When it comes down to housework, procrastination sometimes takes over, and we push cleaning to the back burner. Subsequently, we feel stressed when the house does nothing but yell, “clean me!” And then we make the dreaded decision to do all our cleaning in one day.
Even if there’s less house to clean, it sure doesn’t mean it’s easier cleaning. Quite the opposite actually, sometimes. The floors get dirtier faster because there are fewer square feet to track over, and the one bathroom gets more use. Today we have a way to make your cleaning easier, and hopefully more fun.
That’s right, a “commercial break” cleaning routine. Obviously, in the age of recorded TV, it doesn’t work exactly the way it used to, but then, it’s the thought that counts. Instead of cleaning everything in your house all at one time, let’s look at a few ways to keep your house clean and tidy all week long, by cleaning in 10-15 minute bursts.
The toys that Joe left out on the living room floor. Sally’s painting supplies on the kitchen table. Your books and magazines draping the armrests on every chair. These are probably just a few of the cluttered areas that are no doubt consistently driving you nuts. And there’s an easy solution.
To make cleaning up clutter easier, put a few baskets or bins around the house to catch all those random objects that are constantly on the floor. Even give everyone in the house their own storage container so that their personal things have a place to go. In addition to that, have an evening routine that consists of everyone taking 3-4 minutes before bed, and grabbing everything they’ve left out and putting it in their bin. Subsequently, in the morning, you can wake up to a clutterless house, and start your day off on the right foot.
Generally, dusting is a simple cleaning job, and all it requires is a microfiber cloth, and possibly some dusting spray depending on what you’re dusting. Start at the top of the room, ie, highest shelves, and then work your way down. This way, whatever isn’t making its way into the cloth, goes to the floor, and can then be swept up. Otherwise, you’ll be kicking yourself by dusting the high shelves after the lower, and getting your newly cleaned objects dusty all over again! Move systematically from room to room so you can keep track of which ones you’ve dusted.
Sweeping is another easy yet often neglected object. Why? One reason is that any objects that are on the floor that needs to be swept often make it seem like it will be a more strenuous job than it is. Therefore, it’s important to do a quick clutter cleanup, as we mentioned earlier before you do your sweeping. Likely, it will only take 2-3 minutes to clean all the clutter up, and you’ll then have a clear path to sweep through.
Just like sweeping, you’ll make vacuuming much easier for yourself by cleaning up random toys/ tools before you begin. After you’ve done that, choose a room to start in, and work your way around the house. Then sit back and enjoy your clean carpet.
The dreaded bathrooms. Some folks fear these like the plague and others just plunge right in and get the job done. If you’re one of the formers, it’s alright. Buying some disinfectant wipes will save you lots of time, and makes wiping down surfaces super fast. Because the tub doesn’t get as dirty as other things, you’ll probably want to focus on the sink and toilet. With a quick wipe of counters and toilets and a scrub of the toilet bowl, your bathroom will be sparkling clean again.
How to get it done in short bursts of time
Obviously, everyone has different standards of cleanliness. Furthermore, some people have particular parts of the house that they’re more particular about cleaning than others. For instance, having a clean counter, or freshly mopped floors. Maybe it’s keeping your bathroom clean in case of unexpected visitors, or having your windows free of fingerprints. The simple point is, you have to do what works for you.
Maybe you want to do 10-15 minutes of cleaning once a day, or maybe you have time to do that much three times a day. Either way, you’re probably not sure how to get all the cleaning done, and still have time to live life.
One easy way to accomplish cleaning is to assign a room to every day of the week: Monday do a quick clean in the living room, Tuesday do your bedroom, and so on. Or, you can do a little in every room every day. A quick clutter cleanup, dust, and sweep/vacuum in every room can easily be accomplished in 15 minutes. If you work fast, you might even be able to get your heart rate up high enough to count it as cardio, and kill two birds with one stone!
Clean house, happy life
As a result of your cleaning, you may just find the mood of your house being a bit happier and more spritely. No matter what, it’s always going to be worth it, and just wait till people start asking about how you get your house so clean all the time! In the meantime, check out our article with spring repair tips, so you’ll know what to look for when it comes time for your spring maintenance.