Creating a daily cleaning routine can change the game when it comes to household chores.
Think of it as in investment.
No really, hear me out.
By spending a little time each day working towards a daily cleaning routine will prevent you from long days of cleaning.
What happens when you have your whole house to clean in one day?
As moms we have very short pockets of time. So fitting in smaller tasks is much more manageable.
The purpose of creating routines in general is to make them become habits. They become clockwork and you will start to do these chores without even thinking about them.
This also includes a weekly cleaning schedule. By breaking up your days into small tasks keeps every room in your home clean.
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Daily cleaning routines creates less stress and you will eventually spend less and less time doing them the more you do it.
So let’s dive into a daily cleaning routine that is manageable.
What should you clean every day?
I’m glad you asked!
Here are 7 things I do every day to keep my house clean.
If you are looking for a house cleaning routine but have not found your groove. I suggest you start out here.
Make it a habit for a month and see how this daily cleaning schedule can help you from playing catch up in your home.
1 – Make The Beds
First place I start every morning is in the bedrooms.
I like to make my bed first, then I will go room to room either helping my kids make theirs or making sure they are all made.
Making your bed is a simple task that makes all the difference.
I started this habit when my daughter was born over 10 years ago. I felt overwhelmed by being a new mom.
So, I felt that if I could complete one task each morning it would get me into a good routine to do more.
It was so much nicer to walk into my room after a long day with a freshly made bed. This also prevented me from crawling back in during the day during those early years.
So, making the beds each morning stuck with me.
It sets off my whole day for productivity.
Making your bed takes 5 minutes each day and something I encourage you to try for a few weeks.
2 – Do A Load Of Laundry To Completion
With a family of 5 the only laundry system that has worked for me is to do one load of laundry a day.
I sort my laundry by person.
Everyone in my household has their own laundry basket and we have a central towel hamper in our laundry room.
No matter if the basket of dirty laundry is full or not I do a load of laundry every day.
This usually starts the night before for me.
I will load up the washing machine and start it on a delay for early morning.
That way when I wake up I am already ahead of the laundry game.
I switch it to the dryer in the morning to dry.
Once it is done I will either put it away or hand it off to the person’s laundry it is to put away.
3 – Empty The Dishwasher
This is another chore I like to do each and every night.
Even if I do not have a full load of dishes to start in the dishwasher I always run it to wash.
You never know what the next day will bring with more dishes.
To avoid throwing off the schedule this works for me.
I like to start my mornings off with a empty dishwasher so I can load it up through out the day.
This is the very last thing I do every night.
Right before I go to bed I unload all the clean dishes so it is ready first thing in the morning for breakfast dishes.
4 – Wipe Down Kitchen Counters
Most of my daily cleaning routine is in the kitchen. It’s the room we use the most.
Since we are not home most of the day this chore usually falls after dinner.
Every day I will wipe down all my counter tops in my kitchen.
The kitchen is the main hub for our family, it’s probably yours as well.
By making sure your kitchen is clean before you go to bed is such a great feeling.
You will wake up already in a clean space to start breakfast.
5 – Sweep and/or Mop The Kitchen/Dining Room Floor
Being the most used room this also includes the floors.
I can’t tell you how this floor gets so dirty! But, it does.
To keep up I just sweep it once a day, usually this is after dinner.
I get all the crumbs and who knows what my kids have left off the floor.
You can mop too if needed. When my kids were little and food seemed to get more on the floor then in their mouths this was an every night chore for me.
Now that they are older I just spot clean if I have to.
My nightly cleaning routine takes maybe 30 minutes to complete if that!
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6 – Pick Up Clutter
As part of my daily cleaning routine this includes clutter!
Things like mail, toys, shoes and kids school work can become a massive disaster if you do not keep up with it.
Try to take care of these things each day.
Have your kids help pick up their toys when they are done with them.
Sort through the mail as soon as you get it. Avoid the temptation of dumping it somewhere. Before you know it that pile can get out of control and you will feel overwhelmed by it.
This goes with my kids school items especially. They know now to hand me the papers they need me to look over. Then we have a landing zone for their backpacks.
Just by spending 10 minutes each day to pick up the clutter you will never feel like you are falling behind.
7 – Organize One Small Area
Trying to keep the never fall behind motto comes with organization.
How quickly do those drawers in your kitchen or bathroom become messy?
What about your pantry or fridge?
These are small areas that can be quickly organized while you are making dinner.
By taking a few minutes each day to maintain an area or organize it will prevent from bigger unorganized spaces in the future.
Related: 14 Habits Of An Organized Mom