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Daily Cleaning Routine

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A clean house just makes me a happier person! I am able to think more clearly, be more patient and I love being at home more. A daily cleaning routine will not only keep your house looking beautiful, it will save you time if you stick with it! Doing a little bit everyday, keeps your house more clean,  making it easier to stay caught up!

Today I’m sharing my daily cleaning routine in hopes to help you save time and feel great about your home everyday! I have been doing this routine for 20+ years! It works! Spending 30 minutes each morning and 10 minutes each night, keeps my house in order and looking pretty good without having to slave for hours!

If you work outside the home, you can still do this same routine! Just find 30 minutes somewhere in your day to make it happen. The key is to not do it alone! If you have a spouse, roommate or children, get them to pitch in and help! Set the timer and try to beat the clock!

If you haven’t been using a cleaning routine, the first few days may take you longer than 30 min. but, it will get faster everyday the more you stick with it! The more you do your routine, the more it will become a part of your life! It will feel like second nature. Your house will be less dirty so it will take you less time to get it whipped back into shape.

Daily Cleaning Routine – Morning

Laundry

  • Time saver tip – Toss in a load of laundry before you get started on your daily routine! This allows you do to two things at once! Get your laundry going while you work on something else.
  • Come up with a schedule that works for you. I do the bulk of my laundry Mondays and Thursdays. We have laundry baskets in my closet, the laundry room and upstairs. I focus on the downstairs laundry on Mondays and the upstairs on Thursdays. Every other day, I toss in a load to keep the bulk of  it down. Basically, I do a little laundry daily. I do the sheets and towels on Saturdays.
  • Wash sheets. My sheet’s get washed weekly. The kid’s sheets get washed every other week. This is not part of my daily 30 minute routine. I do this on the weekends.

For tips on how to keep your whites looking amazing, read my best tips here.

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Bedroom

  • Make your bed – do this right when you wake up! If not, chances are you won’t make it back to do it! Having the bed made makes me feel amazing! It is so nice to climb into a made up bed at night and so fabulous to walk into the room to a made bed throughout the day. When my kids were little and toys and messes seemed to take over every inch of the house, my bedroom with a made bed was my sanity!
  • Pick up any clothes off the floor
  • Tidy anything else that is laying around

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Bathrooms

I do this for my bathroom (room tour) and the kid’s bathroom (room tour)

  • Rinse out the sink – keep a few rags under the sink with your cleaning supplies
  • Shine the faucet – use your microfiber rag and some Pledge to shine it up
  • Wipe down the countertop – we have marble in our bathrooms so I use soapy water to clean our countertops or this marble cleaner.
  • Spot clean the mirror – I use paper towels and Pledge Multi Surface
  • Wipe down the toilet – my favorite way to clean them is with Chlorox wipes
  • Clean the toilet bowl – (once a week or as needed – I love the Chlorox Gel Cleaner)
  • Cleaning the shower and mopping the floors are not part of my 30 minute routine. I do those when I do my deep cleaning every other week.  I love this shower cleaner! It’s not cheap but there is no scrubbing required and it works like nothing I’ve used! It is safe on marble and you only have to use it about once a month.

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I keep my cleaning supplies under each bathroom sink in a bucket. I have noticed that if my supplies are close at hand, it is so much quicker to clean up!

Daily Cleaning Routine

Here’s what I use to clean my bathrooms…

Mirror – Pledge Multi Surface

Counter – Rag with soapy water or this marble cleaner (it comes in a kit, I love everything in the kit for cleaning!)

Sink – Comet

Faucets – Pledge Multi Surface

Shower – This cleaner

Toilet – Clorox wipes and Clorox Gel

Floor – Bona Mop and cleaner

Living Room

  • Tidy up – pick up anything that doesn’t belong in the room and put it away. I like to make piles for my kids. I place them in their bedrooms. Then they put their own things away when they get home.
  • Fluff the pillows
  • Dust if needed (once a week)
  • Vacuum furniture (quick vacuum once every two weeks). This will SAVE your furniture!
  • Vacuum Rugs and or carpet (I try to vacuum everyday) – This is the vacuum I use for my carpets and rugs. I’ve had it for years and love it!

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Kitchen – click here for room sources

  • Empty the dishwasher (my kids do this everyday)
  • Take out the trash (kids do this too)
  • Put breakfast dishes in the dishwasher – my kids do this for dinner
  • Rinse out the sink – once a week I use Bar Keeper’s Friend for a good scrub down and Mrs. Meyer’s spray for a daily clean.
  • Go through piles and paperwork – for tips on where to keep your papers and how to organize them read this post. To organize my kid’s papers, I have a letter file. I put each child’s papers in their own section, then tuck it into my command center cabinet in the kitchen. When my kids bring home art projects and papers from school, I have them keep their favorite projects – toss the rest. The special ones go in a plastic tote in their closet. This is their keepsake box. I sometimes hang their favorite pieces on the pin board in our laundry room. Since I’m in there SO much I love looking at their special pieces!
  • Wipe down the countertops – here is a detailed post on how I care for our marble countertops.
  • Wipe off the stove – here is a full review of my stove if you’re interested in learning more about our’s.
  • Spray the front of the microwave and fridge removing fingerprints
  • A quick wipe down of the cabinets and handles (once a week)- I use a damp microfiber rag to clean my cabinets.
  • Wipe finger prints off walls (once every 2 weeks) – use a damp microfiber rag with a little bit of Comet on it to scrub your wall. For tougher scuffs, use a Magic Eraser.
  • Vacuum or sweep – this is my favorite vacuum for our hard surfaces! It is super quick and efficient! If you work outside the home, consider investing in a Roomba that will vacuum while you are gone.
  • Mop – I only mop our wood once every 2 weeks! Vacuuming everyday and no shoes in the house keep it pretty clean. I use this steamer – I love it!!!

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Daily Cleaning Routine

What I use to clean my kitchen…

Countertops – Mrs. Meyer’s, Marble & Travertine Cleaner or soapy water

Sink – Bar Keepers Friend

Fridge & Microwave – Pledge

Stove – Mrs. Meyer’s or Soft Scrub

Wood Floors – Steamer

Stairs

  • Put shoes, clothes, miscellaneous things into piles for your kids to put away
  • Wipe finger prints off walls and clean off scuff marks (once a month)
  • Vacuum (once a week)

I have these baskets on my stairs to hold the kid’s backpacks. I love them!

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Daily Routine – Nighttime

Once the kids are all in bed, I take about 5-10 minutes to get the house back in order before heading to bed. This helps me start my day ahead of the game!

  • Toss a load of laundry in so it’s ready to switch in the morning.
  • Start the dishwasher
  • Wipe off kitchen counters
  • Put pillows back on the couch
  • Straighten family room

Deep Cleaning Routine

These are the things I do whenever I have time or see things pop up.

  • Change burnt out light bulbs 
  • Baseboards – I use a microfiber rag with a little Comet. This is a great job to give your kids!
  • Moldings – For wainscoting, I wipe it down every few weeks with a damp rag. The crown molding, I use a feather duster and only clean it once a year, if that!
  • Door tracks – Dampen a few paper towels and push them into the track to wipe away dirt. Use a wet Q – Tip to get the rest out. My 10 year old loves to do this job! This is a once a year job at our house.
  • Windows – I love to use a squeegee and warm soapy water. I wash mine once a year – I don’t have time to do them more than that! Haha! I do wash my most used doors to the backyard and courtyard more frequently.
  • Shutters – Once a month these get dusted with a Swiffer wand.
  • Lamp shades – Wipe them down with a dust rag or vacuum them off once a month.
  • Vacuum couches and chairs – Once a month or more if needed.

If you can afford it, have someone come a deep clean for you once or twice a month. I have had a lady come help me twice a month for almost ten years. At first I felt guilty and bad that I couldn’t keep up with it all by myself anymore. Then I realized that the time I saving was invaluable! I was now able to spend more time enjoying my children. If you can’t afford it, make sure that you aren’t doing the full routine alone!!! Get your family involved!!! Read my post here for more tips on how to involve your children in your cleaning routine.

Please don’t think that I am perfect with this routine! I do what I can. Somedays I’m doing good to just make my bed and load the dishwasher. Don’t beat yourself up if you can only get to some of the routine. This is just a goal to strive for! The more you can do each day, the cleaner your home will stay.You can do this! I am cheering you on!

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29 thoughts on “Daily Cleaning Routine

    1. It is at first, but once you get going, it goes pretty quick! xo

  1. Randi, I always enjoy visiting your home. At seventy-two, I can still learn good things about keeping a home from a (much) younger gal! Bar Keeper’s Friend is made right here in Indianapolis Indiana. They also make a very good toilet bowl cleaner and a spray cleaner. I use the Pledge Multi-Surface cleaner also. Picking up the clutter is half the battle of keeping a home looking good.

    1. You are so sweet Donna! I’ll have to try the toilet bowl cleaner and spray! Thanks for the tip! xo

  2. Love this post….I am curious is the shower cleaner you recommend is exclusively for marble? What do you recommend for old-school porcelain bathtubs?

    1. It says you can use it on other surfaces. I like to use comet on my bathtubs. xo

  3. I love reading about other people’s cleaning routines and products used. I always learn something or I am Inspired to try new products. I’m interested in what you use for the shower…I clicked on the links but it didn’t take me to a product only an Amazon page
    Thanks!!

    1. I’m so glad you liked the post! I use Marble mildew cleaner. I’ll double check the link! xo

      1. Thank you so much. I have tried the link a few times in my end and it still isn’t showing up. Obviously it’s my issue as others are finding it. Thanks for the info and have a lovely weekend. I’ll be ordering Marble Mildew cleaner and cleaning my shower!!! Lol

  4. You always inspire me. Last time it was laundry (keeping whites bright) & this time, it’s shower cleaner. I hope it works on ancient fiberglass because nothing else has. Thanks.
    PS you also convinced me that it’s okay to add white. Transition in progress.

    1. Oh you made my day! Thank you for your sweet words! I hope the cleaner works on the fiberglass! Yay for white!!! xo

  5. HI Randi,

    Thanks for all the great tips I actually do some of the same things. Just wondering if you could tell me where you got your large ginger jars, I love the texture and I’ve been looking for some for a long time.

    Thanks Jony

    1. Thank you Jony! The ginger jar is sourced right under the photos. Just click the small photo of it. You can also visit the tab – shop home – ginger jars. All of the ones I have in our home are linked for you there. xo

  6. I am impressed!! You are amazing! I told my husband my morning routine he thought that was so special! I use a lot of the same products you do along with grove as well and it does make a difference making the bed just the little things I always have laundry going too but thankyou for the great tips and also the 5 changes from Mom perfect!! 💕

  7. Do you have a favorite dustbuster or cordless mini vac for quick clean ups? .I am looking for a slim nozzle to clean cup holders in the car.

    1. Linda I wish I did, but I don’t! We take our car to the local car wash where they have high powered vacuums! xo

  8. I learned that if you keep your house clean, you won’t have to clean your house! 😉 Great post for the thought…

    1. Haha! Yes! That is exactly right! Love it! Have a nice day! xo

  9. Hi Randi, I would like to know about the cleaner you use for the shower. I try clicking in it but it will not open up. Thank you

  10. Thanks so much!! I need all the tips!!! I work outside my home 3 days a week and I have 3 children under 7! If I make my bed at least it helps with sanity for sure!! Did you ever use a chart or check list at the beginning?

    1. It sure will help!!! I did do chore charts! They work really well. If you follow the link to how to get your kid’s involved in the post, you can see what I did for my kids that worked! xo

  11. Love this post! New products always make cleaning more fun. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the weekend!🧹🧺🧽

    1. Thank you so much! I think that is so true! I love finding something new that makes my job a little easier! xo

  12. Thanks for sharing! Do you have some links for really cute yet classy dishcloths and towels? Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Michelle! I am actually working on a post with links to all those! Stay tuned! It should go live this week or next. xoxo

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