Try one or more of these ways to make cleaning faster next time you’re thinking of spending your weekend dealing with a messy house. You’ll still get your place clean but in much less time so you’ll get to enjoy your weekend, too!
7 Smart Ways to Make Cleaning Easier
1. Make finding your supplies easier
Cleaning house will always take longer if you have to go back and forth between rooms to get the proper cleaning supplies. If you’ve got the space, keep a stash of cleaning supplies in each bathroom and another in your kitchen so you can grab what you need and get cleaning.
For smaller spaces, keep a cleaning caddy stocked with an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, furniture polish, microfiber cloths, rubber gloves, trash bags, and a squeegee. With a well-stocked caddy, you’ll have everything you need so you won’t waste time hunting things down.
2. Work in order
Don’t start dusting one area then pause to put clutter away elsewhere. To make cleaning fast, you need to make every step count. That’s why cleaning pros advise working from top to bottom, left to right, by which they mean you should declutter, dust, and polish one area before moving to the next.
3. Preclean properly
Bathroom surfaces and kitchen counters are much faster to clean if you wipe them with a dry cloth before applying your cleaning spray. Starting with a dry microfiber cloth lets you pick up dust, hair, and other debris. After that, spray the surface with cleaner and use a damp cloth to clean and shine it at the same time.
4. Multitask properly
Some steps in the cleaning process require waiting time: disinfectants need a chance to work; degreasers take time to bust through grime, etc. Apply these first and let them do their thing while you tend to other areas in the room. And don’t forget: you can multitask further by doing laundry while you’re cleaning house, too.
5. Invest in the right tools
Although they’re great for small spills, a broom will never, ever get your floors as clean as a vacuum. If you have hard floors, a stick vacuum will make cleaning them easier, and you won’t have to deal with that annoying line of dirt that never seems to make it into the dustpan.
Mopping goes faster when you have one that dispenses floor cleaner while you work — and it’s more affordable than the mops with disposable pads, too. (Here’s a list of the specific tools and gadgets I use in my home.)
6. Have a system
Some people like to do all of their dusting one day, clean the floors the next, then deal with the bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry on other days. I like to see one space spotless before I move onto the next, so I use my weekly printable cleaning checklists to go room-by-room through the house throughout the week. However you prefer, the important thing is to have a system rather than puttering around here and there.
7. Do it regularly
Don’t wait until your home looks messy to clean it. Proactively cleaning, even when it doesn’t seem too bad, lets you stay on top of dirt and clutter. It takes a lot less time to wipe a mostly clean countertop than it does to move things aside, sweep up the crumbs, then spray and scrub it. The same goes for dusting, vacuuming, even mopping: when you do it regularly, there’s less dirt to cut through, so you get clean faster.
What will you do with all of the time you save now that you know these ways to make cleaning faster?
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