30 minutes to freedom: Your daily cleaning schedule

While you can’t avoid cleaning altogether, you can cut down on the time it takes to get the job done!

Instead of leaving all the house cleaning for a full day, try breaking it up into smaller increments. By doing your cleaning routine bit by bit, the job won’t seem as long or tedious. At the end of each week, you’ll have a clutter-free masterpiece on your hands.


This is probably your least favorite room to clean. It takes a little effort to scrub the toilet and clean the grout, but it will all be worth it. Once that’s done, purge any items you no longer have use for. Start by looking under the sink, then move on to the medicine cabinet.

Think of vacuuming as a great way to exercise; the faster you move, the better! While you’re traveling from room to room, clear the clutter and put items back where they belong.



Clean kitchen appliances
Wipe down all appliances from the inside out. They may not look dirty, but many appliances have handles, switches, or buttons where spilled food or grease can accumulate. When you’re all done, take inventory of small kitchen appliances and gadgets you no longer need, want or use. If it works but you don’t use it, donate it!

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Mop floors
While mopping seems like a straightforward chore, remember these tips: always use hot water, be sure to rinse the mop frequently and mop from one end of the room to the other. You’ll save time in the long run!


Clean mirrors and windows
With this cleaning schedule, you need to make every second count. Try using a coffee filter instead of paper towels. Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows and mirrors sparkling. Say goodbye to residue!

Tidy closets
Hang, fold, or wash items on the floor. If you come across any items you no longer wear, give them a new home by donating them to a local charity.


Clean out fridge
The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home, and it deserves some TLC at least once a week. Wipe up spills and check for leaks. Be sure to throw out anything past its prime!

Change bed linens
Your bed is where you begin and end the day, so why not make it the cleanest and most comfortable spot in your home? It’s always a good idea to wash bedding once a week to eliminate dirt, dust and allergens.

Clean bedroom


Friday is devoted to one chore: laundry. To save time, make sure you have two laundry baskets: one for whites, and one for colors. That way, when Friday rolls around everything will already be sorted for you!

Do you postpone your entire cleaning routine, or would you rather do a little bit every day? Let us know what you prefer and why.

Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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