Have a clean home in an hour a day with this epic cleaning schedule

Is it possible to have a clean home in an hour per day?

It is totally possible to have a clean home in an hour per day.  My cleaning schedule works for even the most hectic households.  As a stay-at-home mom with three kids at home all day long I can promise we create a lot of messes and yet I am still able to maintain a clean home.

There are several things that go into keeping a clean home, which will be addressed in this post and I will also provide a FREE printable cleaning schedule at the end so don’t forget to download it.

Why you don’t already have a Clean Home?

First we need to address why we are having a problem with the upkeep.  I’ve found that it is usually one of two problems.  Either you have too much stuff and have become overwhelmed or you aren’t using your time in the best ways.

The good news is both of these are totally fixable things.

However in order for a real change to take place we have to acknowledge the areas where we are struggling and decide to put in the work.

It will be work.  Raising children and running a home is work.  Real work.  You can either do the work or use an excuse as to why it’s not getting done.

“Excuse the mess the children are making memories” immediately comes to my mind.  

If you want a messy home that’s your deal, but if you are reading this post I imagine that you have found yourself pretty tired of living in a mess.  Kids are messy.  When you are at home with your kids all day your house is going to take the brunt of your children’s messy nature.  It’s okay.  Kids can still be kids and you can still have a clean home.  

The two CAN go together.

Change your view on a clean home

You need to get all these excuses out of your mind.  Today’s society has made it appropriate for us to have messy homes because we are just too busy.  That’s just not true y’all.  We aren’t too busy.  We just prioritize it so low on the chart.

Change the way you think about homemaking.  Stop looking at cleaning as a burden and start seeing it as a blessing that you have a home to maintain.  A safe, clean place for your children to grow up.  An inviting place for friends and family to visit.  An oasis for you in this crazy world we live in.

The difference between clutter, mess and dirt

Clutter are things you dont need that are taking up space in your home and mind.  

Mess are things you use that have managed to get out of their “homes”.

Dirty is a lack of cleanliness, gime, filth, and trash.

Clutter and messes are not ideal but they are liveable.  Dirtiness is never okay.  

Who cares if your home is dirty?

I care if my home is dirty.  I can literally feel my anxiety creeping up with the level of cleanliness in my house.  

I don’t want my baby playing on a dirty floor or my big girls having nowhere to do homework or play.

My husband, who works outside the home, should be able to come home to a place where he can relax.

 How to Make a Personalized Cleaning Schedule 

I will be including the exact cleaning schedule I use at the bottom of this post but this is how you can set up a schedule tailored specifically towards you.


Start off by thinking of all the chores that need to be done each week in order to keep your house CLEAN.  Not picked up but CLEAN.  Like mopping, toilet scrubbing and baseboard cleaning.  Decide how often these need to be done and then organize all your chores throughout the week.


Next you want to think of things that you want done every single day.  These should be things like making the beds, doing the dishes, picking up the kids toys and in my case vacuuming.  Any picking up needs to be done daily, not weekly.  You should never let a mess go unattended for a week.


Finally you want to assess your time.  Are these tasks better done first thing in the morning, during nap time or at night?  Mine is a combination of all three.  This works out great for me because my 16 month old isn’t a huge fan of not having mommy’s undivided attention for too long a stretch of time.

Put it all together

A cleaning schedule is meant to make things easier for you.  It should free up your time.  It should give you more of those fun mess making times with your kids and less time doing household tasks.  It does not have to be complex.  In fact it should be as simple as possible. 

Here’s what my cleaning schedule looks like

Daily AM : Make beds, empty dishwasher, put in laundry and fold loads in the dryer, feed the animals, run the roomba

M – Wash kids bedding.  Deep clean kids bedrooms

T- Deep clean bathrooms

W- Deep clean playroom

T- Deep clean master bedroom 

F- Wash master bedroom bedding.

S- Clean out the car.  Any outdoor chores.

Daily PM : Load dishwasher, vacuum, pick up playroom.

Less than an hour a day and my house is always clean.  I try to keep things picked up during the day as well.   

I have the kids help with various chores and our minimal playroom makes cleaning up a breeze.

I love having a cleaning schedule because if my husband is home and wants to help he can always check out the list and know what needs to be done. That totally NEVER happens but hey, I can dream right!! I love that even if something crazy comes up and I have to miss deep cleaning the kitchen one week I at least know it was done the week before.

I love not having to do tasks all day every day

I want my kids to see that I keep a clean home but I don’t want to miss time with them in order to do so.  I want to be able to schedule a last min playdate and not have to skip it because my house is a wreck.  I want to feel like I can take care of my family AND my home and not have to choose one over the other.  I want cleaning my home to take less time.

So are you ready to make a cleaning schedule and stick to it??

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  • Stacy June 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Great Idea, bringing in a simple structure to cleaning would make it so much easier!

  • Monique June 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This seems like a great way to organize your chores! I’ll have To try it out.

  • Victoria with One Sharp Mama June 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Great suggestions. I’m going to put them in to practice and see if it helps

  • Kathleen June 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I love this!!! I wish I could be as dedicated as you! I had a whole schedule written out and everything but our problem is execution! It sounds so simple just being 1 hour a day!

    • TheGracefulOlive June 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      I like having a schedule because when its broken out by day, if you miss one its not that big of a deal to pick up the slack the day before. Or if I know I’m going to be busy tomorrow I can do it today instead.

  • Melanie Sparks June 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Great way to keep it simple and organized 🙂

  • Lisa June 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    These are great tips. If the house is messy, I am the only one that gets stressed about it so by scheduling the cleaning I can ensure it’s done and not irritating me. It is important to have cleaning/tidying chores for the kids to do as well. Giving them some tasks to be responsible for helps increase their self-esteem and awareness that a family has to all work together.

    • TheGracefulOlive June 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      I agree! My three year old has finally started picking up after herself which is awesome! Of course she has to be prompted but its still great to be able to have her help in picking up her own toys.

  • Lynn Woods June 29, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I really need to find balance in cleaaning. I either end up cleaning every day or spend a whole weekend day cleaning.

    • TheGracefulOlive July 4, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      That’s the worst! To feel like you wasted a whole day cleaning!

  • Cara Newhart June 30, 2017 at 4:03 am

    These are some great tips! Structure doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m hoping to be better at it!

    XO, Cara

  • Andi July 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This is great! I just posted about scheduling summer cleaning this week. Having a schedule is huge especially when littles are around!

    • TheGracefulOlive July 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Yes! Otherwise the kids and the mess take over and make you crazy!

  • Emma Kelley January 31, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Awesome! I am just re-working my cleaning schedule, and this is really going to help me. Thanks, The Graceful Olive!

    • TheGracefulOlive February 23, 2018 at 2:24 am

      Glad to help! We recently just had a ton of renovations done so I am going to have to rework mine as well!

  • Bond Cleaners Brisbane June 10, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Awesome article on keeping your home clean, loved it.

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    I’m wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to three little girls: Everleigh, Magnolia & Juniper. I LOVE motherhood, holidays and hot chocolate. I crave efficiency and NEED to figure out the easiest and best way to do EVERYTHING. Life is short & I refuse to waste it on being boring.


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