A couple of months ago I shared an Instagram story of me cleaning our bathroom floors, and you all were here for it. Turns out y’all like seeing me scrubbing things! Haha! But all kidding aside, I think what resonated was the fact that I’m a real person with real toilets to clean (despite what our regular Instagram content may show). 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 cleaning schedule and a printable checklist that you can download while you’re cleaning too.
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. After about a year, we started saving to send Maggie to preschool so we discontinued the cleaning service, but I decided to try to keep their schedule as best as we could. It’s been about a year 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 what we do.
Our House Cleaning Schedule
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.
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 Ryan and I tackle the folding together. (He’s definitely helpful around the house.) We change bed sheets every other week.
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 totally ship-shape. 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.
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 this is where our printable cleaning checklist comes in handy!
We created the checklist based on our home and some feedback about the size and type of home that you have, too. If you need to modify it, just add things to the “Extras” list, or print out a second chart for more rooms. Here’s how I get it all done.
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.
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 go back and either dust mop or mop, depending on the surface. I do the bathroom floors as I finish each bathroom, and those I do old school, on my hands and knees with a spray bottle of cleaning solution and a rag.
And then! I light a pretty candle and bask in the glow of a clean house. 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 (which he sometimes does), the whole list takes less than two hours.
There are definitely a few things that we don’t tackle every cleaning day that I just sort of squeeze in when I remember. These are things like dusting the baseboards, cleaning out the freezer, and so on. I’m gonna be real — they probably get done way less frequently than they should, but hey, I’m good with that.
And that’s it, gang! I hope our cleaning chart helps you feel less overwhelm when it comes to keeping your space clean. Any questions, hit me with them in the comments! And big thanks to Megan Roy, who illustrated our cleaning chart! xo
P.S. Stay tuned for our kids’ chore chart, coming soon!