Basic Cleaning Schedule

This is a basic schedule for those who need more specific instruction on daily cleaning and chores. After you use it a while, you will be able to tailor it to fit your own use. You are most welcome to print this out for your personal use.

You can break down your schedule into smaller increments of time, but this basic schedule gives you more wiggle room!

And speaking of schedules …. you can find all kinds of useful printables for FREE at donnayoung.org. I’ve used her printables for many years. The one I picture here is her Dated Block Calendar, but she has lots and lots of styles and different forms.


Before going to bed in the evening:

* all dishes should be washed and put away
* pack lunches and refrigerate
* set breakfast table with dishes and vitamins
* set out all pans and utensils needed for breakfast
* give a quick straighten all rooms


6 a.m.

* make bed [wash sheets on one particular day of the week such as Tuesdays, blankets during your fall or spring cleaning]
* personal grooming
* After your shower: clean bathroom mirror, sink, counter top, tub, toilet, straighten bottles and shower curtain, put out fresh towels, bring all laundry out, take out trash, replace trash bag, wipe down the floor with a damp towel
* Start a load of laundry
* Wake children, make beds, pick up clothes, children’s grooming.

Between 7 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
* personal morning devotional and prayer
* breakfast. wipe down table, counter tops, straighten table. Get the children to help! Some families have devotions at the table together.
* Every day: vacuum, sweep and dust, have the children do their rooms.
* As a family: hang out laundry, iron, mend, bake, garden
* School – either transport or homeschool
* Project time: canning, quilting, needlework, laundry folding and putting away if needed

Clean Up Call at 11:30
* All items out must be put away at this time
* Prepare lunch

12 noon
* Lunch, reading time, outside play, clean up for lunch, wash dishes.

Between 1 and 4:30 p.m.
* quiet time, naps, personal devotional time, diary or journal writing. We draw the curtains and have the house very quiet at this time, we avoid interruptions.
* sewing time
* homework hour
* evening chores
* personal time for children, or play time

The 10 Minute Tidy™ Time – 4:30 p.m.
* All items left out are put away at this time, house is straightened, papers and books put away.
* Supper prep

6:00 p.m.
* Supper and clean up
* clear supper dishes, wipe down the table, vacuum or sweep under the table
* put away food, make lunches for those who take a lunch
* dry and put away dishes, set the table for breakfast
* wipe down dish drainer, counter tops, stove
* clean sink, sweep and damp mop the floor, set out fresh dish towels

6:30 until bedtime
* clean up call for the house
* baths
* teeth
* prayers and story time
* reading for older children
* family time
* bedtime

3 Responses to Basic Cleaning Schedule

  1. K Kuchiya says:

    This list will definitely come in handy once our kids are back from boarding school. Thank you.

  2. Ginger G says:

    Whew! It doesn’t seem like a lot when you are doing it, but on paper… Thanks for the list, I can certainly use this when things seem to be spiraling out of control.

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