Daily Cleaning Schedule And Checklist: A Guide To Saving Time
Think of it as doing small favors for your future self.
Daily cleaning sounds like a tall order. Who’s got time to clean their home every single day, when you can barely get your weekly and monthly chores done? The thing about daily cleaning is that it’s cumulative—the more general tidying you tend to do, the less all-consuming the bigger tasks will be. Daily cleaning involves little things you might not even categorize as cleaning.
There’s a service industry term that you may or may not be familiar with: “full hands in, full hands out.” (If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant and are still perpetually haunted by those in the weeds nightmares, this is probably ringing a bell.) This saying encourages staff to maximize efficiency by using each opportunity they enter or leave the kitchen to either deliver food or clear dirty items away from finished tables. You can take this phrase and apply it to your daily cleaning regime.
If you train your brain to see clutter and debris and react to it naturally and often, that clutter and debris won’t have the opportunity to build up and turn into piles that ultimately evolve into mountains ... which then become intimidating and annoying, causing you to feel overwhelmed and defeated, therefore initiating stress and procrastination ... and then you’ve got a really dirty house. And no motivation to do anything about it. Catch our drift?
Anyway, check out our daily cleaning schedule and checklist. Once you turn this daily cleaning practice into a basic routine, you won’t even have to think about it—or hardly even notice that you’re doing it! We’ve done you the solid of divvying up the tasks room by room to make your life easier.
Daily cleaning schedule + checklist
Pick up your stuff.
- How many pairs of shoes do you have occupying corners and lurking beneath tables?
- What’s up with all those cords? Are you actively using them to charge anything? Designate them a drawer or basket (anywhere but that dreadful tangled nest on the floor).
- Why all the water glasses? Try to use the same one all week, we dare you. Bring the rest into the kitchen, wash them and put them away.
- Laundry. Do it, and actually put it away. The putting it away is the hard part.
- Organize unruly piles of accumulated mail and papers.
- Teach your kids to put away (most of) their toys at the end of the day. They likely won’t stay organized long, but enjoy that brief, blissful moment while they are.
Mind your couch.
- Shake out, fluff and/or refold blankets and pillows regularly, especially if you took a recent couch nap, had company over or your pet’s been spending long hours on them.
- Hit the couch, pillows and blankets with some Febreze Fabric spray to freshen up the scene.
Un-smudge the electronics.
- Are there fingerprints all over your television, iPad, laptop screen and remote control? Give them a gentle wipe down with a microfiber rag and some DIY window cleaner. (*Never spray cleaning solution directly onto your electronics!)
Manage pet hair + dander.
- Staying on top of cleaning up after your pet is crucial to having a reasonably clean home. Hit their beds and favorite dwellings with a handheld vacuum or vacuum hose attachment often.
- If you’ve got carpet or rugs and also pets, you should run a quick vacuum over it every day (or at least every other day!).
- Wash all your dishes.
- It’s really easy to just toss the dishes in the sink and walk away, but you don’t want to wake up tomorrow morning to yesterday’s dishes. That’s just a bad habit.
- We recommend washing your dishes as you go, or at least loading them in the dishwasher and running it at the end of every day, if not after each meal.
- Make it easier on yourself by using Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray in place of regular dish soap. It’s designed to clean as you go—just spray, wipe and rinse!
- Wipe down your countertops.
- We like to keep a diluted white vinegar spray under the kitchen sink for wiping down everything from countertops and cabinets to stainless steel appliances and stovetops.
- Don’t let crumbs sit and sauces congeal, be proactive. Otherwise you end up with sticky, stubborn stains and potentially curious, opportunistic ants.
- Clean your stovetop and knobs.
- Stovetop grease splatters often have impressive range, so be sure to hit the backsplash, cabinets and countertops surrounding your stove post-meal, as well.
- We give you permission to clean the burners less often (see our weekly cleaning schedule + checklist), unless you get them majorly filthy and they could present a fire hazard for your next meal (or at the very least, a smoky situation that will leave your house a stinky mess).
- Wipe out any exploded items from the microwave.
- It’s tempting to just close the microwave door and walk away, but stop right there. If your microwave looks like a murder scene, give it a wipe before the mess has time to sit and harden. You’ll be glad you did.
- Wash out pet food bowls regularly.
- Do their dishes, just like you’d do your own.
- If you see sticky, greasy fingerprints on stainless steel appliances, hit them with a spritz of your diluted white vinegar, and buff them clean with a microfiber rag.
- Make your bed like an adult.
- Are your sheets clean? When’s the last time you washed your duvet? Your pillow cases? Fluff those decorative pillows.
- Mind your bedside table.
- Again with the water glasses! Limit yourself to just one, and bring the rest into the kitchen to clean.
- If it’s dusty, dust it. You’re breathing all that stuff into your lungs while you sleep.
- You’ve probably got a laundry situation somewhere in here. Whether it’s dirty clothes on the floor or cleanish clothes you intend to wear again in the near future, tend to it and don’t let it grow out of control. You’ve got dressers and closets for a reason.
- Be sure to always run the exhaust fan when showering or taking a bath, then let it run for about 30 minutes afterward to eliminate lingering humidity that could cause future mold or mildew to develop.
- Wipe any toothpaste splatter from the sink basin or faucet hardware.
- Spot treat countertop stains from makeup, lotion, hair products or toothpaste.
- Is the toilet paper roll empty? Change it.
- Don’t let dirty clothes (especially sweaty gym clothes) sit in piles on the bathroom floor, adding potential humidity to the room.
- Use a Swiffer to get rid of loose dust bunnies and hair balls on your bathroom floor.
Alright, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Once you’ve practiced your daily cleaning schedule for a while, you’ll be able to focus on your weekly, monthly and seasonal chores, soon committing them to memory so you won’t even need us anymore! (Until you need more advice for cleaning tricky stuff like spilled coffee.)
Click here to download your daily cleaning checklist!