The Simplest Weekly Cleaning Routine For Busy Moms

Today, we’re diving into weekly cleaning routines. 

First, let’s talk about what a weekly cleaning routine is and if you should have one.

A weekly cleaning routine is pretty much a chore schedule. 

To create one, you’ve got to figure out all of your household chores and then find time throughout your week to complete them…consistently

But, if you’re like most women, you’re probably too busy to stick to a strict cleaning routine. Right?! 

And you’ve got too much on your plate to even remember what you ate for lunch—let alone the last time the toilets were cleaned. Ha!

Well, having a weekly cleaning routine isn’t meant to add more stuff to your plate. The whole purpose is to help you manage everything you need to get done in a better way.

Because when you know the weekly chores you’ve got to do daily, it’s much easier to keep your home clean and stay ahead of the mess. 

How to Get It All Done

I personally prefer to clean by category versus room by room. This way I have much more control over my weekly cleaning routine. 

Because as a mom, it’s hard to keep any room clean longer than two minutes. 🤦🏾‍♀️

What I used to do with my cleaning schedule was focus on cleaning one room entirely each day. But then the next day it was messy again which made me feel like I didn’t accomplish anything. 

So, I’d say to myself, what’s the point? And before I knew it, I lost control of my house. 

Now, I wholeheartedly believe in cleaning by category. AND, I stick to six weekly chores to keep things nice and simple. 

Then, I’ll divide each chore category into days. Basically, completing one task each day is my only focus (on top of my daily chores that I’m already doing). 

So let’s get into what that looks like.

Day 1: Declutter

The best thing you can do for your home is to keep up with all of the items inside. I know you’re probably already your family’s bookkeeper, but you’ve got to be an inventory keeper too (not sure if that’s a word but I’m totally rolling with it — ha!). 

Here’s some ideas of what to stay on top of: 

  • Get rid of old clothes & shoes 
  • Sort through mail, documents, & coupons 
  • Empty trash bins around the house 
  • Toss expired products, food, and medicine from cabinets and the fridge
  • Get rid of broken toys
  • Get rid of duplicate items you don’t need 

I try to stick to a 1-in-1-out rule, which, basically means that for every new item I bring into our home, I’m getting rid of the same or similar item to avoid duplicates and unnecessary clutter.

Day 2: Wash

If you’ve read my previous post all about my daily cleaning routine, then you’ll know I suggest washing 1-2 loads of laundry a day. Specifically, clothes.

Because if you’ve got a big family like I do (or just a ton of clothes), doing a load a day really helps to chip the pile away!

That said, clothes aren’t the only things that need to be washed. These items will need to go in your washer too about once a week:

  • Bedsheets & comforters
  • Throw blankets
  • Shower curtains 
  • Bath & kitchen rugs
  • Bath towels & wash rags 
  • Kitchen towels
  • Microfiber cleaning cloths 

Day 3: Dust

Dusting is a dirty job but it has to get done! The good news is you only have to do this chore once each week. And if you stay on top of it, it’s not that icky! 

Things to add to your dust list: 

  • Light fixtures 
  • Furniture & shelves
  • Mirrors 
  • Windows 

Day 4: Wipe

Disinfect commonly used surfaces, polish appliances, and get those toilets squeaky clean. 

Here’s what to wipe down:

  • Kitchen countertops
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Refrigerator inside & out
  • Microwave inside & out 
  • Stove & vent hood
  • Kitchen table 
  • Bathroom vanities 
  • Toilets inside & out
  • Bathtubs & showers

Day 5: Vacuum

Vacuuming is my new favorite chore! I find it so satisfying to see those fresh carpet lines. But I try not to take it too far and vacuum every single day. 

Trust me, it’s so easy to get sucked into a vacuuming routine and neglect other things around the house…like that huge pile of clean clothes that’s becoming more and more wrinkled by the day. (Maybe it’s just me)

I’ve learned that when you don’t allow food and shoes on carpet, it’s not necessary to vacuum every day! Vacuum once, lay down some strict house rules, and you should be good until it’s time to vacuum again. 

Where to vacuum: 

  • Area rugs
  • Staircase 
  • Bedrooms 
  • Living areas
  • Anywhere else there’s carpet

Day 6: Refresh

This is my favorite chore day because the house always smells amazing!

What to clean:

  • Mop all hard-surface floors
  • Refill toilet paper bin in bathrooms
  • Refill wall plug-ins
  • Switch scented candles 
  • Change home decor (optional)
  • Change bed linen 

Jumpstart Your Routine

Now that you know the chores you need to get done each week, you’ll need to figure out which chores to clean every day too so you can add these weekly tasks to them. 

Because your weekly & daily cleaning routine HAS to work together. That’s the only way to manage your home without losing your mind! 

You can see my daily chores here.

Happy Tidying — come say hey on Instagram! @tidyupwithdani

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