a 5-step house cleaning timetable
for the year ahead

What is the optimal house cleaning timetable for you?

When it comes to a house cleaning routine, there aren't any hard and fast rules that apply to everyone.

That's because each home has different traffic patterns, and different amounts of time for scheduled cleaning each day.

But you can easily create a simple house cleaning schedule that will provide you with the clean home you want, without overtaking your life.

Start by breaking down your house cleaning routine by frequency: daily, weekly, monthly, seasonally, and annually.

  1  daily home cleaning schedule

kitchen cleaning list:

  • Wash dishes.
  • Damp-mop any spills.
  • Rinse sink clean after each use.
  • Put dishes in dishwasher (or hand-wash after use.)
  • Wipe clean kitchen table, counters, and cook top or range.
  • Wipe down interior of the microwave.

in the bedroom:

  • Make bed.

bathroom cleaning schedule:

  • Squeegee shower (or sponge-clean the tub).
  • Wipe down counter tops after use.
  • Hang up towels.

  2  weekly cleaning schedule checklist

throughout the house cleaning list:

  • Sort, wash, and fold laundry.
  • Vacuum carpets.
  • Dust furniture, shelves, and lamp shades.
  • Wash out kitchen trash container and surrounding area.
  • Wipe leather furniture with a soft cloth.
  • Scoop and clean out the cat's litter box. 
  • Shake area rugs, depending on size.

kitchen cleaning list:

  • Clean telephones, computer and laptop screens, TV screens, video-game controllers and remote controls.

bedroom cleaning chores:

  • Change bed linens.
  • Empty garbage can.
  • Hang up clothes, tidy the closet.

bathroom cleaning checklist:

  • Mop floors.
  • Wipe chrome fixtures, clean mirrors.
  • Put out fresh towels and soap.

  3  monthly house cleaning routine

throughout the house cleaning list:

  • Vacuum furniture and curtains.
  • Sweep and tidy up the garage.
  • Wipe down walls of fingerprints, spills.

kitchen cleaning list:

bathroom cleaning schedule:

  • Wash shower curtain.
  • Organize closets and clothes.

  4  seasonal home cleaning

throughout the house cleaning list:

  • Sweep the patio and porch.
  • Clean the dryer's exhaust vent.

bedroom cleaning chores:

  • Turn and vacuum mattresses.

  5  yearly house cleaning schedule

  • Scrub or strip and wax floors.
  • Wash and polish wood furniture.
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Dust and vacuum corners and crevices from high point to low.
  • Remove dust ruffles from beds to wash or dry-clean.
  • Check washing machine hoses. Replace if they're older than two years.
  • Vacuum heating vents and ducts.
  • Reseal wood floors.

Click on the blue chores app - above, right - to download a free chores planner you can customize for your cleaning needs.

› How to Create a House Cleaning Timetable


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