There’s a lot written about the importance of taking a few minutes each day to perform a cleaning routine that keeps things tidy instead of letting them pile up so that it requires a large time investment to tackle. Today, take a few minutes to think about how you can fit a cleaning routine into your daily schedule. Here are a few things to consider.

Simple steps to create a cleaning routine that works for you and your family. It doesn't have to take all day to have a tidy house!

What can you do easily each day? Have a different theme for each day of the week. Mondays are for dusting. Tuesdays are for vacuuming. Wednesdays are for paper filing and so on. That way, you are only doing one thing per day that doesn’t take a long time. If you need some suggestions, Clean Mama has a great cleaning routine schedule and we have recently written about Four Places to Organize in 15 Minutes or Less (with a Part Two!)

What needs to be addressed the most? There are things that you have to do every week, like clean the bathroom and vacuum, so make sure those have a spot on the list. Then think about a big picture project you’d like to get done. Break it into little chunks and schedule those manageable bites on the cleaning routine calendar as well.

When do you have the most energy? If you know you aren’t a morning person, don’t say that you’ll set your alarm 30 minutes early in the morning to clean the bathrooms. Chances are good that you won’t actually follow through or you’ll end up unhappy. Pick a time that fits with when you’d feel the most energized and therefore willing to tackle a cleaning project.

Sit down and take a few minutes today to think about your cleaning routine, then pencil it on your calendar or in your planner. Before long, it’ll be a habit you won’t have to think about and your house will always be tidy.