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How to Create a Minimalist Weekly Home Cleaning Schedule?

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Clean and organised home? Yes, please. But how do we achieve that with ease, simplicity and the least effort and time possible? A minimalist weekly home cleaning schedule could be the answer.

What is a minimalist home cleaning schedule?

It is a routine designed to keep your home clean and organised with minimal effort. The key here is consistency. Minimalists keep cleaning tasks small and manageable and avoid accumulating clutter at all costs. 

How do we create a minimalist weekly cleaning routine?

First, we need to adjust the cleaning schedule to suit our lifestyle. There are two main styles: go through all main cleaning tasks in one day or split those tasks between different days. 

And the best part is that we can migrate from one approach to another as we please. 

Whenever I have a busy week, I prefer to break up my weekly cleaning tasks into smaller chunks and divide them between weekdays. That way, I will have just a few small chores to tackle when I finally get home. And I will not have to put in much time and effort.

However, my choice is to get it all done in one day. I will not spend an entire day cleaning and organising. It might take between 2 to 6 hours. It depends on the complexity and volume of tasks scheduled for that week.

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What are the cleaning tasks minimalists perform weekly?

  • Dust – all surfaces, like shelves, tables, electronics, bookcases, chairs, etc.
  • Vacuum – all floors and carpets.
  • Mop – all hard floors.
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  • Change bed linen – yes, guys, every week. I also dust the beds and vacuum mattresses. 
  • Clean and sanitise the bathrooms – toilet bowl, sinks, showers and bathtubs.
  • Decluttering – yes, that is also a weekly task. 
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (such as door knobs, remote controls, light switches and so forth).
  • Laundry – including folding and putting away. Many of us out there prefer to deal with laundry once a week. However, I choose to do laundry whenever I have a full load. And I would fold and put away as soon as the laundry is dry. 
  • Check on house plants and water them as needed.
  • Check the refrigerator, freezer and pantry for misplaced or out-of-date items. Items closing expiry date should be included in the upcoming week’s menu. It is also a perfect time to draft a weekly food shopping list. 
  • Clean kitchen appliances – microwave, toaster, kettle, food processor, etc.
  • Clean mirrors and glass surfaces.
  • Empty all trash bins throughout the house. 

These are the main minimalist weekly cleaning tasks. As mentioned before, they should be done with consistency every single week. 

However, there are more things that we need to take care of to keep our homes clean and shiny. So, let’s talk about mentioning monthly or as-needed cleaning tasks.

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What are the as-needed cleaning tasks?

Some pressing cleaning tasks do not require weekly frequency and might be done every month or even less frequently. Some of them are time-consuming, while others are quick and easy. The frequency and difficulty depend on the house, your needs and lifestyle.

I find it helpful to monitor all areas of my home as I go through my weekly cleaning. For example, I noticed that kitchen cabinets are getting dirty and disorganised. I will assign kitchen cabinet cleaning to my upcoming week’s cleaning schedule.

So let’s dive in and see what tasks can be considered as as-needed:

  • Vacuum and wipe (or wash) upholstery.
  • Wash curtains.
  • Wash windows and window sills. 
  • Deep clean kitchen – oven, fridge, pantry, inside cabinets and drawers. Sharpen kitchen knives.
  • Deep clean bathroom – tiles and grout.
  • Clean light fixtures throughout the house.
  • Rotate and clean under furniture. 
  • Clean and organise wardrobes.
  • Clean doors and entryway.
  • Wipe off spiderwebs. 
  • Clean and polish wood furniture.
  • Clean baseboards.
  • Wash area rugs.
  • Dust walls and clean any stains.
  • Check the medicine cabinet and throw away out-of-date items.
  • Clean and organise all cabinets and drawers.
  • Wash mattress and pillow protectors. Flip mattress.
  • Fertilise houseplants.

This list is not an exhaustive one. Cleaning tasks (and frequency) may vary a lot between households.

Some of the as-needed tasks might be daunting. I find it helpful to tackle those on my pre-set anti-procrastination day

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Minimalist weekly home cleaning hacks

Use as many versatile detergents and cleaning tools as possible. One multipurpose spray detergent would be ideal. Unfortunately, it is not realistic in real life. Challenge yourself to minimise as much as possible. Cleaning supplies should be reusable and eco-friendly, like washable mops and cloths. 

It is best to start any cleaning session by tidying up and putting away any misplaced items. Minimalist living spaces should be simple and clutter-free. The less stuff is there, the less cleaning to do. 

Start from the top and move towards the bottom. Start dry and then move on to wet. Dust shelves, then wipe mirrors. Vacuum, then mop.

Plan your cleaning when you are less likely to get interrupted. Avoid distractions. Delegate some tasks to other family members whenever possible.

Prevent spills and dirt whenever possible. For example, by using placemats and coasters when eating, lids when cooking, or stain-resistant materials when possible. 

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