Simple weekly cleaning routine and free printable checklist! You will love these tips for getting kids involved with cleaning too, with tasks they can do by age.
How do you keep your house clean? I’ve experimented a lot with different cleaning routines. In the past year I have landed on one that really works for me. On Fridays I have a simple cleaning routine that I follow, to get the house shipshape before the weekend. I also have my 2 and 4-year old girls helping me now! Teach them young, as they say.
Aside from the weekly cleaning, I find myself wiping up messes at least 10 times a day. Some of the other things that help us keep things tidy are these Toilet Cleaning Bombs and Car Cleaning Checklist! For all of our cleaning and organizing tips visit our Organizing page!
Here is what my whole cleaning routine looks like on paper:
My cleaning routine starts in the kitchen, and then I move on to the bathrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces. For each room, the routine is similar.
- Declutter – Clear the counter tops, sinks or side tables and put things away where they belong.
- Wipe Surfaces – I clean counter tops, tables, cabinets, with multipurpose cleaner, and then I use a disinfectant in certain places, as needed.
- Floors – Sweep and then either vacuum or mop floors.
How Kids Can Help with the Cleaning Routine
My kids are still little, but they are capable, and I want them to grow up to be hard workers. Some of the things I have the girls doing is wiping down surfaces. I give them each a multi-surface wipe or spray, and they do it!
Not only that, but they love cleaning because we put music on while we clean and they think it’s totally fun. (I’m cherishing these days while I can!) They also help with gathering up laundry that needs washing, putting it away as I fold, and emptying wastebaskets.
Cleaning Tasks by Age
Small Kids (2-5)
- Wipe Surfaces
- Carry Laundry to a Hamper
- Pick up Toys and Games
- Sort Items into Piles
- Unload Utensils from Dishwasher (supervised)
Older Kids (6+)
- Empty and Load Dishwasher
- Fold Laundry and Put Away
- Make Beds
- Clean Mirrors and Windows
- Vacuum (as soon as they can push it)
Free Printable Cleaning Checklists
If you are like me, you like to have a checklist where you can check your cleaning routine tasks off as you go. I created a pretty printable cleaning checklist to share today, and one with pictures on it that is great for kids who aren’t reading yet!
I hope these will help you like they have helped me.