Tips to cut your cleaning time in half
Let’s face the truth. We don’t want to spend our entire day cleaning so if we can find ways to cut our cleaning time, everybody would join the party and raise their hands up. Thankfully, there are many ways we can do to spend less time cleaning and enjoy more time living life to the fullest.
Everything starts with a good plan. A thoroughly made one will be able to help you work faster and spend less time cleaning. The key is creating a cleaning list and creating an order that is sensible and orderly.
For instance, do not clean your carpets, floors and rugs first because they have the tendency to get dirty as soon as you begin to clean the other areas of your house. A practical cleaning list would involve cleaning areas of your home from top to bottom. In this way, any dirt, dust and grime that is dislodged during the early part cleaning process would fall down and cleared away during the last part of your cleaning list.
You can create a weekly, monthly or quarterly checklist so you can tackle other household chores instead of taking all your cleaning chores at once. Creating a checklist will not only help you manage your time, but it will also help cut your cleaning time as well.
Prioritising safety would also apply in this case. For instance, include in your cleaning checklist the inspection of carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. You can also include sanitizing frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, remote control and smart devices at the later part of your cleaning process.
As always, prepare all the necessary tools, equipment and cleaning supplies before you start. Put them all in a caddy, bucket or mobile cleaning kit so you don’t have to waste your time looking around for them. The most basic cleaning kit would include a microfibre cloth, glass cleaner, baking soda, your preferred cleaning products and a spray bottle filled with water and white vinegar. Instead of using a feather duster, switch it with a damp cloth or microfibre duster instead.
If possible, do not clean the entire house all on your own. Enlist your family members, especially the kids, so they can learn the important value of cooperation, teamwork and keeping one’s living space clean. Allow your kids and other members of the family to take a look at their stuff first and encourage them to clear away, give, donate or sell the things they no longer use.
Give your kids easy cleaning tasks that they can learn in a few minutes. For instance, teach them how to clean windows, wipe the kitchen table or mop the floors. Although it will take them quite some time to get used to it, as soon as they get the hang of it, you’ll be able to speed through your cleaning checklist with their help in no time.
So if you and your helpers are ready, clear the floors, chairs and tables of items that will interfere the cleaning routine. Start pretreating the special areas so you can easily remove dirt and stains that have accumulated over time. In the kitchen, take out your cookware and ovenware and soak them overnight then brush or scour them the next day with dishwashing soap. Spray your bathroom with a bathroom cleaner and allow it to soak before your scrub the entire surface.
To spruce up your living room, gather your cushion covers and throw pillows and let the steam cleaner go through them. This will remove dust mites that are hiding in your upholstery. Every now and then, you can also throw them in the washing machine. You can also use your steam cleaner to disinfect your window treatments.
At a given day, clean a room or two and focus on it. Rather than cleaning all windows in a single day, focusing your attention to one or two rooms at a time will prevent you from wasting your energies and getting sidetracked in your cleaning schedule.
As soon as you finish washing your bathmats, hand towels, shower curtains and tea towels, hang them up to dry so they won’t stay damp. When things are damp, they tend to develop bacteria and end up harder to clean as well.
If you have pets at home, clean up their hair (and perhaps some food crumbs) by taking out your vacuum cleaner and running it through your furniture. Some pet hairs are stubborn to remove. Some professional cleaners would suggest using rubber gloves and removing fur by hand. Pet hair tends to cling with rubber so cleaning it that way would be easier. Aside from that, cleaning pet hair by hand would allow you to reach the crevices of your sofa, something that is not possible with a lint roller. After removing the pet hairs with rubber gloves, place your hands in running water and let the pet hairs easily come off.
If possible, add a small cleaning task each week so your cleaning chores won’t add up as you run through your list. For instance, you can insert cleaning tasks such as vacuuming the sofa, cleaning the windows and dusting the figurines every now and then because these cleaning tasks don’t have to be tackled every week.
Although creating a cleaning schedule can help you organise your tasks, it may sound shocking to you but you actually don’t have to stick to it religiously. You can always strive for a perfectly clean home. There’s nothing wrong with that but it will also not hurt if you will lower your cleaning standards.
Sometimes, you just need realistic. If you find it hard to clean your home, don’t worry. You can always hire a pro to do it for you.
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