Are you just getting started with creating a cleaning schedule or maybe fell off schedule a bit? Regardless of your situation, a house cleaning checklist can really help.
So here is a checklist of some cleaning tasks by room that you can do to clean your house in one day.
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Daily House Cleaning Checklist
Do you feel like you spend all day cleaning and don’t have enough time for the things that you want to do? I felt the same!
If you want to clean your house in one day, it’s important to follow a cleaning checklist. You may want to start by creating a full list of all the things that need to get done in your home. Once you have that list ready, you can begin by choosing a start and end point working through that blueprint until you finish.
Power through for about an hour or two with little interruptions and you’ll be surprised how much you can done!
For a bit of inspiration, below is my personal checklist.
How I Clean my House in One Day
A few notes before getting started: I use this checklist as my daily guide and make changes as I see fit. For example, if something doesn’t require to be cleaned because it was just done yesterday then I will skip it.
Making alterations of any schedule is 100% okay. You don’t have to follow it completely.
Secondly, it’s important to know that within each zone you are in that you start at the highest point of that room.
It’s the worst thing ever to be cleaning the counters and throw crumbs on a floor you just swept! To avoid these kind of mistakes that add twice the cleaning time, LOOK UP. Literally.
Scope the space. These notes can be made when you create your own checklist.
Lastly, my starting point is my dining area and end point is the kitchen.
Yes, I know they are right next to each other and it may be tempting to get both done. BUT trust me, you will find things in other rooms that will end up back in the kitchen.
To avoid double work I just save the kitchen until the end.
Also, I start at the dining area because I begin my “Power Hour” of cleaning right after breakfast. My kids are in a good mood after they are fed and are willing to stay still without my constant attention for a longer amount of time right in the morning.
So without further ado, this is how I clean my house in 2 hours per day.
- Put dining room in order by putting dishes in the sink and wiping down the table and chairs
- Put Leftover breakfast away
- Rinse any dishes (pots/pans) used during breakfast
- Prepare the dishwasher to be used throughout the day
- Put Living Room in order (toys away, fluff pillows, etc)
- Dust with a microfiber towel (coffee table, side tables, desks and office chairs, lamps, fans, etc)
- Clean TV Screen
- Brush Upholstery if needed and sweep under cushions
- Open Windows and blinds to freshen up the room
Master Bedroom + Kids Bedroom
- Make Bed and fold blankets if not done already
- Open Blinds/Windows
- Dust (fans, tables, lamps, closet doors, bed frames etc)
- Pick up anything on floors (usually clothes/shoes, toys, etc)
- Take out any trash, dishes or move stuff that belong in a different room
There’s no doubt that my kids make some of the worse messes – the best way I have learned to deal with this is investing in a great vacuum.
- Pick up counter mess if any
- Spray Fixtures, Tub, Sink and Toilet Bowl
- Clean Tub (on dirty days I will scrub a little if not just rinse with hot water)
- Clean Sink and counter
- Wipe down mirrors
- Scrub Toilet bowl
- Clean outside of toilet (also try to get the floor and baseboard directly behind the toilet)
- Switch out Towels
- Clean Area Rug (either put to wash or give a quick shake)
- Take trash on the way out
Mopping bathroom floors can be tricky. You want to be able to in and around everything but then not spread any of those germs to the rest of your house.
This is where having a mop that works for your bathroom is important.
- Wipe the top of the fridge
- Wipe surfaces (counters, stove top, etc)
- Put away clean dishes that were washed the night before
- Wash dishes/load dishwasher
- Clean Range
- Clean Sink
- Swap dirty towels
- Throw out all trash
Mopping a kitchen (especially a large one) is a tough job but can be easier if you know exactly what you need. Read this post to check your options for mopping a large area.
As you might have noticed, at the end of cleaning every zone I clean my floors.
It’s extremely important to continuously manage your floors because they get so much use out of them. There is no way around it.
The best way to clean your floors is by having the right tools for your floor. Not all floors can be cleaned the same way. To find out how you can properly care for your floors check with your flooring manufacturer.
If you are not into using a conventional mop and want to learn more about your options, I wrote this post on how to clean your floors without a mop.
Tips for Cleaning your House Fast and Easy
I know that this list sounds impossible to accomplish in an hour or even a couple! Maybe in the first day it will be.
But the fastest way to clean your house is by maintaining it not deep cleaning daily.
If you stick at it and commit to cleaning a little bit of everything everyday, eventually your cleaning time will be cut down.
When I first started cleaning it would take me ALL DAY to clean.
To help you out, I’ve answered below some of the most frequently asked questions about cleaning your house.
What is the fastest way to clean a house?
Cleaning a house fast always starts with a plan. In order to be efficient not only with your cleaning but your time you need to know what is ahead of you.
Plan out what needs to get done in a single day. From there blueprint your home so that you quickly go room by room getting everything that is needed done.
If you have absolutely no idea where to start, I have written a post that should help you get started.
How many hours per day should you clean your house?
While all this can depend on how large your home is, how many people live in it and other factors, on average I would say 1-2 hours per day.
I can’t stress enough that constantly up keeping a home will save you so much time in the long run.
For example, I used to take 30 minutes per day each night washing my dishes. Now it takes me seconds just to rinse a dish and pop it in the dishwasher. With my dishwasher emptied in the morning, I am easily able to simply put dishes in throughout the day.
At the end of the day, all I have to do is turn it on.
So if you want to save time and clean faster just wash the dish as soon as it becomes dirty. 😉
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