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The Daily 5 Cleaning System

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I’ve tried a lot of cleaning strategies and schedules over the years in my effort to find a system that helps me keep my home clean. Though I am a creature of habit, the regular schedules where you do specific jobs on certain days (e.g. clean bathrooms every Monday) never seem to work for the long-term for me since circumstances outside my control or other schedule demands always seem to interfere.

Snow days, chaperoning field trips, unexpected car trouble that requires a trip to the shop–any number of things can occur that cause me to shuffle the schedule. And because I’m a creature of habit, once the schedule is thrown off, I have a hard time getting back on track.

The Daily 5 Cleaning System

So, I developed a system of my own that gives me the consistency I crave but also allows for adjustments without making me feel like I’ve fallen behind. I call it the Daily 5 Cleaning System. We all know that keeping a house clean is far easier than getting a house clean.

However, once I started working I realized I didn’t have an hour or two each day to devote to cleaning. I can always find 5 minutes though. That is why every task on the Daily 5 Cleaning List is one that can be done in 5 minutes.

To keep your entire house clean, you’ll need to tackle about 5 of these tasks each day so that you can accomplish all of them on a weekly basis. On days you have a solid 25-minute block of time, you can knock out all 5 at once. On busier days, you might have to do spread them out throughout the day when you can fit them in.

Don’t forget to recruit other family members. If you are married with two kids, your husband and kids can each take one task a day, leaving you with only two! 

Of course, if you live in a really big house, you might need to choose more than 5 total tasks each day since you’ll have more rooms to clean which is when those extra helpers will really come in handy.

printable Daily 5 Cleaning List

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22 thoughts on “The Daily 5 Cleaning System”

  1. I tried many times to print the Daily 5. But I subscribed and went into the link that was emailed to me for free printables. Every time I find the Daily 5 and try to print it, it asks me to subscribe again! So frustrated I finally had to give up. Looks awesome though.

    • Hi Cheryl, I’m so sorry! Thank you so much for letting me know. That is NOT how the system is supposed to work! I will email you the PDF directly and then figure out why it is looping like that!

        • There are 2 links that shows, one is for the printable link and one is for the post explaining the printable. The printable link will take you to the download. The post explaining the printable link will take you back to the printable. Make sure you click on the printable link to be taken to the download. If you still need help, let me know.

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  6. I’m older and suffering short term memory loss which makes it hard for me to focus. Housecleaning has been frustrating but with your check-off lists I’ve been doing much better in less time! Thank you so much!

    • Micala, I’m so glad! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and let me know you’ve found the checklist helpful. Have a great day!

  7. I’m going to have to snatch a print out of this. It might help with 11 people living in the house! Wish me luck!

  8. Very good! Believe it or not, I have tried very many ways of tackling cleaning tasks over the years in our house hold and nothing seemed to work.. But I am always game for trying a new method 🙂 Thank you!

  9. This is a great list. And even though I would much rather pay someone to come in and do all this for me, I have to wait until I hit the lottery for that 🙂

  10. Hi Corinne – I hate cleaning as much as the next gal, but this checklist makes it seem quick and easy and a little bit at a time makes it much more manageable. Hugs, Holly

  11. I love this list. I could incorporate some of it into my daily cleaning. I am a like a woman on Little House on the Prairie – I have a chore for each day! Thanks for sharing this.

  12. I have a hard time with the “weekly” chores too! I am trying to come up with my own list of what will actually work long term. I am determined to have a clean house this year! 🙂

  13. Good list! We’ve made our own little cleaning schedule too. And why is it so hard to get back on schedule once it is thrown off?!


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