A Daily Cleaning Checklist Can Simplify Your Life – Free Printable

Daily Cleaning Checklist


As a working mom, I knew it was important to get chores done every day; otherwise, things would pile up and add to the stress of life.


Now, as a stay at mom (I’ve been a stay at home mom for a whole week!!), I think it’s easier to get out of a routine.


I have put together a daily cleaning checklist and routine to help me keep on top of housework and as always I have kept it simple.


I do small chores every morning and every evening. This makes my day run smoother and I don’t have to spend hours upon hours scrubbing.


I share a couple of variations of daily cleaning routines in my printables, which you can grab at the bottom of this post.


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How Do We Keep Our House Clean?


There are two key factors to keeping your house clean; decluttering and having a cleaning routine.


I have decluttered my whole house a few times, I have a daily house cleaning schedule and a weekly cleaning routine.


All of these things combined keeps my house clean, the majority of the time.


We are all human… no one expects you to have a clean home at all times… that is just not realistic.


Why You Should Use a Daily House Cleaning Schedule


  1. It helps you keep on top of tasks and helps you to feel less overwhelmed
  2. Your house will be clean more often
  3. When your house is clean you feel more at peace


I started implementing a cleaning routine when my life was at its busiest and it seriously saved my sanity.


I started making sure the dishwasher was loaded and ran every night. Then I would put the dishes away each morning before I left for work.


When I came home from work I was greeted by a nice clean kitchen. Before I was greeted by last night’s dinner mess.


I had to clean up a huge mess before I could cook dinner. It was a nightmare.


I started this routine with the dishes and have slowly added to it over time. It’s seriously been a game changer for my household.


What Chores Should Go On My Daily House Cleaning Schedule


This is really up to you and what is important to you in your home. Everyone’s daily chores vary. Here is what I do every day.


  • Dishes
  • A load of Laundry
  • Vacuum
  • Make Beds
  • Pick Up Toys and Other Clutter
  • One main chore from my weekly cleaning routine


That doesn’t seem too bad, right?!


An Example of a Daily Cleaning Checklist


Morning Routine

  • unloaded dishes
  • pick up the breakfast mess
  • start load of laundry
  • vacuum living room
  • one chore from weekly cleaning list


Start With The Kitchen


Each morning I unload the dishes from the dishwasher and clean up after breakfast.


Using this scrub brush helps me quickly get dishes into the dishwasher after breakfast.


After the dishes are loaded, I make sure the kitchen is wiped down. I love walking into my clean kitchen during the day.


It makes me feel like I have accomplished something and I love feeling at peace in my kitchen.


When the kitchen is clean it seems like the whole house is clean.


Make All the Beds


Sometime in the morning I scurry in and make the bed.


This takes no time at all.


Do One Load Of Laundry A Day


I aim to start a load of laundry every morning. Sometimes I fail at this, but I am getting better at it.


I get it in the dryer sometime during the day and fold it whenever I get the chance. I try not to put it off for too long.


The longer I put it off… the less likely I am to get it done.


Tidy Up The Living Room


Once the kitchen is clean and I have started the laundry, I get the vacuum out and vacuum the living room. I do the living room every day!


I have two large dogs and this makes vacuuming the living room a must.


They are in this room most of the day and I think Thor loses a pound of hair each day, no matter what season it is.


Don’t let his cuteness fool you.


After the 4 main chores are done I do my chore from my weekly cleaning routine. You can check that out here. It also comes with the printables below.


How long does this take?


20 minutes plus my weekly chore which can take an extra 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the chore and how far I go with the chore for that day.


For example, when I dust, will it be a quick dust or will I take the extra time to dust blinds etc.


How I Handle Vacuuming Every Day


I have a secret… I have a Roomba. It’s a little robot vacuum.


The Roomba is one of the most top rated robot vacuums out there.


You don’t have to take my word for it. Check out this review and see that the Roomba beats all other robot vacuums. 


Mine was a gift from my husband and it helps me out a TON.


I run it at least once a day and it goes through the dining room, kitchen, and living room.


It has some trouble getting up on the rug so I vacuum that and the couches myself. It also gets stuck under things so I don’t let it go in the bedrooms.


Not everyone has this luxury, but seriously, if you are ever able to, you should purchase one for yourself.


Otherwise, I use this Shark Navigator, which is amazing if you have pets. I did a ton of research before buying this and highly recommend it.


The price is great compared to a Dyson. You can read more of my thoughts on this vacuum here


Evening Routine


  • clean up after dinner
  • load and run dishes
  • pick up toys and clutter
  • fold and put away laundry


printable checklist to keep you on track with your daily cleaning routine


Go to Bed With a Clean Kitchen


My evening cleaning routine starts after dinner. I pick up after dinner and load up all of the dishes. Then, once again, make sure the kitchen is all shiny and clean.


I run the dishwasher every night before I go to bed. Again, my favorite scrub brush makes this process so fast!


I don’t run the dishwasher right after dinner. We often eat a snack after the kiddo goes to bed, so I want to be able to put those dishes away too.


That is why I wait until I’m about to go to bed.


Put Away All Toys


The evening is the only time of the day we pick up toys. I turn a song on and my daughter and I run around, picking up everything as fast as we can.


She actually has a lot of fun with it. I’ve learned how to not pick up toys all day long and share those ideas in another blog post.


This is also the time that I pick up any other clutter, or things that have been left out during the day.


Make Sure The Laundry Is Complete


Lastly, I make sure that load of laundry, from earlier,  has been folded and put away.


That’s it! This daily cleaning house schedule helps me keep on top of the mess and helps life feel more simple.


Don’t leave the mess for later… that just complicates things!


Get Your List and Get Things Done


I encourage you to take this daily cleaning checklist and make it your own. Look at it each day and cross things off if you think they are not realistic for that day.


If you want to accomplish more, then add it to the empty spaces at the bottom.


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  2. Aleksandra

    June 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This is probably really useful but I dislike cleaning so much I may have to keep avoiding it a little longer!

    1. KatiesKottage

      June 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      I find using something like this helps me stay motivated. Otherwise I’m like you and I avoid it too. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Mary Leigh

    June 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    These are great tips! This is something that I need to work on so badly for our home – a regular feasible cleaning schedule to keep us on top of things!

    1. KatiesKottage

      June 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Mary, it is so easy to put off. I myself get in and out of my routine all the time. Make a schedule that fits you and your family. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kristine

    June 7, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Great tips with doing a daily cleaning list! That makes life so much easier!!!

    1. KatiesKottage

      June 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Yes! It seems like it wouldn’t really help that much but it really helps me keep on track. Thanks for reading!

  5. LeeAnn

    June 6, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Lists are a must for me. I don’t always stick to them, but the ones I do, make things go so much smoother. I love how easy you made this sound. kind of a motivating “hey, I can do this!” kinda thing. Thanks sharing!

    1. KatiesKottage

      June 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      I’m so happy that this was motivating for you Leeann. Even I stray from my list from time to time, but just getting the thoughts down on paper helps me accomplish much more. Thanks for reading my blog!

  6. Cat

    June 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I always put off cleaning so your tips were helpful! I need to start making an a checklist. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. KatiesKottage

      June 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Cat! Making your own list that fits your house hold and schedule is a great place to start.

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