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Weekly Cleaning Schedule: 5 Things A Day Is All It Takes

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So, you want a clean house but you don’t want to turn it into a full-time job? I get it. That’s where my 5 Things weekly cleaning schedule comes in.

When you’ve got a busy life outside the home, it’s not possible to follow a housewife routine. What you need is a simplified method and you can get that by cleaning five things a day.

A Basic Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Most of us just want our homes to look presentable and feel comfortable so we can relax. To get that, you need to focus on five things.

Ultimately, that comes down dealing with the rooms’ trash, clutter, flat surfaces, furniture and floors. But, yes, there is a catch.

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Pick Two

When it comes to cleaning your home, you have three options: spotless, easy, fast. But you can only pick two.

If you’re cleaning it yourself, spotless isn’t easy and it is absolutely never fast. But spotless also isn’t necessary, and trying to keep a spotless home may be why cleaning stresses you out. So what does that leave?

A Fast and Easy Weekly Routine

My 5 Things Weekly Cleaning Routine focuses on fast and easy. It takes about 30 minutes a day, if you do it consistently.

Except on laundry day. That’s always going to be a slog—unless you hire someone. Here’s how it goes.

Monday: The Kitchen

  1. Clean the sink.
  2. Wipe appliance fronts and handles.
  3. Clean the countertops.
  4. Clean the kitchen floor.
  5. Change the towel.

Tuesday: Bathrooms

  1. Clean counters and sink.
  2. Clean the tub/shower.
  3. Clean the toilet.
  4. Clean the mirror.
  5. Clean the floor.

Wednesday: Bedrooms

  1. Pick up trash, clutter.
  2. Pick up dirty clothes.
  3. Dust.
  4. Change the sheets.
  5. Clean the floor.

Thursday: Laundry

  1. Sort properly.
  2. Wash big loads to small.
  3. Set your phone timer.
  4. Fold and hang straight from the dryer or line.
  5. Put away each load after folding.

Friday: Living Room

  1. Pick up trash.
  2. Declutter flat surfaces.
  3. Dust.
  4. Vacuum soft furniture.
  5. Clean the floor.

Saturday: Catch-Up

  1. Do skipped days.
  2. Tidy flat surfaces.
  3. Vacuum high-traffic areas.
  4. Finish the laundry.
  5. Restock toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

But. But. What About the Details!?

Fast and easy doesn’t include bothering with details, but you can add them if you have time. Now, finding time? Not so easy. See what I mean? You can only have two!

So, use Spring Cleaning to catch up on those details. Do it again with a Fall Cleaning Routine.

The rest of the year, clean consistently and your home will be the presentable, comfortable place to relax that you need.

You’re Invited!

Would you like a cleaning reminder to help you stay on top of the 5 Things?

Follow me on Facebook where I share one each morning. You’ll also connect with a community of people using this weekly cleaning schedule to manage their homes.

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2 Comments

  1. Linda Guyton says:

    Does this plan take the place of the daily tidy?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Linda!

      It can if you want it to! It may help to think of the various cleaning routines that I share as being like recipes, not homework assignments. Choose the one(s) that sound good to you, and come back to try other things if your tastes change. 🙂

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