Everybody loves a clean house. The rooms feel bigger and brighter and there’s an overall feeling of freshness!
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But who really has time to keep their house spotlessly clean every day? Most of us don’t. This is why we’ve put together a list of seven tips for increasing your efficiency when it comes to cleaning your house.
Clean By Tasks, Not Rooms
It’s typical to have different cleaning supplies for different cleaning tasks around the house. This means that you have can the vacuum, a dust rag, window cleaner, window rags, and so much more just to clean a single room. Sometimes it can be so much that you have to make several trips from one side of your house to the other. Rather than choosing a specific room to clean all at once, choose a task to complete. Decide what you’re going to do when it comes to cleaning and complete that task for the entire house. You can simply move around the house and use the same supplies that you need in each room.
Schedule Cleaning Tasks
Organize your days and weeks with the cleaning tasks you’d like to complete each day. Perhaps you’d like to designate Mondays to cleaning countertops and windows, Tuesdays to floorboards and dusting, and Wednesdays to vacuuming. Scheduling your cleaning makes it easier to get into a routine of what you’re doing as well as letting everyone else in the house know what needs to be done.
Part of scheduling and dividing housework and cleaning tasks is prioritizing what needs to be done when. If you have a child who plays an outdoor sport on Tuesday evenings, don’t make that the day you clean floors. Take care of floors the next day to clean up any mess that’s brought in from outside.
Keep the Vacuum Moving
Your vacuum has a long cord. Take advantage of this by keeping your vacuum moving as much as possible. Time spent moving the plug from one room to another is time wasted. Additionally, don’t worry about getting every square inch of every room. If you miss a spot, you can get it next week.
A quick tip for getting started is beginning in the back of the house and vacuuming your way to the front. If you have two stories, start on the top floor and work your way down the stairs to the front door.
Don’t Wait on Dishes
It’s not uncommon to eat throughout the day with breakfast, lunch, and some snacks and leave the dishes in the sink to deal with later. Before you know it, the sink is overflowing with dishes and it’s going to take 20 minutes to get them all rinsed off and ready for the dishwasher. Take care of your dishes right away so they don’t pile up. Your time spent washing dishes will be reduced to a minute or two at a time rather than large chunks of time.
If you’re having trouble getting your dishes clean, you probably have hard water. This means that your water is rich with minerals that leave deposits on your dishes and anywhere else in your house you use it to clean. A water softener like the Whirlpool WHESFC can go a long way to making your dishes shine brighter than ever before.
Bundle Your Cleaning Supplies
Make moving from room to room easy on yourself. Trying to wrap your arms around a load of cleaning supplies will not only slow you down but dropped bottles of cleaner can break and make an even bigger mess. Get a bucket, caddy, or some kind of tote to put your supplies in. Your tote will make it easier to get started and move around the house by having everything you need ready to go at your fingertips.
Enlist Your Family
Many hands make for light work. Nothing will speed up your cleaning process faster than getting other involved. Delegate the work out to family members to get everything done quickly. However, it’s important to keep in mind the ability of those you’re delegating to. Don’t give the highly involved tasks to the youngest member of the family or you’ll just have to get back around to it again later.
Give Everything a Spot
Part of cleaning up your house is tidying up the floors and countertops. Simply moving clutter from one room to another will is not an ideal way to ensure that your home is fully cleaned. Make sure that everything has a place. This includes having a spot for shoes out of sight and whether they’re kept in the main living area of the home or in a bedroom, all toys have a home. You can easily spruce up your living room with a small toy cabinet in the corner if needed. This makes for much faster picking up around the house to save time and energy later.