Cleaning Routine

Dear Diary,

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a “clean freak”, but it’s mostly because it eases my anxiety and makes me feel comfortable and productive.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect. Some days I absolutely throw all my clothes on the floor, leave all the dirty dishes in the sink, and jump into bed; but most of the time I like to tidy things up.

Though this sounds crazy to some people, it’s actually super manageable if you have a routine! I thrive off of routines that help me keep up with a healthy lifestyle, and this is definitely one of them!

Daily Cleaning Routine:

I try to complete these little things daily, but I don’t always get to them all!

It should NEVER take more than 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night. These are quick little ways to keep up with the weekly projects. That’s what makes it so doable!

Also, if I feel something isn’t necessary that day, I skip it!


  • Make the bed
  • Wipe down bathroom countertop/sink
  • Put away clean dishes
  • One load of laundry
  • Wipe down makeup desk


  • Put away laundry
  • Organize mail
  • Wipe down kitchen countertops
  • Put dirty dishes in dishwasher
  • Sweep kitchen floors
  • Take out trash
  • Fix pillows and blankets in living room
  • Declutter stair basket (we keep a basket next to the stairs and fill it throughout the day with things that need to be carried upstairs. At the end of the night, we take it up and put the items back where they belong! In the morning, we put the basket back!)


Each day of the week, I tackle one project to focus on. That way, I never feel like I’m cleaning the entire house one Saturday out of the month. Doing it once a week also makes it easier to keep up with because then it doesn’t build up as much!

Monday: Bathrooms

  • Wash towels
  • Clean mirrors
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Clean toilet
  • Clean countertops & sinks
  • Clean tub & shower
  • Clean floors & bathmats
  • Clean baseboards

Tuesday: Dining Room & Entryway

  • Declutter shoes/coats
  • Dust surfaces
  • Vacuum/sweep floors
  • Wipe down blinds & windows

Wednesday: Living Room & Basement

  • Declutter misc. items
  • Dust surfaces & TV
  • Vacuum/sweep floors
  • Clean windows

Thursday: Kitchen

  • Wash kitchen towels
  • Deep clean countertops (behind appliances & decor)
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean stovetop
  • Vacuum/sweep floors
  • Wipe down cabinets

Friday: Bedroom

  • Change bedsheets
  • Declutter/put away clothes & shoes
  • Dust surfaces & blinds
  • Vacuum


  • One bi-monthly chore
  • Catch-up (if something wasn’t completed during the week)


  • One monthly chore
  • Clean inside the fridge (before grocery shopping)

The last week of the month, complete one yearly chore!

Monthly Chores:


  • Clean windows
  • Declutter a drawer or closet
  • Vacuum couch cushions
  • Clear out pantry/food cabinets


  • Clean dishwasher
  • Deep clean fridge
  • Clean oven
  • Clean on top of cabinets & hard to reach places
  • Clean washer & dryer (& clean dryer vent)
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Disinfect garbage cans
  • De-scale coffee maker

Yearly Chores:

  • Change air filters
  • Wipe down inside kitchen cabinets & drawers
  • Wipe down inside of bathroom cabinets & drawers
  • Declutter paper & mail
  • Wash curtains
  • Declutter expired medicine
  • Declutter expired food
  • Declutter clothes & shoes
  • Declutter garage
  • Clean downstairs light fixtures
  • Clean upstairs light fixtures
  • Clean carpets

I hope you found this post helpful! I will soon be sharing my favorite cleaning products, but I purchase almost everything from Grove Collaborative! They are an amazing site that sells natural cleaning and personal products at affordable prices! If you’re interested in checking them out, check out the link below to get a free 5 piece set with a purchase of $20 or more!

Grove Collaborative

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my not-so-secret diary!




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