Inside: Find a list of daily cleaning chores you can do to keep your home looking beautiful without giving up your weekends to hours of cleaning.
“Do I really have to clean up every day?!”
This is a direct quote from my youngest daughter, who can turn a room upside down in a single afternoon of fun and creativity.
We don’t clean every day, but we do clean most days. It keeps me sane and our house clean.
You see, I learned a long time ago I am NOT a fan of cleaning for hours and hours on end on the weekend. Will I put more time in on a Saturday? Sure. Do I want to clean for four hours straight? Absolutely not.
That’s where my daily cleaning habits kick in. My house is not Instagram-perfect. We make messes. I pile things up some days. I forget to do the laundry, and my kids end up wearing a pair of jeans for one more day.
However, most days I do try to do a few things consistently. By doing these small, daily cleaning jobs, the house stays pretty presentable. Someone could pop in, and I wouldn’t be too stressed.
So what do I do daily? Just a few things.
The best part, it takes maybe only a hour of my time, spread out over an entire day, and that’s if I do every single task planned. That’s not too bad. I’ve got to do most of that stuff anyway simply to function in my home, so why not divide and conquer?
Daily Cleaning Chores (Also, you can download the free daily cleaning checklist printable too!)
Make the bed every morning
Even if all you do is pull the covers up to the top of the bed, your bedroom will look instantly cleaner, and you will have started your day off with a cleaning win!
Make your bed. The experts aren’t crazy. It really does set the tone for the rest of your day and for your home.
Do one load of laundry
Every morning, I try to start my laundry machine with something. Each kid has a day assigned to them for their laundry. (Yay, two off days for me.)
Saturday, we wash sheets.
Sunday, I wash towels.
Two other days throughout the week, I wash my and my husband’s clothes.
Sometime in the afternoon, the laundry gets thrown into the dryer. Before bed, it gets folded. When it’s only one load to fold, it doesn’t feel nearly as overwhelming!
Full disclosure, I didn’t do a load of laundry today. 🙂 When make it your goal to do a load a day, you find yourself caught up!
A daily family pick-up
Once per day, I ask the family to pitch in and do a quick 5-10 minute pick-up. Everyone grabs their stuff and is responsible for putting it away.
When you do this daily, your house actually looks clean, even if you haven’t dusted or mopped in weeks.
Sort the mail
Recycle the junk mail. File the rest in a “to-be handled” folder or go ahead and handle it.
I try to be realistic when it comes to me sorting the mail. I don’t always have the time or mental capacity to handle the mail, so I have a lazy system here.
Open it, see what’s in there, and then create a plan to handle it at some point that week, usually on the weekend for me.
My to-be-handled-later pile all goes into a basket I keep on my kitchen side counter.
Do a nightly kitchen reset
I’m not one of those minimalists who have only one place-setting person and so you have to do your dishes to eat your next meal. I like my dishwasher.
However, I TRY to put my dishes in the dishwasher after eating. Does it always happen? Nope. Especially at night. Sometimes Netflix binge-watching wins.
Yet, every single time I finish loading the dishwasher, wipe down the counters, and plan tomorrow’s meal…I feel like super woman. It’s a habit you enjoy keeping once you start it.
When you do this daily, the daunting task of washing all the dishes and clearing the counters isn’t so overwhelming. If you are behind, don’t stress out. Just do a little bit extra every single day. By the end of the week, you will probably be caught up!
Weekly cleaning task rotation
Every day, I try to do one cleaning task from my weekly rotation. Some days I focus on a single room, like the bedrooms or bathrooms. Other days, I focus on a single task (like dusting).
By dividing up my weekly cleaning tasks throughout the week, I don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed by cleaning my home.
Do I miss dusting or mopping some weeks? Yep. Do I stress about it. Nope.
If you miss a task, then no big deal. You will be cleaning that area again next week. Stay on top of picking up daily, and the weekly chores will get done pretty easily.
Want a daily cleaning checklist printable? Download the Happy Simple Home Cleaning Schedule. You get a cleaning schedule printable you can print out, along with a daily cleaning checklist printable, which includes a habit tracker for these daily chores and any other daily chores you want to add.
Daily Cleaning Chores
Daily cleaning chores don’t have to feel overwhelming. If your home is currently a mess, don’t feel like you have to do it all today.
Pick one or two tasks to do every day this week.
Then, next week, add another one on to the list.
You will see, as you progress through these daily cleaning chores weekly, you will start to get your home in order and feel relieved with how much easier it becomes.