My Weekly House Cleaning Schedule that Actually Works

My Weekly House Cleaning Schedule that Actually Works

Cleaning is something I (weirdly) enjoy.  I can’t focus in a messy or dirty space, so cleanliness really is next to Godliness in my book. 😂

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my cleaning and laundry schedule, which I used to follow religiously, but now I’ve found that ditching a schedule for daily chores has helped tremendously.

Our first home was smaller that our current home, with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.  I would wake up Saturday morning and do our laundry and clean the whole house.  Then I was set for the week ahead.

After Hello Gorgeous started picking up, I found that cleaning took valuable work time away, so I hired a cleaning lady to clean every other week.  I still did all of the laundry and cleaned every other Saturday.

When we moved into our last house, there was a significant change…  A lot more square footage.  It more than tripled the cleaning time and I was newly pregnant, so we decided to have our cleaning lady come weekly.  Honestly, that was the best thing ever as my pregnancy progressed and especially when I had a newborn in tow.

When we moved to Nashville, my mom and I took back the cleaning chores.  With Covid happening, I didn’t feel comfortable having someone come into our home to clean.  It’s our largest house yet and takes so much time to clean.  I’ve found that instead of doing it all in one day, I break it up into tasks throughout the week.

 

laundry

 

When it was just Matt and I, I did two loads of laundry a week.  One whites and one darks.  Those were the days.  With Kenny, our laundry load has increased significantly.

Instead of sticking to my normal laundry day (Monday) I’ve pivoted and throw in a load when I need to.  Note: I did not say when things get out of control.  I keep an eye on our laundry basket and when it’s full, time to throw in a load.  It’s so much easier to wash and put away one load at a time than an entire day full of laundry.  This method has helped me keep my sanity.

 

dishes

 

I believe that keeping your sink clean and dish-free immediately gives your kitchen the appearance of cleanliness.  If you walk into your kitchen and see a sink full of dishes, it feels like your entire kitchen is wrecked.  I run the dishwasher every other day, mostly at bedtime, and put the clean dishes away the next morning.

 

 

beds

 

Making your bed each morning makes you feel like you’ve got your life together, even when everything is falling apart.  Don’t believe me?  On a terrible day, if you walk into your bedroom and your bed is made, it feels like you’ve somehow got your life semi-together.  Just me?  lol.  But really, I’ve read time and time again that some of the most successful people in the world swear by making their beds every day.

While we’re on the topic, please change your sheets regularly.  Personally, I think your sheets should be laundered once a week.  Your pillowcase is a breeding ground for acne, so make sure your keeping yours as clean as possible to make your skin happy.

 

 

floors

 

My robot vacuum (coupon code coming next week!!! PARTAY!) is my BFF.  I start it downstairs every night at bedtime, right after the dishwasher, and let it go to work.  When we wake up the next morning, my floors are swept and he put himself back on his charging station to prep for his next night at work.

I also vacuum with my handheld every day.  No, I don’t sweep the entire house daily, but I do sweep the most important spaces: the mudroom, kitchen, living room and foyer.  If you take 5 minutes out of your day to sweep the entryways to your home, your keeping the outside dirt away.  That dirt we track in at the door is what we walk all throughout the house.  So I keep both the front door and back door areas swept daily.  I also keep the kitchen and living room swept, since we spend most of our day in those spaces.

As for the bedrooms, I vacuum our bedroom and bathroom every 2-3 days just to keep up with all the dang hair I shed.  The rest of the house and bedrooms I let my roboVac handle.

I try to mop my floors once a week.  This is the best mop I’ve found for my hardwood floors.

 

kitchen

 

I’ve already covered dishes and floors, but let’s talk everything else.  I spray down my counters usually every day.  This small task keeps germs away and keeps the kitchen looking fresh.  My biggest kitchen recommendation is to keep your counters clutter free.  A kitchen without mail, keys and other junk sitting out looks so nice and organized.

As for my counters (and honestly everything else in my house!) I use Force of Nature.  I swear by this stuff because it actually works and it’s safe for babies, pets and people in general!  Use coupon code: ANGELA15 for $15 off + free shipping on any kit or bundle.

 

bathrooms

 

I do a good deep clean on our bathroom about once a week.  I don’t clean the guest room bathrooms unless we have had anyone using them.  We will go in and scrub the toilets to keep dust and mold away, but if they’re not used, they don’t get cleaned.

 

 

bonus

 

Add fresh flowers to your home weekly.  This little thing breathes so much life into your room.  Those flowers will make your heart happy each time you catch a glimpse of them.

 

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29 Comments

  1. Erin Core
    August 8, 2020 / 12:59 PM

    Love the kitchen!! I like to keep my home clean and everything picked up neatly!! Beautiful home!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:03 AM

      Thanks, Erin!

  2. Mindy Diegel
    August 8, 2020 / 1:06 PM

    I’m trying to get back into the habit of makingy bed everyday. I got out of the habit for a while but I’m trying to get back into the routine.

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:11 AM

      It won’t take you long to get back into it!

  3. Gemma Louise
    August 8, 2020 / 1:49 PM

    Uh, it’s like you’ve read my mind! First thing I do when I get up is make my bed. It’s makes going to bed so much nicer because it looks so inviting!
    And keeping my kitchen and bathroom clean is so important to me. Knowing everything is shiny and clean when I come down the stairs in the morning just sets me up for a good day!

    • Liz
      August 9, 2020 / 6:14 AM

      Really liked these tips! Thanks! 😁

  4. Alice
    August 8, 2020 / 2:08 PM

    Hi! Crazy, I’m doing pretty much the same πŸ‘ This works for me too. I can’t keep my counters clutter free but I try.. thank you for this post Angela 😘

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:11 AM

      It’s so hard to keep up with them. You’re definitely not the only one!

  5. Rosalinda
    August 8, 2020 / 2:54 PM

    Thank you for sharing this post! Like you I’m doing pretty much the same! I always make my bed every morning, so so important. I struggle with my kitchen πŸ™ˆ we have an island and my children and hubby seem to put everything down on it 😑 I’m forever telling them off 😩

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:13 AM

      It’s definitely the hardest to keep up!

  6. Merriann Hiett
    August 8, 2020 / 3:14 PM

    Our house is now 2.5 times larger than our last house (I hope we never move again ) and it’s my dream home.
    I have no idea how we are going to keep everything clean this year as my commute for my job has gone from 35 min one way to 50 min one way. On top of this I will be taking 2 classes every 16 weeks. However I have already decided that I will work hard during the weekday and my weekends will be for family.
    However I do have a husband who helps a lot

    Your house looks amazing.

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:17 AM

      It’s so nice that you have him to help you!

  7. Kristen
    August 8, 2020 / 5:01 PM

    Thank you this is helpful. I used to have a really clean house but now with a demanding job and two boys it’s really hard. This helps break things into chunks instead of the whole house in one day.

    I’m asking for the robot vac for Christmas. If only it did stairs (πŸ˜†

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:20 AM

      They make cleaning so much easier! I hope you get one!

  8. Jennifer Alexander
    August 9, 2020 / 6:29 AM

    I also feel the same way about cleaning. My dad cleans the house everyday and vaccines everyday. We have a little dog that sheds so we need to make sure the house is hair free since I’m somewhat allergic to him. Since I’ve been working from home, I haven’t been making my bed. I need to go back into the habit. Does your toddler make a mess with all her toys?!

    • Jennifer A
      August 9, 2020 / 6:30 AM

      Vaccums* stupid autocorrect lol

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:20 AM

      She does really good to not make a huge mess. We make her clean everything up too so that helps!

  9. Mallary
    August 9, 2020 / 8:21 AM

    Your house is so gorgeous! I am the same way with the dishes …if they are piled up it drives me insane! I like how you break it all up so you don’t spend a whole day cleaning!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:01 AM

      It works so much better for me that way!

  10. Erinn
    August 9, 2020 / 8:32 AM

    This was such great cleaning and de-cluttering hacks. I love your blogs and your tips. I must say I think we never feel like doing chores or cleaning but when your house is clean it feels like a dream!!

    I can’t wait to read what’s next. Thank you for getting time to write this blog post out.

    From Erinn

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:01 AM

      You’re so sweet. Thanks, Erinn!

  11. Lori Leung
    August 9, 2020 / 9:11 AM

    I do fewer loads of laundry since my youngest son moved out at the beginning of January :(. My oldest son still lives with us and does his own laundry, he is saving his money to buy his own house. I’m lazy when it comes to making the bed, so that is why my husband does it, LOL. I need to keep up with counter because it just seems like things keep ending up on them. I put my dishes to wash every other night too, since we have been eating at home since the start of Covid. I do an occasional take-out because this girl gets tired of cooking every day.

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 8:02 AM

      It definitely gets tiring!

  12. Kristi Campbell
    August 9, 2020 / 9:47 AM

    Great ideas! I have started doing one or two things every morning to keep the house tidy. It makes it so much more manageable and keeps the house cleaner, which I love!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:21 AM

      Doesn’t it?!

  13. Katie
    August 9, 2020 / 4:37 PM

    I love a clean house and no clutter, but ever since baby #2 came 6 weeks ago my house is a wreck!!! I am trying to give myself grace esp since I had a x section!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 9:23 AM

      Yes! Give yourself all the grace!!

  14. Lauren
    August 10, 2020 / 3:30 AM

    That bed making tip is a real good one I’ve heard so many times to change sheets weekly cause it makes the bed easier to make {confession I’ve actually not made the bed one day and at night it was SO comfy to go in} cleaning for me I find really therapeutic and when cleaning the bathroom always help to go through products thanks so much for this article!

    • Angela Lanter
      August 10, 2020 / 7:53 AM

      Thanks for reading, Lauren!

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