Daily Cleaning Routine Checklist

People who keep a clean home all share the same secret: they use a daily cleaning routine like this one to get everything tidy in minutes.

Why You Should Clean House Daily

Here’s the thing about cleaning: the more often you do it, the less effort it takes. Tidy people get this. They make a point of spending a few minutes every day tending their home, so it always looks clean and company-ready.

When someone has a continually clean house, it’s because they’ve figured out how to get it that way without spending all of their time actually cleaning. They know shortcuts, and they know where to focus their efforts. (Here are some more habits of people with clean homes.) Now you can know them, too.

But Take Cleaning Shortcuts, Too

People with clean homes know, for instance, that wiping counters doesn’t mean you have to move everything if you’re doing a daily tidy-up. They know you don’t have to vacuum or mop the entire floor every day — that’s for weekly cleaning sessions. They clean the high-traffic areas and any visible spots or spills.

This Routine Gets Your Home Under Control

If you’re tired of apologizing for the mess when friends visit or feel like you can’t relax in your own home because it’s so unpleasant, my Daily Cleaning Checklist below will turn things around. Your home will look and smell fresh, inviting, and comfortable — and you can get it that way in just 20 minutes each day.

Now, let me be upfront about something. If you haven’t been in the habit of cleaning or even tidying every day, it may take you longer the first time you go through this list. But, the next day, things will go faster. After several days of following the Daily Cleaning Routine, you’ll be able to do it in fewer than 20 minutes. Then people will wonder what your secret is to a constantly clean home!

Daily House Cleaning Routine

Daily Bedroom Chores

  • Make your bed every morning. 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 dry mop high-traffic areas as needed.

Daily Bathroom Cleaning

  • 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 any makeup-stained towels or washcloths with clean ones.
  • Check the floor — sweep or dust mop as needed.

Daily Kitchen 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.
  • Corral any clutter into a neat pile to deal with later in the day.
  • Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe up any splatters on the floor.
  • Toss the dirty dish towel in the wash, and put out a clean one.
  • Give the floor a quick sweep.

Daily Living Room Tidying

  • Straighten all pillows and blankets on the sofa, which is one of the room’s focal points.
  • Neaten magazines, books, games, and DVDs that are sitting out.
  • Wipe crumbs and fingerprints from tabletops.
  • Check the floor. Use a carpet sweeper or hand vacuum to pick up any messes from the floor.

Printable Daily House Cleaning Checklist

Click the checklist below to open a .pdf for printing, or right-click to save it to your device. To make the checklist reusable, slip it into a plastic page protector. Use a dry erase marker to check steps off as you go, then wipe it clean when you’re done, so it’s ready for the next day!

Daily Cleaning Routine Printable Checklist

Where to Next?

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  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. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome!

  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 🙂

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you like it, Michelle!

  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. Judith Sudulic says:

      oops sharing

    2. 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. Would boiling the sponges in a pan of water on the hob have the same effect? Perhaps a pan that is needing some more intensive cleaning anyway – dried on food or whatever.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Boiling on the hob would certainly work for most bacteria. It won’t kill botulism, or the spores of some bacteria like anthrax or tetanus. To do that, boil them in vinegar — the acid will kill bacteria as well as spores. I don’t know that I’d do it in a grungy pot, though, since any food particles that come off would wind up in your sponge.

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

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m happy to have been of help!

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you, Freddie.

  13. 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

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you, Janine!

  14. 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! 🙂

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you found me! Starting the day with a clean kitchen makes such a difference, doesn’t it?

  15. 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. : )

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Awake at 4 am and still motivated to clean? I’m impressed!

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

    1. Katie Berry says:

      It’s really up to you! Since I work at home, I tend to do mine in the middle of the day as a break between work and relaxing. But that’s what works for me — the important thing is to find what works for you!

  17. Dear Katie,

    thank you so much for making this site and all the content! I appreciate your approach. It takes into account that injuries and disabilities exist, and that simply living in a space makes it messy or cluttered over and over. My husband and I both have physical disabilities. After a long time, we decided to get help with cleaning our apartment. We have 2 helpers come in once every 2 weeks. It’s wonderful. We had trouble maintaining the clean apartment, though. It would become progressively worse in the 2-week-span. Then we would freak out and overtax ourselves cleaning and tidying before our helpers show up (because, honestly, we don’t like living like that and don’t want them to know that we did live like that). It caused us a lot of anxiety and shame. That was the reason I was very, very hesitant to ask anyone to help in the first place.

    Your info here really helped me a lot. I can’t do all of the daily cleaning tasks you recommend actually daily, but your articles about tidying or cleaning small spaces while you wait for the toaster or the tea kettle really made a difference. Also the idea of having a “this belongs elsewhere” box (when cleaning a child’s room) is employed a lot in all of our rooms. I can’t walk or stand up much, so if I’m already on my way to the bathroom or kitchen or trash can, I try to gather up stuff that belongs in that part of the apartment, same on the way back. We are only 1,5 weeks in and have a clean kitchen counter and sink, our living room looks better, and these tasks don’t pile up and overwhelm us as easily as before. I never really believed in the whole “make your bed” thing, but I admit, the whole room feels different when the bed is made.

    We also bought a vaccum robot that I run daily, which really helps. I am buying more cleaning tools (a second set of upright dustpan/broom), to keep in the “hot spots” that need sweeping the most, so that lugging around the tools doesn’t sap my energy. My sister actually bought a second vacuum to keep on the upper floor of the house she lives in, because an injury made it hard for her to climb stairs, and she couldn’t carry the vacuum. It might sound silly when you are fully able-bodied, but it makes things more manageable when you’re not.

    I have so many things I want to say, all of them in gratitude, but I really appreciate your inclusive, accessible approach to cleaning and organizing. Lots of motivational sites start out with this hardliner attitude and “no excuses”, but a disability or illness is not an excuse, and it’s not “lazy”. That approach just shames people who don’t have as much energy or stamina to cope with these things. So thank you for that, and for being an ally 🙂 .

    Also, one question: We have very little space (especially by American standards (I am assuming you live in the US), think more like dorm living) and a lot of clutter on the bathroom counter, especially. Are there tips on how to cleverly add non-wall-drilling shelving or other storage solutions to a tiny bathroom or kitchen, so that there are actual designated places to put stuff away, but while maintaining precious counter space? I know, it’s a tough question. Any thoughts on that are very much appreciated.

    Thanks again!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m so glad you’re finding my site helpful, Laura. It’s important to me to create routines that work or can be adjusted for everyone’s abilities and schedules. As with life, there’s no one right way to do things, and we all need to find what works best for us and our homes. It makes me very happy to be part of the solution for you!

      As far as organizing a small bathroom, think vertically: stacking shelves and tiered trays on the vanity. (A friend has a 3-tier cupcake stand on hers and it’s gorgeous!) Command Hooks are a great way to hang things, and they’ve now started making shelving, too. Here’s an affiliate link to check out their Wall and Cabinet Organizer. If you use large enough Command Hooks, you can hang baskets on the wall from pairs of them and use those for storage, too.

  18. 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.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you. 🙂

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

  20. Great blog! Lots of useful information here. One question: what is the purpose of “Get your kitchen sponge wet and microwave it for 2 minutes.” and how can I proceed with this without a microwave oven but with a regular one?

    Thank you for creating such a great website.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Peter,
      Kitchen sponges are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria, which causes them to smell bad and contributes to cross-contamination in the kitchen. Microwaving a damp sponge daily helps to reduce the number of bacteria, helping to keep the sponge safe for use. (They should still be replaced every couple of weeks, though.)

      If you don’t have a microwave, boiling the sponge can accomplish the same thing. Add a splash of vinegar to help deodorize it, and to cut through soap or other greasy buildups.

  21. I’ve sanitized my natural sponges in the microwave like you suggest, but what’s the best way to sanitize sponges that have a plastic scrubby side?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      As long as your sponge doesn’t have metal parts, you can microwave it. Be sure it’s very wet when you start and give it plenty of time to cool down afterwards so you don’t get burned.

  22. 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.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you found my site!

  23. 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

  24. 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!

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