​For many, cleaning is an essential task; but most people lack a proper plan for handing cleaning tasks. Sometimes they start in the kitchen, other times they begin upstairs in the kids’ rooms. By developing a solid cleaning routine, you give yourself more time to do other things while spending less time figuring out what to clean and when to clean it.

What Is a Cleaning Routine?

A cleaning routine is a schedule you create for yourself to simplify your cleaning process. The purpose of the routine is to take less time figuring out how and what to clean, and, instead, getting the work done quickly. It’s important to note that what may work for someone else may not work for you. So creating a cleaning routine specific to your home and family while using other routines as a template makes the most sense.

​Some questions to ask yourself when developing your routine are:

  • ​What tasks are you completing daily or weekly?
  • ​Are there areas of your home that need more cleaning attention than others?
  • ​What cleaning tasks can be completed solely by you and what tasks can be completed by other household members
  • ​How long does it normally take you to clean your entire home?

​How Can a Cleaning Routine Make Life Easier?

Many people live by the fact that a clean home can make you feel more comfortable. When you create and stick to a cleaning routine, you essentially make your home feel like more of a home. It may not seem like much, but once you have a set schedule in place and stick to it, you’ll begin to realize how much different your home feels to you. By doing the below things and others, you’ll help yourself more than you know;

  • ​Weekly maintenance
  • ​Tidying your home
  • ​Keeping things organized
  • ​Putting things away where they go

​Tips for Making Life Easier with a Cleaning Routine

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​Tips on How to Create a Cleaning Routine

Creating a cleaning schedule should help you alleviate the stress of cleaning. By developing an actual routine, especially by putting it on paper, you make the process of cleaning easier and eventually it will become second nature. As you create your cleaning schedule, you’ll notice some tasks are done weekly, some daily, some are completed once per month and others may be done less frequently.

1

Determine the Tasks to Be Completed

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To create your routine, you need to know what needs to be cleaned. The key is to identify the tasks that need to be completed and how often those tasks need to be done. By completing a walk thru of your home, you can create a task list for each room. You can then determine the amount of time to clean each room as well as how often you’ll need to clean it.

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​Organize Your Cleaning Supplies

​Keeping your cleaning supplies organized and refreshed can help you stay on track with your cleaning routine. It will save you time from looking for items you need or having to make a store run during your cleaning schedule because supplies aren’t available. This includes brooms, mops, vacuum cleaner bags, sponges, and cleaning supplies like bleach and dishwashing liquid.

It’ll also help your cleaning routine move along if you remove any items you no longer need. Get rid of empty bottles, old sponges, or towels. After a few uses, it’s best to get new ones and start over. You should also put your items in a place where it’s easy for you to grab and go.

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​Make a Habit of Putting Things Away after Using Them

​Once you are done cleaning, your cleaning supplies should be put back in the same place. By putting them away after you’ve finished using them, you make it easier on yourself to find them when you need them on your next regularly scheduled day.

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​ Plan 10 Minutes in the Morning and 10 Minutes in the Evening for Daily Chores

​When creating a routine, including time in the morning and evening to complete some tasks can be extremely helpful and alleviate some stress. It also helps you to maintain your home when it’s not your scheduled cleaning day. Some smaller tasks to complete during your daily chores are:

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Morning

  • ​Clean the bathroom, including wiping sinks, and removing the trash
  • ​Make the bed
  • ​Empty the dishwasher
  • ​Wipe down the kitchen counters and stove after breakfast

​Evening

  • ​Tidy the kitchen by wiping the stove and counter, washing any dishes, and removing the trash
  • ​Pick up anything you see in rooms that can be quickly put away or thrown out
  • ​Make sure worn clothes for the day are put in the clothes hamper for washing

​5

Schedule One or Two Larger Tasks Each Day of the Week

Once you have your smaller, daily tasks scheduled on your routine, you should look at your larger tasks that can be completed each day during the week. The breakdown of these tasks weekly make them easier to tackle and will take less time to get done than if you left them to complete at one time.

  • ​Completing the laundry
  • ​Complete cleaning of the kitchen
  • ​Complete cleaning of the bathroom
  • ​Dusting all rooms
  • ​Cleaning all bedrooms completely
  • ​Wiping down baseboards
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There may be tasks that can be done monthly. Some of these tasks may take a little longer, but the good thing is that once they are done you generally won’t have to worry about them again until the following month.

  • ​Clearing out and cleaning the refrigerator
  • ​Checking smoke alarms and if needed, changing the batteries
  • ​Cleaning carpets
  • ​Changing filters for your vacuum cleaner, vents or air conditioner
  • ​Dusting ceiling fan blades
  • ​Cleaning light fixtures
  • ​Waxing and cleaning wood floors

​6

​ Involve All Household Members

​Some people think that it just makes sense to get the tasks of their cleaning routine done themselves so they can endure it’s done correctly. If you don’t have to overwhelm yourself, don’t. Ask the members of your household to assist and assign the tasks that will be easier for them to complete.


Whether it’s your children cleaning their own rooms or bathroom, assigning someone to collect and take out the trash daily, or giving everyone the chore of washing their dish after they use it, just handing out these smaller tasks will free you up and give you more time.

​7

​Create and Print Out Cleaning Checklists

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Writing your cleaning routine down will help you stay on task. Putting your tasks in a checklist will also help you stay on point with your cleaning and minimize the risk of forgetting anything. Your checklist should include:

  • ​Your daily tasks
  • ​Your weekly tasks
  • ​Your monthly tasks
  • ​Your cleaning schedule with the date you plan to complete the tasks

​The checklists should be very specific, including being broken down by room as well. By setting your checklist up this way, you are less likely to miss a room or an item that needs to be cleaned. You can even include the supplies needed for each room to ensure you have enough.

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​Get Help If You Need It

​There is nothing wrong with asking for help cleaning your home outside of your household members. If you’re a single person, work a lot, or have smaller children, it may be difficult to complete cleaning tasks all by yourself. Hiring a professional cleaning company could help you stay on track with your cleaning routine. Determine the schedule for your cleaning service and then develop your cleaning routine around their scheduled days.

​Make Cleaning More Fun

​For some, cleaning may be an annoying task that has to be done; but you don’t have to view it that way. As crazy as it sounds, you can make cleaning fun, which will make the tasks easier to complete, and sometimes even move the process along faster. So how do you add fun to your cleaning routine?

1. Turn Up the Volume

2. The More the Merrier

3. Return Those Missed Calls

4. Get Your Steps In

5. Turn Cleaning Into a Game

6. Get Comfortable

7. Reward Yourself

​Other Tips for Creating a Cleaning Routine

​Conclusion

Cleaning is a task that can not be avoided in anyone’s home, but it’s possible to get a handle on the process. By developing a cleaning routine with a schedule or timeline, you are creating a plan that both you and your family can follow. Keeping a cleaning routine will help you feel less overwhelmed and stressed and instead stay on track and get your time back.

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