October 23, 2019
How a Cleaning Routine Will Change Your Life
With a title like – How a Cleaning Routine Will Change Your Life – you might expect the secret to be a weekly cleaning crew, throwing all of your belongings away, or some other extreme measure. I’m here to tell you that with just minutes a day and a little effort your home can be clean most of the time.
What is a cleaning routine? By definition a cleaning routine is a specific method or way to clean a home. What else is a cleaning routine? Life-changing. Not in the new baby or new job kind of way, but in a, wow, that makes a big difference in our home and life kind of way. Before you click away and say that a cleaning routine is only for someone with time on their hands or someone that enjoys cleaning, keep reading. I have seen firsthand that a cleaning routine is the most helpful for someone busy and overwhelmed. Why? Because if you don’t know where to start, my cleaning routine provides a simple structure for keeping your home clean. You can start on any day of the week and with as little as 10 minutes a day.
What’s the best part of Clean Mama’s Cleaning Routine? The plan is laid out for you – no need to try to decide what needs to be clean and when it needs to be cleaned, just follow the routine the best that you can and you’ll start seeing results. It’s that simple.
What’s the secret?
Ready to take control of your home? If you’re wondering if it will work with your busy schedule, it will – keep reading for answers to all your questions including tips and links galore. I do share the weekly cleaning tasks on Instagram @cleanmama too – follow along and when you’re mindlessly scrolling you’ll see that friendly reminder and go clean something 🙂 I’ve been sharing my cleaning routine with the internet since 2009 – love that it can be used in such a fun way.
DAILY CLEANING TASKS
A clean home (most of the time) starts with 5 daily cleaning tasks (click on that link to head to a post with more information) – these are things you learn to do that you set on autopilot and start completing without really thinking about it. If you haven’t tried a cleaning routine, start with these tasks first. Start with making the beds one day, then add check floors the next, and so on. Perfection is never the expectation. Do what you can and move on. Done reading because you work outside the home and think it isn’t possible? Head to this post to see when and how I came up with my routine and then come on back 🙂 Concerned that cleaning the kitchen isn’t on the daily routine? It’s completed every single day. Here’s a post with a free printable of my nightly kitchen quick clean.
Trust me, it can happen. My mantra is everyday a little something and with that in mind, just doing SOMETHING every day is so helpful.
Need a little encouragement with cleaning the kitchen? Try making my Nightly Sink Scrub and scrubbing your sink tonight after dinner – it’s an evening ritual that I LOVE!
WEEKLY CLEANING TASKS
The next step to my cleaning routine is adding the weekly cleaning tasks. Every day of the week has a task. Add that task to the daily cleaning tasks and you have a little bit of magic. Cue the Cinderella scene with the birds and singing.
Want something to print and try out the routine? Grab this free printable (and oodles of others on my Free Printable page here).
These tasks are the backbone of my cleaning routine. It’s a system that you need to work through to see how and why it works. Thousands and thousands of people all over the world complete Clean Mama’s Weekly Cleaning Routine every week – it’s so simple but it works in just about every situation because it has grace (and a day to catch up) built right in to the routine. If you want to see what I use to clean my house with, check out my Cleaning Favorites page. I’m going to link a single post to each day below if you want to know more about that day. Last month I did a Cleaning Class and detailed each day of the week – click on the links below for more details on each day.
DAILY TASKS (these five tasks might change your life)
Monday – BATHROOMS + daily tasks
Tuesday – DUSTING + daily tasks
Wednesday – VACUUMING + daily tasks
Thursday – FLOOR WASHING + daily tasks
Friday – CATCH-ALL DAY + daily tasks
Saturday – SHEETS + TOWELS + daily tasks
You can do my cleaning routine by printing out my free printables, following along on social media, and never spending a penny. BUT I want you to know that I have tools designed to help you easily keep track of the cleaning routine. If these are helpful for you, check them out! Pictured are my paper products – the Homekeeping Planner™ starts shipping in a little over a week! Check out all the paper products here.
ROTATING CLEANING TASKS
These tasks are those deep cleaning tasks that need to be done but you might not get to them until you notice them or maybe you aren’t sure when or how often you should complete them. Some are monthly while others are bi-monthly or quarterly. I complete these with the weekly cleaning tasks. For instance, if vacuum the baseboards is on the schedule for the month, I’ll pair that with a Wednesday while I’m vacuuming. You’ll always find them on the free cleaning calendar for the month available on my free printables page. These are also included in my monthly subscription to Homekeeping Society, the Homekeeping Planner™, and my books.
Still with me? If you want to incorporate a little more cleaning and organizing, each month I have a monthly focus included in my monthly subscription to Homekeeping Society, the Homekeeping Planner™, and my books. Each month includes a handful of simple tasks that focus on the seasons and one room or area. If you do these throughout the year you’ll find that your home is not only clean most of the time but it’s organized too!
January – Whole House Declutter
February – Kitchen
March – Spring Cleaning
April – Bathrooms
May – Garage or Basement
June – Bedrooms
July – Organizing Systems
August – Closets
September – Entryway or Mudroom
October – Laundry Room
November – Living Areas
December – Office / Paperwork
If you got all the way to the bottom of this post and are still not sure where to start or what to do, I have created a course just for you! It’s called Jumpstart Your Routine and it will take you from overwhelmed to ready to start. Go here to check it out!
If you haven’t figured it out, I’m trying to tell you that a simple cleaning routine can be life-changing. My mission is to share what I know about cleaning a home effectively in the least amount of time. My routine IS NOT about cleaning all day or seeing how much you can be cleaning or how clean something can be. Why? Because we should be spending our days with our families doing the real things that matter instead of cleaning. I want you to not feel overwhelmed when you walk in the door – I want you to feel calm and at ease. With a cleaning routine you get to tell your home who’s boss. Just minutes a day and a plan your home will be clean most of the time too and then you’ll know the secret too! Ready to get started? Have questions? Ask them in the comments!
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Deidre Zink Says
I would love avideo of how you change your duvet cover. I LOVE your system.it has changed my life. Thank you!
Clean Mama SaysPost author
Thanks for the kind words Deidre!
Thank you so much for all the good information on clutter and cleaning routines. I am trying to follow your cleaning routine. I am still having trouble with getting the clutter under control, but I am trying
I have to say that just the five daily tasks along with the weekly tasks have changed my life! I grew up cleaning, so it wasn’t a new concept. And I learned to clean well. But somewhere along the way I stopped, and then I couldn’t figure out how to get going again. Now I actually look forward to doing each day’s tasks! Seriously! Thank you so much!
Thanks for sharing your cleaning schedule, Clean Mama!
I really like your cleaning routine! My approach is to make a list of not-that-onerous tasks, figure out how often they need to happen, and then create a schedule to do one thing per day (probably at the same time you’re doing other boring daily tasks like loading the dishwasher, scooping the cat box, etc.). Then make another list of more-onerous tasks and make a schedule for those too, but do those weekly, on a day you have time (like Saturday or whatever). Home cleaning is not an easy task, so I would like to say that your post is really inspiring!
Clean Mama SaysPost author
Thanks for sharing Megan!