Small Spaces: Weekly Cleaning Routine!


Routines, routines. It is one of THE most requested things we get asked about.  And each space is so very, very different.  But small spaces are unique. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room and keeping them clean is paramount to keeping them sane, functional spaces.  You don’t have the luxury to throw a bunch of stuff into another room and close the door and deal with it later.  You can’t let your laundry pile up in a corner…what corner?  Your space has to be in good shape pretty much all of the time.  Some of these ideas are new habits to establish, so you are not actually cleaning, you are just changing the way you do things each day to incorporate cleaning into your routine and save yourself from having to invest more time to do it.  Other things you’ll actually have to spend time doing.  So, let’s talk about how to set up a quick cleaning routine to manage your small space.

With 10 minutes of effort a day, you can keep your small space in check.  Let’s do it!


Each day, do your dishes and wipe your counters.  I boil a kettle while I load or unload the dishwasher, which can translate into hand washing dishes. By the time I am done, I have tea.  It doesn’t take that long!

Empty your garbage as soon as it is full.

Once a week sweep and mop floors.  It’s something that only takes a couple of minutes to do.


Keep a cloth and spray bottle under your bathroom sink, or a roll of disposable wipes and wipe your counter and sink daily.

Straighten your towels, and wash them weekly.

If you can bare it, have only one garbage can in the whole space – that way you only have to empty one garbage.

Squeegee after each shower, that way you won’t have to scrub your shower walls… ever. IF you don’t do the squeegee thing, scrub your shower and tub once every 2 weeks.

One night a week, dump a cup of borax into the toilet bowl before you go to sleep, and then in the morning, give your bowl a quick scrub and flush.

Wipe toilet seats and side with a disposable wipe.

With a cloth or wipe, give your floors a quick wipe down.


Make your bed daily.

Put your clothing away as soon as it comes off your body, either in a hamper or in it’s proper storage space.  Clothes live on people and in drawers or closets, never on floors.

Alternate laundering your linens and towels each week on the same day.  As an example, Tuesdays, before you go to the gym, put through that load of laundry.  After you get home from the gym, throw your laundry in the dryer before you hit the shower.

General Living Spaces

Give yourself 10 minutes a week to dust and vacuum.  As an example, find 10 minutes once a week while your dinner is cooking to sweep or vacuum and do a quick dusting.  Dust first and then vacuum, since dust falls and can easily be vacuumed up.  If your space is a little larger, you can break down areas you dust so you do half the space one week and half the next week.

Focus on horizontal surfaces and carry a spray bottle with all-purpose cleaner to wipe any prints, spills or marks.

If you have mirrors you can give those a nice cleaning, too, with some glass cleaner.

For the floors, vacuum or dry dust and mop.  It sounds like more work than it is – I promise!

The important part of a cleaning routine is to be smart with your moves – so putting things back where they belong each time you use them and being considerate of your future self, means that a quick clean up each week will make for a much easier small space maintenance routine.

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.


  1. IN view of Covid 19, you should update your Small Spaces: Weekly Cleaning Routine dated June 30, 2015. For example: you advise to put away your clothes as soon as you take them off………………….that’s not a sanitary thing to do in the best of times, much less during Covid 19.

  2. Once again
    Your videos are a tremendous help to me and enjoyable to watch … you do such a good job … I do have one problem that I don’t know how to take care of… And that would be a toilet that doesn’t get used often it’s my guestroom bathroom … I know when you don’t use a toilet often that the water evaporates but my problem is how to clean it

  3. I love watching your tips but theres one thing i can´t clean…i always clean my exhauster fan but i tried to clean the part that sucks the fumes from the stove …bad mistake i ended with the ventilation part and a lot of eletrical wires on my hands.Put it back together ,(it works) but that part is never really clean is it??it´s clean only on the outside…guess that will have to do.

  4. Love love love your videos! I would like to see more videos about cleaning areas with with lime and hard water stains and soap scum buildup in showers tubs sinks and laundry areas.

  5. I’m am a clean freak and like to put things away as soon as I am done using them. I try to be good about making time once a week so clean, but these are all good tips on how to incorporate it into your daily schedule. Thanks for sharing!


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