The secret to cleaning house without spending all day lies in these seven tricks to make cleaning faster.
Ever wished you had a bag of tricks to make cleaning faster? Now you’ve got one! Here are the seven things that people with continually clean homes do habitually so they never have to sacrifice an entire day to housework. To make these tricks second-nature, try incorporating them one at a time in your life over the next few weeks and watch them work magic in your home!
7 Tricks To Make Cleaning Faster
1. Clean before it looks dirty
You already know from experience that wiping a mostly clean surface goes much faster than wiping one coated in grime. That’s why it’s never a good idea to put off cleaning until you can’t stand the mess — it will take that much more time and effort to get things back to clean! Adopt the habit of regular cleaning even if things don’t look messy, particularly in the bathrooms and kitchens. Need help to figure out how? Check out my printable daily cleaning routine.
2. Dry wipe before wet
We’ve all dealt with the frustration of trying to clean a bathroom surface only to find we’re pushing around dirt, lint, and hair. Our mistake? Going straight for the cleaning spray. Although it seems counterintuitive to wipe a surface twice, pre-cleaning vanities and other bathroom surfaces with a dry cloth will remove that stubborn dust and hair. Now when you reach for your bottle of homemade bathroom disinfectant spray, you’ll be able to quickly power away grime without spreading the mess around.
3. Keep cleaning tools where you use them
Inconvenience is one of the biggest obstacles to cleaning. If you’ve got to hunt down your cleaning sprays and dusting cloths, you’re less likely to deal with messes when you see them. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep separate sets of cleaning tools in the kitchen and each bathroom. It doesn’t have to be elaborate: a bottle of homemade all-purpose spray and a couple of microfiber cloths stashed under the sink will let you clean just about any mess the instant you see it.
4. Use spare minutes
Many of us put off cleaning because the very thought of it sounds like a drag. Who wants to spend an entire hour dusting and vacuuming when it’s gorgeous outside, or there’s a great show on TV? Learning to use spare minutes to clean around the house puts wasted time to good use and frees up other time in your day to do the things you enjoy. Need some ideas? Check out this list of one-minute chores you can work into your day. (There are more here and here, too!)
5. Keep surfaces less cluttered
It’s going to take longer to clean if you’ve got to move piles of paperwork, dishes, or lots of knickknacks out of the way first. By corralling clutter in a container you’ll be able to move just one thing out of the way when it’s time to clean. If you absolutely can’t stand the thought of stashing your makeup in a drawer rather than leaving it on the bathroom vanity, keep it in a makeup organizer. Don’t arrange magazines in a fan on the coffee table; stack them neatly in a decorative tray that can double as a hostess tray when needed. Like to keep your lotion and vitamins on the nightstand? Put them on an antique plate.
6. Work the room properly
Professional cleaners use this trick to clean a room efficiently: work left to right and top to bottom. In living areas and bathrooms, this means starting at the main door since that’s where the majority of dirt gets tracked in and clutter gets dropped off. In kitchens, it’s best to start to the left of the stove since this is the typically the greasiest and dirtiest place. Wipe upper vertical surfaces (walls, shelves, cupboards, and backsplashes) all the way around the room, then move to horizontal surfaces (counters, tables, dressers, etc.) and finish with the lower surfaces (baseboards, kickboards, and floors). Complete the room by changing linens and emptying the trash can and you’re done.
7. Clean as you go
If the thought of washing a pile of pots and pans after dinner seems overwhelming, you’re not alone! Smart cooks clean as they work, whether that means rinsing things and popping them in the dishwasher or washing them by hand in the sink. Either way, by the time they’re done cooking there are only plates utensils to deal with rather than a big mess. The same goes for the rest of the house: clean messes when you make them. Wipe spots off of mirrors after you’re done brushing your teeth; rinse makeup powders and hairs out of the sink when you’re through getting ready for the day; clean up spills on the counter or floors immediately, rather than leaving them to do later. By cleaning as you go your home will look tidier, and you won’t have to set aside long hours to clean over the weekend.
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