Have you ever wondered if you’re cleaning often enough? There really is a rhythm to keeping the home, and it starts by knowing how often to clean things.
Now, understand: this isn’t about having a spotless home. It’s not about impressing friends or Instagram. It’s certainly not about spending all of your time cleaning—who wants to do that? Not me!
The idea is to make your home healthy and cozy, and to make everything look newer and last longer by keeping dirt and other messes under control.
If that happens to impress your friends in the process, consider it a bonus. (Then tell them about my blog. Seriously, I’d appreciate it!)
No one is going to come into your home to check if you’re doing all of these things. So relax. This is a list of ideals not commandments.
Daily Cleaning Tasks
Now, don’t make things harder than they are: wiping means using a disinfecting wipe or soapy water to clean around the stuff on the counter. The less stuff, the cleaner you’ll get it.
- Make the bed
- Wipe the kitchen table
- Wash any dirty dishes
- Wipe the kitchen counters
- Wash your coffee pot
- Disinfect the kitchen sink
- Wipe up any new spills in the oven
- Sanitize the kitchen sponge in the microwave
- Open your windows to air the house
- Change kitchen dishcloths and towels
- Empty the kitchen trashcan
- Change the bathroom hand towels
- Disinfect bathroom faucets
- Disinfect toilet handle & seat
- Squeegee shower walls after bathing
- Disinfect your cellphone screen
- Clean pet bowls
- Scoop litter boxes
Some tasks don’t need to be done every day, but do need more than once a week.
- Change the bath towels
- Dust mop hard floors
- Sweep or vacuum the entry mats
- Mop high-traffic areas in the kitchen
- Vacuum high-traffic areas if you have pets or kids
- Wipe your kitchen/dining chairs
Daily wiping controls messes, but weekly cleaning controls bacteria and dust mites.
- Move things and clean the kitchen counters
- Wipe kitchen cupboard fronts and handles
- Purge expired food in the fridge
- Wipe kitchen appliances
- Clean inside of the microwave
- Wash the dishwasher food filter
- Clean the garbage disposal
- Sanitize bathroom surfaces
- Clean jets in whirlpool tubs
- Clean the bathroom trashcan
- Polish mirrors
- Dust furniture
- Vacuum upholstered furniture
- Wash sheets & pillowcases
- Vacuum or sweep & mop floors
- Disinfect light switches & doorknobs
- Disinfect stair handrails
- Sweep the front porch, patio, deck
- Clean and disinfect makeup brushes
- Clean and disinfect toothbrushes
Jetted tubs don’t completely drain after use. Soap, body oils, and dead skin cells remain in the line turning into bacterial-laden biofilm.
Your home won’t fall apart if you don’t do the monthly chores every single month. (Probably.) But it will look and smell cleaner, and your belongings will last longer, if you do.
Seasonal (Every 3-4 months)
The seasons change every 3 months, so that’s an easy way to keep track of chores that don’t require more frequent attention.
- Clean your oven
- Clean the dryer vent if you have a large family.
- Wash your duvet insert or comforter
- Launder your bed pillows
- Clean the range hood filters
- Clean behind appliances
- Swap seasonal clothing
- Wash your outdoor garbage cans
- Clean the BBQ grill
- Rotate mattresses
- Clean your shower head
- Clean light fixtures
- Dust your ceilings and walls
- Clean lampshades
- Vacuum under heavy furniture
- Wash curtains and throw pillows
- Clean your outdoor furniture
- Clean your windows inside and out
- Deep clean the pantry
- Vacuum bathroom exhaust fans
- Change furnace filters (if you don’t have allergies)
- Clean refrigerator coils and drip pans
- Dump and clean freezer ice trays
Window glass expands and contracts in response to temperature changes. So, dirt can work its way beyond the surface to create a permanent haze if you don’t wash them.
- Clean gutters (spring and fall)
- Have HVAC serviced (summer and winter)
- Deep clean closets
- Launder furniture slipcovers
- Dust books and deep-clean bookcases
- Wash walls
- Clean your deck (spring and fall)
The list of annual tasks is short but shouldn’t be skipped, especially the chimney inspection if you have a fireplace. And you can certainly clean your upholstered furniture more often, but remember that doing so may make it wear out faster, too.
- Clean fireplace (Spring)
- Have the chimney inspected (Fall)
- Drain sediment from water heater
- Steam clean or shampoo carpets and furniture
Not in the mood to enter all of this in your phone calendar? I don’t blame you! That’s why I created the chart below.
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