When it comes to cleaning house, getting started is half the battle. It feels like a never-ending job (because, well, it is!), and definitely not one that you enjoy. I’m always on the lookout for little tips, tricks, and hacks. Anything that speeds up the cleaning process and makes it more painless is a win. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite ideas here that I’ve taken to over the years.
What are you waiting for? Get to cleaning house like a professional and take back your time!
Tip 1: Keep Your Supplies Handy
Have a caddy or tote filled with cleaning supplies (cloths, cleaners, brushes, wipes, etc) that you can take from room to room with you. You’ll save time by not running all over the house looking for the one item you need, only to repeat again in the next room. As an extra bonus, clean-up is a snap – just find a place to store your caddy until next time!
Tip 2: Clean top to bottom
You’re making more work for yourself if you start with the floors. They should be the last thing you do. As you dust fans or wipe off counters, naturally you’re going to get crumbs and dust on the carpet or floors. Save yourself the hassle of having to re-do your work and wait until you’re finished to vacuum and sweep.
Tip 3: Make a Schedule and Do a Little Bit Every Day
Staying on top of things means you won’t have to deep clean often. A little bit every day adds up to a lot done. If you make and keep a schedule, you’ll be able to fly through what needs to be done and your house will be ready for whatever you throw at it. If you’re not sure where to start or failed miserably at a schedule before (I’ve SO been there!), check out my FREE Perfect Cleaning Schedule Printable here!
Tip 4: Remove Distractions
Keep your phone at bay, or at least turn off your notifications. You won’t be tempted to stop and check them (and end up watching 10 minutes worth of cute animal videos – anyone else?), so you can keep on moving. Get done what you need to do, and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on your social media happenings when you’re done.
Tip 5: Don’t Just Clean: Listen!
Make the most of your time! Pop in some earbuds and catch up on that latest podcast you love, or listen to an audio book. Not only does it make the time go by faster, but you’re actually doing two things at once. You’re saving time AND enriching your work.