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Whether it’s the start of the school year or planning for family to stay with you over the holidays, life is busy and cleaning is hard! Having an organized, easy way to clean your house- and keep it clean!- can make all the difference. So check out these ideas for how to clean your house on autopilot- weekly cleaning schedule!

In my postpartum survival post, I mentioned that I have a routine for my housework, laundry, and such. I thought I would share it with you too. Why not share my wealth of knowledge with the world?

Haha just kidding! I have no wealth of knowledge, just a schedule that helps me stay on top of things and be able to enjoy my time more.

I’m a busy Mom with 5 kids, and this is how I stay out of survival mode.

Without further ado, here ‘tis.

Monday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Sweep floors
  2. Swiffer floors
  3. Do white laundry
  4. Take out trash at night (Tuesday morning is our trash day, so adjust that to your trash day if need be.)

Tuesday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Dust all rooms
  2. Clean microwave if needed
  3. Bring in trash cans
  4. Do colored laundry

Wednesday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Bathrooms (my least favorite thing!)
  2. Kids laundry

Thursday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Clean out fridge if needed
  2. Meal plan (make my grocery list based on the meals I’m making for the next week)
  3. Do the towels (all the towels. Bath towels (adults and kids), hand towels, washcloths, rags used in cleaning, dishcloths, dish towels, etc.)

Friday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Vacuum
  2. Grocery Shopping
  3. Do sheets (Again, kids and adults)

Saturday Cleaning Tasks

  1. Maintain (minor picking up and wiping down and such)
  2. Kids’ laundry again (because they go through a lot of clothes!)
  3. Grocery shopping (AGAIN?! Didn’t you just do that yesterday? Well, I have it on both days just in case Friday is a little too crazy, or other things come up. Especially with 5 kids, sometimes it’s easier to wait until Saturday when I can go alone, and my husband can be home with them.)
  4. Clean out the car (I try to throw away trash as soon as we get home after each trip, but kids like to leave things in cars, so it’s nice to have a day dedicated to getting it clean again) Check out more of our tips on cleaning cars here.

Everyday Cleaning Tasks

  1. 1 load of laundry at least, more if needed (like if my son decides to take his diaper off during his nap and poop in his bed.)
  2. Unload dishwasher
  3. Help my daughter pick up her toys
  4. Make bed (this has helped me soooo much! I feel much calmer and more productive throughout the day if I get up and make my bed in the morning.)

Every Night Chores

  1. Wipe down kitchen counters
  2. Sweep kitchen and living room
  3. Pick up toys
  4. Start dishwasher

My daughter also has chores every day since she is old enough to help out. (She is 9 now, but started having a schedule and chores around age 3). Every day she has to make her bed and do one other chore. We have a small vacuum that she uses on the bathroom floors, and she helps dust (she does her toy box).

She also does “Disneyland Chores” throughout the day to earn money for her fund to go to Disneyland. Kids love incentives, so you could add chores to a free printable monthly chore chart with your own prizes. It really does help many kids stay motivated!

And my son is supposed to help clean up his toys. Some days that works great! And others not so much haha.

Weekly Housekeeping Schedule Infographic

Since the time of posting, my bigger kids have been helping more with these tasks. It has helped to start them early!

Is there anything that I need to add? Let me know in the comments!


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