House Cleaning Schedule and Printable Checklist (2022)

A house cleaning schedule is an awesome way to reduce your overwhelm when it comes to keeping your house clean! This printable file can help walk you through your cleaning process and keep you sane while you clean your home.

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A couple of months ago I shared an Instagram story of me cleaning our bathroom floors, and you all werehere for it. Turns out y’all like seeing me scrubbing things!

Haha! Kidding aside, I think what resonated was the fact that I’m a real person with real toilets to clean, just like everybody.

It was a little peek behind the curtain of how our home runs, and the fact that we do all the cleaning ourselves.

And bunches of you asked for a breakdown of our house cleaning schedule, so we are doing you one better: our house cleaning scheduleand a printable checklist that you can download while you’re cleaning too.

Before you dive in, make sure you grab our downloadable kids’ chore chart so they can help too! Also check out these 13 productivity tips to take stress and overwhelm out of your days.

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Why A House Cleaning Schedule?

Let’s start with a little backstory. I’ve cleaned my own home for my entire life, with the exception of about one year after Maggie was born.

I was overwhelmed and so we splurged on a cleaning service. They came every other week for about 3 hours and did a thorough scrub of the house.

I always did the daily tidying, dishes, laundry, etc., myself. But those hours that they spent scrubbing floors and toilets were totally invaluable.

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After about a year, we started saving to send Maggie to preschool so we discontinued the cleaning service. However, I decided to try to keep their schedule as best as we could.

It’s been about two years since we did that and so far the process is working really well for our family. I wanted to find a way that I could keep our house clean without feeling overwhelmed or consumed by it.

So here’s our house cleaning schedule.

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Our House Cleaning Schedule

Daily

It’s a feat with two toddlers, and we’re not always spot on, but we try to end every day with a clutter-free house. We’re working with the kids to teach them to clean as they go (i.e., they have to put away one mess before they make another).

We also take about 5 minutes as a family before their bedtime to tidy everything we can.

Toys get cleaned up, dishes get put away, and so on. Everybody pitches in and it goes relatively quickly.

Like I said, it’s not always perfect, but even an attempt at tidying keeps things from stacking up over the course of the week.

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Weekly

Here’s where the house cleaning schedule starts to really come into play. Friday is my laundry day. Because we work at home, I have the capability to switch laundry loads in and out throughout the day.

We usually have about 4-5 loads of laundry on Fridays between all of our clothes and the towels/bedding.

I run them all through and just leave the clean clothes piled on the dining table until the end of the day, when I tackle folding it all at once. (Batch working for the win!) We change bed sheets every other week.

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We also have this thing we call “Tidy Fridy.” (And yeah, I left the “a” out of Friday to make it rhyme. Don’t judge me, the rhyming makes it seem less like cleaning and more like fun. 😉 )

On Fridays, at the end of the day we kick our daily tidying routine up a notch and make sure everything is put away and clean.

This is for two reasons: first, I like to start the weekend with a clean house. And secondly, every other Saturday is our scrubbing day.

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Every Other Week

If it’s a cleaning week, I try to sneak in a couple of chores in on Friday to make Saturday go more quickly. Usually I dust all of the rooms in the house to get that checked off the list.

Sometimes, if I’m lucky, I can squeeze in vacuuming too.

Otherwise, every other Saturday morning is when we clean and use the house cleaning schedule.

And this is where our printable cleaning checklist comes in handy! You can find it at the bottom of the post!

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MY CLEANING ROUTINE

If I’ve dusted the day before, I start in the bathrooms. We have three. Lots of you on Instagram said that you have cleaning supplies stocked in each bathroom. But I prefer to carry around a single cleaning caddy with me.

We have a little basket that I have stocked with our favorite cleaning supplies, rags, and gloves. (I always wear gloves or my hands get dry and crack!)

So I check everything off the bathrooms list, then move to the extra rooms like the Laundry or Office to get any random sinks or surfaces.

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I try to delay the kitchen until last because there’s a greater chance it will stay clean for longer if I wait. As soon as we make the kids a meal in there, it’s done for.

After all that is checked off, I tackle all the floors. We have hardwood with tile bathrooms and linoleum in the kitchen, so usually I vacuum the entire floor (including area rugs).

Then I go back and either dust mop or mop, depending on the surface. I do the bathroom floors as I finish each bathroom. Those I do old school, on my hands and knees with a spray bottle of cleaning solution and a rag.

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Seasonally

There are definitely a few things that we don’t tackle every cleaning day on our house cleaning schedule, that I just sort of squeeze in when I remember.

These are things like dusting the baseboards, cleaning out the freezer, and so on. Truthfully, they probably get done way less frequently than they should, but hey, I’m good with that.

How Long Should Cleaning Your House Take?

All in all, if I’m doing everything by myself it takes me about 2.5 hours. If I dust and/or vacuum the day before, or if Ryan does the floors for me, the whole list takes less than two hours.

Obviously, your home size will affect time. We live in a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home, with two large living spaces and a dining room.

You’ll probably find that the bathrooms are where most of your time is spent, so more or fewer baths will change up your timeline.

This applies to my every-other-week, standard cleaning schedule. If I’m adding in something seasonal or monthly, like baseboards for example, it obviously would take a bit longer.

But all in all, a house cleaning schedule will help you organize so that your chores won’t take nearly as long as you think they will.

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Also, now that the kids are getting older, they can help so much! This lessens my own time spend as well.

Download the House Cleaning Schedule

Click below to download the House Cleaning Chart and Checklist!

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We created the checklist based on our home and some feedback about the size and type of home thatyou have, too. If you need to modify it, just add things to the “Extras” list, or print out a second chart for more rooms.

I also recommend these self-laminating sheets if you’d like to laminate and reuse your schedule.

And that’s it, gang! I hope our cleaning chart and house cleaning schedule helps you feel less overwhelm when it comes to keeping your space clean. Any questions, hit me with them in the comments! xo

P.S. Get our kids’ chore chart right here!

Materials

  • Printable house cleaning checklist

Instructions

  1. Download and print our house cleaning schedule.
  2. Add any extras to your printed list.
  3. Decide on a cleaning day (i.e. we scrub every two weeks).
  4. At the end of every day, tidy your home with your family. Take 5 minutes and do whatever you can.
  5. Reserve laundry day for once a week.
  6. The day before your designated cleaning day, tidy your house. If you can, also dust and vacuum.
  7. On cleaning day, follow the checklist to ensure you tackle your whole house in an efficient way.
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FAQs

What should a written cleaning schedule include? ›

A schedule must be drawn up and implemented which specifies the frequency of cleaning, the persons responsible, the method of cleaning, the amount and type of chemical to be used and precautions to be taken (i.e. protective clothing).

What is a good schedule for house cleaning? ›

A typical weekly cleaning, including wiping down the counters, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, and laundry, will take approximately three to five hours for a three-bedroom house. You will spend around 30 to 50 minutes daily if you split the cleaning chores up six days a week.

How do I make a house cleaning checklist? ›

Weekly
  1. Dust all hard surfaces.
  2. Vacuum and/or mop floors.
  3. Wipe down appliances.
  4. Wipe down and disinfect countertops.
  5. Wipe down mirrors.
  6. Scrub and disinfect the kitchen sink.
  7. Scrub and disinfect toilets.
  8. Clean and scrub showers and tubs.
24 Aug 2021

What are the 4 steps that should be included in a master cleaning schedule? ›

AIB UPDATE - AIB Answers. A. A master cleaning schedule includes cleaning of equipment, tools, containers, structures, and grounds, and identifies the area or equipment to be cleaned, the time period between each cleaning, and the person(s) responsible for the cleaning.

How much time does the average person spend cleaning house? ›

The new research aims to reveal how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the habits and household dynamics when it comes to cleaning. On average, American parents who live with a partner spend 23 hours and 36 minutes on cleaning and house work each month. That comes out to 5 hours and 54 minutes per week.

What is contained in a cleaning schedule and why is it important to have one? ›

The purpose of a cleaning schedule is to assist in ensuring that a premise is maintained to this level of cleanliness at all times and ensures that no item is forgotten. Some items in a cleaning schedule will be required to be done more than once a day, for example benches.

How often should you clean a toilet? ›

Once a week at least.

Tetro says your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria host; E. coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. To keep it at bay, disinfect the toilet and sink at least once weekly, and the bathtub every two weeks — more if you shower often.

How often should you clean bathroom? ›

In general, you should give your bathroom a good clean at least once a week. This includes wiping down the toilet and sink. The floor and bathtub should be cleaned every two weeks or so. It is also important to invest in a deep clean every month or so.

How do you make a schedule for household chores? ›

A daily cleaning schedule
  1. Monday: Dishes and kitchen.
  2. Tuesday: Bathrooms.
  3. Wednesday: Surface clean and organizing.
  4. Thursday: Dusting and vacuuming.
  5. Friday: Trash and start laundry.
  6. Saturday: Finish laundry, fold and put away.
  7. Sunday: Take the day off.
13 Sept 2012

What tasks should a house cleaner do? ›

What Does a Housekeeper Do?
  • Light cleaning in the living area, including sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and mopping.
  • Cleaning the kitchen, including wiping down counters, appliances, cabinet doors, and sinks.
  • Cleaning the bathroom, including toilets, mirrors, baths, and showers.
  • Washing, drying, and putting dishes away.
22 Oct 2021

What is the fastest way to deep clean a house? ›

Fast House Cleaning Tips
  1. Clean the whole house, not one room at time. ...
  2. Gather all your cleaning tools in a caddy. ...
  3. Clear the clutter. ...
  4. Dust and vacuum. ...
  5. Wipe mirrors and glass. ...
  6. Disinfect countertops and surface areas. ...
  7. Focus on tubs, sinks and toilets. ...
  8. Sweep, then mop.
21 Nov 2016

What can you expect a cleaner to do in 2 hours? ›

In two hours, a cleaner should have enough time to: Mop your kitchen floor quickly. Wipe your kitchen counters down. Clean a small number of dishes in the sink.

How do you make a cleaning roster? ›

Here's an example for you: –
  1. Wipe all surfaces – Daily.
  2. Empty the bin – Weekly.
  3. Clean the bath and shower – Weekly.
  4. Clean the toilet – twice a week.
  5. Mop the floor – Weekly.
  6. Change the towels – Weekly.
  7. Descale the shower head – Monthly.
  8. Declutter the bathroom cabinet – Annually.
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What step must a manager take after creating a master cleaning schedule? ›

What step must managers take after creating a master cleaning schedule? Train staff to follow the program. Determine who should do each task. Time staff on how long they take to clean.

How long does it take to clean a bathroom? ›

If your bathroom is dingy and not smelling fresh, it's probably time for a more thorough cleaning. To get everything shiny and germ-free, expect it to take from 20 to 45 minutes to clean a bathroom. That includes cleaning and disinfecting toilets, showers, bathtubs, and more.

How clean are most people's homes? ›

Surprisingly, we found that half of American homes are always clean, while just 1% of Americans never lift a finger and do the dirty work. In between these extremes, about 1 in 4 respondents clean once a day and another 23% make at least some effort but let their duties slip on occasion.

How often do normal people clean? ›

How Often Does The Average Person Clean Their House? Research by the American Cleaning Institute found that Americans spend 6 hours cleaning every week, while a third wonder if they are cleaning enough and correctly. Most homeowners sweep and mop, vacuum, clean the bathroom, and dust furniture once a week.

What is a cleaning chart? ›

What Is a Cleaning Chart? Detailed plans that list the areas of your home and tasks that you complete on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. A household chores schedule includes the following: Daily. Weekly.

What is the best way to ensure that all cleaning tasks are being identified and performed regularly? ›

What is the best way to ensure that all cleaning tasks are being identified and performed regularly? Create a master cleaning schedule, and follow it.

When creating the master cleaning schedule you need to address which questions? ›

A master cleaning schedule should include who, what, when, and how cleaning should be done. For iodine sanitizer to kill pathogens, it must be in contact with the item for at least: 30 seconds. In a restaurant or foodservice operation, what must be cleaned and sanitized?

How often should you mop floors? ›

Any high-traffic areas in your home should be wet mopped once a week. Rooms in your home that are not frequently used—such as a guest room—do not need to be mopped weekly. Mopping every other week or monthly should be sufficient.

Should you wipe down your shower after every use? ›

You only need to clean your shower and tub once a week, but if you have a glass shower door, it needs a little more attention. To prevent the build up of soap scum and keep the glass looking spotless, use a squeegee to wipe away water after every shower.

How often should you replace your toilet seat? ›

Why should I replace my toilet seat? While a toilet typically lasts at least 15 years, toilet seats last only about 5 to 7 years before they begin to crack or become stained to the point that, no matter how hard you scrub, they no longer appear clean. That's when it's time to consider replacement.

How often should you change your bed sheets? ›

Most people should wash their sheets once per week. If you don't sleep on your mattress every day, you may be able to stretch this to once every two weeks or so. Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week.

How often should you change your towel? ›

The Cleaning Institute recommends washing bath towels after three uses. If you shower every day, that means laundry almost twice a week. Regular laundry is sufficient to clean towels and remove any germs that are starting to accumulate.

How often should you shower? ›

Many doctors say a daily shower is fine for most people. (More than that could start to cause skin problems.) But for many people, two to three times a week is enough and may be even better to maintain good health.

Which household chores have to be done daily? ›

Daily Chores

Vacuuming the rugs and carpet. Washing dishes and kitchenware. Cleaning and disinfecting the kitchen area. Feeding pets and cleaning litter boxes.

What cleaning should be done weekly? ›

The high-traffic areas of your home, such as the kitchen and hallways, should be swept or vacuumed daily, especially if you have children or pets. Once a week, however, be sure to give the rest of the rooms in your home attention, sweeping under furniture and in corners to ensure they're free of dust and dirt.

How much time should I spend cleaning a day? ›

Based on the size of your house and the severity of the mess, it could be 2 – 3 hours out of your day dedicated to cleaning. That's why most cleaning experts recommend at least 15 – 30 minutes spent cleaning and tidying your home every day.

How do I set up an employee cleaning schedule? ›

Here are 3 ways that can help you effectively enforce a cleaning schedule:
  1. Organize and distribute tasks. List down all tasks and arrange them by frequency. ...
  2. Create a cleaning calendar. Prepare a cleaning calendar containing information on cleaning job appointments and the employees assigned to each. ...
  3. Quality-check services.

What cleaning should be done weekly? ›

The high-traffic areas of your home, such as the kitchen and hallways, should be swept or vacuumed daily, especially if you have children or pets. Once a week, however, be sure to give the rest of the rooms in your home attention, sweeping under furniture and in corners to ensure they're free of dust and dirt.

What should be Sanitised regularly? ›

What should we disinfect? All food and hand contact surfaces should be disinfected / sanitised. This includes work surfaces, chopping boards, knives, slicers (food contact surfaces) and door handles, fridge handles, light switches taps etc (hand contact surfaces).

What are the duties and responsibilities of a cleaner? ›

A Cleaner is responsible for all basic cleaning in and around the facility or office building. This can entail dusting, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning smudges off windows and doors. Ensuring restrooms are cleaned, sanitized, and restocked is another important responsibility of a cleaner.

What is included in a basic office cleaning? ›

Cleaning tasks for the reception area and office spaces include:
  • Empty waste receptacles and replace liners. ...
  • Vacuum all carpets and mats.
  • Vacuum all hard floors.
  • Dust all horizontal surfaces of desks, chairs, tables and other furniture.
  • Damp wipe all horizontal surfaces with disinfectant.
20 Aug 2009

What is good housekeeping in the workplace? ›

It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly, maintaining halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards, and removing of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) and other fire hazards from work areas.

When should you change bed sheets? ›

Most people should wash their sheets once per week. If you don't sleep on your mattress every day, you may be able to stretch this to once every two weeks or so. Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week.

How often should you clean your toilet? ›

Once a week at least.

Tetro says your bathroom is the ultimate bacteria host; E. coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. To keep it at bay, disinfect the toilet and sink at least once weekly, and the bathtub every two weeks — more if you shower often.

How often should you clean bathroom? ›

In general, you should give your bathroom a good clean at least once a week. This includes wiping down the toilet and sink. The floor and bathtub should be cleaned every two weeks or so. It is also important to invest in a deep clean every month or so.

What is a 2 stage clean? ›

Cleaning needs to be carried out in two stages. First use a cleaning product to remove visible dirt from surfaces and equipment, and rinse. Then disinfect them using the correct dilution and contact time for the disinfectant, after rinse with fresh clean water if required.

How often should a kitchen be cleaned? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations, as well as various per state organizations, put health codes in place and enforce those codes. The rules do vary from one state to the next, but generally speaking, the surface areas, utensils, floors, cooking appliances, and walls should be cleaned after every food service.

What is the 3 step cleaning process? ›

Three-Step Cleaning and Disinfecting Method

Step 1: CLEAN: Use soap, water and a clean cloth/brush. Scrubbing to clean. Step 2: Rinse: Use clean water and a clean cloth or place under running water. Step 3: Disinfect: Apply chemical following provided directions (strength and contact time) to the surface.

What needs to be cleaned monthly? ›

Your monthly cleaning checklist
  • Tops of cabinets. This is the perfect place to start—because it's the perfect spot for dust to accumulate. ...
  • Top of refrigerator. ...
  • Inside the refrigerator. ...
  • Front door and entryways. ...
  • Ceiling fan blades and attached lights. ...
  • Light fixtures. ...
  • Baseboards. ...
  • Molding and door frame.

What is the Fly Lady routine? ›

Take Cilley's own morning routine, for instance. Once you wake up, make your bed, take a shower, and clean it to make the most of you're time. You'll then do your hair, apply your makeup, and quickly clean the toilet. Once you're done in the bathroom, put in a load of laundry.

How often should you dust? ›

Dust ceilings, door frames, baseboards, and other areas in home at least once in a week or once in two weeks to prevent the accumulation of dust that can activate an allergic reaction in your family members. While dusting, be sure to employ a dusting tool that will not just extend the dirt back into the air.

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