No one wants to spend time cleaning the house, and yet it must get done. How can you spend less time actually cleaning but keep your home in pristine shape? Here are a few tips, hacks or tidbits of experienced advice that can help you save time without sacrificing cleanliness.
Let’s face it; everyone has had the unnerving experience of having an unexpected visitor at your door, and your house is in less than perfect shape. It might be family, friend, or worst case your mother or mother in law and they now think that you are a total slob and horrible housekeeper. I have been there done that and felt like I could never get back my previous standing in their eyes.
Well no more, here are some easy, fast, and simple cleaning tips that can help you keep your place in tip-top condition without spending your leisure time cleaning the house.
1. We Should Have Listened to Mom
How many times has your mother told you to pick up after yourself? Well, it turns out that this is still the best practice for reducing the amount of time spent cleaning. Your mom may have had dual intentions as she nagged you about cleaning up your messes as it not only reduced the amount of cleaning she had to do but also instilled the basics of you putting your things away.
This is the easiest and fastest way to reduce the amount of time you will spend cleaning your home. Think about it for a moment if you put away your things after you are done using them; you do not need to clean them up later, and your home will not look disheveled if company pops in.
Implementing the next tip will help make it easier for you to pick up your stuff and put it away.
2. Get Organized
Spend some time organizing your stuff into cabinets, drawers, and containers so that everything has its place, and this will make keeping your things put away easier. This tip also helps you to be able to find your things.
This doesn’t mean that you should take all of the clutter on your countertop and stuff it in the drawer, no instead go through all of the stuff and keep only what you want and need and then with a degree of some organization put it in the drawer.
Color coordinate the bins or totes you use for storage and be sure to label them clearly so you can easily access your stuff and also know exactly where it goes when you are done using it.
Yes, it will take you time to get all of your things organized in the beginning, but if you keep up on it and pick up after yourself, then this is a sure-fire way to keep your home clean and tidy.
3. Use Products to Help Reduce the Amount of Heavy Eleaning
Specifically, cleaners for the bathroom, this is the hardest room to keep squeaky clean, but certain products can help you out in this well-used room.
Place a toilet bowl cleaner in the tank and let the constant flushing of the toilet help keep the bowl clean. A bleach tank additive can help to sanitize the bowl as well and help reduce visible stains.
Keep cleaning wipes on the countertop; you are more likely to use them to wipe down the sink or countertop if they are visible and easily accessible. A little clean up as you go can save you a lot of time in the long run.
Use a daily shower cleaning spray after your daily shower to help reduce the build-up of hard water and soap scum rings. These types of cleaners can greatly reduce the length of time it takes to clean the tub and shower enclosure.
No one likes to clean the bathroom but using the above tricks can help you spend a lot less time doing it, and as a plus, your bathroom will be clean if you have unexpected company.
4. Convenience Products to the Rescue
Not only should you use helper products in the bathroom, but there is now a plethora of dusting, sweeping and moping products available that make cleaning the rest of the house a breeze.
Simple dusters that trap fine particles and can reach places like ceiling fans and mini blinds without the need of a stool or having to take the blinds down to clean them. They glide over furniture and even make dusting knick-knacks and hard to reach places much easier and less time-consuming.
A dual-purpose floor sweeper can not only help to keep the dust bunnies under control but also allow you to easily mop the entire floor or spot clean areas as needed. You no longer need to drag out a bucket and mop to clean your floors or to soak up a spill on your hard floors, and this may help ensure you are cleaning this area of the house more often.
Let’s face it if it’s easy and fast and it works, we are much more likely to use the cleaning products regularly, and this helps to keep your home looking pristine. Also, as a bonus when using these convenience products you don’t create more to clean up as you do with some of the old fashioned methods, no buckets, no dirty water, and no rags just use the pad like products and throw them away.
5. Do Your Laundry Often
Nothing makes a home look dirty more than laundry piled everywhere. Even if it’s clean laundry, allowing it to pile up gives your home an unkempt look no one wants, and it increases the time you need to spend putting it away.
The solution for this also coincides with the getting organized hack above. Get yourself a couple of hampers, and when one is full wash that load, dry it, and then fold and put it away. You will find that doing a single load a few times a week is fast and easy and keeps your laundry done and your house cleaner.
6. Prioritize the Kitchen
So many gatherings take place in the kitchen. I mean, think about this for a moment how many cups of coffee and conversations have you had in someone’s kitchen? Okay maybe it was a beer and some gossip, but you get the idea a kitchen is a happening place for a gathering, and it needs to be clean.
For more than just the gathering of people, a kitchen is where you prepare foods, so keeping up on the cleanliness of this room is second to none. Nothing screams you’re a bad housekeeper like a sink full of dirty dishes and a kitchen in disarray.
Do the dishes as you create them, this is a simple way to keep the dishes from stacking up I the sink. If you have a dishwasher use it, open it up as you begin to cook and as you dirty, a dish or cooking utensil put it in the dishwasher as you go.
Use cleaning products that are made to use in the kitchen, and you could save an abundance of time if you wipe down counters and cabinets daily. Don’t allow grime and grease to build up on surfaces not only is this unsanitary but it looks gross and takes more time to scrub it off
I’ll say it again Prioritize the Kitchen!
7. Spend 10 Minutes a Day
After you have deep cleaned and organized the house, it could take as little as 10 minutes a day to keep it up. Yes, as little as 10 minutes but you will need to put those 10 minutes in every day to keep your house clean at all times.
After all, if you are picking up after yourself and everything has its place, there should be little maintenance to do. Use these few minutes a day to put the finishing touches on a specific room or to complete little cleaning details in multiple rooms, a few minutes a day helps reduce the hours needed to deep clean the entire house if you let things go.
8. Hiring a Pro
If you feel you can afford this option and cannot keep up on the housework yourself then, by all means, hire a housekeeper.
A professional housekeeper can often come into your home a couple of times a week and in a couple of hours provide you with a clean house. However, hiring a housekeeper has its drawback as well. You must provide them a key to your home and have a certain expectation that they will be touching your personal stuff.
However, you choose to keep your house clean, don’t waste time spinning your wheels without having a specific plan of attack. Keeping your home clean at all times may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually easier than you think.
Create a plan, get your things and your home organized, and then spend a few minutes every day keeping up on it. Pick up after yourself as you go throughout your daily activities, and you will not have to spend another of your weekends cleaning the house.
A clean house is always a pleasure to come home to after a hard day’s work, and knowing your home is clean can alleviate stress and make having unexpected guests a pleasure instead of a drag.