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How Often Should You Clean Things? This Chart Explains.

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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!)

Did You Know?

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

Semi-Weekly

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

Weekly

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

Did You Know?

Jetted tubs don’t completely drain after use. Soap, body oils, and dead skin cells remain in the line turning into bacterial-laden biofilm.

Monthly

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.

Did You Know?

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.

Bi-Annually

Yearly

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.

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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10 Comments

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome!

  1. I’m a young adult with ADHD and this guide is very helpful. Thank you for creating it!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re so welcome, Tiffany! I have ADHD, too, so the checklists you’ll find on my site are my tools for staying on track with things. I hope they help you, too.

  2. Fantastic list. It is very helpful. Enjoy all you tips and schedules. I use your cleaning solutions too. I am happy I found your site a number of years ago and refer to it frequently.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Charmane,

      I’m so glad you find it helpful!

  3. Megan Thorpe says:

    Love love love all of the cleaning checklists and motivation. I’ve saved almost all of them! Thank you, thank you!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re so welcome, Megan!

  4. Amy Allen says:

    Awesome info and of course perfect timing!!! Thank you very much for what you do, most appreciated! ☺️

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Amy — I’m so happy to help. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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