A Simple House Cleaning Routine

House cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming.  Who wants to spend all their free time cleaning?!  But you do need a system.  So if you’re having trouble getting started (or stopping), here’s a basic weekly cleaning list I’ve been using for years.

1.       Dust

2.       Glass.  This includes mirrors, glass doors, tv & computer screens, and the insides of windows, as needed.  My granddaughter loves sitting on the back of the chair in the living room and putting her hands on the window.  When she’s done, the window is a mess!  And sometimes my bad black Lab gets in that same chair and slimes the window.  So that piece of glass usually needs cleaned.  But I don’t clean all the windows – only the ones that need it.

3.       Kitchen.  I do a few basics in the kitchen including sink, microwave (which is never very bad because we use a cover when we reheat food), stove top (again not bad if you wipe it up after you use it), and replace the sponge.

4.       Bathroom.  I wipe up the bathroom daily so all I have to do is clean the tub/shower.

5.       Change the sheets.

6.       Pets.  Replace the kitty litter and refill food containers (the cat has a dish that dispenses food so I just refill it weekly).

7.       Dump all the trash cans.

8.       Mop.

Keep in mind that the list above is in addition to daily chores which include:

  • Straighten the house (dishes, put things away)
  • sweep or vacuum as needed
  • touch-up the bathroom

If you do these chores weekly, your house should look pretty darn good and you won’t spend your life cleaning.  And they really don’t take that long.  If I work straight through the list, without getting sidetracked, I can usually finish in about an hour and a half at the most.

If you don’t have time to do the weekly chores in one block, split them into two cleaning sessions or spread them out over the week.

Do you have a weekly cleaning list?  What’s on your list?

Comments

  1. No, Patty, I don’t have a weekly cleaning list as it would hang over my head like the sword of Damocles. Instead, I do tasks at random, usually about 15 minutes at a time, to stave off the boredom factor. This could account for why I couldn’t take photos of the interior of my house and publish them on the internet as you can! However, I am still battling with too many possessions in too small a space. There’s no doubt that the more you can get your possessions under control, the easier it is to keep your home clean.

    • Possessed by Possessions! I’ve been dealing with it too. Cleaned my 5yr old DD’s room yesterday, told her that if she hadn’t worn it or played with it in the past year it was gone to a better place. Of course she “liked” everything and didn’t want to get rid of it…so I “fibbed” a bit; told her that a little girls house burned down and she had nothing left not even purple fuzzy pants or a bunch of plastic food. My DD was all over her stuff…”she can have this and this”. I do this same “fibbing” to myself, it helps to know that my non-used stuff may actually be used by someone who really “needs” it! And when I get it all bagged up, I “do” donate it to goodwill or elsewhere. Having a weekly cleaning list is a great idea; unfortunately I don’t follow instructions well…I’m a spur of the moment kinda gal; I do what I do when I do it, and it all gets done just when I feel like getting it done (sad I know)!

      • Well, you have to find what works for you. So as long as you’re getting it done and you’re happy with what you’re doing, then go for it. Everybody’s different! That being said, I’m writing an article, probably next week, about why EVERYONE needs a cleaning schedule. I think you’ll find it interesting and maybe I’ll even convince you! And don’t worry – it’s not as painful as it sounds.

        How sweet of your daughter to be willing to share her stuff.

    • Definitely, true, Cath, about too many possessions. My house is pretty easy to clean because I don’t have a lot of stuff. But years ago I cleaned a friend’s house and it was packed with stuff. Every time I turned around I knocked something over. And it took longer to clean because there was so much stuff in the way. But if you like your stuff, there’s nothing wrong with having it.

  2. i Love the simple straightforwardness of your list! I feel like with four young kids around, all I do is “put out fires” (sometimes literally…) with the housecleaning. I clean what is the messiest/clean up what just got poured out, and it leaves me so exhausted all day that I rarely get to “maintenance” mode. But i like this list, grouping it all together. I just might be able to give it a try this week!

    • I’ve been doing this list for years and it really does work well. It doesn’t take that long and then the house is in good shape!

      I hope it works for you!

  3. Dusting? what’s that?
    This sounds like a good system, I think I’ll try it. I always leave dusting till last since I hate to do it. Maybe if I did it first it would make the rest easier.

    • You should try dusting first. I hate doing the kitchen chores so the last month or so I’ve been doing them first. It really does seem to work. After the kitchen is done (which isn’t really that bad – don’t know why I hate it), the rest seems a piece of cake.

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