My New Weekly Cleaning Schedule + A FREE Printable Checklist

February 12, 2018

I was standing there washing dishes when I noticed how disgustingly dirty and grimey my kitchen blinds were. “When was the last time I even cleaned these?!” I thought. Ew.

I am a fairly clean person. My home is pretty tidy most days, I vacuum daily and I am great at keeping the main rooms clutter-free. But when it comes to actually CLEANING my house… I suck. The baseboards are caked with dust, the photo frames rarely dusted… I get lazy. I decided to make a weekly cleaning routine for myself and I am promising to stick with it! I made two lists- one is my daily checklist of what I need to do every single day. The other is for the tasks I always forget about, and I split them up throughout the week.

My daily tasks:

  1. Before leaving your room, make the bed. Don’t worry, Martha Stewart won’t be checking your hotel corners. Just throw the blanket/duvet on, fluff the pillows and call it a day.
  2. Clear off your nightstand if you are like me and end up with like five glasses of water next to your bed. (I’m like the little girl in the Sixth Sense, I swear!)
  3. Then you can head to the kitchen and unload the dishwasher. I know, this sucks. Who wants to do anything when they first wake up? But just do it. It will make the rest of your day SO much easier, I promise
  4. After finishing off the coffee, clean and dry the coffee pot ( Nathan makes a pot before leaving for work and there’s usually a cup left for me in there)
  5. Wipe down bathroom counters after getting ready for the day
  6. Throw one load of laundry in each day
  7. Sweep the kitchen and wipe down table after every meal (Because kids)
  8. Clean the kitchen as you cook throughout the day.
  9. Put the mail away right away- whether it’s filed or thrown in the recyclable. We have a tendency to have it stack up on our kitchen counters!
  10. Pick up toys, socks, shoes, and whatever else throughout the day as you see it.
  11. Clean the kitty litter box
  12. Take the garbage out each night
  13. Wipe down the kitchen sink at the end of the night
  14. Vacuum the main traffic areas if needed

My weekly tasks:

The other cleaning tasks that I am not always great at, I split up throughout the week.

  • Mondays are for vacuuming the stairs and basement (which is also the playroom) and to vacuum the bedrooms and hallways.
  • Tuesday is bathroom cleaning day as well as washing all the whites. I have white bathroom rugs, bath towels, and bed sheets so I will wash those all together on Tuesdays.
  • Wednesdays I will dust the blinds, sanitize the light switches and door knobs, and dust the light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Thursday’s vacuum the sofa, disinfect remotes and gaming controllers, dust the living room and water the house plants.
  • Fridays I will try to wash and vacuum out the car. We have a monthly subscription to our car wash so we can go an unlimited amount of times and the vacuums are free. This really saves you money if you clean your car at least once a week! Then I will focus on the kitchen and clean the microwave, wipe out the fridge, wipe down cabinets, walls and counters. Dust the shelves, sweep and steam mop the floor, and clean the kitchen chairs with a soapy rag.


My cleaning schedule may change up a little come summer time, but for now, this is what I am going to stick with! I’m going to laminate this page so I can use a fine tip dry erase marker over and over. Hang it up on your fridge or command center. Make sure it’s in a spot that you will see it everyday! If you don’t have a laminator, putting it in a binder sleeve protector would work too.

If you want a printable copy of my cleaning routine click here

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Cleaning kit checklist:

  • An all purpose cleaner – I like using my Young Living Thieves and Mrs Meyers All Purpose
  • Norwex window cloth (I use this to clean all my mirrors)
  • A mild abrasive cleaner -I like Borax + Bon Ami
  • White cloths/rags (lint-free)
  • A good toilet bowl cleaner and brush
  • Disinfecting wipes for cleaning the toilet ( I keep this right in the cabinet under my bathroom sink. With boys, I have to clean the toilet quite often)
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tile scrub brush
  • Essential oils: lemon, Thieves, Purification are what I use most. I will use either lemon or thieves oil in my steam mop, drop a couple drops of purification in the bottom of my kitchen garbage can once a week, and add a drop of lemon or thieves to my dish scrub brush. Just one drop of lemon down my garbage disposal freshens the sink. I also use three drops lemon and three drops purification on my wool dryer balls every few loads to make my laundry smelling amazing! (Lavender is another great one for the wool dryer balls)
  • Baking soda (what I use to clean my very old porcelain sink that stains very easily!)
  • Vinegar
  • Sponges
  • Don’t forget a good steam mop & vacuum


I store some cleaning supplies that I use to clean the kitchen right under the kitchen sink. For the rest of my cleaning supplies I store them in my linen closet which is in our main hallway. I use an over-the-door shoe organizer to store all my cleaning products. It allows more room for the linens and everything is so easy to find. I shared my linen closet organization in this post.



To shop some of may favorite cleaning products and gadgets:

How to save money on cleaning supplies/household essentials:

I started using Grove Collaborative because I have heard so many great things about the service. (this is not sponsored, just sharing the love!) If you have not heard of Grove Collaborative yet, it’s basically a  auto-replenishment service for natural household and personal products. They suggest a schedule to help keep you stocked and on-budget with your home products but the scheduled shipments are completely customizable. They sell cleaning products, deodorant, baby shampoo, vitamins, hand sanitizer…

So far I really like it! My first shipment I got a LOT for my money as they often have a free gift with your first $20 purchase. I spent about $40 and was able to restock on a bunch of my favorite brands. The walnut scouring sponges that came free are a new favorite of mine. They effortlessly wipe away stuck-on food without scratching your dishes. And they are made of crushed up walnuts, which I think is just really cool. The free kitchen towel was also a great freebie because it’s a really good quality towel. Thick, absorbent and fairly large, it has become my favorite.

If you want to try out Grove Collaborative you can use my link so you get $10 off and I get $10 off!

Another “subscription” I have to save money is my wholesale membership to Young Living. I buy my toothpastes, mouth wash, laundry detergent and all my oils from them. Besides the consistency of quality of the products, I really love that with their Essential Rewards (the monthly order) you do get rewarded! I have been doing the essential rewards program for just 8 months, but I already have over $65 of rewards to use! The new line of all-natural cosmetics is what I will be trying out next because I have yet to hear a single negative thing about the new line. If you ever have questions about becoming a wholesale member for Young Living email me at and I can help you get signed up. I still have yet to try even half of the products Young Living makes but I have yet to be disappointed with ANYTHING that I have tried.

If you are interested in the Young Living cleaning products, I highly recommend just getting the Thieves Home Cleaning Kit. It comes with everything you will need to make the transition to a chemical-free home. Retail price is $104.93 and only $79.95 wholesale.

What’s in the kit:

  • Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Lemon Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Pine Essential Oil 5 ml
  • Purification® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Essential Oil Blend 5 ml
  • Thieves® Household Cleaner 14.4 oz.
  • Carrying Case
  • Stainless Steel Bucket
  • Amber Glass Spray Bottle 16 oz.
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Cleaning Recipe Booklet

I hope you enjoy my checklist! What do you do differently? Anything you would add to the checklist? Spring is just around the corner (hopefully) so getting into a new cleaning schedule will help you feel more organized and motivate.

Happy cleaning!



  1. Oh my gosh! How did you know I needed this today! I find it so hard to keep up with all the cleaning so this post is perfect for me.

  2. Wonderful idea! I’m a list maker too, but never thought to make s permanent list & put it in a plastic sleeve to re-use. I know what I’m doing today:)

    1. Please do ! I hope it helps ! I know my specific schedule may not work for everyone but I did leave a few spaces blank to fill in with what you need 🙂

  3. I love love love the idea of a weekly/daily cleaning list but I swear my life is so chaotic I just can’t get one to stick! I think it’s time to try again though because the house is just getting out of control. I love how organized you’ve made everything. I should definitely be doing all this (I’m with you on the water and switch kitty to bunny and we’re on board).

    1. Haha ! Yes I hear you ! It can be so hard to squeeze time in each day to clean ! I just do it when I can. Like in the AM before Liam wakes up I’ll do one task, while the kids nap I’ll do another and maybe right before dinner and right after dinner other tasks. I do feel like I’m cleaning ALl the time but I would rather do that during the week than spending all weekend cleaning 😁

    1. Then start with half ! Haha. Some weeks I don’t get it all done, and that’s fine. Cleaning is not fun so I don’t stress over it anymore. If I don’t get to it I just do it the next day 🙂

  4. I thought I was tidy! Man you have taken cleaning to the next level! It’s great that you use all natural products. That’s all we use as well. I didn’t know that Young Living had cleaning products and I’m interested in those! Thanks for the cleaning inspiration!

    1. Haha ! I try 😁 Yea I really love the all purpose cleaner it lasts SO long because you only need a capful per bottle! ✔️

  5. This is a very thorough list! Not sure I could keep up with the whole thing, but I could certainly try a few things each day!

    1. For sure ! If I can’t get it all done each day I don’t fret. And really if you keep up with it each day , each task only takes a few minutes. You won’t need to scrub anything , just really wiping it all down !:)

  6. As a SAHM with two toddlers, staying on top of cleaning is something that I struggle with. I really like your daily and weekly cleaning routine. It inspires me to focus on how I can streamline the cleaning process for my own household.

  7. This is the exact kind of post I have been needing in my life! Something that’s tells me what to clean and when and a way to hold me accountable! Thank you!

    1. Yes !! I’m so glad ! That’s the exact reason I made it for myself 😂 I have it on the fridge so I see it every day ✔️

  8. Well your house is definitely cleaner than mine! I gave up after having a baby. It just wasn’t worth my time or effort. Now we only do major cleans if people are coming over!

  9. I’m a big fan of cleaning shcedules- especially now that I have two kids. Also, that’s my FAVORITE cleaner in the world!! Seriously obsessed.

  10. I so needed this! I can easily spend all of my free time at home, and sometimes do, when all I want to do is stay home and hang out with my family.

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