Sunday, April 1, 2012

Detailed Housecleaning, Week 2 ~ The Bedroom


I'm so pleased with the positive feedback that my house cleaning schedule has received so far.
This week we will be cleaning the bedroom.
Now I have 3 bedrooms, but like I said in an earlier post, the kids are responsible for their own rooms, so I only do the main bedroom. You can apply this to each bedroom, although it would take more time and be more work.

This is a schedule that I've been devising and tweaking for a while now until it was something that was easy for me to work with, and to stick with...and I think I have it just about right.

First of all...why do I need a list? I am a terrible procrastinator, and will put things off and put things off until they are just not done at all.
What works to motivate me and get me going are lists. I make lists for all kinds of things, but it wasn't until I put together this housecleaning list that I felt I really had a handle on my home and it's organization.

My inspiration for my housecleaning comes from the Flylady website. I followed it for a while, and while some of it worked for me...some of it just didn't. So I took what I learned from it, and tweaked it to fit into my life.

Now before we start, I will explain the basics of it. I have 5 areas/rooms in my home: our main bedroom, the bathroom, the kitchen, the dining area, and the living room (I don't clean the kid's rooms...they are old enough and responsible for their own spaces)....and each week I work on a different room and do a detailed cleaning which I divide up all through the week. Then there are certain chores that are done every day of the week, and finally there are certain chores that I do once a week on a particular day.

How did I come up with the chores for the detailed cleaning? I stood in each room of my house and asked myself, "If I were to do a thorough cleaning in this room right now, what all would I need to do?" I then sat down, wrote out each chore that would need to be done, then divided the chores throughout the week.

I sounds confusing, but I will list each thing I do every day. It will also look like a LOT of work..but once you get into the routine, it really only takes no more than about an hour.

I go into a little more detail about how to get into this routine and how certain things are done here:

Just a couple other things before we start.

HOT SPOT is an area in a room that is the most cluttered. I always do the visible hot spots first, like tabletops...and if there isn't any visible clutter, I will work on a hidden hot spot, like a drawer or cabinet. So when it's time to clean a hot spot for 5 minutes...I look around, and just straighten the messiest spot in a room.

DECLUTTERING is done each day in a different area of the house. For this, I set a time for 15 minutes, and straighten a room. Get stuff out of there that doesn't belong, throw out garbage, put things where they go. 

  • Dishes (Load dishwasher and run it before bed, empty it in the morning.)
  • Fill pet dishes/ check and clean cat litter
  • Wash, dry and put away one load of laundry
  • Wipe bathroom (spray sink, faucet and toilet...wipe clean (disinfecting wipes work great too). Swish inside toilet with toilet brush)
  • Vacuum (don't move furniture, just do around everything. I have 2 cats, a dog, a 12 and 17 year old, a 6 month old and a husband....I HAVE to vacuum every day haha!)
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed I make sure the kitchen table, the kitchen counter and living room coffee and end tables are clutter free)
  • Monday: Change and/or wash bedding
  • Tuesday: Dust surfaces (I feather dust everything in the whole house, shelves, knick knacks, lampshades, etc. When I think it needs it, or I have time...I use furniture polish and do tabletops, etc.)
  • Wednesday: Empty all garbage (Bathroom and bedroom cans are emptied, kitchen garbage goes out if full....anything else that has been set aside that needs to go out....gets put in garbage cans in the garage.
  • Thursday: Clean mirrors and glass (Spray and wipe all mirrors, spot clean the inside of each window in the house)
  • Friday: Purge mail and magazines (go through all the mail is laying around, throw out what is junk. Go through magazines and newspapers and throw out what has been read....straighten what you are keeping)

Oh anyone still with me??? Haha! I PROMISE....this is MUCH easier than it looks.


To put it simply....the hot spots, decluttering, daily and weekly cleaning are ongoing upkeep, while you are concentrating on doing a thorough cleaning during the week in a particular room.
Easy peasy! ;p

This week....I am cleaning in the BEDROOM.

Ready? Here we go!


  • Change/wash bedding
  • Flip mattress
  • Clean off any bedroom shelves (move things, dust, put everything back)
  • Declutter living room for 15 minutes
  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Fill pet dishes/clean litter
  • Clean hot spots for 5 minutes each: Bedroom & kitchen
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Polish all bedroom furniture
  • Vacuum
  • Straighten dresser drawers (Empty drawers, get rid of anything you don't want or doesn't fit, refold, put everything back)

  • Clean off nightstands in bedroom
  • Declutter bedroom for 15 minutes
  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Dust all surfaces in house
  • Fill pet dishes/clean litter
  • Clean hot spots for 5 minutes each: Kitchen & bathroom
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Wipe bathroom
  • Vacuum
  • Clean under bed (Get everything out from under the bed, throw out junk, put things where they are supposed to go, neatly organize what is going back under and put in under-the-bed storage containers or other storage container.

  • Vacuum entire bedroom floor (use hose to get against walls, do under furniture, under bed)
  • Declutter kitchen for 15 minutes
  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Empty all garbage and put out
  • Fill pet dishes/ clean litter
  • Clean hot spots for 5 minutes each: Bathroom and living room
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Sweep and mop kitchen and bathroom floors
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Wipe bathroom
  • Vacuum
  • Wash bedroom curtains/wipe blinds

  • Clean top of bedroom dresser (take everything off, dust, throw away junk, put things where they belong, put things back)
  • Clean all mirrors in the house, spot clean insides of all windows in the house
  • Declutter bathroom for 15 minutes
  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Fill pet dishes/ clean litter
  • Clean hot spots for 5 minutes each: Living room and bedroom
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Wipe bathroom
  • Vacuum
  • Wash any bedroom throw rugs, or throws/blankets off of bed.

  • Straighten bedroom closet (Might be a big job. If so, just work on it for 15-20 then stop. Or go through one box, or shelf at a time. Don't take out EVERYTHING at a little at a time. You can do more next time we are cleaning the bedroom. Start with the floor, then work on the shelves. Throw out junk, take things out that don't belong and put them where they go, organize what you are keeping in there in boxes or storage totes. Go through clothes, get rid of what you don't wear/doesn't fit.
  • Straighten up in the laundry area/room. Take out garbage, organize shelves and cabinets, wipe down washer and dryer.
  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Fill pet dishes/clean letter
  • Clean hot spots for 5 minutes each: Kitchen and bathroom
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Purge mail and magazines (throw out junk, organize what you are keeping)
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Wipe bathroom
  • Vacuum
  • Clean/dust bedroom light fixtures and any knick knacks or decorative items

  • Wash/put away dishes
  • Fill pet dishes/check litter
  • Wash, dry and put away a load of laundry
  • Straighten surfaces (before bed)
  • Wipe bathroom
  • Vacuum
Every Monday I print out my weekly list, and I mark off each chore as I do it.

At first, if your house was as cluttered and disorganized as mine....this will take you a while to get through, but if you keep at it, eventually you will be able to get all of your cleaning done in an hour or so a day. You will start to notice a difference in your house, and you won't panic when you hear someone knock on the door because your home will be presentable.

If you follow this, you will of course have to tweak it to what will work for you. You will have to add chores, and omit chores, but this gives you a basic idea of how I keep my home clean and organized.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After hiding my cleaning list from The Kids and The Husband for a long time because I was embarrassed for them to know I needed a list to clean the house.....I started leaving it on the counter so that it was easier to see what needed to get done...The Kids started looking at it each day, and asking to HELP! The Husband has not yet caught on though, ha ha! 


Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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  1. Thank you so much for this detailed info! My house is not dirty, but it's can be messy, and it is so overwhelming knowing where to start. I get it just great when we are going to entertain, but that takes hours and it is quickly back to the old way it was. I really think this system will work for me... I'm excited to read the next couple of weeks! It will be such a relief to just be able to print out a
    It's and then I don't have to decide what to tackle next. I can just cross each thing off and move on! So many exclamation
    Pints, but I really am excited about this. Thanks again

  2. Wow! I have a little list of stuff I do. Mainly jobs for every week. Then, I have a list of jobs that need done periodically. Like the fridge. So I just check the second list when I have time. I would probably not need the second list if I used your system.:)

  3. That is an awesome list. I know this will be helpful to me and I'm going to send your post to a friend who I know will enjoy this. You have a wonderful blog and I am excited to be a new follower on GFC and Linky. I would like to invite you come visit my blog @
    and share in my link party @
    Hope to see you there

  4. Wow this is an awesome list. I forgot all about the Fly Lady. She is the reason my kitchen sink always glistens. I will be adding your list to my house calendar. Thank you for this wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our What’s It Wednesday blog party. Hope to see you there.


  5. Thank you so much for the detailed lists. I am definitely a list maker. I need to start doing this. I'd love for you to share this at my link party {It runs Tues-Sat}.

  6. I think this is a great idea. I love lists, and I love marking things off that are DONE! I get sidetracked easily, so the list would be a huge help to keep me going each day.

  7. Hi, I found you on live laugh linky! It's so funny that with all of these cute pictures, the first one I click on is the house cleaning one haha! Well I have been doing a lot of that the past few days, so I am happily following you along for all of your tips and tricks! {I have a st. bernard and 3 kids, so I get the vaccuming everyday!!}


  8. Wow what an awesome list if I cleaned like you my house would be spotless! To bad I don't I definitely need a better system. This seem like a great one!

  9. You are so incredibly organized! I love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  10. Wow. I wish. Am not a full time housewife but even when I was, I just couldn't keep up.

  11. This is great! I like to organized and uncluttered. This is a great list to follow. At our house I am the only one who knows how to clean!

  12. Amazing again! I so need to put something like this together. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  13. This is exactly what we need!! Thanks for your great ideas! We loved having you join our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  14. I love your lists! I really need something just like this! Did I miss the Kitchen list? Thank you so much for taking the time!


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