How to Create a Cleaning Routine That Won't Make You Want to Scream

Abbie Clark
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Can we take a moment to talk about something that's been on our minds lately - cleaning? I mean, it's a never-ending cycle, right? Just when we think we're done, there's always something else that needs to be cleaned up. And let's be honest, sometimes it can feel like we're drowning in the mess.

But don't worry, we've got this! In this article, we'll share some tips and tricks for creating a cleaning routine that won't make us want to pull our hair out. Because let's face it, we've got enough on our plates as it is.

So, grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, we won't judge) and let's chat about how to make cleaning less stressful and more manageable.

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1. Assess Your Cleaning Needs:

Hey Mama! Let's talk about assessing your cleaning needs. As busy moms, we know that keeping our homes clean can feel like a never-ending task, and it's important to have a plan in place that works for us.

First things first, let's identify the areas of our homes that need regular cleaning. This might include the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, and so on. Think about the areas that tend to accumulate the most dirt and clutter.

Next, let's determine how often each area needs to be cleaned. For example, the kitchen might need to be cleaned daily, while the bedrooms might only need a deep clean once a week. It's important to be realistic about our cleaning schedules and consider our time and energy levels.

Finally, let's think about the time and energy required for each cleaning task. Some tasks, like vacuuming or mopping, might take longer and require more effort than others, like wiping down a countertop. By considering these factors, we can create a cleaning schedule that works for us and helps us stay on top of our cleaning tasks without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Create a Cleaning Schedule:

Let's talk about creating a cleaning schedule. I know it can feel overwhelming, but with a little planning and organization, we can make it work for us.

First, let's determine how often we need to clean each area of our home. This might include daily tasks like dishes and laundry, as well as weekly or monthly tasks like dusting and scrubbing the bathroom. By breaking down our cleaning tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, we can make it feel less daunting.

Next, let's schedule our cleaning tasks based on our availability and energy levels. For example, if we have more energy in the morning, we might schedule our cleaning tasks then. Or, if we have a busy day ahead, we might plan to do some quick cleaning tasks in the evening. It's all about finding what works for us and our family's schedule.

Remember, Mama, it's okay to be flexible and adjust our cleaning schedule as needed. Life happens, and sometimes we might need to move things around or skip a task. That's okay! The important thing is that we have a plan in place that helps us stay on top of our cleaning tasks without feeling overwhelmed.

Example of a Maintainable Cleaning Schedule


  • Make the bed.
  • Wash the dishes or load them into the dishwasher.
  • Wipe down the kitchen countertops and stove.
  • Sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas.


  • Clean the bathrooms (toilet, sink, shower/bath, mirrors).
  • Dust surfaces (including furniture and electronics).
  • Mop or vacuum all floors.
  • Change and wash bed linens.
  • Take out the trash and recycling.


  • Deep clean the kitchen (oven, fridge, microwave, etc.).
  • Deep clean the bathrooms (shower/tub grout, baseboards, etc.).
  • Dust blinds and window sills.
  • Clean any appliances that haven't been cleaned in a while (like the coffee maker or toaster).
  • Declutter any areas that have accumulated excess stuff.

Remember, Mama, this is just an example, and it's important to adjust it based on our individual needs and schedules. The key is to break down our cleaning tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks, and schedule them based on our availability and energy levels. By having a plan in place, we can stay on top of our cleaning tasks without feeling overwhelmed.

3. Create a Cleaning Checklist

It can be super helpful to have a list of all the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each area of our home, so we don't forget anything and can stay on top of things.

First, let's create a checklist of all the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each area of our home. This might include tasks like dusting, vacuuming, wiping down surfaces, and scrubbing the floors. By making a list, we can ensure we don't forget anything and can easily track our progress.

Next, let's prioritize the tasks based on their importance and frequency. For example, we might prioritize cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms because they tend to get dirtier more quickly. By prioritizing our tasks, we can ensure we're tackling the most important areas first.

It's also important to keep the checklist visible and update it regularly. This might mean hanging it on the fridge or somewhere else that we'll see it often. And as we complete tasks, we can check them off and update the list as needed.

4. Stick to Your Routine

Let's talk about sticking to our cleaning routine. It can be tough to make cleaning a habit, but with a little effort, we can do it!

First, let's make cleaning a habit by sticking to our schedule and checklist. This might mean setting a reminder on our phone or writing it down in our planner. By making it a part of our routine, it will become easier and less overwhelming over time.

To make cleaning more enjoyable, we can find ways to make it more fun! Maybe we listen to our favorite music or podcast while we clean, or we reward ourselves with a treat after completing tasks. Finding ways to make cleaning more enjoyable can make it feel less like a chore.

It's also important to adjust our routine as needed based on our lifestyle and changing cleaning needs. For example, if we have guests coming over, we might need to do a deeper clean than usual. Or, if we have a busy week ahead, we might need to adjust our cleaning schedule to fit our schedule.

Remember, Mama, it's all about finding a routine that works for us and our family's needs.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, Mama! By assessing our cleaning needs, creating a cleaning schedule, making a checklist, and sticking to our routine, we can keep our homes clean and tidy without feeling overwhelmed.

What are some of your favorite cleaning tips and tricks? Do you have any secret weapons that help you power through the mess? Let's keep the conversation going and share our cleaning hacks with each other.

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Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of Hey She Thrives, RideRambler, and The Bearded Bunch. Abbie loves helping people, whether that be with an encouraging word for fellow mamas or sharing diy tips for car restoration.

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