A Simple Weekly Cleaning Plan
Keeping our homes clean can be a lot simpler than we think. When we keep on top of our daily cleaning tasks throughout the day, and implement weekly cleaning tasks, our homes will pretty much clean themselves.
Keeping a clean home isn’t impossible (even with kids) and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. 15-30 minutes a day for deeper cleaning tasks is all you need to keep a clean home.
Weekly Cleaning Tasks = Deeper Cleaning
15-30 minutes of dedicated deeper cleaning time, does not include your daily chores such as dishes and laundry. Those are daily maintenance chores to keep your home tidy and running.
When I say 15-30 minutes a day, I am referring to the deeper cleaning tasks that will give you a clean home. Such as dusting, cleaning bathrooms, washing the floors…the more thorough cleaning tasks.
When my home is clean, I don’t mind unexpected visitors or a last-minute outing because I know my home is in order.
Having a clean and tidy home does not mean perfect
After years of experience cleaning for myself and others, I know how to clean and I enjoy a clean, tidy home. However, I don’t live in a perfectly pristine home because…we live here.
My husband and I have 4 children, we are a homeschool family (so my children are home, all day, every day) and I work outside the home a couple days a week and I work at home.
It is impossible to keep it perfectly clean at all times. Keeping a home is a never-ending process.
I tried keeping a perfect home when my children were little and I was always frustrated because it wouldn’t stay that way. I’m sure most moms can relate.
I saw any untidy mess or a floor that wasn’t perfectly clean, as a failure on my part.
It’s simply not true! Not having a perfect home doesn’t make me...or anyone a failure of a homemaker. We are meant to live in and enjoy our homes, but I believe we are also meant to find balance in being good stewards of where we live.
Finding balance in keeping the home
I finally found the balance of keeping my home clean-ish without the stress and frustration.
First, I made my peace with the fact that as long as people live in this house, there will be messes and that’s ok.
Second, keeping up with cleaning tasks on a regular basis helps me keep it clean, and know that even if it is dusty or the bathroom needs cleaning at the moment, it won’t stay like that forever. I will get to it.
And last, I realized There are 3 Simple Things You Need To Do To Keep Your Home Clean And Tidy to finding the balance to keeping the home; I needed to change my mindset, my attitude and continue to implement good habits.
Cleaning doesn’t have to be this huge, overwhelming task; although it may seem that way because if you’ve let it slide for a long time, it will take more effort to get it clean.
The best way to keep your home clean and tidy
Weekly cleaning tasks, combined with the daily tasks, are the best way to stay on top of keeping your home clean. When we make these a priority, our home pretty much cleans itself.
I know, I know…you may be groaning with the idea of having to fit more into your life, but trust me, it is worth it. Just because weekly cleaning tasks are a more thorough clean, doesn’t mean it has to take hours each day. When we stay consistent with our cleaning habits, they actually save us time in the long run.
There is no perfect cleaning routine or schedule
The best cleaning routine/schedule, is the one that works for you.
Daily tasks are done each day, or every other day if you can get away with it.
However, when it comes to the weekly tasks, there is no right way or perfect day to do them. It really depends on your schedule, the size of your home and what works for you. That’s what makes it doable.
Some people prefer to spend a few hours doing all the weekly cleaning in one day.
Others will assign a task or room to each day.
Here are some examples:
Weekly Cleaning Schedule-One Task Per Day
Friday-Miscellaneous and Catch Up Day
Weekly Cleaning Schedule-One Room Per Day
Friday-Laundry and Entry
It’s really up to you and what works for your family situation and schedule.
My cleaning routine
Our home is not very large. For the most part, we live in the upper level of our home (1,100-ish sq. ft.). We have 3 bedrooms and one bathroom, living room, dining area, entry and kitchen on the main floor.
In the basement, 1/3 of the space belongs to my brother. The rest is laundry, storage and school room/office.
I keep on top of the daily task pretty consistently, so when it comes time to do the bigger weekly cleaning tasks, it doesn’t take me more than 15-30 minutes a day...sometimes even less when I get the kids doing chores. Or about 1-2 hours of cleaning (depends how much deep cleaning detail is required) if I do all the weekly tasks in one day.
Lately, my preference is to do all the weekly chores on Thursday or Friday, in preparation for the weekend. At this point, this is what works for us.
If my home was larger, or if I had more than one bathroom to clean, or more levels to worry about, I would probably assign a task or room(s) per day to get it all accomplished.
If you decide to do everything in one day, it will take longer than 15 minutes, but you’ll save time the rest of the week.
The best cleaning routine, is whatever works for you.
If you like to have one room completely done all at the same time, then clean a room per day.
If you prefer to focus on one task at a time, then just focus on dusting one day, vacuuming the next, wash floors the following day, etc.
Or if you know your week is busy and you’re out of the house a lot, but there is one day where you are home, clean everything on that day.
Believe me, 15 minutes a day can make a difference. It’s the little consistent habits that can make the biggest impact.
If your kids are older, get them involved. If you teach them how to clean, not only are you teaching them a valuable skill, you are enabling them to take some of the housekeeping tasks off your shoulders.
When the kids are little it can be daunting to try to clean while they are making messes. I found it easier to wait until naptime or bedtime. That way I could do my 15 minutes without interruption ;) Or get them involved. They may be too young to really do any cleaning, but if you give them a damp cloth to wipe the floor or walls, it can at least keep them distracted for a bit.
Living in a clean home is an enjoyable experience…maybe not the process…unless you enjoy cleaning, but the benefits are always worth it.
Personally, I function so much better when my home is clean. It’s very rarely completely tidy because there are always toys or school books out, but I know those can be quickly tidied up and put away. If my home has been cleaned for the week, the daily tasks help it stay that way.
Your perfect cleaning routine
Are you ready to create your perfect cleaning routine? I have created a weekly cleaning checklistand broken it up according to the rooms in the home. Print this off and use it as your guideline for what tasks need to be done in each area.
Next, take a look at your schedule and decide what type of cleaning plan would work best for your family. If you’re unsure of whether cleaning by room, cleaning by task or cleaning all in one day would work best for you, try each method for a week and see which method is the best fit.
Get your copy of the weekly cleaning checklist here.
Decide how you want to tackle your weekly cleaning and get to it!
You’ve got this!