Life’s getting busier by the day and there’s so much to do. While rushing to get ready for work one day, you realize just how messy and disorganized your home is. You promise your home to give it a bath once you get back but you know you won’t do it because it just takes too long!
Well, not anymore. Because we’ve come up with 5 simple hacks that can speed up your home cleaning process considerably and even make it enjoyable. Here’s how!
1. Determine why you’re cleaning your home.
There are different reasons why you might need to clean your home. Maybe you’ve invited your friends over dinner tonight. Or maybe you’ve been lazy for a long time and now your house is screaming through the dust.
If you know why you’re cleaning, you can tailor a particular cleaning episode according to your needs, which can keep you from getting overwhelmed with work.
For example, if you’ve got guests coming over, you don’t really need to clean the bedrooms. You can simply shut the doors and it’s highly unlikely your guests will open them. If, however, you’re cleaning because your house is really messy, you’ll need to invest in more time and go through the house more thoroughly.
2. Get rid of unnecessary items.
Clutter makes cleaning a whole lot harder. The more items you have, the more you’ll have to clean and the longer it will take you. Time spent cleaning clutter is wasted. So even before picking up that duster, analyze your house and spend a day or two identifying the items you don’t need.
You can donate these items or discard them. If it’s difficult for you to discard the clutter yourself, call in a clutter removal company like 1300 Rubbish. For items that you can’t discard entirely, consider storing them in self-storage.
3. Go in a systematic manner.
Everything that’s done in a planned and organized way happens faster, and so is the case with cleaning.
Before you begin cleaning, make a basic plan in your mind about how you’re going to go about it. If there are a lot of areas that need to be covered, it’s a good idea to make a physical list so you don’t miss out on anything.
It’s also a good idea to go activity by activity. For example, if you begin with dusting, dust the entire house before you move on to sweeping. That way, you’ll stay motivated as you cover the entire house once. It will also keep you from getting bored by repeating the same cycle of activities for each area individually.
You should also go systematically within a particular room. As a general rule, always start dusting things at the top (e.g. the fan) before items at the bottom (e.g. a shelf). You don’t want to dust things higher up afterwards only to find that the dust has settled upon the coffee table you just cleaned!
Finally, while cleaning an area, go from left to right. Or right to left! Just make sure you go systematically and don’t start cleaning anything that catches your eye, which will make your cleaning process haphazard, inefficient, and more time-consuming as you won’t be sure if you’ve cleaned an area.
4. Keep your tools close.
Before you start cleaning, figure out a way to keep all cleaning supplies nearby. That’s going to save a lot more time and energy than you think, making the entire process quicker and less tiring.
There are several ways to do this. You can use a bucket or a caddy and carry it around with you. For something even more convenient, try wearing an apron or a carpenter’s belt, and keep the supplies in your pockets.
If you’ve got large cleaning bottles that won’t fit in a pocket, you can try to pour the solution you’ll need into a smaller container.
Also, investing in the right set of tools will help you save a considerable amount of time. One excellent example is a cordless vacuum, which is far easier to carry around than a conventional vacuum cleaner.
There are far more advanced cleaning technologies out there (such as a robotic vacuum cleaner), and if you’re really tight on time, investing in these might be a good idea.
5. Try to clean everyday!
There are a lot of 30-second chores that you can do everyday. It’s because of your lack of attention to these tasks that cleaning builds up to one giant mission when you decide to do a dedicated round.
So performing easy everyday chores consistently will reduce the time and energy a dedicated cleaning session takes.
Examples of these chores include superficial cleaning of the fridge, regularly dusting the plants, keeping magazines and junk mail in check, cleaning mirrors, and emptying the smaller trash cans frequently. There are many more ideas, and you can find a detailed list on the internet!