A woman wiping a kitchen counter as part of her daily cleaning routine

The Daily Cleaning Checklist for a Constantly Tidy Home

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A daily cleaning checklist is a busy person’s best friend. See, most of us want our homes to look clean, but we don’t want to spend every day working hard at it.

The key is knowing which basic tasks make your home look tidy, and focusing your efforts daily on doing those.

That’s the entire point of my daily cleaning routine. I’ve been following it for decades, starting with when my kids were little. To this day, it helps me keep my home constantly tidy no matter how busy life gets.

How Long Does This Take?

I saying this up front so you understand this isn’t a miracle method. If your home is a wreck, this will take time. Cleaning fairies don’t exist (darn it) so you’ll have to put in the effort yourself. Consistent effort. Doing it one day and ignoring it for a week means you’re starting back at square one.

It Gets Faster!

Every time you repeat the daily cleaning routine, it will go faster. And with each repetition, you’ll get your home closer to a baseline level of tidiness.

After several days of consistency, you can get it down to 20-30 minutes. Then you’re ready to add on more cleaning checklists to tackle the rest of your home.

Daily Bedroom Cleaning Tasks

  • Make your bed. A rumpled bed makes even the cleanest rooms look like a disaster.
  • Pick up all clothing. Fold or hang clean items and put dirty clothes in your hamper.
  • Put away your jewelry, hand lotion, and other items that are on your nightstand.
  • Check the floor: vacuum or mop high-traffic areas as needed.

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Daily Bathroom Cleaning Tasks

  • Wipe the sink basin clean after you’ve used it.
  • Buff water spots from the mirror and faucets.
  • Wipe the toilet seat and rim with a disinfecting cloth.
  • Spray the shower, tub, and shower door/curtain with the homemade daily shower spray.
  • Replace used towels with clean ones every other day.
  • Check the floor — sweep or vacuum as needed.

Daily Kitchen Cleaning tasks

  • Empty the dishwasher if it’s full.
  • Empty the sink of any dirty dishes, and give it a quick scrub.
  • Get your kitchen sponge wet and microwave it for 2 minutes.
  • Spray and wipe counters and appliance fronts.
  • Put away clutter.
  • Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe up any splatters on the floor.
  • Replace the used dish towel with a clean one.
  • Sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas and crumbs.

Daily Living Room Cleaning Tasks

  • Straighten pillows and blankets.
  • Neaten things on coffee and end tables.
  • Wipe crumbs and fingerprints from tabletops.
  • Sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas and crumbs.

Pro Tip

Combine the daily cleaning routine with weekly room-based cleaning tasks to keep your whole home company-ready.

Daily Laundry Routine

If you’re fortunate enough to own laundry appliances, try to wash a room’s laundry on the day you clean it. Staying on top of laundry throughout the week can free up your weekends, so you have more time for fun. You remember what that is, right?

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35 Comments

  1. Kim Anderson says:

    Thank you so much for making these kinds of things available for print. They have been really useful for me. It challenges me to clean things I pay little attention to, like “Vacuum under the bed” with the hose which has never crossed my mind and helps me actually sleep better since I’ve started using your charts. And because I’m so ADD, these act as an anchor for me and cleaning so I actually get a room clean all the way. In addition, I made an organizational notebook for my mom and best friend last year using these and they love them!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you’re finding them useful, Kim, and it’s really sweet of you to have taken the time to let me know that! 🙂

    2. Sarah @ gardenfullofdreams says:

      I am a big fan of the checklists too! Thanks for posting them. It is always nice to get someone else’s perspective on what is important to add to the cleaning routine. I am prone to missing stuff so this list is helpful!

    3. Katie Berry says:

      My pleasure.

  2. Just found your site and out of all the “cleaning schedules” I have looked up and tried to use, these seem to be the most fun and planned out. I love the flow charts and it gives a clear start and finish vs. just do this and this and this with little to no direction.

    I do have a question….why microwave the wet sponge?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Leah! I like flow charts because, as you pointed out, they have a clear-cut start and finish. Without them, I feel like my work for the day is never really done.

      As for microwaving the sponge: those things are scary bacteria factories. If they’re not cared for properly, they can breed e. Coli and other things that we’re trying to get rid of. Microwaving a sponge sterilizes it and kills off those nasty bugs. Just be sure it’s soaking wet or you’ll start a fire!

    2. Thanks for the tip on sponges. I never really knew how to maintain them before, but I’m going to start microwaving them now!

  3. Thank you for posting this I am excited to start! I am pregnant and falling into the blues. I have a large house and so much to do. We have recently done major home renovations and in addition to the daily grind I have to clean much of the left over construction grime. I also fell of the cleaning rhythm when the entire house was covered in construction materials. They were terrible and we ended up firing the company…so everything was left “as is”… a mess. I am going to take a deep breath, get out of bed, stop procrastinating and charge! It´s overwhelming but this gives me a place to start. Again thank you for sharing…I will be looking to your site for inspiration and tips on how to best accomplish the tasks ahead. 🙂

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Lee, I think anyone in your situation would be feeling the blues. How awful that you had to fire the contractors! I’m glad you’re feeling motivated to get life back on track, though. That’s resilient! Take things slow so you don’t burn out, and at the end of every day be sure to make a mental note of three things you’ve improved so you KNOW you’re making headway. Best of luck to you!

  4. Mommy of 3 says:

    I just found this page via a mother on Cafemom, I have been trying to get into a cleaning routine and I have found a few, but none that I liked… I am going to be giving this a try!! 🙂 Thanks for posting this!! 🙂

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you for the kind words!

  5. Susi, P.R. says:

    Thankyou for for this article, because being such a busy mom and nurse student, sometimes I just don’t know where to start. Plus your money saving ideas for homade products really come in handy because I already have the ingredients at home and being in colledge is pretty expensive. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re very welcome! And kudos to you for juggling college and raising kiddos. My mom went through nursing school while she was raising me so I know it’s difficult, but it’s going to be worth it. You’re setting a fantastic example for your kids! 🙂

  6. This is great, thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Judith Sudulic says:

    I Love this Cleaning Check List…..However I am certain my Adult Live at Home sons will have a very different opinion. Thanks for saring

    1. Katie Berry says:

      My teenager isn’t a fan of it since I only have to point to the list rather than standing there arguing with him about his chores. But I definitely love it!

  8. Dorene Whitlaw says:

    Great and very helpful printable! I just moved to a new place and I’m currently trying to set a new routine for cleaning it. Your plan seems to work perfectly for me and I found some great reminders for places I often forget to clean. Thank you for sharing! I alredy made some copies for my sister and some friends too. Greets!

  9. Thanks you very much! It is very helpful.

  10. Hi from England!
    I purchased your book last night and was eager to get started!
    So this morning I have started on ‘day one’ which is the daily house routine! I knew my house was a mess (work full time, two kids (6,2) and a cat) but never realised the full extent of how just how messy it had become. I keep cleaning it, but within 5minutes it’s back to square one! Well I got up this morning and started day one, it has taken me an hour and a half to do 3 out of 4 sections of the routine (granted with distractions in between) but hopefully tomorrow I can spend less time on it and achieve the same results! But the sections I have done are looking better than they have in a long time! Now onto the living room!

    Thank you!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Congratulations on taking the first steps to get your home under control. I know it’s a lot of effort initially but, after a few days of following the Daily Routine, you’ll find it goes very quickly. Before you know it, the rest of your life starts feeling more under control, too.

  11. Freddie Moore says:

    I just came across what you do, I think it’s awesome. I collected one of the printables (DAILY WHOLE HOUSE TIDY ROUTINE), good stuff to try. Want to mention your very positive and encouraging in what you say to people, our father in heaven appreciates that, he sees the things we do and the help we try to give to others. Keep up the good work. I have two kids and what you said, that having those circumstances, don’t expect your house to always be perfect, that just makes sense especially when you have children, thanks. And I’m sorry for the loss of your husband, you know the Bible talks about a time when suffering and even death will be done away with, it even tells about God’s promised resurrection were we can once again be with loved ones we’ve lost when God brings them back to life. So take comfort!!

  12. Janine McIver says:

    Katie, i’m so happy to have found your DIY suggestions here. You have so many things that are helpful to keep our homes clean and bug free. I have a comment for the lady that commented on the dead roach what is she doing to help us D clutter and get rid of our bugs? Keep up the good work you are helping all of us so much. Thanks, Janine

  13. Jessica Dolby says:

    I was searching for ways to be a better housewife, and I came across your blog. I’m so thankful I did. While in the middle of reading this post, I decided to go clean my kitchen, so we have a fresh start to our morning tomorrow. I will be returning to read some more content! 🙂

  14. I stumbled onto this page one morning about 4am when I couldn’t sleep. We had just moved into a new house and it has all hard floors and vaulted ceilings. I wasn’t used to so much daily dust. It drives me crazy. So, Here I am… downloading the routine daily list. It is so very true about the daily making the bed and straightening the sofa pillows. It is such a little quick thing that makes big differences. Wish me luck folks. I’m excited to get started. Thank you to those who provide this page. I am happier that I found it. : )

  15. Do you do these in the AM or PM?

  16. Both of these comments are so sweet to read. I will continue the use of this lovely woman’s site and will be investigating her books. How divine to read such a lovely back and forth. God blesd.

  17. what is the spray you use on your counter tops? ty

  18. I recently found your site. I love it. It’s full of tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing. I have had to learn to clean by watching videos.

  19. Katie thank you so much for all your wonderful tips I enjoy reading them and I enjoy doing them I look forward always to the next one when it comes out thank you so very much it’s always a pleasure just kidding wonderful ideas again I think you so very much

  20. I just want to say thank you! In all these years your methods of cleaning is literally the only thing that has worked consistently for me and easy to follow through and maintain without all the extras. I’m naturally all over the place and your system has been a great help to my family and home and things actually get done!

  21. Thanks for the update! Revisiting your site after starting grad school and only going to work part time, I’ll be at home more so I’ll focus back on my housewife duties. Thanks so much.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      So glad you’re here! Enjoy grad school and stay in touch. ❤️

  22. Kay Moser says:

    Thanks so very much for caring enough to help us get this in order

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It’s my pleasure, Kay. Thank you for being here!

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