House Cleaning Schedule: What To Clean & When To Clean It

House Cleaning Schedule: What To Clean & When To Clean It

Everyone's cleaning routine is slightly different. Some of us prefer to clean at the weekend, whilst others squeeze it in here and there when the baby stops crying. No matter how you prefer to tackle household chores, a Cleaning Schedule can help you. It'll tell you what to clean and how often to clean it - consider it as a sort of 'cleaning calendar.'

cleaning schedule

We've made a printable Cleaning Schedule for you to put up on your wall. Complete with tickable boxes, it makes prioritising cleaning tasks, delegating chores and keeping on top of housework easier than ever!

Daily cleaning tasks

daily cleaning tasks

Daily cleaning tasks are all about maintenance - in fact, they're more about forming good habits than anything else.

There's no need to get any scrubbing brushes or bleach out, focus on keeping things tidy, reasonably clean and sanitised and your weekly and monthly cleaning tasks will be much easier.

Weekly cleaning tasks

weekly cleaning tasks

Whether you choose to do one big weekly clean, or spread it out over several sessions, the above tasks are those you should be focussing on.

Essentially, weekly cleaning tasks are removing the accumulated dirt from the past 7 days. This includes the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and reception rooms.

For your weekly clean, you'll need a basic household cleaning kit, brush and dustpan, mop and a vacuum.

When it comes to dusting or vacuuming first, everyone has their own preference. Check out our other article to find out which one we think is best.

Monthly cleaning tasks

monthly cleaning tasks

It's time to get down to business! As the weeks slowly turn into months, a quick clean's no longer going to cut it.

Each month, make sure you give some TLC to those areas you don't have time to cover in the week.  This includes fiddly area such as blinds and light fittings, and less-obvious tasks such as wiping down the washing machine and dishwasher inside and out.

For tips on how to clean vertical blinds, check out our other article.

Over the period of 3-6 months, you should slowly work your way through a list of more time-consuming tasks that require harsher cleaning products and more elbow grease. Whether you choose to do these yourself, or get professionals, such as oven and windows cleaners in, is up to you, however, they do need doing. If left too long, dirt will become much tougher to remove.

Yearly cleaning tasks

yearly cleaning tasks

Some cleaning tasks really don't need doing more than once a year. Most people choose to do yearly cleaning tasks around Christmas time, as this not only sees the end of the year, but is also a time when things such as the fireplaces are more frequently used.

This isn't written in stone, however. You may prefer to clear out your gutters during Summer - it's a much more pleasant job when the sun is shining!

Printable Cleaning Schedule

Want a cleaning schedule you can have on your wall? Find a compilation of all the broken down tasks above in the printable below. Tick the cleaning tasks off in pencil as you go to keep you on track!

house cleaning schedule
What do you clean, when? Tell us about your cleaning routine in the comments below. 

Stephanie C


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  1. Author Ann Farrell on July 4, 2018 at 8:06 am

    What a fab idea, to have a printed chores list. I am gutted though as I do not have a printer.

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 10, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Hi Ann, That's a shame! Perhaps you could pop to the library to print yourself one?

  2. Author Toby Beresford on July 4, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Very comprehensive list! Thank you

  3. Author Gillian Hay on July 4, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Great idea - very useful. Thanks.

  4. Author Denise on July 13, 2018 at 10:21 am

    not sure how to print this off, do you mean the whole page? Can't see a button to hit?

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Denise, If you save the image to your computer you'll then be able to print it. I hope this helps :)

  5. Author kelly mobbs on July 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    is there a link to the printable?

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 16, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Kelly, If you save the image to your computer you'll then be able to print it. I hope this helps :)

  6. Author Jean D on February 13, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    I'm sad!! I use a calendar with boxes for each day and fill that out with daily chores for the year to keep on top of cleaning. I am a pensioner though not a busy housewife/mother but I always have had a routine even when I was working with a family. My mother told me to have a routine when i got married as it worked for her.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      That sounds brilliant!


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