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Keep Your House Clean with a “Daily 35 Minutes or Less Sprint”

Keeping our homes clean and beautiful can be quite the task. It can be exhausting just thinking about all the things that we have to do to keep our homes well maintained and in halfway decent organization.

I used to work way too much for money and probably not enough for my household or my family. It was important that I make money, of course, and still is to a certain degree, so I can take care of my family, but balance is important, as well.

Also, in my life lately I have been trying to cherish the moment and just be in the moment in an attempt to prioritize what is most important, to live a healthy and happy life, and to help my kids to see their mom do these things, as well.

I have come to learn that even though chores are daunting, we can make them a little less irritating if we are grateful for the time we have, for the materials we have, and for the family that we have. Even with that all said, though, it can still be difficult to keep up on the housecleaning and to balance keeping things clean with relaxing and being available to your kids. To make the balancing act a little easier, I find it helpful  to create your own list of chores to do on a daily basis and also to get your kids (and possibly spouse) involved on the daily housekeeping tasks, as well.

Below is a daily cleaning list you might find useful. We all have different rooms of our homes and different tasks that will be more or less important compared to someone else’s home, so you might want to modify the list, but this list gives you a good start. Feel free to use it or to change it to suit your needs.

Because my family and I do most of these tasks on a daily basis, this list generally takes about 35 minutes or less to complete (trust me, I just timed it 🙂 ). So, with just 35 minutes OR LESS a day of cleaning with your kids (and maybe your spouse, too), you can keep your house quite clean! 🙂 Think of it like a sprint; you try to stay focused all the way to the end and go at high speed (you don’t have to be actually running, but don’t go too slow). Don’t expect perfection, but this strategy can really make a positive difference for the well-being of you and your family.

And, if you build habits to build in throughout your day you can decrease the amount of time that your daily cleaning sprint will take. For example, in this daily cleaning list, everyone should make their bed, but if you have everyone make their beds when they wake up, then that will take a few minutes off the cleaning sprint time.

Another way to decrease the cleaning sprint time is to keep an eye on toys being picked up after they are played with, making sure food and dishes are taken care of after they are used, and keeping the bathroom picked up when you are already in their to use the bathroom or after taking a shower.

See below for the daily cleaning list (normally I type, print, and laminate lists, but I had this hand-written list I made real quick and thought I’d tape it to my wall until I get the chance to type it up..again, don’t let perfectionism stop you from doing something).

daily cleaning list


Keep Your House Clean with a “Daily 35 Minutes or Less Sprint”

Heather Gilmore

My name is Heather Gilmore. I am so happy to be able to have a space to share helpful insights and resources to other moms out there. Being a parent is hard work and I hope to be able to give you tips and strategies to make it at least a little bit easier and more enjoyable. We love our kids but any mom knows that they can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times, as well. I have a master's degree in social work. I work as a children's therapist. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I am a freelance writer specializing in topics related to children and families. I have my own company called Hope Family Resources which provides resources in person and online to help families find greater hope, health, and happiness. See my site and learn more about me at: or email me at [email protected] I have also published books on Amazon. Search for "Discpline and Parenting Strategies for Kids with ADHD," "Have Peace: How to Have Peace in Your Busy, Chaotic Life," and "Sibling Rivalry: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry so You Won't Have to Anymore,"

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Gilmore, H. (2016). Keep Your House Clean with a “Daily 35 Minutes or Less Sprint”. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from


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