A rhythm for cleaning

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.” – Annie Dillard from The Writing Life

When we design a map or “net” – as Dilliar calls it – to plan all the events in the day, we are able to focus on every task without feeling overwhelmed or anxious about everything else that is in our heads.

A conscious and mindful living. Inspiration for cleaning rythms and routines.Rhythm allows things to flow and this gives us calm. There are countless ways to organize our house’s cleaning, here I am sharing one of those many ways.

It’s a way to begin finding your own rhythm, one that makes you feel comfortable. It is not work that tires our minds, but the process of starting it and finding a perfect time and rhythm for it in our day.

Weekly Cleaning Rythm

Monday – Wake up

  • Wash bedclothes, rugs and towels
  • Treat stained clothes
  • Check your pantry and fridge and do the shopping list.
  • Clean the fridge. Check food and containers. Only leave what is fresh.

Tuesday – 

  • Clean bathrooms in depth: toilets, washbasins, countertops, mirrors, bath and shower.
  • Vacuum cupboard floors. Choose a drawer or shelf to clean.
  • Donate three objects you don’t use.


  • Clean outdoor places
  • Look after the garden
  • Look after interior plants.
  • Wash the car.
  • Clean your pet’s stuff.

Thursday – order

  • Clean kitchen in depth: countertops, shelves, cupboards, oven, microwave oven, laundry area.
  • Clean windows: glasses and rails.
  • Look after wooden surfaces.


  • Air the rugs and shake them well.
  • Clean floors and skirting boards. Doors and walls.
  • Clean switches.
  • Clean coffee tables, auxiliary tables, bookcases and shelves.

Saturday and Sunday

  • Plan weekly meals
  • Have a rest and recharge batteries!

Every day:

  • Make the beds.
  • Do the laundry and iron. Leave aside bedclothes, towels and stained clothes.
  • Wash the dishes and dry.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor after every meal.
  • Clean countertops.
  • Tidy up everything.
  • If time:
  • Go over bathrooms.
  • Vacuum floors.

Cleaning: dont take it too serious

This routine is just a guide, a point of departure when we feel at a loss. You don’t have to take it very seriously, but as something that can help you make a better use of your time. When we are able to organize ourselves, order and clean every place, we can feel rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and ease.

Please, feel free to leave your comments! Thanks!


Translated by MA.

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