The Ultimate List of House Chores for Busy Moms

Keeping your house clean when you have kids at home can sometimes seem like an impossible task. But there is a way to stay on top of your cleaning chores without going crazy!

Using a whole-home cleaning schedule is an easy way to stay organized and keep your house clean on a regular basis.

With the help of this list of house chores, you can ensure your home stays neat and clean from week to week.

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What is a Cleaning Schedule?

Using a cleaning schedule is one of the best ways to keep your home clean.

A cleaning schedule is a list of household chores you do each day, week, and month to stay on top of typical household dirt and grime.

That’s because the schedule is designed to help you keep your home clean with minimal effort.

When you create a cleaning schedule, you outline a list of house chores that need to be completed each day, allowing you to see exactly what tasks need to be finished on a regular basis.

The schedule lists a set of cleaning chores that need to be taken care of every day. After those daily chores are finished, you’ll put your focus on one room per day, deep cleaning just that space.

And you can dedicate one day per week to tackling bigger, monthly jobs to ensure your house stays neat and clean throughout the year.

As you’re putting together your own cleaning schedule, consider which tasks you need to complete each day, week, and month. After that, you can design your own schedule to suit your home and cleaning needs.

Use this list of house chores to help you create your own daily cleaning schedule for your house.

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What House Chores Should be Done Daily?

Keeping your house clean will require you to tackle a few chores each day.

Busy areas of the home, like the kitchen and bathrooms, require more attention than other rooms of the house.

But by doing these daily cleaning chores, you’ll be able to get a handle on the dirt and grime throughout your home before it gets out of hand.

To keep your home clean, try to do these basic chores every day, then focus your attention on each room of your home:

  • Wash one load of laundry, fold it, and put it away
  • Empty wastebaskets in each room of the house
  • Clean up clutter throughout your and return everything it it’s proper location
  • Straighten the entryway
  • Sort and organize the mail
  • Clean litter boxes/pet areas

Kitchen and Dining Room

  • Unload the dishwasher and put dishes away
  • Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or wash and dry dishes
  • Wipe down the countertops and stovetop to remove crumbs and food debris
  • Empty the garbage
  • Wipe the sink and run the disposal
  • Spot clean the floor with broom and mop
  • Clean clutter off the countertops
  • Wipe of the dining table and clean crumbs from the floor

Bedrooms

  • Make the beds
  • Clear clutter off nightstands
  • Put all dirty laundry in hamper

Living Areas

  • Fold blankets and straighten pillows
  • Spot clean floors
  • Wipe off and straighten coffee table

Bathrooms

  • Wipe down sink, faucet, and countertop
  • Clean the mirror
  • Wipe toilet seat
  • Hang or fold towels
  • Put all dirty laundry in hamper
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Weekly List of House Chores

In addition to the chores you do each day, there are several cleaning tasks that should be done weekly.

Dedicating one day each week to thoroughly cleaning a room in your home will help make deep cleaning your house much easier.

Do these extra weekly chores to ensure your house stays spic and span throughout the week.

Monday: Kitchen

  • Throw out expired food and leftovers
  • Wipe refrigerator shelves
  • Clean the microwave
  • Vacuum and mop the floor
  • Wipe down cabinet doors and exterior of appliances
  • Wipe baseboards and kickboards

Tuesday: Bathrooms

  • Scrub toilet bowl, sinks, showers, and tubs
  • Wipe baseboards and trim
  • Refill soap, tissues, and toilet paper
  • Wash towels and bath rugs
  • Sweep/vacuum and mop floors

Wednesday: Living Areas

  • Dust furniture and decorations
  • Vacuum floor and furniture cushions
  • Wipe down windows and blinds
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Organize and vacuum entryway
  • Wipe mirrors and wall décor
  • Disinfect high-touch areas, like light switches and remotes
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Thursday: Master Bedroom

  • Dust furniture and decorations
  • Dust light fixture and/or ceiling fan
  • Wipe windows and mirrors
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Change sheets
  • Declutter as needed

Friday: Other Bedrooms

  • Dust furniture and decorations
  • Dust light fixture and/or ceiling fan
  • Wipe windows and mirrors
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Vacuum and mop floors
  • Change sheets
  • Declutter and put toys away as needed

Saturday: Laundry Room

  • Wipe down washer and dryer
  • Wipe mirrors and windows
  • Dust baseboards and trim
  • Sweep and mop floor
  • Declutter as needed

Monthly List of Deep Cleaning Chores

While you’ll probably focus most of your attention to those daily and weekly chores that help keep your home neat and clean, there are several other chores that need to be completed less often.

That’s why it’s a good idea to keep one day a week open to give yourself time to take care of these home maintenance tasks.

These deep cleaning chores should be completed monthly:

  • Wash out and disinfect trashcans
  • Wipe down inside of hampers
  • Clean under and behind beds
  • Wash dust ruffles, shams, and duvets
  • Wipe the inside of the drawers and nightstand
  • Vacuum or sweep basement floor
  • Vacuum or sweet garage floor
  • Clean the inside of the washing machine and dryer
  • Clean the inside of the dishwasher
  • Wipe the top of the refrigerator
  • Clean the oven
  • Scrub backsplash
  • Clean oven vent
  • Dust air vents
  • Wipe down walls
  • Wash curtains and drapes
  • Scrub blinds
  • Vacuum inside and under furniture
  • Spot treat or shampoo carpet, rugs, and upholstery
  • Clean showerhead
  • Scrub bathroom and kitchen grout and caulking
  • Wash shower curtain and liner
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These cleaning chores can be done every few months:

  • Declutter and wipe down the inside of your kitchen cabinets
  • Declutter and wipe down the pantry
  • Defrost and clean out the freezer and deep freeze
  • Declutter and clean out the bathroom cabinets and vanity
  • Declutter bedroom closets and wipe down shelves
  • Clean out and declutter playroom
  • Wash windows and window frames
  • Change furnace filter
  • Check smoke alarm batteries
  • Flip or rotate mattresses
  • Wash pillows

Tips for Completing House Chores

After scanning this big list of house chores, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why it’s important to come up with a system that works for you and your family.

These easy tips will help you overcome the overwhelm and get started on your own household chores.

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Create a cleaning schedule

To ensure you get everything done each day, start by getting organized.

Sit down and make a list of everything that needs to be completed each day, week, and month in your house. Then create a doable schedule that you know you can stick to.

After that, dedicate 30 minutes per day to checking those chores off your list.

Make a cleaning caddy

Cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning by organizing your cleaning supplies in one handy location.

Grab a bucket or caddy and fill it with your most-used cleaning supplies, including a multi-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, dusting spray, microfiber cloth, scrub brush, squeegee, and a roll of paper towels.

Place the caddy in the same spot as your vacuum, broom, and mop so that everything you need to start cleaning is in one central location.

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Get the whole family involved

One of the best ways to stay on top of all your house chores is to get everyone involved.

Create a list of age-appropriate daily chores for your kids to do and ask your partner to help out to ensure you aren’t the only one tackling the daily to-do list.


Need more chore ideas?
Our ultimate age appropriate chores for kids guide has a list of chores for every age from toddlers through teens and ideas for making chores more fun for everyone.


The bottom line is, your list of house chores doesn’t have to overwhelm or consume you.

Take it step-by-step and follow this plan of daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks and before you know it you’ll have a cleaning system that works for you!

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