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September 3rd, 2014
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How to Keep Your House Clean with just One Daily Task

Keep your house clean with one daily task - so easy to do!

Trying to keep your house clean is hard work… I know.

I struggle with this everyday. No matter what I do, I can’t find the time to get it all done. Then the house gets REALLY bad and our entire life goes on hold while we clean up the entire house. We recover for a day or two. Then we find ourselves 3 weeks later back the the same situation.

I decided that I needed someone to come clean my house. I work a lot now on the blog, so I am just going to have to admit that I need help – until I got the quote. It was a lot of money. Our house is bigger now, so it isn’t cheap to pay someone to clean our house. Plus they would only be cleaning our house every other week.


Then the light bulb went on!

Why is it ok to pay someone for them to clean my house every two weeks, but I think I have to clean EVERYTHING every single week. I then become overwhelmed and I give up.

So to solve this dilemma I decided that I would clean my house every other week. But instead of doing it all in one trip, I would do one small task every single day (with weekends off most of the time). That way my house always looks clean and I can prevent myself from getting overwhelmed.

This is what I did:

First, I printed off these really cute calendars from TheTomKat Studio. I printed them off and then started writing in my duties. That way after it is completed I can put a big FAT X on top. 😉 It feels great to put that X on there!

Plus my husband can be involved too. So if I have had a really bad day, he can jump in and get that small task done. 😉

How to Keep Your House Clean

How to Keep Your House Clean

Here is my two week schedule:

Monday – Bathrooms (Toilets, mirrors, sinks, Tub and shower) – no floors

Tuesday – Dust (light dusting – only what you see)

Wednesday – Upstairs (Dust, vacuum, and toilets) – If you don’t have an upstairs this can be an off day – or maybe you have a playroom that you can tidy up every week)

Thursday – Vacuum – Wipe down appliances – check inside of Fridge (throw away food – whip down any spills)

Friday – Sweep and mop (do a good job)  – Spot clean windows

Saturday – Wipe down cabinets in kitchen (then in two weeks wipe down baseboards) that way you are only doing one of these once a month

Sunday – off

Monday – Bathrooms (Toilets, mirrors, sinks, sweep and mop) – no shower or tub

Tuesday – Dust – Do a good job this time like get on the chair and clean that top shelf (check if ceiling fans need to be dusted)

Wednesday – Upstairs (only clean the entire bathrooms including the tubs) – Remember, find another spot to clean if you don’t have an upstairs, or take the day off

Thursday – Vacuum – Quickly wipe down appliances

Friday – Sweep and touch up mop (only spot clean and do it fast) – clean any windows or doors with fabulous kids fingerprints

Saturday – off

Sunday – Off

That is it – It is that easy!

I wanted to share this with you to hopefully inspire some of you who may be struggling with keeping up with your house. I really feel that taking a few minutes each day is really going to make a difference in your house. We have been doing this for about a year and it has really helped.

Plus staying organized is going to save you some money. 😉

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think you are going to give this a try? What do you do to help stay on top of your house? Leave a comment and let us know!



  • Christina -

    I haven’t “fluttered” in a while, but Fly Lady is awesome!!!! You can subscribe to her daily emails. Each week focuses on a different area of the house, once a week you “bless” your house with 1 hour of cleaning, and she gives you ideas to help with the little stuff that gets in the way in a hurry. She also tackles de-cluttering. 🙂 Ok, I’ve convinced my self to start flying with her again today. 🙂

    • Carrie -

      I have always gotten overwhelmed with flylady. 🙁

  • Jessica -

    You can also utilize Cozi (a family calendar available both online and in app form). You can load the Fly Lady’s “to do’s” into it, as well as customize just about everything from your calendar, to recipes/meal planning, to-dos, etc. My husband and I love this app!!

    • Carrie -

      I have heard of this – I just need to check it out. Thanks!

  • Melody -

    I love Cozi, but I detest Fly Lady. She makes me feel like an incompetent boob. I can never keep up with her & just get even further behind.

    • Carrie -

      I struggled with Fly lady too

  • Anna -

    I started a cleaning co-op with my sister! I think we both love it…the motto is “just clean, don’t judge”. Each week we go to one another’s homes and do whatever needs to be done. It has been about 6 weeks and my house is staying pretty clean and getting more organized.

  • gg -

    Hi Carrie,
    WE are living in apartment and moving to new house on March,I was worrying about cleaning the house,I like your Idea and I am going to try, hope it will help me.Thanks a lot for posting this kind of Ideas.

    • Amber -

      I think this is an awesome idea, and I want to try it.

  • Olivia -

    What about laundry? I always get behind with our laundry.

    • Carrie -

      I assign a day per person and that person gets their laundry done on that day. It has REALLY helped me. I think I’ll have to do a post on that.

      • Teresa -

        Assigning a day is necessary. Before we did this with my 4 kids, everyone always needed to do their laundry on Sunday evening for the week ahead!

    • JoannE -

      Try to wash while having dinner and dry soon as wash is completed. Electric and water are cheaper in the PM.

  • Natalie -

    I just need energy and motivation. Can anyone help me with that?

  • Nancy -

    When do you strip beds and wash linens and towels and other clothing?

  • Nancy -

    Sorry I didn’t read your responses before the question on personal laundry. I do the same on the laundry. I do mine and my husbands on Thursday and the kids basically my daughter takes care of hers and her brothers on Friday night or Saturday. We have front loaders by Samsung and I love the efficiency of those machines. They are time savers for doing laundry . If anyone can afford them, they come highly recommended by me. You don’t feel like you are doing laundry all day. I got mine at lowes for a super deal because some kid had peeled some of the samsung lettering off both and they were deeply discounted and got another 15% off for buying the pair. Full warranty and all.

  • josee payette -

    But the mopping, it is upstairs AND downstairs on the same day? Because downstairs alone, in the living room, I have to remove the area rug, move the footstools, the couch, the chair and vacuum first before I mop, and all of that is quite a lot of work in itself.
    But your model is generally what I do also, and yes, sometimes I have too much work to do so the cleaning falls behind a little bit. But it is so nice when the house is clean and smells nice. Thanks for your help.

  • Jennifer -

    I think this is a great idea- but having kids I would incorporate them, as well. They have daily chores, and then Saturdays are cleaning day. In the morning they bring down laundry, and then they clean their rooms. Sundays they put away their clean laundry and vacuum. The kids too young to do it themselves get help from the olders. 🙂 Mommy and daddy inspect when they are done. Having six kids, I’d go insane if I didn’t require work from them.

  • JoannE -

    Your schedule is very close to mine. except as soon as I get out pf my bed, I make it. Bed made, no dishes in sink (home looks tidy) then continue on with schedule. It does work.

  • Stephanie Catudal -

    Looking forward to more simple ideas!

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