The routine that will give you your weekends back

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The routine that will give you your weekends back

Weekends should be for recharging, not for catching up on work we did not get to during the week. This includes housework. While we like the end result, cleaning the house is not a fun or relaxing endeavour. To get to your housework to-dos before the weekend, commit to cleaning for 15 to 20 minutes five days a week. Then welcome freedom — and a tidy home — when Friday night comes.

Cleaning as Part of Your Daily Routine

Do these tasks every day to stay on top of messes. These should be considered daily habits and not necessarily part of your 20 minutes of cleaning a day. Each should only take a few minutes anyway:

  • Wash dishes after each meal;
  • Wipe the table after each meal;
  • Wipe down kitchen counters;
  • Put things back where they belong after you’re done with them (cushions, remotes, sorted piles of mail, purchases, backpacks or purses);
  • Sweep or use a cordless vacuum on the kitchen floor and any other heavily trafficked spots;
  • Squeegee the shower doors, walls, and floors after every shower;
  • Wipe down wet bathroom counters.

    Then Once a Week, Tackle These Areas

    Spend up to 20 minutes a day on one or a combination of the following tasks:

  • Wiping glass and mirrors in the bathrooms and elsewhere;
  • Dusting;
  • Vacuuming carpets;
  • Wet mopping hard floors;
  • Cleaning bathroom counters and toilets;
  • Cleaning out the fridge;
  • Tackling clutter hot spots;
  • Deeper cleaning of kitchen appliances;
  • Deeper cleaning of the bathrooms (showers, sinks, tubs, fixtures);
  • Add laundry as needed, keeping loads small as much as possible and completing the cycle.

    Following is a sample schedule. Power through one like it during the week and say hello to housework-free weekends.


    Dust and clean glass and mirrors throughout the house.


    Clean out the fridge and clean kitchen appliances.


    Vacuum carpets throughout the house.


    Wet mop hard floors throughout.


    Deeper cleaning of bathrooms and tackling clutter hot spots.


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