Easy Weekly Cleaning Schedule for Busy People (+ free printable!)
Easy weekly cleaning schedule! This simple weekly house-cleaning routine is a realistic schedule that walks you through what to clean and when, room by room. Free printable blank cleaning schedule template included!
You know there are things you’re supposed to be cleaning…but what exactly are they?
Maybe you’ve even been meaning to create a weekly cleaning schedule to keep you on track.
I’m here to help!
I put together a simple housekeeping schedule of chores to do weekly.
You can use the free printable weekly cleaning checklist included below to stay organized.
Create your own custom routine from these ideas, and use it to KEEP your house clean!
Obviously you don’t have to clean every singe thing in your house every day, or even every week.
So let’s check out what cleaning tasks DO need to be done on a weekly basis.
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What chores need to be done weekly?
- Cleaning floors
- Laundry – clothing, bedding, and towels
- Tidying up
- Taking out trash and recycling
- Bonus tasks – yard work and washing the car(s)
It really is so important to do these things regularly.
Cleaning your house often will help prevent sickness, and reduce symptoms from allergies.
Plus, living in a clean home just makes you enjoy being there more!
How do you maintain a cleaning schedule?
- Keep it manageable by putting things away when you’re done with them. (Don’t put it down, put it away!)
- Stay on top of clutter, mail, dishes, and spills every day.
- Break up all your cleaning chores into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Keep a checklist (like the one below) as a helpful reminder.
- Get others to help you! If other people are living in your home, they can certainly share the responsibilities.
📝 Grab the free printable weekly cleaning schedule below! You’ll also get access to ALL of our home-organizing printables in the Freebie Vault!
What is a good house cleaning routine?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all cleaning routine. The best weekly cleaning schedule is the one you’ll actually stick to!
Customize your cleaning routine to your availability and schedule.
You may want to clean one room per day, or do all of one type of task per day (ie. all the dusting or mopping).
Or maybe you even want to do all your weekly chores on one day, since the other days are jam-packed.
How long should it take to clean house?
This really depends on how bad you let it get!
If you haven’t been keeping up with dishes, clutter, spills, and crumbs, it will take longer.
For the average household, your weekly cleaning schedule will take about 3 hours.
You could do this in 30 minutes a day, or 3 hours all on a single day.
(I prefer to spread out my cleaning tasks, so I never have to spend an entire afternoon cleaning the whole house.)
Okay, let’s dive into creating your new weekly cleaning schedule!
Day of the week weekly schedule
To keep your new cleaning routine really simple, consider assigning one room (or type of task) to each day of the week.
These daily cleaning tasks can even be assigned to different family members, because household chores are for everyone!
By breaking up the weekly tasks into daily tasks, it’ll feel like it takes you less time each week, because it’s broken down into a little bit at a time.
Here’s an example of a daily cleaning schedule:
- Empty & reload dishwasher
- Remove clutter and mail from kitchen table
- Wipe down table, countertops, stovetop (and chairs if needed)
- Fridge – Toss out expired food (and make a plan to use nearly expired food), wipe down any spills or crumbs
- Microwave – Wipe down outside, and any spills and splatters inside
- Use disinfecting cloth on knobs, handles, and faucet
- Clean sink and drain (I love using this foaming drain cleaner)
- Sweep & mop kitchen floor
- Change hand towel(s)
💡 Bonus task: Use a master grocery list to keep track of what you’ll need to buy at the grocery store while cleaning out the refrigerator.
Helpful kitchen cleaning products:
- Really good dishwasher pods
- Disinfecting wipes (to kill bacteria and viruses)
- A really good all-purpose spray
- Sink cleaner – this one is my favorite!
- Glisten drain cleaner
- A good broom and dustpan set
- Mop – like this microfiber spin mop
- A no-residue floor washing cleanser
👉 Pro-tip: Keep all your cleaning products together in a caddy like this, so you don’t have to waste time gathering supplies.
Note: Depending on how many people live in your house (and your cleanliness preferences) you may want to do some of the tasks 2-3 times a week.
- Clean tub & shower (bye soap scum!)
- Wipe down counters
- Clean sink(s)
- Clean toilet
- Wipe down faucet, knobs, and handles with disinfecting wipes
- Clean mirror(s)
- Empty trash
- Sweep & mop
- Change towels
💡 Bonus task: Restock toiletries, and make a list of those that are running low.
Helpful bathroom cleaning supplies:
- Tub and tile cleaner
- Daily shower spray – spray it daily to make the weekly clean easier!
- Heavy duty scrub brush
- Disinfecting wipes (to kill bacteria and viruses)
- High quality toilet bowl cleaner
- Disposable toilet wand cleaner (no gross toilet brush hanging around!)
- Automatic toilet-cleaning tabs (so it doesn’t get as dirty to begin with)
- Streak free (and fog-free) mirror cleaner
Wednesday: Living Room
- Tidy – Return anything that doesn’t belong to its rightful home
- Dust tables, TV stand, shelves, electronics (ie. TV, DVD player, etc.), and window sills, baseboards, and blinds
- Straighten – Fold throw blankets and straighten/fluff pillows
- Vacuum carpet, rugs, and other high-traffic areas
- Dry (or wet) mop hard surface floors
- Wipe down remotes with disinfecting wipes
Helpful cleaning products:
- Dust & allergen cleaner
- Reusable (washable) microfiber duster
- Reusable dry or wet floor tool
- Change sheets and make bed
- Clear and tidy clutter from nightstands and dressers
- Hang up clothing lying around
- Gather dirty clothes to wash
- Dust nightstands, dressers, headboard, blinds, and baseboards
- Vacuum carpet or rugs
- Dry mop (or Swiffer) hardwood floors
Related: How to Organize Your Bedroom (so it stays clean!)
Friday: Dining Room
- Remove clutter and mail from table
- Wipe down table and dust chairs
- Dust any flat surfaces (ie. curio cabinet or buffet)
- Sweep and mop as needed
- Clothing – Wash, dry and immediately fold (or hang up) after dryer
- Towels – Wash, dry, and fold
- Sheets – Wash, dry, and fold
- Iron as needed
- Put away all laundry
👉 Pro tip: I find doing one load of laundry a day preferable to doing it all in one day, but do what works best for your schedule.
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Congrats, you made it to the end of the week!
Sundays are a good day to catch up on any weekly cleaning tasks that you haven’t completed. That way you can head into the following week with the entire house clean.
Bonus Weekly Chores:
- Wash car(s)
- Yard work – Mow lawn, pull weeds, clean up leaves and debris
- Declutter paperwork – Mail (bills and junk mail), magazines, kids’ papers, catalogs, etc.
- Water house plants
Monthly Cleaning Schedule
A few deep cleaning tasks are best done as monthly chores.
They’re easy to forget areas of the home, so sprinkle these throughout the month to ensure they get done on a regular basis.
Monthly cleaning checklist:
- Clean your washing machine, dryer, and laundry room
- Vacuum under furniture
- Clean windows
- Wash or clean laundry hamper
- Clean dishwasher
- Dust blinds, light fixtures, and baseboards
Ready to try a basic weekly cleaning schedule?
I know this weekly cleaning list might look overwhelming when listed all together.
But I promise that each room doesn’t take as long as you’d think to clean.
The good news is that each individual task doesn’t take much time – probably only 1-5 minutes each.
Dividing them up and assigning them to each day of the week is a better way to keep your home much cleaner without much effort.
Feel free to break them up throughout the day if you struggle to find a time slot big enough. There are lots of different ways to DIY your regular cleaning schedule so you spend the least amount of time each day.
If you work full time, you could do a couple smaller tasks before work, and a couple when you get home.
The beauty of having a weekly cleaning routine is:
A) Your house or apartment feels clean almost all the time!
B) After doing it for a little while, you won’t even think about it anymore. It’ll just be second nature to clean your bedroom every Sunday (for example).
I hope you’ll consider trying this simple house cleaning schedule.
Feel free to adapt and adjust it to your lifestyle. Use the ideas in this post and the blank printable checklist to put together your own cleaning schedule that will work best for you.
Enjoy your tidy home!
P.S. Don’t forget to download your free printable weekly cleaning schedule. You’ll also get access to all our other life-organizing free printables and even more printable cleaning checklists (like spring cleaning!).
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