Time Saving Tips That Keep Your Home Clean
Everyone wants a clean home, but they may not have time to keep it sparkling with their busy lives. Tackle every area of your home without taking up all of your free time with our house cleaning tips. You can use one or all to keep your home clean all year round.
Get the Correct Tools
Trying to clean your entire house can be a daunting task. This is especially true if you have a lot of space to cover in a short amount of time. However, having the correct tools on-hand and ready to go can be a time-saver that quickly adds up.
Terry Cloth or Microfiber Towels
Terry cloth towels are a very durable option that can withstand a lot of use and wear and tear without breaking down. They’re excellent for use on walls, flooring, counters, and in bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Microfiber towels are great for cleaning glass because they don’t leave streaks.
Mop and Broom
If you have hard flooring, you’ll have to mop to get all of the sticky residue and grime off your floor. If you have a high-traffic area, you may find yourself mopping quickly every night or every other night to keep up with it. The good news is, terry cloth mops are very durable. They can easily scrub away difficult stains without shredding. Make sure you have a high-quality broom too.
How many trips do you make back and forth across your house or up and down stairs chasing supplies? This can waste a lot of time and drag the cleaning out. Instead, get a tote and fill it with everything you'll need to do the majority of your cleaning. Carry it with you from room to room to stop the repetitive trips.
Magic Erasers and Cleaning Supplies
Magic Erasers are a cleaning tool everyone should have in their arsenal. Not only are they very lightweight and easy to carry around, but they tackle a huge range of grime and surfaces. You can use them on walls to get rid of scuffs, bathrooms to get rid of soap scum, and more. Make sure you have a wood and glass cleaner with you as well.
Get in the Cleaning Mindset
Many people make the mistake of not preparing before they clean, and this results in them stopping and starting to move items or pick things up or ending up with a mountain of tasks to take on.
Clean As You Go
When you cook, do you clean up as you go? A lot of people like to leave all of the cleanups until the last minute. That last-minute can turn into overnight because no one wants to clean after cooking a large meal. To save time, fill the sink with hot and soapy water when you start preparing your food. Clean the dishes and counter area as you go. That way, you have to give the counter a quick wipe down at the end.
Have you ever started cleaning and got distracted by something on the TV or your phone? You can lose hours this way and not get anything done. When you start your cleaning process, take steps to shut out all of the potential distractions. Put your phone on silent, shut the TV off, and focus. You'll be amazed at how much you accomplish in a short period.
Clean in Short Bursts
If you don't have time to take on a full-scale cleaning, clean in bursts. Decide on one area that you want to declutter or clean. Maybe your stove is grimy, or you need to vacuum your floors. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and knock these areas out one by one. This way, you won't have a mountain of impossible tasks to do when it comes time to do a deep clean.
Tips to Speed Up Cleaning
Doing the same thing over and over can get repetitive, especially if there is an area in your home you don’t like to clean. Maybe you hate watering plants or vacuuming. If so, these quick house cleaning tips can make cleaning them a breeze.
Sweep Every Day
If you have hard flooring, sweep it every day. Sweeping can cut down on the amount of grime that builds up over the span of a few days. In turn, this reduces the time you spend mopping. You can make a point to take five minutes before bed and sweep up any loose crumbs. Sweeping will also discourage bugs or rodents from coming in and eating anything on the floor.
Wipe Down Your Shower After Each Use
Soap scum can turn a white shower very dingy and gray. It's also very difficult to get off once it builds up. If you wipe down your shower after every use, it won't have time to accumulate. This will also prevent mold and mildew growth. When it comes time to clean, you won't spend hours bringing your shower back to good condition if you do this.
Shower Your Houseplants
If you have a lot of houseplants, you know they can gather a lot of dust on their leaves. Watering them can be a challenge because they can run over onto your floor and create more work for you. Gather all of your houseplants and put them in the shower. Let cool water run over them for a few minutes before leaving them to drain a little. You can now carry them back to their places.
Use a Squeegee on Glass
No matter if you want to wash windows or glass, a squeegee can save you valuable time because you won't have to battle streaks. You'll end up with sparkling windows and mirrors that you can't wait to look out or in.
Prepare Before You Vacuum
Before you vacuum, dust. Dust will fall onto the floor where you can suck it up with your vacuum. You also want to go through the rooms that you're going to vacuum and pick up anything lying on the floor. Pick up area rugs or pillows. This will give you a clear path to vacuum all in one swoop without stopping over and over again.
It’s possible to have a clean home with a busy schedule. You have to figure out which tips work best for your situation. However, you can easily break down this task into something manageable so you can sit back and enjoy the results.
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