How to Keep Your House Clean (Most of the Time)

How do you keep your house clean? (with spouses, kids, pets, jobs, sports, no free time…)

It’s definitely the most-asked question from readers and it’s a question I LOVE to answer.  You see, keeping a house clean isn’t easy.  In fact, it can be downright difficult to figure out where to start and when to put it all into place.  But I’m guessing you already figured that out by now.

I’ve been teaching readers how to implement a cleaning routine for almost 9 years and I’ve been perfecting mine for nearly 20 years, testing it out in my own homes through the years and friends and family members’ homes.  It has truly been put to the test as I have had an ever-changing work schedule and going from 0-3 kids while working or working at home with the kids.  I can honestly say that I am an expert in cleaning routine refinement 🙂

Which cleaning routine ‘type’ are you?

  • You….Try to devise the ‘perfect’ system but then if/when the system doesn’t work, the execution is lost in translation and overwhelm wins.
  • You….Clean when you can’t stand it anymore or when company is coming.
  • You….Clean on days off which just makes you crabby because you didn’t relax and enjoy your day(s) off.
  • You….Have a cleaning routine that works and you just wondered why you’re reading this 😉

Based on my personal and professional experience, I can promise you that it’s much easier to adapt into a workable routine than to try to figure one out for yourself.  Here’s my suggestion for you:  Try my cleaning routine.  It’s simple, it works for ANY schedule, any size home, and there’s plenty of grace built right in to the routine itself (Friday is a day to catch up on anything you didn’t get to earlier in the week – hooray!).

I’m going to let you in on a secret – the SECRET to keeping your home clean most of the time is SO SIMPLE in theory but it’s difficult in execution because of all those reasons it’s hard to fit in the cleaning.

Here’s the secret, ready for it?

The secret to keeping your house clean most of the time is ….. ROUTINE.  You know, doing the same thing over and over until it becomes a habit.

According to, routine is:

  • a customary or regular course of procedure
  • commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity
  • regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative

So if the secret is ROUTINE, how in the world do you get started doing one?  Well my friend, you came to the right place 🙂

If you’re new here and stumbled upon this post via social media, welcome!  Get ready to change the course of your cleaning forever.  If you’ve been here for a while and haven’t jumped on board with the Clean Mama Cleaning Routine, I’m here to direct you to a couple places to start.  If you’re already doing the cleaning routine, feel free to share in the comments how it works for you and your household.

Do you need a routine?
I have several ways to help you get into one – choose one, several, or all of them – I’ve developed tools to help you find success in your homekeeping.  It’s my favorite part of my job here at Clean Mama – seeing readers gain back their homes and time with just minutes a day of routine.

What’s my cleaning routine?


A clean home (most of the time) starts with 5 daily cleaning tasks – these are things you learn to do that you set on autopilot and start completing without really thinking about it.  Trust me, it can happen.  My mantra is every day a little something and with that in mind, just doing SOMETHING every day is so helpful.



These tasks are the backbone of my cleaning routine.  It’s a system that you need to work through to see why it works.  Thousands of people all over the world complete Clean Mama’s Weekly Cleaning Routine every week – it’s so simple but it works in just about every situation because it has grace (and a day to catch up) built right in to the routine.  If you want to see what I use to clean my house with, check out my Around the House page.

Check out the links below – I share daily reminders on social media and follow what works for you:

Read my book –  Simply Clean
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Every month I give away a FREE cleaning routine calendar, find it here.
Join my Private FB group – Homekeeping Society
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I’m most excited to share a brand new tool with you this week – the CLEAN MAMA HOMEKEEPING PLANNERS – they’re available in aqua and periwinkle and the only thing of its kind available for sale anywhere.

This format is simple, easy to follow, and just the thing to help you turn cleaning into a routine that will help you put your cleaning on auto-pilot.  Once you have a home that’s easy to clean and stays clean because you are doing itty bitty things all the time without even thinking about it, you’ll see the beauty in the routine too!  I’ll be sharing more on Friday about how to use the planners in your daily routine – stay tuned.  You might want to snag one now so you can get started!  Go here to see all of the paper goods products in Clean Mama Home.

If you enjoy my method, you will LOVE my monthly essentials subscription, Homekeeping Society – go here to check it out!

Looking for more?  Check out these posts:

5 Daily Tasks to Maintain a Clean Home 

Simply Clean 7-Day Kick Start Challenge


  1. I am finally getting it! Sticking to a plan really makes cleaning easier, not more of a chore! Thank you for inspiring us!

  2. Tammy Shorna says:

    As I entered retirement, my twice-a-month housekeeper took different job. Clean Mama has been ‘just what I needed’. I have set up reoccurring events on the calendar of my iPhone… on Monday mornings I have an ‘appointment’ to clean bathrooms, etc… It works for me, and is ultimately saving my family $160 a month. Thanks, Becky!!

  3. Anna Henderson says:

    Oh my goodness, if you saw my house right now you’d probably pass out! I SO need this – I am 100% the “clean when you just can’t stand it anymore” type. My husband and I both work full time jobs and a personal business from our home and with two dogs and two cats, our house gets gross FAST. I will be looking into your cleaning routine and your book! Thank you!

  4. I have read your book and have been implementing your cleaning routine for about 5 years….then we moved into a huge 4800 sq ft, 2 story house….from a one story 1900 sq ft house. OVERWHELMING. I was literally cleaning for an hour a day just to keep up with my previous routine (2 bathrooms to 4 bathrooms makes a big difference!). I finally decided to split the routine in half. So I focus on the upstairs one week and the downstairs the next week. Things are not being “deep cleaned” every week like before…but twice a month isn’t bad and my sanity is worth it! Thanks for all the great advice! 🙂

    • Ella Call says:

      We recently more than doubled our square footage too. I sometimes struggle to keep up with the size of the space…It can be very overwhelming at first. What I realized is, all that space doesn’t get as dirty as fast as our smaller old space did. We doubled bathrooms too. They stay cleaner longer by far & I can do an easy swish & swipe in a couple mins in between the deep cleans readily, if/when needed without stressing. We also ripped out a lot of old carpet & refinished the hardwood floors lurking underneath. I’m so glad we did. It takes almost no time to sweep them. While I’m sure I don’t get them mopped as often as I should, they’re certainly lovely & forgiving & very ready to spot clean with kids of all ages.

  5. Just started 3 weeks ago. I’m enjoying the process. And I’m thankful, for the first time ever, that we only have one bathroom. Love the book too!

  6. I can not recall how three years ago, I happened to introduce myself to Clean Mama but I am certainly glad that I did. Previously the routine that I was trying to maintain I just found not to be realistic, at least not for me. Doing a whirlwind top to bottom house cleaning in one day had me in tears on occasion. Doing a little bit of everything instead of one thing well was okay but not satisfying.
    Well, along comes a lady who has a great game plan and a love as well for my favorite color, aqua. Well, color me happy! and thank you, Becky!

  7. I clean when I’m expecting guests or I can’t stand it anymore But that drive me nuts also. I have bought your book and tried to get in a routine but it seems something always comes up. I need the motivation!! Help

  8. Debra Barry says:

    I really try to keep up. Things get sooooo cluttered and some days I just don’t have the energy for doing anything – until I can’t stand it. It gets tedious picking up the same spot day after day….. The downstairs usually looks ok I need to make it upstairs more…😕

  9. I have been retired 4 years, I am a total next freak, unfortunately I was diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease that totally limits my movement. Luckily I have a small but old home. My worst problem is the bathroom. I’m used to starting on top and moving down ending on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor. As you can imagine I exhausted by this time. Mentally a mop is not an option for me. Any tips?v

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