How to Create the Best Cleaning Routine EVER! {my minimalist weekly cleaning routine for busy moms} | Easily Manage Your Home Part 5

How to Create the Best Cleaning Routine EVER! {my minimalist weekly cleaning routine for busy moms} | Easily Manage Your Home Part 5

This post is Part 5 of the series How to Easily Manage Your Home (you can catch up on all the parts here!), and today we will be digging into how to create a simple, easy to follow weekly cleaning routine that you will be able to stick with forever.

Now, if you’ve been around the blog for a while, you may be thinking, “Kassy, don’t you already have a blog post about creating a cleaning routine?”

Yes, yes I do…

BUT it was one of the first 10 posts that I ever wrote, so I think it’s safe to say that it is time for an update!

As I was creating my course, I realized that there needed a couple of extra steps in order to organize all of your cleaning items, so this post will give you even more bang for your buck than the last one did!

(If you want to check out the original post… click here!)

I know you are as excited to get started as I am, so let’s dig in.

If you want to be sure you are keeping up with the series and are creating all of the routines you need to Easily Run Your Home, grab the Easy Home Management Checklist!

How to Create the Best Cleaning Routine Ever

1) Grab Your Gear

If you want to create your routine right alongside me, go ahead and grab everything you need.

To create this routine, you will need a pen, some scratch paper, and a notebook (or whatever you are creating your Home Management Binder in).

And if you’d like to use the same templates I am using, you can grab the Autopilot Workbook!

2) Make a List

So we are going to start by making a list on our scratch paper of all the cleaning tasks that we have.

As you are making this list don’t worry about if it is a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly task.

Just write everything down that you can think of.

One suggestion I have is that you write each item down separately. So instead of writing “bathrooms” on your list, write down “master bathroom, kid’s bathroom, and downstairs bathroom”.

If you just write “bathrooms,” it won’t look like much on the paper and it might be hard to remember that each of those bathrooms can take a bit of time to complete.

You want to write each item individually because that will give you an accurate representation of how long the task will take you.

Writing the items down separately also gives you the freedom to decide if you want to do all of your bathrooms on the same day or if you want to split them up and do them on different days of the week.

And as you are making the list, add in anything that feels like a chore to you.

For me, this is grocery shopping. I just don’t like it. It takes a long time, and it just stresses me out.

Because of this, I add it to my chore list so that I will remember to space it out with my other cleaning tasks.

So if you have anything that feels like an extra chore to you, add it to this list as well!

How to Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule Plus a Free Checklist

3) Look at Your Weekly Routine

Now we are going to look at the Weekly Routine that we created in the last post and we are going to figure out which days make the most sense for us to clean on.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to create your weekly rhythm, check out this post before you go on. Determining your weekly rhythm first will make sure you put the correct cleaning tasks on the correct days.

This is because you don’t want to pile too much cleaning onto days that are already Busy, and you want to take advantage of the days that give you a little bit more downtime.

Now you want to be sure that you are basing your cleaning routine on a typical week. We all have weeks that are a little bit different than the norm: like holiday weeks, vacations, and of course birthday week (because life is too short not to have birthday week!).

So I wouldn’t base my cleaning schedule off of one of those weeks.

And since I base my cleaning schedule off of a typical week, when one of those weeks comes up and I may have to skip a day or two of cleaning, it isn’t a big deal because my house gets cleaned consistently.

4) Choose Your Cleaning Days

Based on the Weekly Routine that we looked at in the last step, decide which days make the most sense for you to add some cleaning in.

For some people, it may make sense to do a small amount of cleaning every single day. That is what I do for my cleaning routine. But for other people, it may make sense for them to do most cleaning on fewer days.

So it really depends on your weekly routine how many days a week you should be cleaning.

The only recommendation I have for you when you are making this decision is to do at least 2 days a week.

It is just too much to try to do all of your cleaning on one day. Doing it all on one day of the week will leave you feeling tired at the end of the day and dreading next week’s cleaning day.

Spreading the cleaning out over multiple days just lets you enjoy life a little bit more on the days that you are cleaning 🙂

The more days that you can spread the cleaning over, the better and more relaxing it will be because you won’t be spending your entire day cleaning.

5) Sort Your List

Now we are going to grab another piece of scratch paper and sort the original list that we made.

Across the top of the sheet write “Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly” then put the cleaning tasks under the proper column.

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

6) Divide and Conquer

Next, we will take everything in the Weekly column, and we are going to divide it among our Cleaning Days.

Now be sure that everything on your weekly cleaning list is everything that YOU want to do in that week… not everything that your mother-in-law, or your sister, or your best friend or your cousin thinks you need to clean every week… only things that YOU think you should clean every week.

And that is really important because if you are trying to keep your house clean to someone else’s standard, you won’t be happy.

It will only make you happy if you keep your house as clean as you want to.

So if you want to just vacuum your floors and clean your toilets every week… just vacuum and clean your toilets every week.

No one will call the cleaning police on you (and even if they do, they really can’t do anything to you ;).

And I would say if you are going to err on one side or the other, I would err on the side of doing too little cleaning.

That might sound a little weird on a blog post about cleaning, but it is much more important to spend time with your family than it is to spend all of your time cleaning up after them.

So if you are using the Autopilot Workbook, grab out the Weekly Cleaning Routine and fill out the top lines under the days. (If you are wondering what the bottom 3 lines are for, check out How to Easily Manage Your Home Part 2).

Now, you’ll probably notice that on my template I only have 3 lines under each day designated for cleaning. And that is because I don’t think that we should be cleaning all the time.

If you are doing more than 3 cleaning tasks every day, you will pretty much be cleaning in all of your spare time and you won’t have any time to take a break.

And you all know how important I think it is for mom to have a break!

How to Easily Manage Your Home Part 5

Why This Step Is So Important: Story Time

I used to clean one day per week and it was very overwhelming to try to do this.

Splitting it up to multiple days of the week really took the stress out of cleaning, and it also made my house feel cleaner longer.

Which is honestly kind of weird.

You would think that dedicating one day to completely cleaning the house would make the house feel really clean. But I found that it usually only last one day before it felt dirty again.

I’ve found that doing a little bit of cleaning every day just keeps the house in a state of perpetual cleanliness!

I don’t know why that it, or if it is just me, but it is definitely something I’ve noticed since I split up my cleaning among multiple days.

If you want to read the full story of how I used to clean and see my current cleaning schedule, check out My Simple Weekly Cleaning Routine: How I Went from Overwhelmed to In Control.

And remember as you are writing down your routine, take at least one day off where you don’t do any cleaning or laundry because everyone needs a day off!

7) The Cleaning Task Organizer

That last step used to be the end of the cleaning task creation… but as I was creating Put Your Home on Autopilot I realized that you also need a way to organize those long-term tasks. And that is why I created the Cleaning Task Organizer.

So if you have the Autopilot Workbook, grab the Cleaning Task Organizer and put your Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual tasks in the correct column.

Then as you go through the year and complete the tasks, just put a tick by one of the little circles next to each line so you can keep track of what you still have to do.

If you don’t have the Autopilot Workbook, you can easily make a template with three columns. At the top of the columns write “Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual”

In each column write several lines for you to write the tasks on. Then write the proper number of checkboxes next to the items. (12 boxes for monthly, 4 for quarterly, and 1 for annual.)

Now I’ll show you what I have on my Cleaning Task Organizer, but only if you promise not to judge me! Remember that everyone will put different things in each column based on the size of their house and their

Here are the Tasks that I have on my Cleaning Task Organizer:

Monthly:

  • Dust Downstairs
  • Dust Upstairs
  • Clean the Microwave
  • Declutter one area of the house

Quarterly:

  • Wash the Ionic
  • Wash the Highlander

Annual:

  • Clean the Baseboards
  • Vacuum the Couches
  • Clean the Stove
  • Clean and Organize the Garage

8) Test It Out

The last step to creating any cleaning routine is to test it out.

It can be really easy to write things down on paper and have it look really good, but in reality, it may not work as well as we had planned.

So test out your new routine for a week or two before you decide it is set in stone.

And if you find any glitches in your routine, go back to whichever step you need to and create a new routine!

If you find that no matter what you do you can’t seem to fit all of your cleaning in, try using a bi-weekly cleaning routine.

For that, you just split your cleaning up between two weeks and rotate between the cleaning tasks. If you are using the Autopilot Workbook, you can just print off an extra page of the Weekly Cleaning Routine and put Week One’s Items on one page and Week Two’s Items on the second page.

It is better to clean your bathrooms every other week if that is tripping you up than to never get around to cleaning them because you are too overwhelmed to get it done every single week!

I hope this helped you create your weekly cleaning routine! let me know in the comments how you set up your schedule!

Be sure you grab your free Easy Home Management Checklist to see every routine that will help simplify your life.

Ready to Start Easily Managing Your Home?

If you are ready to get all of your routines in place so that your home practically runs itself, check out my course Put Your Home on Autopilot!

In Put Your Home on Autopilot, you will learn how to set up

  • A Daily Block Schedule
  • A Laundry Routine
  • A Kitchen Cleaning Routine
  • A Morning Routine for Mom
  • A Morning Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Each Kid
  • An Evening Routine for Mom
  • A Weekly Cleaning Routine
  • A Chore Routine for Each Kid
  • And More!

In just 8 weeks or less you will go from feeling overwhelmed to in control. And if you have any questions along the way, I’m only an email away!

I hope to see you inside the course!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Resources for Creating Your Routines.)

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

Ready to Get 7 Extra Hours in Your Week?

Then check out Simply Streamlined!

In Simply Streamlined, you will learn how to 

  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

  • Cluttered to Calm Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Put Your Home on Autopilot Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

I hope to see you inside the program!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Streamlining Resources!)

See you on the next one! Kassy
Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule in Just 5 Simple Steps!

Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule in Just 5 Simple Steps!

Create a Cleaning Routine that Actually Sticks

Ah, cleaning.

Every mother’s favorite pastime. 

What? It’s not your favorite thing in the whole wide world? Oh sorry, I must have been thinking about something else.

Here’s the thing: I truly believe we aren’t enjoying this piece of our lives because we aren’t doing it correctly. 

When I was looking to streamline my cleaning process, I searched Pinterest faithfully, read every infographic studiously, and blog hopped religiously for a few weeks before I realized that none of the ideas were even close to practical for me.

Everything I read not only had a very long list of daily duties but also required deep cleaning a different area of the house every day in addition to decluttering for 15 minutes a day. I just don’t have time to clean all day every day with two young kiddos. 

And, maybe I’m crazy, but I don’t really want to.

I actually read one schedule that claimed you needed to clean every window in your house. Every. Single. Week. Am I the only one who doesn’t have time for that?

Next, I tried to do all my cleaning one day each week. I started doing this on Friday, but the cleaning in addition to making our special Friday night meal usually left me feeling edgy. I tried moving the cleaning day to Thursday (leftover night at our house,) but I was usually frustrated when the house didn’t *feel* clean for the weekend.

Then came my *ah-ha moment* when I was working on creating my weekly schedule: The house will be clean if each area that needs attention is cleaned once each week… even if it isn’t all on the same day. 

(2023 Update: I realized as I was creating my Put Your Home on Autopilot course that I needed a couple of additional steps to show you how to create a routine that you can stick with forever… so if you want the shiny new updated post that shows you how to make the perfect routine for your home, click here!)

Let’s get into how I built a cleaning schedule that I not only love but is so easy to stick to because it saves you time and energy.

And if you prefer to watch instead of read, here is the video that goes with this post:

How to Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule

1) Make a List

Grab a pen and a notebook, or my Printable Workbook and make a list of everything you feel needs to be done each week. This list will be different for everyone. Only write the things you really think need to be done every week (no matter what anyone else says!) 

When I did this, I listed each item out individually. For example, instead of writing “bathrooms,” I listed each bathroom separately.

Then I could decide later it if made more sense to do my bathrooms on the same day or if it worked better to split it up.

2) Look at Your Weekly Schedule

What does your weekly rhythm typically look like?

If your upcoming week is more (or less!) busy than normal, don’t use that to create your cleaning routine.

5 Steps for Creating a Weekly Cleaning Routine

You want to base your cleaning routine off of a typical week for your family.

We had a week not long ago in which one of my daughters celebrated a birthday, we went to the museum with friends, I had to stake-up and transplant a ridiculous amount of tomato plants (it’s a long story,) my sister came to visit, and my parents came to visit. I didn’t have a single free day.

Was I able to get my daily cleaning done? Nope. Did it stress me out? Not even a little bit. 

Why? Because I know my house gets cleaned consistently. No one is going to know if the floors were vacuumed that morning or six days earlier (I have the type of carpet that gets messed up as soon as someone walks across it.) As long as the toys are picked up, which the girls do before every nap and bedtime, the house will be clean enough.

Your schedule works for you, not the other way around. If you make your schedule something you can stick with the majority of the time, it isn’t going to matter if you miss a day here or there.

There is freedom in consistency, my friend!

3) Pick Your Cleaning Days

Next you will want to decide which days you want to clean on. I prefer to do a little every day and take Saturday off. 

If cleaning on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday works best with your weekly schedule, then do that. Don’t try to cram cleaning into an already stressful or overbooked day. It will only make you want to give up on your new schedule. 

Set yourself up for success and be realistic.

4) Divide and Conquer

Divide your list of everything that needs cleaned in a week among the days that you are cleaning. Be strategic here and work with your weekly schedule instead of against it. 

For example: if you only have a small amount of time on one of your cleaning days, decide to clean one bathroom and nothing more. Don’t over-commit yourself.

If you try to cram too much into a small amount of time, you will only become frustrated when you realize that you can’t clean three bathrooms in 10 minutes.

How to Save Time and Energy with a Weekly Cleaning Routine

Sunday’s are always a bit of a wildcard at our house. Sometimes we are home all day hanging out, but other times we are barely at the house between all of our adventures. This means I have very little predictable time to get anything accomplished.

Often once we get to Sunday night there are remnants of our weekend happenings all over the place. So my only job on Sunday, according to my cleaning schedule, is to tidy the house.

That’s it.

It’s a little like hitting the reset button before Monday and it gives me a good outlook for the week ahead.

5) Gut Check

Evaluate your schedule. How do you feel about it? Does it seem doable? Will your house be clean when it needs to be? 

We like to have friends over on Friday evenings for supper or for after church lunches on Saturday; so I like to ensure that my downstairs *feels* clean on Friday. I vacuum the floors and clean the small downstairs bathroom.

Easy, right? But my company doesn’t have to know how easy it was🤫. If you like to have people over on Wednesday evening, maybe clean your guest bathroom on Tuesday or Wednesday.

If something doesn’t feel right or seem doable, now is the time to change it. Go with your gut! 

Move things around until you are happy with it. Sometimes it takes trying it out for a week before you realize you need to switch a day. As soon as you realize it, make the change!

If you feel overwhelmed when you look at it, see if you can drop anything. Do you really need to clean your oven every single week? 

Could you rotate a couple of items bi-weekly? Maybe you could alternate cleaning your bathrooms so each bathroom gets cleaned every other week.

You can keep testing and keep working your routine until you have a cleaning schedule that you can rock every week, while still enjoying some downtime.

If you get stuck, check out my My Simple Weekly Cleaning Schedule: The Routine that Took Me from Overwhelmed to In Control for some additional inspiration.

Want 7 Extra Hours Every Week? Grab the Streamline Your Home Quick-Start Guide!

What If My House Still Feels Dirty?

If you followed the steps and you still don’t feel like you can keep your house clean, there could be three reasons for this.

1) You don’t have the routines in place for keeping the laundry under control and keeping your kitchen clean.

Both of these areas can make the whole house feel messy if they get out of control, even if everything else is clean.

If you need help setting up your laundry routine, check out How to Solve the Laundry Problem. And The Busy Mom’s Guide to Cleaning Your Kitchen the Easy Way will help the kitchen stay neat and tidy.

2) You didn’t incorporate your cleaning routine into your daily routine.

Even a perfect cleaning routine won’t work if you don’t incorporate it into your daily life.

If you are struggling to find time in your day to get your cleaning done, I highly recommend creating a Simple Daily Block Schedule.

3) You have a clutter problem.

If you have your laundry, kitchen, and daily routines in place, and you’ve implemented your new cleaning schedule, but your house still feels dirty… you don’t have a cleaning problem.

You have a clutter problem.

And the great news about having a clutter problem is: you can fix it!

If that sounds like your situation, hop over to How to Declutter Your Home: 10 Steps to Get Started Today!

I hope you’re excited to start using your new cleaning routine!

Ready to Get 7 Extra Hours in Your Week?

Then check out Simply Streamlined!

In Simply Streamlined, you will learn how to 

  • Declutter Your Home
  • Put Effective Routines in Place
  • Create a Set-It-and-Forget-It Meal Plan
  • Get Your Finances Under Control

Simply Streamlined walks you through exactly how to Completely Streamline Your Home in just 15 Minutes a Day!

Plus you will receive

  • Cluttered to Calm Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Put Your Home on Autopilot Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Set-It-and-Forget-It Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • Master Your Money Lessons, Workbooks, and Spreadsheets
  • AND Weekly Live Coaching Calls!

I hope to see you inside the program!

(Or if you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, you can check out my DIY Streamlining Resources!)

See you on the next one, Kassy