Time Saving Daily Cleaning Checklist

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated June 29, 2021
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Keeping your home clean is easier and more manageable when you use a daily cleaning checklist

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Nothing feels better than a tidy home. Everything is in its proper place, and your decluttered living space results in a decluttered mind, allowing you to relax after a long day. As we all know, if you take just a few days off from cleaning, things pile up fast. That’s why it’s a good idea to use a daily cleaning checklist. Whether you’re spring cleaning your home or just want to establish an efficient cleaning routine, having a sparkling home will make you feel good every single day.

Step-by-Step Daily Cleaning Checklist

With work, kids, family, and friends (not to mention that crucial “me” time), cleaning often gets put on the backburner. But this daily cleaning checklist will help you stay on top of things so you don’t have to spend hours (or days) playing catch up. 

In addition, we’ve added some bonus chores you can quickly get done on the weekend. Follow this checklist, and you’re well on your way to having a virtually spotless home.


You should start in the kitchen because this room is constantly getting dirty and needs the most attention. If you aren't able to get to all of the other rooms in your house before the end of the day, at least make sure you get the kitchen done.

The biggest part of this job is loading dishes and taking out the garbage, but cleaning your counters will have a big impact as well.

Here’s a daily cleaning checklist for the kitchen:

Bonus weekend chores:

  • Throw out old food in the fridge

  • Sweep/vacuum/mop depending on surface


The bathrooms are another area of high usage in your home, so clean them as often as possible. Make this your second priority after the kitchen.

Here’s a daily cleaning checklist for the bathroom:

  • Put used towels in the dirty laundry

  • Wipe down toilet with antibacterial cleaner 

  • Wipe down sink and any surfaces with antibacterial cleaner 

  • Clean mirrors

Bonus weekend chores:

  • Scrub the walls of the shower and the bathtub

  • Mop the floor

  • Empty waste baskets if full

  • Sweep/vacuum/mop depending on surface


With the kitchen and bathrooms spotless, it's time to take care of the bedroom. A clean and tidy bedroom creates a calm and relaxing living space where you can unwind and sleep easier.

Here’s a daily cleaning checklist for the bedroom:

  • Pick up anything on the floor—clothes, books, etc.—and put in their proper place

  • Make the bed and straighten pillows

Bonus weekend chores:

  • Do the laundry

  • Dust surfaces

  • Empty waste baskets if full

  • Sweep/vacuum/mop depending on surface

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Living Room

The living room doesn't need as much maintenance, but it's good to take a few simple steps to keep it looking tidy. After all, it's where you spend that all-important family time, so you don't want clutter interfering with your evening.

Here’s a daily cleaning checklist for the living room:

  • Tidy the area (remove toys, clutter, etc.)

  • Straighten any pillows and fold blankets

Bonus weekend chores:

Dining Room

Your dining room can also become a hotspot for clutter and grime, so be sure to give this area a once-over during your routine as well.

Here’s a daily cleaning checklist for the dining room:

  • Put away any items that don't belong in the room

  • Clear the table of any dishes or clutter

Bonus weekend chores:

  • Wipe down the table with furniture polish or an all-purpose cleaner, depending on the surface

  • Put the tablecloth in the laundry if dirty

  • Sweep/vacuum/mop depending on surface

Clean Home, Happy Homeowner

If you're still spending hours per week cleaning, even with this checklist, maybe it's time to think about hiring a professional. Maid services will do all the dusting, sweeping, mopping, and more for you, leaving you free to relax and spend time on other things.

Find cleaning services near you and get some quotes (the average cost of a single maid service is $170) to help you get ahead of the cleaning. It could change your life for the better.

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