Achieving and maintaining a clean and healthy home is rewarding, but too often it is considered a dreaded task. If not upheld on a regular basis, cleaning our homes can be a daunting. But with an easy-to-follow weekly cleaning schedule, maintaining a clean home can be very easy and stress free in mere minutes a day.
List Daily Tasks
To begin the process of creating a weekly cleaning schedule, first pull out a blank piece of paper (or open a word processing/data management program) to jot down tasks. Begin by listing daily duties. Here are a few tasks we complete on a daily basis:
- Make the bed
- Wash the dishes
- Sort the mail
- Scoop the litter box
Your individual needs may vary, but these are helpful tasks to do every day. It is important to determine the daily activities that work best for your household. For example, you may choose to sort the mail once a week.
Name Each Day of the Week
After listing your daily tasks, make a list of the rooms in your home which will need to be cleaned. It is helpful to clean like rooms together (i.e. clean all bathrooms on the same day) as similar cleaning implements will be needed. The strategy behind which room(s) you clean on which days will, again, depend on what works best for your household. Here are some important questions to ask yourself:
- What day is trash day? It may make sense to clean the kitchen the evening before.
- What days are generally busier than others? If you have time commitments, such as a class or church, which occur on the same day every week, it may make sense to make that day a lighter cleaning day.
- Will I need a catch-up day? We use Sunday’s to catch up anything that was not marked off the previous week.
Once you have listed the rooms in your home and considered the three questions, begin to “name” each day of the week. For easy illustration, here are our cleaning days:
- Sunday - catch-up day
- Monday - home office day
- Tuesday - kitchen day
- Wednesday - bathroom day
- Thursday - living room and hall day
- Friday - bedroom day
- Saturday - basement day
Certain tasks are done in every room on its designated day: dusting (as applicable), tidying up, vacuuming/sweeping, and mopping (again, as applicable). Other tasks are room-specific. On kitchen day we clean the dining table, counter tops and the fridge. (As a note, the fridge is cleaned out on a weekly basis, but actually scrubbing the fridge happens on a less frequent basis. If there are spills or messes, they are wiped up weekly if not immediately when the spill occurs.) On bathroom day, toilets, sinks, bathtubs and mirrors are cleaned and the hand towels are changed. On bedroom days we change the sheets.
Compile Your List
One of the easiest ways to compile a weekly cleaning list is to create tables in a data management program (such as Excel) for each day of the week. Under each day, create one column for daily tasks and a second column for tasks specific to that day’s room assignment. These tables can be changed as needed as new needs arise and it is simple to print out a new list each week. An image of our weekly cleaning schedule is available to the right.
Weekly Cleaning Schedule Example
It is important, especially for households with multiple members, that the list is accessible to everyone. You can keep the list in a drawer, but tasks are more likely to be completed if the list is visible at all times. Consider keeping your list on the fridge or a bulletin board that the family sees frequently. Assigning tasks to family members is also a great way to maintain your home, share the responsibility, and enjoy the reward of more family time once tasks are completed.
Joan Waldner on September 02, 2017:
I have a schedule for my daughter on the days she does what, on Monday and Friday nights empty trash cans (day before trash) everyday feed animals and clean liter boxes, but funny never thought to set one up for me. So simple, so silly not to have.