The Daily Cleaning Schedule That Keeps My Home Neat And Tidy

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I remember being a new mommy with a beautiful newborn. Taking care of him every second of every day. Even at night, I was on duty. Heck, I still am five years later.

The thing I also remember aside from my beautiful baby is my poor regard for self-care and my home when I was home on maternity leave the first time around. My dishes were never done, my living room a giant mess. Diapers everywhere, laundry all over the place and just plain mess all around me. I definitely did not have a daily cleaning schedule mapped out.

I was so overwhelmed with my baby and my home (not to mention super tired all the time) that I literally hid from all the mess by grabbing a blanket and hiding under the covers while watching a movie / trying to catch a nap when the baby finally fell asleep.

Have you been there too? No? Just me?

Well anyway, 5 years later and I'ver perfected systems for everything in my life. I got my shit together and I want to share my routines with you.

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Benefits Of A Clean Home

Well as you recall from my newborn story, living among the mess, dust and grime can literally make you want to hide. A common thing that people do is ignore the mess and move onto an activity that they would rather do more.  (In my case it caught a snooze whenever possible).

The thing is though, a clean home is a healthy home. 

A messy, dirty home can spread around dangerous bacteria and make your other family members sick. Dust particles can aggravate Asthma symptoms and make it harder to breathe. Fresh air is so important.

It is also a good idea to use safe non-toxic cleaning agents around your whole home. That's why I love Melaleuca It's my go-to source of all natural and safe cleaning products. My favorite part? My kids can help me clean because it's made with all natural ingredients.

An added benefit to having a clean home all the time is it makes you happy.

Do you feel happy in a cluttered home?

I find when my home is clean, my mind is calm and I can focus on more important things like keeping my kids occupied with fun activities or baking something I've never tried before.

Plus, you're always ready for company! Imagine your parents stopping by to say hello without calling you first and it was no big deal because your home is ready for a visit at all times.

When I was growing up, my step-mom kept a pretty yucky disorganized home. I was never allowed to bring home friends after school and I would often go to other peoples homes for a visit instead.

Did you know that when you keep a clean home, you can also help support the environment? 

I find that when my clutter gets out of hand, I tend to toss everything and anything into the trash. I don't think about it, I just toss.

When I have some tidying to do and not a mass cleanup, I have time to think about the full landfills and how sad that makes me.

When I come across items that I can donate, or give to a friend, I always go that route when I am considering throwing something in the trash. My green cleaning products are also something I recycle rather than trash as I would with harsh chemicals such as bleach.

As you can see, there are so many benefits of keeping a clean and tidy home.


-Work Outside The Home- Cleaning Schedule

As you may know, I have only recently become a stay at home mom. Previously I was able to manage my home with a full-time job. It is a little different than my stay at home mom schedule which is just below this one.

I've seen some pretty insane before work cleaning schedules and I've never been able to keep up with them. This is the routine that actually works for me and my family.



Make your bed, get kids to make their beds if they can.

After breakfast, rinse up dishes and throw into the drying rack super quick before dashing off to work.


  • After making dinner, dishes complete right away, no sitting down, no matter how tired you are. This was always the hardest for me!
  • After the kids go to bed, throw a load of laundry into the wash.
  • Do a quick sweep of floors.
  • Wipe down dining room table (and chairs if your kids are as messy as mine)
  • Put the toys away
  • Wipe down bathroom counters and toilet base if you have boys like me (gross)
  • Change the laundry over and fold before going to bed


  • Landry should be all caught up- but catch up if you need to.
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Vacuum / Sweep floors
  • disinfect doorknobs and light switches and remote controls.
  • Dust as needed


Every weekend I will pick one monthly chore to complete so this isn't an overwhelming list.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys
  • Organize something that is out of control - hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Wash walls


-Stay At Home - Cleaning Schedule

This schedule is a little bit different because I am at home most of the day and I like to keep a clutter free clean home all day long. I only spend 30-45 minutes cleaning per day, not too bad!


  • Wash up breakfast dishes
  • Straighten Up Living Room
  • Clean Bathroom
  • Complete A Load Of Laundry (Folded Too)
  • Wash The Floors
  • + Bonus if time/energy complete one monthly task. 


Nothing! No cleaning required unless we do arts and crafts.


  • Dinner Dishes Washed Up
  • Coffee Pot Clean And Ready For Morning
  • Pick up Toys


My weekend is pretty much spent having fun with the family, I don't worry about cleaning at all, but I do make sure these tasks are completed before we go have our family fun.

  • Landry should be all caught up- but catch up if you need to.
  • Wipe down bathrooms (mirror included)
  • Vacuum / Sweep floors
  • Disinfect doorknobs and light switches and remote controls.
  • Spray disinfecting spray on toys - This is my favorite
  • Dust as needed


I try to complete one task every couple of days so this doesn't end up getting completed on the last day of the month.

  • Wash curtains
  • Wash bedding
  • Disinfect Toys (Especially Bathtub Toys)
  • Organize something that is out of control - hallway closet, Tupperware cabinet etc.
  • Scrub grease off kitchen cabinets
  • Wash walls
  • Scrub Bathtub

Staying On Track And Creating Good Habits

If you make cleaning your home part of your everyday routine, it will become habitual and you'll start to have a clean home without really having to try to keep it clean.

It's pretty easy to stay on top of your cleaning if you do a little bit each and every day and cleaning doesn't become this big chore you have to tackle on the weekend.

The biggest tip I can leave you with is, get your kids and husband involved in keeping a clean home. After all, you all live in the house, shouldn't you all contribute to its cleanliness?

Do you have a cleaning routine? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

45 thoughts on “The Daily Cleaning Schedule That Keeps My Home Neat And Tidy

    1. Exactly. Even if the kids jump on the bed in the middle of the day and mess it up, having it made first thing in the morning sets you up for a good day regardless of when it gets messed up again

  1. I love that this post has different schedules based on if you work in or outside the home. Being a SAHM is so different. Honestly, my house was cleaner when I worked because we were never home to mess it up 😂

    1. I hear you there! The only mess was evening play time if there was any time for it, it does make things easier to manage but the laundry got out of hand for me when I was working – before I had my systems in place.

  2. I needed this. I’m in that phase where I really struggle with trying to take care of my baby and trying to keep the house clean! It helps to have a schedule and a game plan so thank you for this!

    1. You are so welcome! I’ve been there, and it took me a long time to get to where I am today. You’ve got this momma.

  3. I always make sure my sink is empty or close to it before I go to bed at night. I’ve also started doing more loads of laundry during the week because I found trying to do it all on the weekends wasn’t working. I want to enjoy my weekends not spend all that time cleaning so I’ve been trying to spread some of my cleaning out over the rest of the week. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for this helpful guide! My LO is 18 weeks and I’m ashamed of what my house looked like those first few weeks. Its slowly getting better. After work tonight, I turned on music, brought the laundry into the baby’s room and folded two loads of clothes. I feel accomplished! I will pin this as a reminder!

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  8. Your side by side comparison of cleaning is a great example of why I don’t think I would be a good stay at home mom. It’s not the mumming part that scares me, but the all-day cleaning part. I’ve been on medical leave so I’ve been home three months and I don’t think I realized how much time is spent cleaning…only to have it get messy again right away and it’s just my dog, my boyfriend and I!

  9. A cleaning schedule is such a wonderful idea and something I do try to incorporate. Sometimes as a mom of two little ones I can get lost in the never ending cleaning. Without a schedule you can end up missing so many moments in everyday life. Great post with some wonderful tips!

  10. I do have a weekly cleaning routine. I’m not the best at actually keeping up with it. I really like how you empathize to clean up the dishes at night and to have the coffee pot ready. I noticed when I don’t run the dishwasher at night my whole morning is chaotic and thrown off. Awesome tips and thanks!

  11. A clean home is a must for me. I can’t stand living somewhere dirty. However I slack way too much on doing the dishes. I think doing them right after dinner is a great idea and it will keep me from putting it off to the next day and so forth until there’s a mountain of dishes in the sink. I never really thought to have a daily/weekly plan for cleaning but that’s a great idea because it holds me accountable and will more than likely keep me on track better.

  12. I’m a working mum so I do only an evening routine. I set a timer and clean for 15 minutes each day a different room but everyday I set a timer for 5 minutes and wipe down surfaces in the bathroom and another 5 minutes I the kitchen. so in total I clean my home daily for 25 minutes. This helps a lot.

  13. I think every mom has been there! Using a product like Melaleuca will make it fun for the whole family to clean, plus, the more hands, the less time it’ll take!

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