A Realistic Weekly Cleaning Schedule to Get You Started

Check off your chores every day of the week

Illustration of a weekly cleaning schedule

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A weekly cleaning schedule that is easy to remember and accomplish will help you appreciate your home and reward you with time saved by streamlining your housekeeping chores. Review this realistic schedule for every day of the week that can get your cleaning on track.

Weekly Cleaning Schedule Example
Monday Vacuum and mop floors.
Tuesday Clean bathrooms.
Wednesday Wipe counters and other surfaces.
Thursday Declutter paperwork and other items.
Friday Wash clothes, bedding, and towels.
Saturday Clean anywhere for 20 minutes.
Sunday Rest!

Monday's House Cleaning Schedule

Make it Mop Monday because your floors likely took a beating over the weekend. Between the dog's muddy paws and the kids eating crackers as they ran through the house, there's no better place to begin your weekly cleaning schedule than with your vacuum and mop. If you don't have time to vacuum or mop the entire house one week, work through these high-traffic areas in between full cleanings:

  • Foyer
  • Stairs
  • Family room/den
  • Mud room
  • Bedrooms
  • Under the kitchen table
  • Bathrooms
person mopping the kitchen
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Tuesday's House Cleaning Schedule

Grab your gloves and the scrub brush. It's all about the bathrooms today on Toilet Tuesday. How often you clean your toilets depends on use, but weekly is a good place to start. It might not be your favorite day of the week, but now you'll have the rest of the week and the weekend to enjoy your clean bathrooms. Chores to do today:

  • Scrub toilets.
  • Clean bathtubs and showers.
  • Disinfect bathroom sinks and counters.
  • Spray plastic shower curtains with disinfectant.
  • Change out the towels.
  • Take bathmats outside, and give them a good shake.
  • Check toiletries to see what you're running low on.
Person cleaning tile in a shower

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Wednesday's House Cleaning Schedule

Wipe It Wednesday erases dust, germs, and grime. Basically, if it has a surface, clean it today. Items to dust or wipe down:

  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Counters
  • Tabletops
  • TV
  • Toys
  • Mirrors
  • Ceiling fans
  • Doorknobs
  • Refrigerator handles
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator shelves
  • Windowsills
  • Mini blinds
  • Light fixtures
  • Telephone
  • Furniture
A person wiping down a countertop surface

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Thursday's House Cleaning Schedule

Today is Throw It Out Thursday. Do it every week, so you don't end up with a daunting pile of stuff. Reduce the clutter. Get your home completely organized. And kick these outdated, unwanted, or expired items to the curb:

  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Food
  • Clothes with holes
  • School or craft projects you don't plan on keeping
Paper clutter

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Friday's House Cleaning Schedule

Fold It Friday is all about the laundry. Whether it's kids' school clothes or your work clothes, now is the time to get everything clean and folded or hung up. Today you will:

  • Soak clothes with tough stains.
  • Make sure the kids' sports uniforms are ready for weekend games.
  • Strip sheets from beds and launder.
  • Clean blankets.
  • Wash towels.
  • Fold clean laundry.
  • Iron.
  • Hand-wash delicate items.
  • Put clean clothes away.
  • Wash bed skirts and mattress protectors (once a month).
  • Get dry clean-only items ready to go out.
folding fresh linens
The Spruce / Daria Groza 

Saturday's House Cleaning Schedule

You've worked hard all week, so today is Slow It Down Saturday. Set a timer for just 20 minutes, and clean the areas that need it most. Enlist the help of anyone who lives with you, so you get more done in less time.

Setting a timer for cleaning

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Sunday's House Cleaning Schedule

Take a break for Self-Care Sunday! There won't be any housekeeping for you today. Your weekly cleaning schedule restarts tomorrow, so enjoy your day off.

  • Why set up a weekly cleaning schedule?

    Setting up a cleaning schedule helps to keep the house clean and organized and allows you to do a little bit each day rather than all the cleaning at once, which can be overwhelming. 

  • How long does it take to do a weekly cleaning?

    A typical weekly cleaning, including wiping down the counters, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, and laundry, will take approximately three to five hours for a three-bedroom house. You will spend around 30 to 50 minutes daily if you split the cleaning chores up six days a week.

  • Should you dust or vacuum a room first?

    When cleaning, always dust before vacuuming, as dust particles that you've stirred up while dusting will float down to the floor, and the vacuum will pick them up.