This simple daily cleaning schedule will keep your home tidy and presentable with minimal effort! Just a few minutes a day is all it takes to have a home that feels like a blessing instead of a curse. You can also get my free printable daily cleaning checklist at the end of the post!
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Do you ever feel like your home is out of control? That no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to keep it tidy?
I’ll be honest, I don’t usually feel that way. And it’s not because my house magically cleans itself or because I spend every waking moment cleaning.
Nope, my secret is actually pretty simple:
I have a daily cleaning schedule that I try to stick to every single day.
You see, I’m all about getting high impact results from minimal effort, and that’s exactly what my daily cleaning schedule does for me. It takes only a few minutes of my time each day, but it keeps my home looking tidy and presentable at all times!
Okay, maybe not ALL times. I do have three cats and a husband, you know! 🙂
But the point is that my home feels clean and serene rather than dirty and chaotic. And that’s just the way I like it.
My guess is that you’d like your home to feel the same way too, so let me share with you the daily cleaning schedule that will help you keep your home tidy!
Simple Daily Cleaning Schedule for a Tidy Home
My routine is divided into two parts: morning and evening. I do my morning tidying before I start work and my evening tidying after supper.
Even though this system works well for me, you can definitely switch some of the tasks around to fit your schedule if this particular lineup doesn’t work for you.
Wash the breakfast dishes (or empty the dishwasher so you can load it with dirty dishes throughout the day)
A sink full of dirty dishes makes your kitchen look…well, dirty.
Not only that, but having a sink full of dirty dishes makes it harder to prepare meals. Think about it:
- The tools you need for cooking are probably buried at the bottom of your sink.
- The plates and utensils you need for serving are probably hidden in there too.
- You don’t have a place to put your newly dirtied dishes and cookware unless you stack them on the countertop beside the sink.
Save yourself the stress by having an empty sink to work with. Preparing meals will be a thousand times easier, and your kitchen will automatically look clean even if you haven’t formally cleaned it.
If you aren’t a fan of hand-washing your dishes, simply start your day with an empty dishwasher so you can skip the sink altogether and put your dirty dishes right into the dishwasher throughout the day.
Make the bed
It takes me less than 60 seconds to make our bed. That’s with sheets, a duvet, a quilt, five regular pillows, two small decorative pillows, and a throw blanket.
In 60 seconds, my bedroom instantly looks clean even if I haven’t done anything else to it.
That’s the magic of making your bed in the morning! You get a high-impact result from less than 60 seconds of effort.
Plus, your bedding is exactly where it should be when it’s time to climb back in bed at the end of the day. You don’t have to wrestle with the sheet that’s stuffed at the foot of the bed or wrangle the comforter back from your significant other’s side of the bed.
Nope, all you have to do is climb in and enjoy your perfectly-made bed.
Spend five minutes tidying and putting things back where they belong
You can accomplish a lot in just five minutes. You can
- Sort mail
- Put away items from the dining room table or kitchen counter
- Put away stray shoes, clothes, and accessories
- Clear off the coffee table
- Clear off your nightstand or dressers
- Put away toiletries that are on your bathroom counter
- Empty and put away your gym bag or work bag
These are all simple tasks that don’t take much time to complete. You could probably even tackle a few of them in your 5-minute tidy session!
But even though they don’t take long to complete, they go a long way toward making your home look put together.
Set a timer and spend five minutes putting things back where they belong. You can choose any of these tasks or tackle another task that you’ve been putting off for a while. When the timer goes off, move on to the next task in your daily cleaning schedule.
Straighten the couch pillows and blankets
This is another one of those tasks that takes mere seconds to complete but that delivers a huge pow factor for your home.
When your couch pillows and blankets are where they should be, your living room instantly looks clean even if you haven’t done anything else to the room. Plus, your couch looks more inviting after a long day at work when you actually have a place to sit down!
Wipe down the bathroom surfaces
You don’t have to do a deep clean each day, but a quick wipe-down will make your bathroom look sparkly and clean each day! All you really need to do is wipe down the counter, sink, faucet, and toilet for a tidy-looking bathroom.
If you’re using a cleaning wipe, you can also do a quick wipe over the floor to pick up any loose hair and dirt.
Fill your essential oil diffuser
Okay, so this isn’t technically cleaning, but it sure makes your home smell clean!
I fill my two essential oil diffusers every single morning. Peppermint and eucalyptus is my favorite blend right now, so if you’d like to try it too, just add three drops of each essential oil to your essential oil diffuser and fill the rest of the way with water. Your home will smell minty fresh all day long!
Wash the supper dishes (or start the dishwasher)
After supper, make sure you wash any dishes you dirtied up at suppertime. Food attracts bugs, so don’t give them a reason to hang out in your sink at night!
Plus, breakfast will be a breeze tomorrow morning when you start the day with a clean sink.
If you aren’t a fan of hand-washing your dishes, now is the time to start your dishwasher so your dishes will be clean in the morning. But be sure to hand-wash any items that aren’t dishwasher safe so they don’t stay in the sink overnight.
Wipe down the kitchen counters, table, and stovetop
Dust, dirt, crumbs, spilled food…all of these make your kitchen counters, table, and stovetop look dirty.
Give your kitchen surfaces a quick wipe-down at the end of the day so your kitchen looks clean and tidy.
Wipe up any water from around the kitchen sink or in the sink
While you’re wiping down the counters, go ahead and wipe up any water from around or in the sink. This will prevent water spots from forming and give you a nice, shiny sink!
Put out a fresh kitchen towel and washcloth for tomorrow
Toss your dirty kitchen linens in the laundry and set out a fresh set for tomorrow. You won’t have to worry about stinky dishcloths or smelly towels when you switch them out each day.
Spend another five minutes tidying and putting things back where they belong
You can pick up where you left off earlier or tackle another area that needs a good tidying.
Free printable daily cleaning schedule
If you’d like to have these tasks typed up in a handy checklist, then be sure to download my free printable daily cleaning schedule!
Wrapping It Up
Keeping your home tidy really isn’t that hard. Just a few minutes of tidying each day is what will keep your home from getting out of hand, and the best part is that those little tasks will give you big impact results with minimal effort!
Having a daily cleaning routine is definitely the secret sauce for a tidy home. So if you need help keeping your home tidy, then be sure to give this daily cleaning schedule a try. And don’t forget to print off the handy checklist so you know exactly what to do every day!
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What about you? Do you have a daily cleaning schedule?
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