How do you keep your house clean? (with spouses, kids, pets, jobs, sports, no free time…)

It’s definitely the most-asked question from readers and it’s a question I LOVE to answer. You see, keeping a house clean isn’t easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult to figure out where to start and when to put it all into place. But I’m guessing you already figured that out by now.

I’ve been teaching readers how to implement a cleaning routine for almost 9 years and I’ve been perfecting mine for nearly 20 years, testing it out in my own homes through the years and friends and family members’ homes. It has truly been put to the test as I have had an ever-changing work schedule and going from 0-3 kids while working or working at home with the kids. I can honestly say that I am an expert in cleaning routine refinement 🙂

Which cleaning routine ‘type’ are you?

  • You….Try to devise the ‘perfect’ system but then if/when the system doesn’t work, the execution is lost in translation and overwhelm wins.
  • You….Clean when you can’t stand it anymore or when company is coming.
  • You….Clean on days off which just makes you crabby because you didn’t relax and enjoy your day(s) off.
  • You….Have a cleaning routine that works and you just wondered why you’re reading this 😉

Based on my personal and professional experience, I can promise you that it’s much easier to adapt into a workable routine than to try to figure one out for yourself. Here’s my suggestion for you:  Try my cleaning routine. It’s simple, it works for ANY schedule, any size home, and there’s plenty of grace built right in to the routine itself (Friday is a day to catch up on anything you didn’t get to earlier in the week – hooray!).

I’m going to let you in on a secret – the SECRET to keeping your home clean most of the time is SO SIMPLE in theory but it’s difficult in execution because of all those reasons it’s hard to fit in the cleaning.

Here’s the secret, ready for it?

The secret to keeping your house clean most of the time is ….. ROUTINE. You know, doing the same thing over and over until it becomes a habit.

According to, routine is:

  • a customary or regular course of procedure
  • commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity
  • regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative

So if the secret is ROUTINE, how in the world do you get started doing one? Well my friend, you came to the right place 🙂

If you’re new here and stumbled upon this post via social media, welcome! Get ready to change the course of your cleaning forever. If you’ve been here for a while and haven’t jumped on board with the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine, I’m here to direct you to a couple places to start. If you’re already doing the cleaning routine, feel free to share in the comments how it works for you and your household.

Do you need a routine?
I have several ways to help you get into one – choose one, several, or all of them – I’ve developed tools to help you find success in your homekeeping. It’s my favorite part of my job here at Clean Mama – seeing readers gain back their homes and time with just minutes a day of routine.

What’s my cleaning routine?


A clean home (most of the time) starts with 5 daily cleaning tasks – these are things you learn to do that you set on autopilot and start completing without really thinking about it. Trust me, it can happen. My mantra is every day a little something and with that in mind, just doing SOMETHING every day is so helpful.



These tasks are the backbone of my cleaning routine. It’s a system that you need to work through to see why it works. 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 Around the House page.

Check out the links below – I share daily reminders on social media and follow what works for you:

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This format is simple, easy to follow, and just the thing to help you turn cleaning into a routine that will help you put your cleaning on auto-pilot. Once you have a home that’s easy to clean and stays clean because you are doing itty bitty things all the time without even thinking about it, you’ll see the beauty in the routine too! Go here to see all of the paper goods products in Clean Mama Home.

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Looking for more? Check out this post:

5 Daily Tasks to Maintain a Clean Home