Speed Clean your Home in 20 Minutes (Daily Cleaning Guide)

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Cleaning up around the house can be time consuming and tedious, especially when you do it all in one day. What if we told you that there was a better way to tidy? All you have to do is break down your usual checklist into different days and you’ll be able to get more done in less time each day. We’ve put together a handy cleaning guide to help you figure out how to break up your cleaning tasks for the week, all you have to do is tailor it to fit your home and your schedule.

Every Day


While breaking most of your to-do list into smaller lists for different days is the best way to make cleaning more manageable, there are still things you’ll want to take care of every day. These are the tasks around the house that you’ll want to make sure you tackle every day:

  • Wipe down countertops and high-touch surfaces
  • Do the dishes after each meal
  • Sweep or vacuum around the kitchen and high-traffic areas
  • Make the beds in every bedroom
  • Put everything where it belongs
  • Clean the kitchen table after each meal
  • Use a squeegee or cloth to remove water after a shower or bath
  • Clean spills and sticky spots

For the remaining tasks on your regular checklist, we can break them down and assign a set of tasks to each day of the week. You’ll want to try and keep your daily cleaning tasks simple and manageable each day so that you aren’t taking up too much of your time each day. You can follow our basic guide below, and use it to help you create your own daily checklist for the week.




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On Mondays, you can keep things simple and make sure your home is tidy and ready for the week ahead. Try sticking to these tasks:

  • Dust around the living room, from ceilings to baseboards
  • Clean glass surfaces and mirrors
  • Load and run the dishwasher
  • Pick up clothing and do laundry for the week.




On Tuesdays, you can tackle some of the crud and clutter from around the house.

  • Declutter and throw away expired food
  • Empty trashcans around the house
  • Clean the sinks and toilets
  • Mop or vacuum all the floors and carpets




woman carrying a pile of towels while doing laundry at home


Wednesdays are great for mid-week tidying and making sure everyone in the home knows to keep it clean.

  • Dust and wipe down cabinets
  • Organize the paper clutter around the house (bills, mail, cards, etc.)
  • Wash and fold/ rehang towels
  • Pick up kids’/pets’ toys from around the house and put them away




On Thursdays you can make sure both the inside and outside of the home look their best and get some attention.

  • Clean in and around the microwave
  • Fold up and put away/reset throw blankets and pillows in the living room
  • Clean the shower or tub
  • Tidy up around the garage and front porch




Woman Removes Trash Bag From Can


Finally, Fridays are perfect for making sure the house is ready for the weekend and for potential guests or just resetting for the next week ahead.

  • Organize the fridge and pantry
  • Take out the trash from around the house for the week
  • Wash and refresh bathmats and curtains
  • Sanitize and disinfect high-touch items (phones, remote lights, etc.)


Don’t Forget Deep Cleans


When you need to give your home a little extra care and attention throughout the week, that’s okay. Every home is different and some may require more upkeep and care than others. Here are a few more in-depth cleaning tasks you can add to your daily routine when you need a deeper clean:

  • Get rid of musty smells in the dishwasher and washing machine by cleaning them
  • Empty out the fridge and freezer and clean the shelves and drawers
  • Move and clean under large furniture
  • Clean and degrease the inside of the oven and your range hood
  • Clean and descale hot water kettles and coffee makers
  • Wash your bedding and deodorize the mattress
  • Check and clear the house’s gutters
  • Wash and clean the windows
  • Clean outdoor furniture and cooking surfaces


Quick Tips and Tricks


Mother and daughter picking up toys from container


Now that you have a general idea of how you can create your daily cleaning checklist for you home, you’re well on your way to living clean. But how can you further simplify the cleaning process around the house? Allow us to offer some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping cleaning easy each week:

  • Keep cleaning supplies in the bathrooms for easier access
  • Clean up as you cook
  • Have laundry baskets handy in bathrooms and or bedrooms
  • Stick to a no-shoes policy to minimize dirt and mud around the house
  • Keep clutter off kitchen counters
  • Take the extra minute to put things away when you’re finished with them
  • Put away and hang clothes as soon as they’re clean
  • Multitask as much as possible when cleaning
  • Teach kids to put their toys away when they’re done playing
  • Consider investing in tools like a robot vacuum or self-cleaning litter box
  • Have shower cleaner at the ready when you’re done bathing




What is a house cleaning checklist?

A house cleaning checklist is a wonderful and effective way to keep tasks organized and clear when cleaning up around the house. It is also a great way to get everyone involved by dividing tasks by room or by difficulty so that even kids can help out.


How do I make a daily cleaning checklist?

You can create your own daily cleaning checklist by looking around each room to see what needs to be done, writing them down in a list, and then dividing tasks by frequency, how long they’ll take to finish, or by family member.


What is the 20-10 method of cleaning?

You can follow the 20-10 method, created by Rachel Hoffman, by working on your cleaning tasks for 20 minutes and then taking a 10 minute break before starting your next set of tasks. This is a great way to stay motivated and focused on cleaning when you have a lot to tackle.


How can I clean my room in 15 minutes?

The best way to clean up any room in 15 minutes is by picking up clothes, putting items back where they belong, gathering bits of trash, resetting pillows and blankets or making the bed, wiping down surfaces, and sweeping or vacuuming. A quick 15 minute tidy is a good way to make sure your home looks more presentable and ready for potential guests.


What are the 8 steps in cleaning?


Mother with her little daughter is indoors at home together


The 8 steps you can follow for cleaning any room are:

  • Have all your tools and supplies ready
  • Tackle the clutter
  • Dust and vacuum from top to bottom
  • Wipe down surfaces and clean glass an mirrors
  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces and items
  • Scrub toilets, sinks, and tubs
  • Sweep and mop in that order
  • Make sure everything is in its proper place


How do I clean my whole house?

To clean your whole house, work efficiently by starting with bathrooms, then the kitchen, hallways and entries, the living room, and finally bedrooms. You’ll also want to make sure to clean the home and each room from top to bottom to ensure that there is no residual dust and debris after you’ve finished.


How can I clean my house in 10 minutes?

If you’re in a hurry and need to clean your whole home in 10 minutes, here is what you should prioritize:

  • Clear and wipe kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Dust lights, shelves, baseboards and other clear surfaces
  • Spray or apply cleaner to showers/tubs and toilets and allow it to soak while you clean the sinks and mirrors.
  • If you have time, do a sweep or vacuum around the entryways and carpets.


We hope this little guide helps you keep your home looking and feeling tidier throughout the week. Remember that you can change and organize your list however you need to so that it fits your home and schedule. How does your checklist look? What kinds of cleaning tasks do you include in your daily cleaning routine? Share your routine and even your best tips and tricks with us in the comments below, we love to see how you stay tidy!


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