Nailing that presentation at work, making time for self-care, juggling your finances—who has the time for tidying up on top of all of that?
Well, we’re here to say: you do. If these tasks float around in your head as vague to-do’s, they can get overwhelming fast. But with a weekly cleaning routine, you might find that your cleaning tasks take you less than an hour a day and that you might even look forward to them.
Certain things, like trash day, are dependent on your circumstances. Other things, though, like sweeping the floor, are tasks you can pretty much do anytime. For these tasks, we’ve put together a weekly house cleaning routine to help you stay clean even when you’re busy.
Starting Off the Weekly Cleaning Routine: Monday
Start off your week right by doing some daily things like running the dishwasher and picking up random things that might be on the floor.
Monday is the first day of the workweek, so if your mind’s not on household duties right now, we don’t blame you. Just make sure everything’s more or less tidy and, if you have time, do a little floor sweep. Nothing too wild!
What’s important is getting yourself in a rhythm. Take it easy and note bigger projects you can deal with on the weekend.
Alright, now that you’ve gotten back in the swing of things, it’s time to tackle your kitchen clean-up. If you’ve been picking up here and there, this shouldn’t be too bad.
A cleaning spray will help you clean the counters and the top of your stove faster, and you can even use it for the inside of the sink. Whenever you’re using a disinfectant, remember to wait a little in between spraying and wiping it down. You should be able to check the bottle for an indication of the recommended wait time.
It is also a good chance to toss any leftovers that have gotten too old and take note of food items you should use sooner rather than later. Trust us. This will make you feel much cleaner. It’s always good to be aware of what’s going on with all the stuff in your fridge and pantry.
It’s hump day! Celebrate getting through half of the week by giving yourself a boost in the bathroom.
How often you clean your bathroom depends on your needs (some bathrooms are more prone to mold than others), but a weekly clean is a pretty good baseline. And if work’s getting you down, a little spritz-spritz in the shower will be an easy way to feel fresh.
If you’ve got a detachable showerhead, all you’ll need to do is spritz, wait, and spray with water. And if not, use a bathroom sponge, rags, or paper towels to wipe everything down. And psst—if you really want to feel squeaky clean, they make bathroom squeegees now.
If it’s been a while since you swept the floor and cleaned some surfaces, now’s the time to do so. Just do a quick run-through with a broom, vacuum, or duster to get rid of any accumulation of dirt.
Like you will have done on Mondays, pick up things that may have scattered on the floor, like bags and boxes. And if you have mail you still need to open and deal with. You can spend some time doing that. All in all, the cleaning won’t take you more than 30 minutes, and often even less.
Of course, you can stretch it longer. It could free up some time on the weekends or other workdays that suddenly become busy.
TGIF! Don’t worry—with all the cleaning work you’ve done throughout the week, Fridays and weekends won’t be that hard. These looser days will just allow you to take your time with the work if you want to.
For example, you can fold laundry while watching TV or do dishes while listening to your favorite podcast. It’s okay if you get distracted, and it takes a while. It’s the weekend, after all!
On Fridays, a nice thing to do is to clean around your bedroom. That will set you up for a great weekend of relaxing. You’d be surprised at how much of an impact a clean room can have on your mood and mental wellbeing.
Saturdays make great laundry days. Some people do laundry twice a week or even every day, but if you’re living alone and super busy, a weekly routine will likely be enough.
Hopefully, you can relax a little and stay in on weekends. So if you’ve used up your favorite clothes earlier in the week, no worries. Sweats and tank tops are great laundry day outfits.
Break out the mop and your favorite tunes—we’re waking up early for some Sunday morning cleaning!
Doing a deep clean of your house can feel like a drag if you haven’t budgeted the time for it, but a scheduled weekly deep-clean session with music and maybe even dancing? That’s a different story.
Throughout the week leading up to your deep-clean day, take note of things around your house that you’d like to clean but just don’t have the time for at the moment. Leaving them for Sundays will feel a bit like procrastination, but a type of procrastination than won’t go on forever.
Then on Sundays, you’ll know exactly what to aim for.
Go Ahead and Get Started!
Having a clean home, even when you’re busy, is completely possible. In fact, you might find that it helps you concentrate and focus even better. So take the time to settle on the perfect routine for you and your lifestyle.
And if you find that you need a little support on your weekly cleaning routine, give us a call or leave us a note! We can come on any day, Monday through Friday, and our house cleaning services cover everything from dusting to ceiling fan washing.