House Cleaning Schedule

I have developed the following housecleaning schedule after years of trying to do it all every day and winding up with not much getting done any day! I've been using this schedule now for a couple of years and it works great. It's easily adjustable to fit anyone's home. Also if a day has to be missed, I either let it go till next week or pick it up the next day, depending on how I feel. (By the way when I say Roomba, that's my vacuum).

General Cleaning

Monday: Kitchen

  • dishes
  • wipe down counters with disinfectant
  • wipe inside and outside of appliances
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  • wipe off plastic shelves and straighten
  • straighten counters
  • straighten and clean off table
  • clean up dog food area
  • sweep and mop
  • replace rat poison

Tuesday: Living Room

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten and clean up computer area
  • water plants
  • feather dust
  • clean out Roomba really good
  • clean off TV/computer screens

Wednesday: Master Bedroom

  • clean sheets, blankets, quilt
  • clean dog blanket
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten up
  • clean TV screen
  • feather dust
  • Roomba

Thursday: Small Bathroom

  • bathe the dogs before starting
  • wipe down tub and sink
  • scouring powder in toilet and swipe with brush
  • clean mirror if needed
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • sweep and mop

Friday: Master Bathroom

  • wipe down tub and sinks
  • scouring powder in toilet and swipe with brush
  • clean mirror if needed
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • Roomba
  • dump laundry bags into ones in laundry room

Saturday: Craft Room

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • feather dust
  • Roomba

Sunday: Corner Bedroom

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • feather dust
  • Roomba

Thorough Cleaning (done every 6-8 weeks)

Monday: Kitchen

  • dishes
  • wash inside cabinets with disinfectant
  • wash down counters with disinfectant
  • wash inside and outside of appliances with hot soapy water, don't forget top of fridge
  • wash off plastic shelves and straighten with disinfectant
  • straighten counters
  • straighten and clean off table
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  • clean under sink
  • replace rat poison
  • clean up dog food area
  • sweep and mop with disinfectant
  • wash windows and glass doors
  • wash tablecloth and curtains
  • wash rugs
  • de-ice freezer

Tuesday: Living Room

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten and clean up computer area
  • water plants
  • furniture polish
  • clean out Roomba really good
  • clean off TV/computer screens
  • wash windows and front storm door
  • wash walls and door
  • switch out dog toys

Wednesday: Master Bedroom

  • clean sheets, blankets, quilt
  • clean dog blanket
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten up
  • clean TV screen
  • furniture polish
  • Roomba
  • wash windows
  • wash walls and doors
  • clean mirror

Thursday: Small Bathroom

  • bathe the dogs before starting
  • wash down tub, tub walls, sink with disinfectant
  • scouring powder in toilet and swipe with brush and disinfect with bleach
  • clean mirror
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • sweep and mop
  • clean walls and door
  • wash rugs

Friday: Master Bathroom

  • wash down tub, sinks, shower with disinfectant
  • scouring powder in toilet and swipe with brush, disinfect with bleach
  • clean mirror
  • pick up and put away
  • straighten counters and shelves
  • Roomba
  • dump laundry bags into ones in laundry room
  • wash down shelves with disinfectant
  • straighten closet
  • straighten and wash down under sink with disinfectant
  • wash down walls and doors
  • wash window

Saturday: Craft Room

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • furniture polish
  • Roomba
  • re-organize yarns
  • re-organize books

Sunday: Corner Bedroom

  • pick up and put away
  • straighten
  • furniture polish
  • re-organize tools
  • Roomba

By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC

August 19, 20090 found this helpful

I appreciate that so much. Years ago when I was still a stay at home mom, I had my own, and have been working for the past 15, and 'lost my groove' so to speak, with different schedules for myself, kids, hubby, etc taking precedence. Now that all are gone, I really need to get back on one. Even though I still work, it will help a lot, to keep from doing the same thing several times a week, and forgetting to do something that needs doing!

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

This is a great tool, I get it. What i don't get is: Do you only do your dishes once a week? When do you do the laundry you dump into one basket? Maybe I'm not getting the tool, but I'm seeing some big holes of things I do on a daily basis (dishes, laundry, etc).

I'm a new stay-at-home mom (used to have a full-time job). I'm still adjusting to how to make the most of my day. I still find myself doing 3/4 of the housework during the weekend. It's a habit. With one of these schedules, maybe i could see the picture better, but this one has holes I don't understand.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea if you can stick to it. However, if you work I can't see it getting done. I try to do a little each day, even on the days I work (I work second shift). But, if I do too much before I go to work, I'm exhausted. I have a job where I'm on my feet the whole time. But it's nice not to have everything piled up to do on my day off.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

I also see some holes in the program, like clean mirror three days in a row,and the most important one is What is all this picking up and putting away. I think before anything all family members need to know that if it lands on the floor. It goes in the bin, only cave men drop things on the floor.

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August 30, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you! This is just what I needed. I was trying to come up with an idea or plan and well. I am going to print this out and follow along. I will tweak as I go but I just really needed a schedule. It gets done but it would be nice to have order so again. Thank you.

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February 10, 20100 found this helpful

I just clean one room per day. I have been using this system for several years and it has worked for me because it is so simple.

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August 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have my own schedule. Main point is to make a schedule and do a little every day. Stick to it. Good schedule sets aside the same day for a task so things get done and not overlooked. Wash dishes everyday. There is a list of chores that get done each day, see Martha Stewart. Also, pick up as you go along. I tell my girls to bend down and pick up the dirt off the floor. A place for everything and everything in its place. Anything that doesn't belong in the family room or kitchen gets dumped into the owner's bedroom. they got the message.

I also do a quick clean of my bathroom after I shower. My toilet bowl gets scrubbed daily, takes me 5 minutes to quick wipe my bathroom with alcohol or vinegar and liquid soap and a microfiber cloth. Benefits and time saved later, priceless. 30 minutes are set aside same day each week to organize and discard, most important part, papers. I read mail over garbage can and toss junk mail as I open each day's mail. you would be surprised how much this saves me.

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

For the last 6 weeks I've been cleaning only when needed. I kept a log so I know how often I need to clean. Dishes have to be done everyday, stove vent every week, washing the kitchen floor ever 2.5 weeks, etc. Now I can create a cleaning schedule to push back the mess. I'm kinda excited.

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