house cleaning timetable for
daily, weekly, monthly cleaning by room

What is the optimal house cleaning timetable for your home?

There aren't any hard and fast cleaning rules that apply to everyone; each home has different traffic patterns, and different amounts of time available for scheduled cleaning.

A good housecleaning schedule - one that works with your family's schedule so you can maintain it - begins by breaking down essential chores needed to maintain your home into daily, weekly, monthly cleaning tasks.

From there, you can create a basic house cleaning checklist by room and cleaning frequency.  

Here are the basics for creating a cleaning to do list to get you started:

How the House Cleaning Timetable Shakes Out

  1.  Daily House Cleaning List

Kitchen Cleaning Schedule

  • 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.

Bedroom Cleaning List:

  • Make bed.

Bathroom Cleaning List:

  • Squeegee shower (or sponge-clean the tub).

  • Wipe down counter tops after use.
  • Hang up towels.

  2.  Weekly Cleaning Checklist

General Housekeeping:

  • 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 Schedule:

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

Bedroom Cleaning List:

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

Bathroom Cleaning List:

  • Mop floors.

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

  3.  Monthly House Cleaning Routine

General Housekeeping:

  • Vacuum furniture and curtains.

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

Kitchen Cleaning List:

Bathroom Cleaning List:

  • Wash shower curtain.
  • Organize closets and clothes.

  4.  Seasonal Home Cleaning

General Housekeeping:

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

Bedroom Cleaning List:

  • 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 to create your house cleaning timetable.

› How to Create a House Cleaning Timetable