cleaning tool you need on hand.

If you store cleaning tools across the house from where they get used, there’s a better chance that messes will get left until later that day or week and, in turn, will take more time to clean up than if they were dealt with immediately.

  • If It Looks Dirty, Clean It

If you come across something in your house that looks dirty, but it isn’t on your daily cleaning schedule, clean it anyway.

It’s simple: if something is dirty, clean it.

(You’ll thank yourself later.)

  • Clean First, Disinfect Later

It’s important to know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

CDC puts it like this:

  • Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects.[…] This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.”
  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. [Disinfecting] does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

In other words, you can’t have one without the other. You can’t just clean and expect all germs and bacteria to be gone. 

Likewise, you can’t just disinfect and expect your house to be clean. 

Cleaning removes dirt and grime. Disinfecting kills germs and bacteria.

They go hand in hand with each other and it’s especially important to clean and disinfect high-touch areas, especially if someone in your home is sick.

  • Clean and Tidy As You Go

The number one way to make your daily cleaning tasks go faster is to weave them into your day. 

Instead of setting 10 minutes apart at the end of the day to wipe down the bathroom countertops, why not quickly do it while you’re brushing your teeth in the evening. 

Don’t spend 30 minutes washing dishes after dinner. Instead, fill the sink with warm, soapy water while you make supper and use any spare time to scrub a few dishes. 

Waiting for the water to boil? Wash some dishes.

Waiting for the chicken to finish cooking in the oven? Wash some dishes.

  • Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed

Throughout your day if you’re leaving one room and heading to another, quickly scan the room for anything that doesn’t belong, then bring that object with you and drop it off on your way to where you’re going.

Heading from the bedroom to the kitchen? Bring any dishes that made their way into the bedroom back to the kitchen. 

Going from the living room to the bathroom? Drop the magazines cluttering the coffee table off in the office on your way past.

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Before You Begin

Before you print off your daily cleaning schedule and start using it, it’s important that you have the right tools on hand.

Using the right cleaning tools will make cleaning your house easier than trying to just make it work.

Investing in the right cleaning tools will save time and make your life easier. Thankfully, you can make do without all the latest and greatest gadgets. All you need are the necessities:

Cleaners

Tools

  • Microfiber cleaning rags
  • Squeegee
  • Broom
  • Cleaning bucket

Now, on to the daily cleaning routine that will keep your house sparkling in less than 30 minutes a day.

Download the free room-by-room daily cleaning schedule below ⬇️

Room-By-Room Daily Cleaning Schedule

Find a list of what needs to be cleaned every day, separated into room-by-room categories, below. (Then print the free checklist off, here.)

Bedrooms

  • Make beds
    • Studies have found that you’re more likely to be happier and more productive when you make your bed every morning.
  • Put away clothes
  • Organize the night table

Bathrooms

  • Wipe countertops
  • Wash out sink
  • Wipe toilet
  • Replace towels every 1 – 2 days
  • Empty garbage can, if necessary
  • Squeegee glass shower door

Kitchen

  • Wipe countertops
  • Scrub stovetop
  • Wash dishes
  • Load/unload dishwasher
  • Change linens every 1 – 2 days
  • Disinfect the sink
  • Wipe inside microwave
  • Empty garbage, if necessary
  • Sweep floor

Living Room

  • Tidy the room
  • Straighten throw blankets and pillows
  • Pick items up off the floor
  • Wipe and organize coffee table

Everything Else

  • Do a load of laundry, if necessary
  • Sort through mail
  • Organize shoes and coats
  • Put misplaced items back where they belong

Hour-by-Hour Daily Cleaning Routine

Use the hour-by-hour schedule to complete all your daily cleaning tasks as you go throughout your day, rather than doing them all at the end of the day.

Morning

  • Make beds
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Put away dishes
  • Throw in a load of laundry

Afternoon

  • Wipe bathroom countertops
  • Wash bathroom sinks
  • Load dishwasher and wash dishes
  • Clean inside microwave
  • Organize and wipe coffee table
  • Sort through mail
  • Tidy up misplaced items

Evening

  • Empty kitchen garbage
  • wipe stovetop
  • Wash dishes/turn on dishwasher
  • Wipe kitchen countertops and table
  • Wash kitchen sink
  • Change out kitchen linens
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Straighten throw blankets and pillows
  • Organize shoes and coats
  • Change out bathroom towels
  • Empty bathroom garbage can
  • Wipe toilet
  • Squeegee shower glass
  • Put clothes away
  • Organize the night table

How to Make A Daily Cleaning Schedule

While most daily cleaning tasks are similar from one household to the next, you may find you need to add additional tasks to your own daily cleaning task list, or that some of the tasks don’t apply to your needs.

When it comes to creating your own daily cleaning schedule, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • Keep it simple

Now’s not the time for a whole-house deep clean. For your daily cleaning schedule, you want to keep things as simple as possible. 

Don’t over-complicate it by adding unnecessary tasks and chores to the list. If your daily list becomes too large, you’ll find yourself getting overwhelmed and stressed out by everything that needs to be done.

But when you keep it simple and keep the task list split up room-by-room, or hour-by-hour, you’ll be able to see your daily cleaning list as a simple reminder, not a dreadful to-do list.

  • Keep it flexible

Your daily cleaning schedule needs to accommodate your life, not the other way around. 

Keeping it simple and flexible allows you not to stress on days when nothing goes according to plan and nothing on your list gets done.

The flexibility in your schedule allows you to pick right back up tomorrow even when nothing got done today.

To get started, click here to grab your daily cleaning schedule, then add or remove items from the list as apply to your needs.

What’s Next

Now that you’ve got your daily cleaning schedule set up, it’s time to start thinking forward to setting up your weekly cleaning schedule and monthly cleaning schedule. 

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