Y’all. I’m pretty sure cleaning is not any mama’s favorite topic, but it has to be done, right? It took me several years to finally figure out a cleaning system that works for me and my large family. Housekeeping routines just aren’t on my list of favorite things to do, but today I’m going to show you how to rock your weekly cleaning routine. We’ll make sure to get those pesky little chores done on a regular basis.
How To Rock Your Weekly Cleaning Routine
Mama, I know you’re tired and you don’t want to add another thing to your to-do list, but I’m here to help! We have to keep our homes clean and not all of us can afford a housekeeper. My weekly cleaning routine was made with busy moms in mind. So whether you homeschool, work from home, or work outside of the home, you can make this work!
Weekly Cleaning Routine – 2 Options
One Weekly Cleaning Task Per Day
Can you do more than the basics everyday? Then you’ll want to follow my free monthly cleaning calendars exactly. Each day a weekly task is assigned, except for Saturday and Sunday. You can use those days to catch up or rest.
Every day you will do your daily chores: make your bed, quick declutter, dishes, and one load of laundry.
One day per week you will do a weekly task. These tasks should take you about 15-20 minutes each. Now remember, these are not deep cleaning tasks. We do zone cleaning for those, but these are pesky chores that need to be done on a regular basis but are often forgotten about until it’s really obvious you need to clean.
Mondays are for Dusting
I dust all of the surfaces in the main living areas of my home. I tackle entry way tables, end tables, desks, chairs, bookshelves, etc.
How to Dust:
Dusting is kind of a stress reliever for me. I simply use a microfiber cloth and for my wood furniture I typically use Method’s Daily Wood cleaner. Its has a nice almond scent and makes the furniture shine.
When dusting, always work from the highest surfaces to the lowest. If you can manage to keep up with weekly dusting, the dusting won’t be a big deal or make a big mess. A microfiber cloth will help you catch any wayward dust, too!
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Tuesdays are for Mirrors and Glass
On Tuesdays I work on all of the mirrors and glass surfaces in our home. I don’t clean every single window, but I do tackle windows that the kids are often touching.
How To Clean Mirrors and Glass:
I use a microfiber cloth and Method’s glass cleaner. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean your glass. I also use good ol’ Windex on occasion.
Wednesdays are for Mopping
Wednesdays are the day that we mop hard floors. Now, you will need to sweep before you mop to remove all of the crumbs and dirt, but nice, clean floors feel so good on your feet!
How To Mop:
There are tons of ways to mop. Our current house has hard wood floors and tile. For my weekly clean of the hard wood floors, I use Method’s Squirt and Mop wood floor cleaner and a Swiffer mop. I’m sure there are plenty of other mops out there, but that’s just what I currently have.
On days when my husband mops, he uses really hot water, Pine Sol, and a regular old mop. We have a mop bucket that allows you to really wring the water out of the mop, so the floor is only lightly wet, and then dries quickly.
I use a Shark steam mop on my tile floors. I love putting lemon essential oil on the mop pad and steaming the floors.
Thursdays are for Vacuuming
Woohoo for vacuuming days! I honestly vacuum the area rug in our living room almost daily, but the other carpets in the house get a weekly vacuuming.
How To Vacuum:
Choose a good vacuum. We like the Dyson ball vacuum. Start in one corner of the room and work your way across.
Fridays are for Cleaning Bathrooms
Friday is bathroom cleaning day in my house. My kids handle their bathroom, while I tackle the master bathroom.
How To Clean the Bathroom:
I gather up my favorite cleaners and do the mirrors first, then the countertops. I then tackle the shower and bathtub. The toilet comes next, and finally I steam mop the bathroom floor.
Option 2 The Weekly Clean in One Day
Now, if you’re super busy during the week, you may just not have time to take on any extra tasks. That’s when you do all of these tasks on a day you can tackle them.
In my current season of life, I am taking Fridays for cleaning. I try to do all of these tasks on Friday. Occasionally one or two will get pushed to the next day, but it’s what works for us right now.
What about deep cleaning? I call this zone cleaning and we rotate which zones we are deep cleaning on a regular basis. Learn more about weekly zone cleaning.
How do you handle the daily cleaning tasks? I use a morning cleaning routine and an evening cleaning routine to tackle those tasks. I also homeschool, so we have an afternoon cleaning routine, too.
Want a free printable weekly cleaning schedule? My printable monthly cleaning calendars cover it all! Just click the picture below and find the month that you want!