My Cleaning Routine - How I Made Cleaning Easier

Erin Colburn
by Erin Colburn
I love organizing, simplifying, and having a tidy home, so I combined all three into today's post to help anyone out there who needs to get a handle on the endless task we all face: cleaning.
Everyone has something else they would rather be doing, besides cleaning, but we all have to do it. We're adults, and that's part of life. But since we have to do it, why wouldn't we put some systems in place to make it as easy and painless as possible?
The first step I took to make cleaning easier was setting up a schedule. I went through various online cleaning lists and picked out everything I need to clean and determined what frequency I would clean them. I have found that cleaning for 15-30 minutes per day is so much easier than the massive all-day-Saturday-cleaning-spree so many of us go on. Here's what my list looks like:


Everyday: Make Bed, Pick up Around the House, Put Dishes Away/In Dishwasher

Monday: Dust Upstairs, Vacuum

Tuesday: Clean Kitchen, Sweep/Mop Hard Surfaces

Wednesday: Clean Bathrooms, Clean Interior Windows

Thursday: Dust Downstairs

Friday: Clean Office, Sweep Hard Surfaces, Laundry

Saturday: Collect Garbage


Vacuum Couch & Chairs

Clean Ceiling Fans

Clean Fridge Inside & Out

Wipe Down Switches

Wipe Down Cabinets

Wash Duvets/Comforters


Wash Curtains

Wash Interior Light Fixtures

Declutter Bathroom Cabinets

Clean Oven

Switch Air Filter in Furnace

Vacuum Mattresses

Go Through Pantry

Clean Inside of Cabinets

Wipe Down Baseboards


Go through Clothing and Sell/Donate/Toss what I don't need anymore

Wash Exterior Windows

Wash Exterior Light Fixtures

Shred Old Files

Clean Gutters

I use Google calendar to setup my cleaning calendar, so I can easily see what needs to be done each day. I start with the daily tasks and move through each tier (weekly, monthly, quarterly), spacing them throughout the month so you have just a few items each day to accomplish. On these items, you can set "repeat" to daily, weekly, monthly etc., so these items continue to show up.
The second step I took to make cleaning easier was by going through all my cleaning supplies and getting rid of anything I didn't need. A lot of us have a lot of extra cleaning supplies cluttering our cabinets, when there are a ton of multipurpose products out there. These are my primary cleaning supplies:
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  • Fiona Dorse Fiona Dorse on Jun 29, 2015
    Hmmm! My home is next to the sea so do you have a schedule for us? ;-) My windows are cleaned once a week by the gardner otherwise we would never get to see the sea! Then the maids dust everyday and sweeps and mop everyday otherwise everything would be sticky :-( She changes the sheets every 5 days and the bathrooms are cleaned once a day and fresh towels everyday as we all wash our hair once a day as we excercise. So any ideas?

  • Melissa Sinner Melissa Sinner on Feb 07, 2016
    Thank you for never crossed my mind to use my Google calendar for this.