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.
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.
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, the easy to follow 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.
Daily Cleaning Routine
Things That Clean People Know
Cleaning house isn’t actually fun for anyone. 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.
People with clean homes know, for instance, that wiping counters doesn’t require moving everything when you’re just 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 — as long as you get the high-traffic areas and any visible spots or spills.
What You Should Know, Too
If you just skimmed over the part above that explains a couple of shortcuts that clean people know, you should probably go back and read it. Taking the time to understand the steps in a cleaning checklist will save you a lot of time and frustration.
So, before you jump to the daily cleaning routine’s checklist below, take a moment to read through the process. Make sure you understand why it starts slow but gets faster, and how using the right tools and cleaners speed things up, too.
Cleaning Gets Faster
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. The next day things will go faster and, after several days of following the Daily Cleaning Routine, you’ll be able to do it in fewer than 20 minutes. (Related: Things that Clean People Do Every Day.)
Using the Right Stuff Helps
As far as cleaning products go, use your favorite store-bought versions. (Related: My Recommended Cleaning Tools and Gadgets.)
Or try these homemade cleaners instead:
For equipment, you’ll need these:
- Microfiber cloths
- Vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan, or a dust mop
Daily Cleaning Routine Room-by-Room
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Living and Family Rooms
- 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 Cleaning Checklist
Click the photo 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!
Want More Cleaning Checklists?
Be sure to visit my big page of free house cleaning checklists for weekly cleaning routines and Spring Cleaning checklists, too! Or pick up one of my books below.