Are you ready to start a brand new housework routine and free up your time?
Today, I have a treat in store for you! I’ve created a printable checklist with both the working mum and stay at home mum in mind, so you can keep your home under control with an easy breezy, daily cleaning routine you can complete in just 25-30 minutes each day!
Knowing how to do housework when you have hardly any spare time can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to find a routine you can stick to.
Not everyone has hours and hours to spare to keep the house clean. Most of us have children, jobs, a new baby or after-school activities to keep us busy, and finding the time to do daily housework is not a priority.
However, if we don’t keep on top of certain daily cleaning jobs we can soon find that things get out of control, and then it’s almost impossible to keep a clean house.
Anyone with a full-time job and a family is never going to be able to follow a perfect housewife timetable.
Organizing housework needs to be simplified into bite-sized pieces! Finding the perfect balance in the daily routine of a busy parent is so important to avoid overwhelm and burnout. That’s why I tried to create these housework routine charts with busy parents in mind. No more cleaning at weekends, panic cleaning or spring cleaning! Just stick to the routines to enjoy a clean organised home without the stress!
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This free printable daily housework checklist is aimed at getting you into the habit of doing small cleaning jobs each and every day without fail. You don’t need to spend ages on these jobs, just whizz about the house doing these jobs as fast as you can, preferably before you leave the house!
This is a great housework schedule for working moms because it consists of quick jobs you can do in the morning before you go to work, remember, it’s 25 minutes maximum! We are not looking for perfection and pristine houses here just do as much as you can!
It’s all about creating daily habits that you do without even thinking about doing them!
For instance every morning you get up and have a shower, brush your teeth and get dressed, why? Because that’s what you’ve always done, they are habits that you do each and every day without fail.
Housework should be the same, you should be doing it as a routine every day without even thinking about it!
Daily housework routine: Do these jobs
Maximum time needed to complete all jobs 30 minutes.
- Make all the beds.
The reason that this job is on the list is that it encourages you to keep the rest of the room clean and tidy when your bed is made. When you make your kid’s bed it encourages them to keep their room tidier too. It is a three-minute job to make everyone’s bed! Making the beds starts your day off with a small accomplishment, and makes a huge difference to the tidiness of the room. This, in turn, will motivate you to tick off the next job on the list! You might as well make your bed before you leave the room and get it ticked off your list before you go downstairs!
- Swipe the bathroom.
You’re in the bathroom anyway, so might as well straighten and swipe it while you are in there!
I’ve included this on the list of daily jobs, because, well, essentially because it needs to be done every day! Do this job after everyone has used the bathroom. Throw open the window to change the air, wipe down the sink, and loo, then straighten the towels, this is a job that should take no more than five minutes!
- Clear the kitchen!
Do the dishes, wipe the benches and leave! This is a five-minute job if you make sure you always clear up before you go to bed, you should only have the breakfast dishes to wash or the dishwasher to empty!
- Sweep the downstairs floors
This is a very quick sweep of the high traffic areas of your home. K
itchen, dining room, and living room, if you have hardwood floors. Go as quickly as you can and fly around!
- Prepare for tea.
Defrost the meat for tea, prepare the vegetables or put the slow cooker on. Take five minutes to get something ready for the tea so you are not stuck in a rut after a busy day at work. To find out more about how to meal plan for the week read this post , where you can also download some of my amazing free meal planners!
- Do one load of laundry
Make use of the timer on your washing machine and set your load to end just as you get back from work, so you can bung it in the drier as soon as you get home. If you feel overwhelmed by laundry read this post for some fantastic tips on how to stay on top of the laundry pile.
This job should literally take you no more than 3-minutes!
Its very important that you only spend 5 minutes maximum on each of these jobs, the trick is to get them done as quickly as you can before you leave for work. The more often you do these jobs the more they will become a habit and the quicker you will become at doing them.
If you feel like you need help with the housework routine , you could always get your kids to help with the smaller jobs, to find out more, read this post
Make sure you have the cleaning products to hand to speed up your cleaning time.
You can also batch cook your meals to free up some time cooking at tea time. To read our post batch cooking for beginners click here
So there you have it, this simple daily housework routine will keep your house running like clockwork in between your weekly cleaning jobs! After you have established a routine with your daily jobs you will be ready to move onto the weekly checklist.
Download the printable version of the housework routine so you can tick of each job as you’ve finished. following a checklist will help you stay focused and prevent you from procrastinating or getting side tracked!
Printable daily cleaning checklist
Are you ready to move on?
Now you have your daily housework routine under control, you should move onto the next step which is the weekly cleaning routine. Click below to go to the next step where I’ve created a fabulous weekly cleaning schedule which helps free up your time, so you can get rid of your weekend cleaning routine and spend more time with your family!
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Frequently asked Q&A
When you have a routine you do things without thinking, things get done quickly and are not put off until later, they just become a habit.
housework should be the same, you should be doing it as a routine every day without even thinking about it!
If you follow this cleaning routine daily and carry on doing the weekly tasks you should find that you do not need to deep clean as all the deep cleaning jobs are included in the checklists.
For instance, when you sweep the floors make sure you go under the couches and beds at least once a week. When you are cleaning the living room make sure you clean under the sofa cushions at least once a week.
Don’t let jobs pile up, try to keep them in a rotation system. I have also included a lucky dip page of deep cleaning jobs, try to pick one job from this list each day, this will ensure that you will have no cleaning to do on weekends and you will not need to spring clean.
It is advisable to carry on with the daily checklist jobs
If you have fallen so far behind with your housework you might like to read this post, which gives you some tips to help you get started if you feel overwhelmed.
If you feel as if your house is too cluttered to clean, read this post, which will help you find the motivation to declutter.
I work part time, have two kids, and write a blog, so I’m kept pretty busy. I have my housework routine running like clockwork and it’s pretty much outlined in these checklists. I do the daily household routine before I go out each morning, and the weekly jobs while I’m waiting for the tea to cook. I do the extra jobs and the lucky dip jobs before I go to bed.
If I’ve had a super busy week with kids sports and playdates, I try to catch up with anything I’ve missed before I take the kids out at the weekends, but I do prefer to keep the weekends as free as possible if I can. Although I never skip laundry at the weekend otherwise I find it piles up!
I love all housework except vacuuming! I think it helps if you have the correct tools and products. I need to live in an ordered and clutter-free home, so I find it therapeutic to clean. I love to relax in a zen and calm environment at the end of a busy day!
There is nothing wrong with being a housewife if you feel fulfilled by the role. Staying at home with small children is a really tough job, with very little time to spare but it is also very rewarding. Many people are not in a position to stay at home all day and have to work full time to pay the bills. If you are lucky enough to be able to stay at home with the children and you enjoy doing so, enjoy your time with your family!
I would try to determine what is making you procrastinate and spend less time doing that. So, for instance, if you are wasting time on social media try having a break from electronics for an hour. R
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