house cleaning routine

According to the 2021 National Cleaning Survey, the kitchen and the bathroom are the top two spaces that are a priority for spring cleaning.

Have you been needing to deep clean your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, or your whole house? The thought of cleaning your home can be overwhelming.

You don’t have to do it all at once. You can create a regular cleaning routine and tackle things one at a time.

Want to learn more? Here’s how to create a house cleaning routine and stick to it.

Make a Plan

You can start by making a plan for your cleaning routine. Grab a notebook and pen, walk around your home, and write down which rooms are a priority for cleaning. You can write down the cleaning tasks for each room.

You can also write down bigger cleaning projects that you can tackle later, such as cleaning the garage or deep cleaning the laundry room.

Figure Out Your Cleaning Style

Your cleaning routine will also depend on your cleaning style. Maybe you feel like you need to tackle the bigger projects first before you can work on the main house.

Or maybe you’d rather do the main high traffic rooms of the house first like the kitchen and bathroom and then move on from there.

For example, if you prefer to clean one room at a time, your schedule can be to clean a room each day. It would look something like this:

  • Monday: Kitchen
  • Tuesday: Bathrooms
  • Wednesday: Living Room
  • Thursday: Bedrooms
  • Friday: Hallways/Closets/Stairwell

Or maybe you’d rather do a task at a time like cleaning the floors one day and dusting another.

Find the Best Time for You

In addition to figuring out your cleaning method, you need to find the best time for cleaning. If you know you enjoy going out on the weekend and filling it up with activities, then maybe don’t save the cleaning for the weekend.

Figure out which time you will have the energy to do some cleaning.

Maybe you’re at your best in the morning. In that case, you can wake up 30 minutes or an hour earlier and get your cleaning tasks done. Or maybe you can do your cleaning right after dinner.

Another option is to all the cleaning done at once. In that case, you can dedicate one of your days off to a full house cleaning. Or, you can break up the cleaning to two days a week.

If you have 2 stories, you can do the downstairs one day and upstairs on the other.

Schedule Cleaning as Appointments

Treat your cleaning tasks as appointments.

Write them into your planner or schedule them on your phone. Include alerts and reminders. Consider your time booked.

That’s why it might be easier to break up the cleaning into smaller tasks throughout the week instead of all at once. It’s more manageable especially if you dislike cleaning in the first place.

Gather Your Supplies

Once you have a schedule in place, the next step is to gather your cleaning supplies. This way, you will have no excuses when it’s time to get started.

You can gather all your stuff in a bucket so that you can carry it with you from room to room.

Do Daily Cleaning Tasks

In addition to your cleaning schedule, you should commit to daily cleaning tasks.

Daily tasks can include the following:

  • Make your bed
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Fold and put away laundry if there is any
  • Hang up clothes from today
  • Wipe down bathrooms
  • Do the dishes or place them in the dishwasher
  • Wipe down kitchen counters
  • Sweep or vacuum the kitchen floor
  • Empty garbage if full
  • Clear nightstand and bathroom countertops

It may seem like a lot, but these daily tasks can make your deep cleaning tasks so much easier. Imagine you need to clean the bathroom, but you notice that the sink is piled with dishes and the trash needs to be changed.

When you do these tasks every day, you will keep your home tidier and neater.

If you’re not used to doing them every day, it will feel like extra work at first. This is a habit that you want to build and continue doing so that it becomes a part of your regular daily routine.

Put Things Away

In addition to daily cleaning tasks, make it a habit to put things away after you use them.

When you take out the cereal box and pour your cereal, return the box to the pantry. When you take scissors out of the drawer, use them and put them right back.

This simple life rule can reduce clutter and keep things tidy. Clutter can actually increase stress levels. A 2009 study showed that women who say their homes are chaotic, messy, or cluttered had cortisol levels that are associated with chronic stress.

Don’t Be Tough on Yourself

If you skip a day of cleaning, or if you’re behind, don’t be too tough on yourself. Sometimes we need a break. You can always do the cleaning the next day.

Consider a Cleaning Service

Still feel like you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you don’t have the time in the day to commit to a cleaning schedule?

You may consider help from a professional cleaning service. You can schedule a one-time deep cleaning session so that you can begin your weekly cleaning routine. Or, you may consider a once-a-week cleaning service to help keep your home tidy.

Sticking to a House Cleaning Routine

Whether you hate it or love it, cleaning your home has to be done. By sticking to a house cleaning routine, you can make cleaning a part of your regular schedule and not something that you need to find time for.

You can also consider hiring a professional cleaning service to get the job done for you.

Contact Buckets and Bows Maid Service for a cleaning quote today.