Creating a Cleaning Schedule for a Busy Lifestyle

It can be difficult to keep things clean when you’re raising kids and trying to hold a household together. Maybe feeding everyone and keeping them from hurting themselves or each other feels like a more important use of your time than cleaning. Or, maybe every time you do a steam mop, someone spills something on the floors, so cleaning almost feels pointless. We get it. While delegating sanitizing and cleaning chores to a professional house cleaning service in your neighbouring areas such as Maids or UrbanMop can be ideal, you can implement efficient and quick cleaning tips between your meetings and children pickups to declutter and organize your living space to some extent. 

Creating a cleaning schedule

That said, there are plenty of ways to create a cleaning schedule that fits your hectic lifestyle. Here are five tips that help you have the clean house you want and deserve:

Don’t try to do it all at once


Maybe at some point in your life, you did all of your house cleanings at once. You swept, mopped, dusted, and vacuumed while the dishwasher and washing machine ran simultaneously. You cleaned the bathroom, then the kitchen, and maybe even washed some windows. You folded laundry, put away dishes, then kicked back and admired your work.

The all-at-once cleaning approach is satisfying but unrealistic for most busy people. Let go of thinking that you can’t clean anything until you can clean everything. That attitude will keep you from cleaning what you can when you can.

Build mini-cleaning sessions into your regular schedule

Keep glass and sink cleaners under each bathroom sink and clean the mirror and sink after a shower or brushing your teeth whenever you notice them looking dirty. Clean the kitchen sink after you do dishes, and if you have to mop up a spill, go ahead and use that as a reason to mop the whole floor. Spot cleaning as you go might not be as satisfying as a big clean, but it can be just as effective over time.

Vacuum everything


Vacuums are almost magical. Yes, they can be used to clean carpeting, but that’s not all. With the right attachments, vacuums can be used to clean wood and tile floors, furniture, curtains, and even tabletops. Sucking up loose crumbs and dust makes a room look cleaner instantly when using the best vacuum cleaner.

Enlist the kids’ help

If your kids are young, they might not be able to polish silver quite yet. But if they’re old enough to walk, talk, and pick things up, they can help with putting away toys and decluttering. Frame it as a fun game and they won’t even realize they’re doing work!

Multitask when you can


There’s nothing wrong with folding clothes or organizing a junk drawer’s contents while watching a movie. If you have to be in the kitchen to wait for the water to boil anyway, you might as well use that time to wipe down the countertops. Multitasking is your friend.

We understand that keeping a clean house can be difficult when you feel like you’re being pulled in several directions. It’s still possible to fit cleaning in here and there, and the results are definitely worth the effort.


  • Marie Blake

    October 31 at 10:18 am

    It’s definitely hard to juggle it all! There’s some great tips here though, can’t wait until Jasmine can help

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    October 31 at 9:38 pm

    I try to do 1 room/ area a day during the week and don’t do as much on weekends. It works for us.

    1. Sabina Green

      November 7 at 8:15 pm

      I have been trying to work to this too which definitely helps, it’s fruitless at a weekend when the husband and kids are around anyway 🙂

  • karen reekie

    November 3 at 6:42 pm

    I think for me, clean as I go helps. I am lucky to have someone who comes to clean for us once a week, but there is still always cleaning to be done, with kids around.

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