Simply Organized Life: A Cleaning Routine That Works!

finding a cleaning routine that works

Can I be honest with you?  I’ve been dreading this month’s task more than any other.  When I sat down to write this post last week, I actually thought about scrambling to find someone to guest post for me.

Why I’ve Been Dreading This:

  • Finding 15-20 minutes in my day for daily cleaning seems a bit impossible at the moment.  It isn’t that I don’t like to clean.  There are just other things that seem more pressing.
  • Ok, maybe I am feeling a little lazy or am procrastinating about having to clean every day.  every day!

Why I Need This:

  • I want to shed the old ‘clean when someone is coming over‘ method.  Do you do this too?
  • I want to tackle little tasks instead of the entire house at one shot.
  • I want to enjoy a regularly clean house.
  • I want to relish in the feeling of accomplishment.

(Since we’ve been trying to sell our house,  I have been keeping up with this so much better.  It is a great feeling to have a regularly clean house.  But in the last week, I have really slacked off  following two birthday parties and being sick.  So this is a timely task to jump back into a cleaning routine.  And by the way, can I ask you to pray for us in selling our house?  We are doing For Sale By Owner and it is slow.  Our most serious buyer had trouble with financing, which many people are experiencing today.  Pray that we’d be patient, faithful and that the Lord would bring the right buyer to us . . . and that I won’t go crazy keeping the house immaculate.  Thanks, friends!)

 Let’s Get Started:

I have scanned multiple cleaning schedules from various bloggers and sites and here is what I’ve found.  Each is very unique!  Scan through them and see if one might work for you.

  • Becky from Organizing Made Fun shares her Weekly Cleaning Schedule in a series, How to Have a Fake Immaculate House.  This is a plan for 15-20 minutes each day.
  • Organize for Free shares a Clean House Schedule.  This is a daily schedule with tasks each morning and evening.
  • Life Blessons has a cleaning schedule  for people who hate to clean.  This is a weekly list and not restrictive to daily tasks.
  • Real Simple’s Daily Cleaning List.  This is quick cleaning checklist for primary rooms like Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Living Room.
  • Go Housemaids “How to Clean Your House in 15 Minutes A Day.”  This is full of little tips and includes their Daily Spot Cleaning Checklist.
  • Happy Money Saver’s Home Cleaning Routine.  I love Karrie’s list because it has must-do tasks and bonus tasks for each day if you happen to have the time.  AND she offers an editable PDF task list for you to set up your own list.

So, what do you say?  Are you with me?  Do you want to have a clean house on a regular basis?  Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ll be joining us on this month’s Simply Organized Life task.   We can hold each other accountable!

I am going to start with Karrie’s list from Happy Money Savers.  Which will you be using?


Extra Resources that I Love: saving mom

Money Saving Mom’s 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home

Follow along with Crystal as she spends 4 weeks organizing her home with 20 assignments to strategically work through your home.  You can get her free printable and sign up for email reminders, too!


Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider.

From Amazon:  “Organized Simplicity’s aim is to convince its readers that simple living is the absolute best way to live.  Be it with house cleaning, family schedule management, personal finances, and managing the “stuff” you allow within your four walls, the only way to live well is to do so intentionally and simply.  The first half of the book delves into the “why” behind realistic simple living, giving the reader a nail to then hang the how of living simply discussed in the second half.  And by redefining the too often-used phrase “simple living,” a busy home manager living in the real world can then make practical changes that work for the whole family.  There are chapters for cleaning and organizing the home room-by-room, and future project ideas will inspire readers to turn their house in a haven they love.”


31 Days to Clean – Having a Martha House the Mary Way by Sarah Mae.

From Amazon:  “Journey with Sarah Mae for 31 Days as you get your home and your heart in order. Give Sarah Mae 31 days and she’ll give you not only a cleaner home, but a vision for one.  31 Days to Clean is about the “why” and the vision and the heart for taking care of your domain. Each day you will be encouraged with some thoughts and ideas on the heart of cleaning, and then you will put those ideas to action.”  


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This post is a part of our Path to a Simply Organized Life series.  We’d love to have you join us anytime on our 12 month journey to a more organized and purposeful life.


  1. I’m not consistent in what days I clean. I should have set days for specific things. Thanks for sharing these links for ways to get organized in cleaning. My family thanks you:)

  2. I found specific tasks on set days worked out really well before children. Not so well now. It just ends up being a frustration because things often don’t get done when they are “supposed” to be done.

  3. I like to clean the entire house on Thursday night sfter work…that way, we have a clean house for the weekend and can do fun things!

    • Peggy, I really like that idea. It could be more appealing than a little each day because if I miss a day or two, I’m feeling unmotivated to try to catch up. To clean in one fell swoop is enticing! What happens when you end up being busy on a Thursday night? And do you do anything during the week for minor maintenance?