Ultimate Daily Cleaning Routine: 7 Chores You Need To Do
Did you know that 68% of working mothers feel guilty that their homes aren’t clean enough? For a long time my house was messy, chaotic, and to be perfectly honest, dirty. I found no joy whatsoever in cleaning or tidying, and I certainly didn’t stick to a daily cleaning routine. I just sort of accepted the fact that I was not domestically inclined. It probably didn’t help that the first flat I lived in that was MINE (i.e. I didn’t have my mum picking up things after me) was pretty… well… gross when I first moved in. The dirt and grime were so thick it was impossible to clean (I did try! Honest!) and so I kind of gave up on cleaning, resided myself to the fact that I would be living in a dirty environment and let myself form bad (and lazy) habits.
When I got married however I knew that things needed to change.
My husband was used to my mother in law (the queen of clean) so he couldn’t bare living in a dirty house, and with kids on my mind, I certainly didn’t want to bring them into my home the way it was. I scoured the internet for cleaning routines and tried and failed many, many, many times to copy them. I would go through a few days of being a domestic goddess, before falling into my bad habits once again and letting it all build up. It was a never-ending downward spiral.
The good news is… I fixed it.
Nowadays my daily cleaning checklist is my best friend (ya know, the kind of best friend that you don’t always get on with), so much so that I’ve printed it out on pretty paper and have it sitting pride of place on my fridge door.
I figured out that the reason all those other attempts had failed was because I was trying to copy someone else. I was trying to incorporate their cleaning schedule into my life. But the problem with doing that is no one’s circumstances are going to be exactly like yours. Someone who is a stay at home mum is going to have a lot more time to clean than someone who works full-time away from the home. Someone who has six kids is going to have more to clean than someone with just one. The best advice I can offer when putting together your daily cleaning checklist is to make it work FOR YOU. No one else.
Having a daily cleaning routine doesn’t mean I’m cleaning all day every day.
Quite the opposite in fact… I’ve found that a daily cleaning routine has enabled me to spend less time deep cleaning because I am simply maintaining what is already clean. It also doesn’t mean my house is perfect all the time. There are still days where I am just so damned tired that I leave the dishes until the morning. But for the most part, my house looks decent enough that I am always happy to have guests round, and that is thanks to my daily checklist.
So, without further ado, here are the 7 daily chores that I think are essential in keeping your house looking sheksy…
- Make the beds as soon as everyone is up. Some days this doesn’t get done until the afternoon because my husband works nights so he sleeps all morning, but I still try to get it done. It’s just so much nicer to slip into a nicely made bed rather than having to fumble around figuring out which way round the duvet should go.
- Give the bathroom a once over. This takes five minutes and it means when bathroom cleaning day rolls round I really don’t have that much to do. I simply wipe down the sink and surfaces with a bathroom cleaning wipe, use another wipe to go over the toilet, pop a bit of bleach into the toilet bowl and return to give it a quick scrub after breakfast.
- Wash dishes after every meal AND put them away. I struggle with this most after dinner because THE LAST thing I want to do after I’ve had a big meal and am getting tired is to go wash up. If I don’t though I end up hating myself in the morning!
- Wipe down counters and tabletops after use. This is a thirty-second job and really helps to keep the place looking clean.
- Sweep the floor once after lunch and again after dinner. With Élise crawling around all day it’s important to me that the floors stay crumb free.
- Wipe down the hob and the microwave in the evening. Obviously, I only do this if I have used them, but it just prevents grease from building up.
- Do a twenty minute tidy. You’d be amazed what you can get done in twenty minutes. Depending on what needs doing this could include vacuuming, doing a load of laundry, mopping the hardwood floors, dusting etc.
Because I love you all (and this cleaning checklist!) so very much, I have created a free printable version for you to stick on your very own fridge door! Or in your homemaking binder, whatever strikes your fancy. Just download it here, print out on A4 paper and cut out. Simples!
Also, you can see what my daily routine looks like in this video! I tried to capture my average day as accurately as possible, but obviously, every day will look slightly different.
Now it’s your turn!
I want to know what YOUR must-do chores are in your daily cleaning routine. Every family is different, and what works for me may not work for you. Comment below what your daily cleaning routine looks like and why it works for your household. If I think yours is extra awesome, I may just include it in this blog post! Helpful information to include would be how many people there are in your house, the age ranges of your children, whether you work outside of the home or not, and who primarily does most of the cleaning. I’m so looking forward to reading them!