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Simple Daily and Weekly Cleaning Schedule with Free Printable

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As a wife and busy mom of eight children, my home can easily become a source of overwhelm. When things pile up, I have a hard time starting anything without a bad attitude. If I let a day go by without keeping up with the mess…it is so hard to find the motivation to dig out from under it! Over the years, I have gone through different periods of thought, ranging from “Why bother, it is just going to get messy again” to “That’s it, no one is allowed to breathe until every speck of dirt is cleaned up!

Obviously, neither of these are healthy thoughts…


If you are like me and have a hard time functioning when your house is messy, but you get easily overwhelmed, I may have a solution for you.

I have personally found that creating simple routines I can actually stick to is the key to keeping my house running smoothly.

I have read books, listened to podcasts, read blog posts, scoured Pinterest and more, all in the hopes of stumbling on that magic recipe that will keep my house tidy and organized. Through much trial and error, I learned that I need to simplify as much as possible and create my own routine for running my household.

I created a cleaning routine for my daily and weekly chores that works best for my family. I find that keeping up with these chores gives me the best possible chance at keeping my home tidy. Notice I am not saying perfect…my house will never be in a magazine. I am realistic, and believe in being present for my family and having a well lived in home. However, I feel better knowing that I can open my home to that unexpected neighbor and not feel completely embarrassed.

My children and I each have morning, afternoon and evening chores. Then, once a week we do a more thorough clean of our home prepare for the following week. You can read my top tips for effective homemaking here if you need more inspiration. We probably spend about 15 minutes, three times a day, on our chores and about an hour or two on the weekend. I use the following printable daily and weekly checklist to help me stay on track. My children each have their own checklist… I will have to share that in the future.



I hope this checklist helps you simplify your household chores! When you break it down into manageable tasks, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can stay on top of the mess a little each day.

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    August 19, 2016 at 8:14 am

    On monday is when I do bake all my bread and cracker, snacks for the week. Seems like I do a load of laundry every other day. My big thing is keeping the clutter down. When your done with it put it away.

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    Ashley Stephenson
    August 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I hate unmade beds! I can’t start my day knowing a bed in unmade! That is one OCD habit of mine. And the counters wiped down almost every time I walk by them!

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    Erin | A Welder's Wife
    August 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I love lists! I have several on my phone right now for many different things. I do feel the most important is the daily tasks of cleaning, running errands, and any random things that need to be done. Thank you for sharing this with us!! 🙂

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    Rachel Ritlop
    August 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This comes rightttt as the pile of laundry next to me has hit “landfill” levels haha thanks!

    – Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

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    August 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I am all about the lists! For me, it’s just a habit (stemming mostly from my hate of clutter in my home), so the moment I step out of bed, I make it. I do dishes as I cook and/or immediately after eating and in general make sure everything has a home so the clutter is less likely to build up!

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    August 19, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I used to have something like this and I need to start it back up again. It’s hard! I love this printable though! Thanks 😀

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    Elizabeth Ann
    August 19, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I always love a good checklist! Thanks for sharing!

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    August 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I so need this in my life. I’m so unorganized when it comes to cleaning but I’m starting to get overloaded with all the stuff that needs to be done. So glad I came across this 🙂

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    August 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I love checklists, and this is perfect to keep us on track! 🙂

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    August 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I so need this in my life right now! <3
    Thank you for the printable schedule, Terryn!

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    Dominique Garcia
    August 19, 2016 at 11:40 am

    You have no idea how hard it is to keep up on cleaning in my house. I feel like the minute I clean the kids feel the need to make a mess again. This checklist is everything I need to keep up! I always write one out, but somehow it h¿gets lost. I think this one I will post on my fridge!

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    August 19, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t think I’ll be churning any time soon…lol…the list is very helpful, though, and makes cleaning much more manageable

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    August 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I so need this list! Thanks for the printable. I feel like I’m constantly cleaning but maybe having a checklist will help me be more efficient and effective.

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    Neely Moldovan
    August 19, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I try to do a little bit everyday!

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    August 20, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips!
    And your blog looks so neat and beautiful! 🙂

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    August 20, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I really need this right now. I am in the process of decluttering and trying to establish a routine. Thanks for sharing!

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    August 20, 2016 at 10:29 am

    My husband and I spend 5-10 minutes each night picking up. It seriously helps prevent the house becoming a total wreck!

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    August 20, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Such a helpful list. I have been very mindful about trying to keep the house tidy. Today is my cleaning day so thanks!

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    Hannah Stein
    August 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    This is definitely what I needed! I am so bad at cleaning and general home organization so these tips will hopefully help me get my ducks in a row!

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    August 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Gosh I love this! Most of the time I just need a good checklist to help me really get things DONE. Thanks!!

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    August 21, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Definitely needed this!

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    August 23, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Great idea Terryn! I know what it’s like to feel super overwhelmed … but just a clean house makes all the difference for my mood! I like the idea of doing a little each day instead of spending a whole day cleaning .. much more fun I think!

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    Emily @ TheMommyhoodMoments
    December 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Love this! Totally needed this during the holiday season. I have also joined your Overwhelmed to Organized challenge and look forward to it!!

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